Developer seeks big memory, many cores
November 20, 2012 12:19 PM Subscribe
Looking for advice on a computer to buy or build that will have a ridiculous amount of RAM and many processor cores.
posted by tomwheeler to computers & internet (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a programmer and do a lot of development in virtual machines. I want to be able to run a lot
of them concurrently on my desktop computer, though the raw performance of each of them isn't all that important. I'm looking for advice on the system that will offer the best value for doing that.
A few other salient points:
- The host operating system will be Linux, most likely CentOS or Ubuntu. I don't plan on running much on the bare metal, but I want to avoid proprietary or obscure hardware that might give me trouble.
- Each VM will be allocated 2-6 GB of RAM, and I want to run as many of these as I can — certainly at least five, and more would be better. I'll need the computer to have at least 32GB of RAM, but 64 GB (or maybe support 64 GB for a future upgrade) is preferable.
- I want enough processor cores to run all the VMs and still have the host be responsive for interactive GUI work.
- It's a desktop machine, so less noise and heat is a plus
- I'm not a gamer, so I don't want to pay for fancy case lights or high-end video cards. I do need gigabit Ethernet, but don't need WiFi, nor do I need a Bluray drive, monitor, mouse or keyboard.
- I'm capable of building a system from scratch, but my knowledge of the desktop hardware market is a little outdated.
I don't really have a specific budget for this, except that less expensive is better. I normally buy machines off Craigslist or loss leaders from big box stores, but can't find anything now that's close to what I'm looking for. I'd appreciate any advice you may have.