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 MSI 785GM-P45 AM3 
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Specs:

MB: MSI 785GM-P45 AM3
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 | Cooler: stock
RAM: 2x 4 GB G.Skill
CD: IDE Liteon
LAN: Realtek 8111DL Not working. Works with dual port Intel from Ebay
Boot drive: $5.99 Microcenter 4GB flash drive

This MOBO/CPU is the cheapest ($95.99) combo that Microcenter has in their FREE AMD motherboard bundle. So this is what I've got into it:

MB/CPU combo: $95.99 AR (MC)
4GB MC flash: 5.99 (MC)
Thermaltake case$32.00 AR (MC)
2x4gb DDR $99.00 (NewEgg)

I just used an old 500GB SATA drive for storage, IDE DVD, and PS that I had lying around.

It doesn't get any cheaper than this : )




I have created a Server 2008 R2 VM. I will be creating different VMs (Open Solaris, Ubuntu, etc) in the next week or so.


Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:04 am
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That sounds pretty good. Here's my setup, however I am having problems installing/loading ESXi 4.1 with this setup. I think I am gonna sell my M2A-VM and get the MSI board you have.

MB: Asus M2A-VM (AM2+)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 | Cooler: Cooler Master
RAM: 2x 4 GB A-data and Crucial (DDR2, will need DDR3 on new board)
CD: SATA LG
LAN: Onboard Not working. Got a Intel Pro/1000 MT
Boot drive: 1GB Lexar (would like to install it on my main SATA drive)

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Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:05 pm
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Thanks to VirtualMan, I was able to successfully build esxi whitebox.

Here's my spec.

MB - MSI 785GM-P45 AM3 (MicroCenter CPU and MB bundle)
CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 640
RAM - 4 x 2GB
LAN - Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter from NewEgg ($29.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product

MSI 785GM-P45 mobo comes with Atheros 8131 GE LAN interface which caused esxi installation failure with "Unable to load module vmfs3: Failure" message.

Once I add Intel Pro/1000 GT PCI card, esxi4.1 install went through successfully.

Don't disable built-in ethernet port on mobo BIOS setting otherwise, esxi install won't recognize Intel PRO/1000 GT PCI card.

ESXi boot from 4GB USB drive. (Keep the USB drive plugged in and ESXi 4.1 install will give you an option to install it on USB drive after you pass the vmfs3 error after adding intel card. )

Hope this helps.


Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:27 pm
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I am thinking of going with this setup.

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G
AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 940 Processor
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory
Intel Pro/1000 MT

I would like to hear some feedback.

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Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:18 pm
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My setup in signature

$$ 445 Only ( if $45 rebates come by in 8 weeks).

Plugged all devices in, made a CD-iso image, ran, installed on the sata as teh datastore and all well.

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AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor / M4A78T-E Motherboard, AM3 processor.
- 8 GB RAM
- WD Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
- Intel PWLA8391GT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI PRO/1000 GT


Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:35 pm
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yo virtualman thanks for the info , I live right by MC and plan on getting this exact board...good looks!


Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:00 pm
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Hey buffer!

Pick me one up, they are sold out at my microcenter. Trying to find it somewhere else online and not having any luck, is this a microcenter model only?

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Intel Pro/1000 MT


Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:20 am
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Found the motherboard for me.

MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
its on newegg for 74.99 it has everything just like the Gigabyte 880 board but at a better price.

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Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:40 am
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Hey cosmo my MC has 20+ of these boards but I see you already made your purchase (good Board) , My MC actually has this for $105 AR . Still haven't made the plunge .. wish to find something cheaper from MC


Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:36 pm
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FWIW, the 785GM-P45 does not use the Realtek RTL8111DL gigabit NIC. It uses the Atheros AR8131 controller, as mentioned above. There are a few drivers out there for that controller, but I didn't spend much time trying to get any of them to work.

I have both the 785GM-P45 and the 785GM-E51 (this board uses the RTL8111DL).

785GM-E51 is my ESXi machine, and the onboard RTL8111DL works beautifully with the oem.tgz from frutis here


Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:23 pm
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