WHS / webserver / desktop combination/hybrid server with vmware

I’m about to build a combination server to use as a WHS (Windows Home Server) for files and backup/redundancy, a webserver for hosting websites (probably Ubuntu LAMP and mostly running Drupal CMS) and an ordinary desktop computer. To be able to do that I will use virualization by VMware/Virutal Box, probalby VMware Workstation.

Here you can follow my building/components plans as I update it regularly.

Comments and suggestions are most welcome.


  1. AMD vs Intel Quad core – Probably AMD Athlon II 605e due to low power consumption but still quad core.
  2. VMware vs VirtualBox – Right now leaning towards VMware Workstation but not obvious.

CPU Comparison

Comparison (last number = benchmark number):


(Old CPU for comparison Intel Pentium 4 3,06GHz = 391 benchmark = 26.73 Watts/GHz)

Intel atom 330 @ 1,60 GHz = 630 benchmark = 26.73 Watts/GHz


AMD Athlon X4 II 600e = 2799

AMD Athlon X4 II 630 = 3378

AMD Phenon II X4 965 = 4223


Get AMD Athlon X4 II 605e!!

Power consumption:


Open questions:

  • Can you use graphic card/circuit through wmware?
  • what motherboard?
  • Check hardware acceleration in wmware
  • check that 905e can run 64 bit os
  • difference between VMware server and VMware workstation: http://vmfaq.com/entry/5/
  • SATA 3.0
  • VMware vs Virtualbox (Google)
  • HDMI and DVI cables where connectors are mounted seperately
  • Memory speed for AMD Athlon II X4
  • SSD disk speed and power consumption? for speed of system disc?
  • Speed and power consumption of WD velocityraptor for system disc?
  • Difference 10600 / 10666 memory
  • What HDD. WD green quite bad reviews on newegg.com. Check samsung green or ordinary!
  • Long HDMI and DVI cables where connectors are mounted seperately
  • Check how long it is between under the stairs and livingroom for HMDI-cable
  • Check power consumption for the discs I have now
  • Build it on Win7 and VMWare on that to use also as HTPC
  • Svn-server also as VM.
  • Check if memory is overclockable. Check Tom’s motherboard test for ther test environment. What memory did they use?
  • Check best power supply. Cougar S? Cougar S 550W Modular 80+ Silver
  • hdd passthru in vmware server – http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1452489
    • Add for instance 2 HDD to the server (win 7)
    • Open disk management and make these HDDs go offline
    • Add the 2 new drives exclusively to the VM running WHS
  • Access vmware .vmdk-file from other computer: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2016
  • Check Samsung HDD
  • Alignment/jumper problem with WD EARS
  • Check info about WD and RAID
  • Check if sound chip matters if optical/hdmi output.
    • Might be able to convert stereo to 5.1 in chip for example using Dolby digital live.

785G chipset:








Energy efficient: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2010/01/19/msi-785gm-e65/9


ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G Motherboard Review


sound chip










  • CPU – AMD Athlon II X4 605E 2,3GHz Socket AM3
  • Case – Antec Three Hundred
  • Memory – Corsair Dominator DDR3 PC10600/1333MHz CL7 4x2GB
  • Power supply – Cougar S550 550W
  • Motherboard – MSI 785GM-E65
  • HDD – 2 * Samsung EcoGreen F2 HD154UI 32MB 1.5TB

Components (OLD)

  • CPU – AMD Athlon II 605e
  • Motherboard – GIGABYTE GA-MA785GT-UD3H = pros: nice audio chip, overclockable, ATX, 6 SATA
    Gigabyte MA785GPMT-UD2H pros = nice audio chip, 128 Mb Sideport mermory, overclockable. cons: sata could be covered by PCIe port, power consumption at load at least. Not for sale in EU.
  • Case – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061
    or Antec Two Hundred ATX Mid-tower $49.95
  • Power supply:Cougar 700CM/R 700W efficiency = bronze @ www.80plus.org
    Corsair CMPSU-450HX 450W efficiency = bronze @ www.80plus.org
  • RAM – At lest 4Gb but up to 8Gb
  • Storage – 1*500Gb for WHS system. 1*1000Gb for all other VMs, 2*1 or 1,5Gb for data. Green disks.
    (in near future SSD disc for system and VMs but too expensive now).
  • OS – Windows Home Server



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