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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey guys!

 

So, the wife has okayed a new pc. My kids are getting old enough to use their own and instead of building 2 new pcs for them, I want to take my old one and set up a few virtual machines (two for them and potentially a nas/host). 

 

Current build:

6800k (6 core 12 thread)

Asus Strix x99

32GB Ram Corsair Dominator 3000mHz

Gigabyte GTX 980 Windforce x2

 

I'll need some more storage and a UPS but that should be it? The kids won't do a whole lot in the machines aside from playing the occasional minecraft and homework. 

 

Also, I haven't messed around with virtualized machines at all and I only have a vague idea how it should go down. Is this a feasible idea? Which software is steady enough for kids to muck around on while being new user friendly? Are there any tips you would like to impart on a newb? Do I need to enable virtualization in the bios? Or should I just build them 2 newer cheap computers? Thanks very much as I have no idea what I'm doing! 

 

 

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You can do this with vms, install a linux disto like proxmox, then make vms and do passthough. I don't know what tips to give other than give it a shot and see how it goes, and ask questions and google things as you go along. There are lots of guides to follow for this. Have you looked at any of them?

 

Id be tempted to sell the system and get 2 cheap ones, easier to setup and manager.

 

 

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I'd think about getting a used 6950x to get 10 core or xeon similar to it ( E5-2640 V4 )

that way each kid can have a quad core with a 980 and 12gb of ram

that gives 2 cores and 8gb of ram for NAS/ MC server

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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

You can do this with vms, install a linux disto like proxmox, then make vms and do passthough. I don't know what tips to give other than give it a shot and see how it goes, and ask questions and google things as you go along. There are lots of guides to follow for this. Have you looked at any of them?

 

Id be tempted to sell the system and get 2 cheap ones, easier to setup and manager.

 

 

Hey, yea I've looked at unraid because I've seen LTT use it and that's all I'm really familiar with. I've also watched a couple of their videos using it and it doesn't seem to bad. I've also considered selling it. I guess I'm a little sentimental as I'm still using my i5 750 on a p55 board from a literal decade ago in my htpc lol.

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Just now, SolidSnakesSolidSnake said:

Hey, yea I've looked at unraid because I've seen LTT use it and that's all I'm really familiar with. I've also watched a couple of their videos using it and it doesn't seem to bad. I've also considered selling it. I guess I'm a little sentimental as I'm still using my i5 750 on a p55 board from a literal decade ago in my htpc lol.

Id try something like proxmox or fedora/ubuntu/debian. Just gives you more options for vms, I don't find it hard to use either, esp with the guides. 

 

Why not just install and see what happens. Try following a guide like this https://old.reddit.com/r/homelab/comments/b5xpua/the_ultimate_beginners_guide_to_gpu_passthrough/

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Posted · Original PosterOP
8 minutes ago, GDRRiley said:

I'd think about getting a used 6950x to get 10 core or xeon similar to it

that way each kid can have a quad core with a 980 and 12gb of ram

that gives 2 cores and 8gb of ram for NAS/ MC server

Hey, I've thought about that too. I've looked at 6950x on eBay. Unfortunately the best prices I come across feel sketchy or go for $400-600 used. For that I could grab a couple semi decent cpus and mobos. Thanks though!

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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

Id try something like proxmox or fedora/ubuntu/debian. Just gives you more options for vms, I don't find it hard to use either, esp with the guides. 

 

Why not just install and see what happens. Try following a guide like this https://old.reddit.com/r/homelab/comments/b5xpua/the_ultimate_beginners_guide_to_gpu_passthrough/

Cool, I'll do that! Thanks for the link! 

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3 minutes ago, SolidSnakesSolidSnake said:

Hey, I've thought about that too. I've looked at 6950x on eBay. Unfortunately the best prices I come across feel sketchy or go for $400-600 used. For that I could grab a couple semi decent cpus and mobos. Thanks though!

there was some 8-14 core xeons for 250-300


Good luck, Have fun, Build PC, and have a last gen console for use once a year. I should answer most of the time between 9 to 3 PST

NightHawk 2.0: R7 2700 @4.0ghz, B450m Steel Legends, H105, 4x8gb Gell EVO 2866, XFX RX 580 8GB, Corsair RM750X, 500 gb 850 evo, 500gb 850 pro and 5tb Toshiba x300

Skunkworks: R5 3500U, 16gb, 250 intel 730, 500gb Adata XPG 6000 lite, Vega 8. HP probook G455R G6

Condor (MC server): 6600K, z170m plus, 16gb corsair vengeance LPX, samsung 750 evo, EVGA BR 450.

Bearcat (F@H box) core 2 duo, 1x4gb EEC DDR2, 250gb WD blue, 9800GTX+, STRIX 660ti, supermicro PSU, dell T3400.

Rappter(unfinished compute server) HP DL380G6 2xE5520 24GB ram with 4x146gb 10k drives and 4x300gb 10K drives, running NOTHING can't get anything to work

Spirt  (unfinished NAS) Cisco Security Multiservices Platform server e5420 12gb ram, 1x6 1tb raid 6 for plex + Need funding 16+1 2tb raid 6 for mass storage.

PSU Tier List      Motherboard Tier List      How to get PC parts cheap    HP probook 445R G6 review

 

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If you go the GPU pass-through route on Proxmox this is something I've successfully done myself. It has some hardware support prerequisites but beyond that most of the steps are outlined in the Proxmox documentation. However I will say one very important step did not work as outlined and I only knew the correct workaround because I've done GPU pass-through on Ubuntu (Debian) before.


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A Beginners Guide to Debian CLI Based File Servers

A Beginners Guide to PROXMOX

 

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