Running a VM on a cheap PC

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Question: What is the cheapest computer to run a VM? I would like to run 2 or 3 tops. (for personal use, practice, experimenting & stuff) 8GB RAM preferred. Would it be too lagy? Some cheap PC examples would be like, Dell optiplex 760, Dell optiplex 960, HP Compaq Elite 8000 Is it possible? What cheap PC would you recommend? Thanks :)


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If you want use it for your own use and If they are for your personal use, it is more than enough for that kind of equipment you have listed.  VirtualBox works fine.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Great question, here's a link with some neat ideas for building a PC on the cheap:
    http://lifehacker.com/5840963/the-best-pcs-you-can-build-for-600-and-1200

    You're going to get what you pay for, especially in terms of performance. If you don't need much you should have some fun playing around with this. Good luck!

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  • Subhendu Sen
    HP proLiant ml110 is a cheaper pc which can help to build a vm. It is a type of server & even you can use as a test server. For picking up a virtualization platform, there are lots of great choices. You could go with a copy of vmware. It has a lot of automation built in when building guest OS, but it’s not free. You could go with hyper-v, but it is needed to choose a host OS that has this feature.
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