Upgrade my desktop to i7 3930K

The Quad 2 core 2600 CPU with 8 Gb of memory is no longer good enough for me. With Cisco CCIE Voice study, I would like to setup some CISCO Voice related Lab at home. It may not a completed lab, but at least I would like to test some Cisco products so I can well prepared before I really need to work on some of its newest software.

As you may have seen my previous post about the Cisco ISE which runs on a VM. I was trying to have 2 ISE running as a primary and secondary node. However, due to lack of memory and CPU power, it runs very slow on the Quad2core system.

To learn new technology, you just have to invest time and money, without working on a real product, you will never know how it really work. Just like people tell you how to drive, you think you know how to drive, but you haven’t really driven a car, do you think you can drive it when you first jump into it?

I purchased the following parts to build my new machine.
– Intel i7 3930k (6 core 3.2Ghz)
– Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4
– Corsair 16Gb DDR3 Memory 1600Mhz

I have kept my graphic card. At the beginning, I was planning to install VMWare Exi, however, for some reason it keep complaining my NIC driver. So ended up I didn’t install VMWare Exi and installed Windows 7. I am now running VMware Workstation 9 on a windows 7. I know it is not the best way to run WM, but it is easier after going around the circle.


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