So I have had my lab hosts for about a year. I have to say that they have done pretty well. Because of the cost I configured these hosts with 16GB of RAM each. At the time I built them, 8GB sticks of RAM were about $250 a piece, which was a little bit out of my price range. I recently found some 8GB Kingston memory that wasn’t going to break the bank, and give me the ability to do more than I have been able to.
The initial configuration included the following components, and cost around $1,650 ($825/host) not counting shipping/etc.
|2011 Configuration (2 Hosts w/16GB RAM Each)
|Memory||4GB Unbuffered ECC RAM||$47.99||8||$383.92|
|NIC||EXPI9301CTBLK Single Port NIC||$24.99||4||$99.96|
|Case||Rosewill R379-M Case||$49.99||2||$99.98|
|SSD||64GB Microcenter G2 SSD||$99.99||2||$199.98|
|Adapter||HD Mounting Bracket||$3.49||2||$6.98|
|Power adapter||8″ 4 to 8 pin adapter||$4.99||2||$9.98|
A year later some prices have changed, some additional processors are support on my boards, larger memory is a little cheaper, and SSD prices have declined.