Advice for a home virtual lab

baconpancakesbaconpancakes Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
Well, finally got some money for a new build and for certs. I decided to take MCSA 2008, then upgrade to 2012 and later get MCSE.

So, here is a build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks


CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($379.00)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($40.00)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($223.00)
Memory: Kingston Beast 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($155.00)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($166.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.00)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($145.00)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($146.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($221.00)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($221.00)


Total: $1769.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 10:32 EDT-0400)



I think this will be good lab, except 2 things...

1. 4770k doesn't support VT-d. Should I go with 4770 because of VT-d? I'd prefer 4770k because I plan on OC my build.
2. Will the integrated HD4600 be enough for running VMs?

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