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Odinson! For virtualization and gaming.

by SaurontheGreat

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12 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 25, 2016

Date Built

March 31, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.342 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

Description

This computer was initially built for gaming. I had originally installed Windows 7 Professional then upgraded it to Windows 10. As a single gaming PC configuration it dominated everything I could throw at it. I was later inspired by a video to experiment with virtualization. I then installed Unraid Server OS to an 8GB Sandisk Cruzer Blade. This machine now runs a media server and TWO! virtual machines with Windows 10 installed.

Host Server: OS: Unraid Server Basic. Graphics card: Intel HD graphics. OS drive: Sandisk Cruzer Blade 8GB flash drive, RAM: 8GB ddr3 1866 MHz. Parity disk: N/A, Not purchased yet. Array disk: Hitachi 500GB 7200 rpm hdd. Cache disk: Crucial 256 GB ssd. Apps: Docker, Plex Media Server.

Virtual Machine 1: OS: Windows 10 Home. Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 960 4 GB gddr5. RAM: 12 GB ddr3 1866 MHz. CPU: two physical cores (host pass-through) overclocked to 4.4 GHz. OS drive: 100 GB virtual disk on cache ssd.

Virtual Machine 2: OS: Windows 10 Home. Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5870 1 GB gddr5. RAM: 12 GB ddr3 1866 MHz. CPU: two physical cores (host pass-through) overclocked to 4.4 GHz. OS drive: 100 GB virtual disk on cache ssd.

Part Reviews

CPU

The CPU, Motherboard, and a single stick of RAM were purchased from Newegg as a shellshocker deal. This processor does not disappoint. After many attempts at different settings I was finally able to get a stable 4.4 gigahertz. The water cooler keeps this processor nice and cool even at full load.

I would have to agree with the many reviewers whom have stated that this is a great "bang for the buck" performance-wise at the mid budget range.

CPU Cooler

After researching different cooling options I decided on Deepcool Captain all in one water cooler. It simply looks awesome, the light on the water block pulses and since the CPU is the heart of the PC it gives a good beating heart feel to the whole system. I mounted it on the top of the case in a pull configuration so that the radiator is easier to see and clean.

The only downside to this cooler would be that there is no software integration for a smarter cooler so I had to program the settings with the motherboard's AI Suite.

Motherboard

Purchased with the CPU and one stick of RAM as a Newegg Shellshocker deal.

Memory

Purchased one stick with a Newegg Shellshocker deal, bought 3 more for the server setup. It's RAM, it's fast, and it works.

Storage

I bought this SSD around mid 2014 and had it installed in a laptop as the primary drive. The the screen on the laptop died so I took this drive out and replaced it with a less expensive HDD. I now use the laptop as a HTPC and router. The drive itself is pretty fast and impressive for the time it has survived. Not as fast as the higher end drives of today like the Samsung 850 Evo/Pro for example, but it gets the job done.

Storage

Fast, efficient, quiet, reliable. This was the original drive from the laptop I mentioned earlier. It houses my steam library and the media on this machine.

Video Card

The graphics card is one of the most important parts of the gaming machine and probably took the most amount of my decision making skills to decide on what to get. Ultimately I chose this model and am very satisfied. It can run every game I have at 1080p on max settings without breaking a sweat. Nvidia Geforce experience even increases the rendered resolution higher on some lighter titles. "The sweet spot of gaming."

Monitor

I found this monitor at a computer recycling center, like new. Yes for only $50. No complaints, it's awesome.

Keyboard

Purchased sometime in 2014 solely to play World of Warcraft. I like it. It's actually great for me since I have some fairly large hands and the many buttons make it easy to setup my favorite keybindings and macros for games all in the one keypad.

Keyboard

Purchased sometime in 2014 for my girlfriend, also for World of Warcraft. She likes the smaller Tartarus keypad since she has small hands and found the Orbweaver difficult and uncomfortable to try to use.

Keyboard

Purchased in 2014 to use with a laptop for gaming. It's been pretty great. Since building this machine, my girlfriend has claimed it for the VM I set up for her to use. She prefers this one.

Keyboard

Needed a second keyboard for the multi VM setup, this was within budget and I liked the brand from having the mouse so I gave it a shot. It feels good to type on and it's great for gaming so far. I use this one the most now.

Mouse

I've had a DeathAdder since 2007 when I bought my first laptop. In late 2013 my original DeathAdder stopped working after a long rewarding life, and so I purchased the updated version, this one has a braided cable. Still my favorite mouse to use, but my girlfriend has taken it and claimed it for herself. Currently on her VM setup.

Mouse

Around 2014 I got my girlfriend into World of Warcraft, I bought this mouse for her because she liked the way it looked. After using it for a few weeks she felt uncomfortable with it and we traded mice. This is now my go to for gaming and pretty much everything else.

Mouse

This mouse surprised me, I did not originally expect much from it since the sale price is normally $15, and it was included free in a case I bought previously. Although this mouse feels cheap and light at first use, it has surprisingly been really responsive and accurate for a low end model.

Comments Sorted by:

OccamAsylum 14 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

What do you think about that GPU? I bought it as well on sale and put it in my HTPC and paired it with the i3 6100 (posting soon) for my TV. It performs pretty well for the price I think, though I've only played The Division on it so far.

I haven't tried pushing it on high settings, but it plays medium at 60fps.

SaurontheGreat submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

The GTX 960 is really good for the price, I don't have The Division so I don't know about the performance that one specifically. The most demanding games I play regularly are World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War 1 & 2, Warhammer 40000: Space Marines, World of Tanks, and World of Warships. I also have League of Legends installed for my friends when they come over and I plan on playing Paragon when I can afford the Master Founder's Pack. All the previously listed games except for World of Warcraft run over 100 fps at max settings, World of Warcraft does require a few settings lowered but that's from the CPU's limitations with my current configuration not necessarily the GPU's fault. However not all of the graphics rely solely on the graphics card, a few specific settings rely more on the CPU than the GPU so you CPU may end up being the bottleneck for those. I have two VMs setup with the processor split in half so each has two physical cores with a GPU, so I have noticed a dip in performance when compared to using all four cores with a single graphics card. I realize I would have been better off with a hyper-threaded CPU. Now that I think about it, after building this machine, I feel it would have been way better to use a server processor like a Xeon E3-1245 V3 combined for a similar price with ECC RAM. This was a fun learning experience and I know now what I will want to build next time I get the chance.

Proward 2 points 34 months ago

2 Keypads, 2 Keyboards, 3 Mice. That's not enough,

SaurontheGreat submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

LOL! Sometimes it feels like too many things on the table, other times it feels like I need one more form of input. I have a laptop between the tower and the wall that's serving as a router connected to one of the displays, it's setup with a wireless mouse and a Bluetooth keyboard. So it's more like 2 keypads, 3 keyboards, and 4 mice. Then toss in a few external hard drives and a couple headsets...

MannyPCs 1 point 34 months ago

It looks like a little smoulder in there.

Hope the PC serves you well

SaurontheGreat submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

It is a work of art.

MannyPCs 1 point 34 months ago

: )

+1

Cobyfield 1 point 34 months ago

I don't understand how this PC works.. you have a 970 that you use in VM #1 and in VM #2 you have an HD 5870. Wot?

From what I see at least, you and your girlfriend can play on the 1 computer?

SaurontheGreat submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Yes, as currently setup we both have individual semi independent Windows environments running simultaneously. Although it is built as a single tower with two graphics cards. I was able to pass through individual graphics cards and peripherals to each machine. They do rely on the server OS to run properly. After building the computer my budget ran dry so I didn't have enough to buy another newer card like the gtx 960 or 970 so I went to a thrift store and found the 5870 for 40. It's a older card but it's still pretty badass, especially for what we need it for. Eventually I'd like to build a better system when I can afford it, until then this is awesome as is.

Yecool 1 point 26 months ago

I know my comment is probably very late, but I'm buying the case for my first build, and I was wondering if you could give your opinion on it please?

Jushi 1 point 3 months ago

So... What about that keyboard?

SaurontheGreat submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 days ago

Which one?