I am trying to set up a new VMWare box with SuperMicro SM X10DRL-I Motherboard 128GB RAM, four Samsung 850 PRO - 2TB SSD HDs on Raid 10 off On-board LSI 3108 MegaRAID.
This VMWare box will host several VMs: (1) SBS2011, (2) Windows 2012 Web Server running several websites (mostly non-transaction intensive) supported by Cold Fusion software, and (3) some misc 2008 servers and Windows 10 virtual workstations for various tasks for about 20 users on the network. Standard office app is Office 2013 Word/Excel/Access.
Quite honestly I am not sure what kind of CPU I should get and how many. CPU price varies depending on # of cores and Ghz: 6 core Intel Xeon E5-2603 V2 1.6Ghz 15MB Cache for $250, 8 core Intel Xeon E5-2630 V3 2.4Ghz 20MB Cache for $800, 10 core Intel Xeon E5-2650 V3 2.3Ghz 25MB Cache for $1,350, 12 core Intel Xeon E5-2670 V3 2.3Ghz 30MB Cache for $1,800.
Do I need two 6 core Intel Xeon E5-2603 V2 1.6Ghz 15MB Cache CPUs or just get 1 fast CPU like 12 core Intel Xeon E5-2670 V3 2.3Ghz 30MB Cache?
Since I am getting so much RAM and high speed SSDs, I wonder how important it is to get fast CPUs.
Based on my experience, the speed of HD (like SAS HDs) and amount of RAM allocated for each VM seems to have made the difference.