Laptop CPU for virtualization.

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I am confused b/w Intel Core i7 3612QM & Intel Core i5 3210M.
I'll mostly use the laptop for network testing and penetration, so i would run Windows 2008 server, linux, on Virtual Machines (VMware or virtualbox), and may run 2 or more VM's at same time.
What processor should i select & will it make a huge impact from i5 to i7?
I'll be having 8GB ram.
 

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I'm just not sure that can an i5 handle windows server 2008?? As i said, i'll be doing some security tests running simultaneously on host machine, so host machine will also need some processing power?

If i am not wrong, i5 has two physical cores and 4 threads (logical Core), and i have to denote one physical core to the VM, would one core will be enough to run Windows Server 2008?
 

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and in the comparison to i7, what benefits can i expect?
 

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will the VM's stutter under i7?
i5: $225
i7: $378
 

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yup, i have a windows 7 ultimate dvd, that i got with my desktop, so i can use that, but Dell is'nt letting me to remove the windows dvd option.. :(
 

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I think it's not available here in india...
 

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I can easily run 6 Linux VMs on a Windows 7 host operating system on an older i5 laptop with 6 GB of memory. I was using it when I was recently teaching CompTIA Linux+ and Security+classes to demo some of the Linux tools available. Once I got more than 6 guest operating systems using between 512 MB and 1024 MB each the machine started to slow down.
 

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so, i5 is a good deal, but i don't think that it's future proof for next 3-4yrs, as i won't be buying another rig for me in next 4 yrs..
 
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