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Building a vmware game/media rigg

January 30, 2013 at 01:16:58
Specs: Windows 7

Hi all

just looking for advice. i have an ambitious project and I'm wanting to know if there is anything i have not thought about or points that should be raised.

the idea is build a rigg. usual high spec game rigg.
which will act as a HT-PC aswell.

the idea is build it running vmware and having one image for storage. one running a gaming image and one for a Media PC image. obviously depending on what i want to do load the image and so ill also set it up to have adaptive cooling.

license's aren't a problem.

the only thing I'm not sure of is the storage vm. what I'm looking for is something like a shared media/drive where i will store games/music/videos and will be used by both game and HT-PC.
so almost like a nas but running on the same hardware and maybe on the same disk

any ideas?


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#1
January 30, 2013 at 01:20:54

If you want to a high spec game rig then you are starting from the wrong place. Forget VMs; for best performance you need a native OS install.

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#2
January 30, 2013 at 05:07:53

The overheads will be minimal as i will be using a baremetal hypervisor.

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#3
January 30, 2013 at 05:27:13

Your question is generic, how about being more specific about hardware, OS, etc? I agree with ijack about running games directly from the base OS, not from an OS running in a VM. And generally speaking, high end gaming rigs & HTPCs do not mix. Gaming rigs tend to require extra cooling, HTPCs are generally built with passive cooling (or as few fans as possible) to limit the noise that may disrupt the HT experience. Even with "adaptive cooling", you may run into problems unless you plan to underclock?

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#4
January 30, 2013 at 08:16:36

You're still going to compromise your gaming performance, but never mind.

For storage use FreeNAS.


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