With the issues that I was having with Windows 10 running on my old Optiplex 780 sff, I decided to build a machine that I could run Arch Linux on and play games by passing my GPU to the VM Windows machine. To embark on this quest I completed a ton of research to find a setup that would work for what I was looking to achieve. After finding various builds using dual Xeon E5-2670 cpus, I knew I found an interesting project. After some trouble shooting with my 1070, I was successfully able to pass through the GPU to my Windows 10 VM and am able to run games on Ultra at 1080p with no negatives in FPS then running bare-metal Windows 10 on this machine.
EVGA - GeForce GTX 750ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card
To satisfy my VM gaming itch, I used an old 750ti that I had laying around to use as my main card for the Arch system, passing through the GTX1070 to my Windows 10 VM for gaming. This card is perfect to use as a daily driver and pairs well with the 1070 when using Steam's in-home streaming.
Finding the cpus took some time, I scoured eBay for months until I found a matching pair for $150 CAD. I have to say these CPUs are incredible, especially ripping my many DVD collections to move to a more digital library. In gaming, again these CPUs, even with a max clock of 2.6GHz rip through any game that I have in my Steam library with ease.
Due to how close the CPUs sit on the Asus motherboard, I could only find one CPU air cooler that would get the job done, and the Hyper 212 EVO is one of the best budget air coolers on the market, so why go with anything else.
Once I found the CPUs I began my search for a dual CPU motherboard that could fit in a standard ATX case. This Asus board was the only one in a reasonable price range that I could find, and other than all the server features it provides, all-in-all it is a solid motherboard.
What can I say about the Zotac 1070, well it destroys framerates at 1080p and I was able to overclock mine way over stock clocks, considering the reviews show poor overclocking results. One grip against this card is that one of the fans are off balance when the card's fans run between 45-60% but using MSI afterburner and some user fan curves, I don't get the annoying ticking
To fit all my computer components, I looked for a cheap but well designed case that had a side window. After picking this case up for $65 after taxes, I was pretty happy overall. Its not the best case but it gets the job done, and with having two cats, the included intake filters were an amazing extra.