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Low power Type-1 Hypervisor

Hello,

[PC-Partspicker](https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/9XJwq3)

I’m looking for new hardware for a home-use Hypervisor, my current does not have enough RAM.
It will be used to provide a small Windows Domain and virtual network gear.

  • Server 2019 Hyper-V
  • Domaincontroller
  • Veeam B&R Server
  • PiHole
  • OPNSense
  • Emby

additionally for testing and learning I’m going to create and delete many more VMs, i might have 20 VMs with loads of vSwitches running at the same time.

these VMs wont need much CPU, but quiet a bit of RAM (I need at least 32GB with the option to upgrade to 64GB or 128GB (not quiet sure on the RAM requirements))

What I have:

  • RX 550
  • PCIe 1x Sata3 Card 4-Port
  • 3 USB-NICs
  • enough Storage
  • Case

Primarily I have 3 Questions:

  1. In my Gaming Rig i have a Ryzen 2700X.
    is it worth buying a Ryzen 3600 to replace my 2700X, and put the 2700X in the Hypervisor?
    Or buy a second 2700 for the Hypervisor for the extra Cores?
  2. This Mainboard seems really cheap, do you think that this could be problematic?
    PC Partspicker warns about BIOS Update, can this be done with a 2700X?
  3. Do you have any tips on keeping Power usage low?

I Would like to keep the Power usage as low as possible, to keep running costs low, because I’m currently still an apprentice and would like to save money.
My backups and media are Currently on a NAS, ideally I will move that to the Hypervisor so I can get rid of that extra device.

My Current Hypervisor from salvaged parts:

  • Xeon E3 1231v3
  • 4x4 GB DDR3 Crucial Ballistix
  • RX 550
  • ASUS B35M-E