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VMWare Desktop version: Reliable computer for it?

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Hi,

I used to use the VMWare Desktop version for personal testing. Mostly I create LAN 1 and LAN2 which consist of Win 2008, Win 7,etc. My computer is very slow; it is only able to provide Max 4 GB RAM. The simulation of the enterprise network that I create is very very slow accordingly (It is creeping).

My question: Would somebody please recommend me to get an economical or used desktop or laptop which can install the RAM at least 8 GB accordingly? where to get it?

Thank you

tjie
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by:John Hurst
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I use a Lenovo ThinkPad X230 with Windows 8 Pro 64-bit to host VMware Workstation and VMware works very reliably on this machine.

I used to use and still have a ThinkPad T61p with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and the same VMware installed on it. That machine works very reliably.

Any good T-series ThinkPad with Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8 Pro will take 8 Gb of memory. You should also have a 500 Gb hard drive in it.

Go to www.lenovo.com and look at the new laptops and their specs. They come in a wide range of prices.  Then look on eBay or like sources if you want a used machine.

Look here if you want another source of used machines.

http://forum.thinkpads.com/

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Dell or Lenovo are very suitable for Hypervisor, we use them with VMware Workstation.
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Hi Hanccocka,

As it is a personal limited budget, would you mention which type or model Dell machine that you are talking about.

Thanks,
tjie
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by:John Hurst
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If you want a Dell computer, purchase a commercial model for decent quality. Commercial Dell and Lenovo are about the same price point. Consumer Dell is not a good choice for business use (which is what you are portraying here).  

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what is your personal budget?
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Less than $ 500
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by:John Hurst
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You probably have to take the "Reliable" out of your subject if you are shopping new.

You can get refurbished computers for less than $500 but you need to be sure what warranty (even short one) is being offered.

Go to Google and look for refurbished thinkpads or refurbished laptops to see what I mean. I saw some low end T61 laptops for $195 but you would have to add memory and a bigger hard drive.

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by:tjie
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Hi Thinkpads,

Thank you for the info T61; if you know other computer or other brands, please let me know; by the way to you the Dell computer (the model) which is able to carry 8 GB of RAM or highter with my personal budget?

Thanks,
tjie
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by:John Hurst
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I found a few links to help you. This is a HUGE field because there are lots of used computers around.

http://cdicomputers.com/

http://www.dell.com/us/dfb/p/   and

http://www.pcexchange.com/

Take a look through some of these links.

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by:tjie
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Hi thinkpads,

This is my problem ...
- I bought a new Dell Inspiron 620 around 6 months ago (Windows 7 Home Premium SP1; 64 bits; Intel(R) Core (TM) i3-2120 CPU@3.30GHZ; installed RAM 4 GB)
- When I check, I just got 2 Memory slot @ 2 GB RAM each
- I am not sure whether I can add the total RAM up to 8 GB (4 GB RAM each of the slot)
- How to check it? Which Dell web sites which tell me related to it? Should I call the Dell Tech Support?

Let me know please

Thanks,
tjie
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Hello.

This page below says it should take 8 Gb maximum memory.

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-inspiron-620-core/4507-3118_7-35167955.html

The CPU is fast enough. You need 4 Gb to run VMware and one machine. You need 8 Gb for more than one machine. 8 Gb is better all around. You don't say how much hard drive, but if it is a tower, you may be able to add a drive to hold your machines.

The specs above say the computer is a budget machine. This normally means it has a 24 - 30 month life, but you never know.

The thing you should really consider is getting to Windows 7 Pro. Home is a very poor choice for VMware in my opinion. I never recommend Home except for the lightest of needs.

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The HD is around 1 TB
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by:John Hurst
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@tjie - Thank you and I was very happy to help you with this. VMware Workstation is an excellent product and I wish you success in your personal testing projects.

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by:tjie
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Hi Thinkpads,

Thank you very much for your help. Yes, I like the VMware Workstation. I would post another thing related to it soon. please post your answer accordingly.

Thanks,
tjie
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