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PC Build for virtual machines, servers and some gaming.

Aleks NE

Budget (including currency): £2000/$2500USD/2330EURO 

Country: United Kingdom 

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: 

Virtualization: VirtManager (Mainly), VirtualBox (For University), Boxes (messing around with oses) 

One ParrotOS VM running 24/7 that I'll use for SSH and SFTP 

I won't run more than 3-4 VMs at a time (Majority of the time only 1 unless dealing with malicious software or live analysis), a combination of Parrot OS, Fedora, Zorin Lite, Windows 10/11 & Non GUIs: Centos Stream and Fedora Server

I run common networking and CS apps like GNS3, Wireshark, IDEs, things you'd find on Parrot OS & Fedora security lab - for Uni, CTFs, etc. 


Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): 


I'm running an LG Ultrawide 2560*1080 monitor, don't plan on upgrading to anything higher res perhaps getting a second used one in the future. And I've got top notch peripherals already. 


Games I'd like to occasionally run: 

  1. Hitman Franchise 
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2
  3. GTA IV 
  4. CS2
  5. Forza 
  6. Euro Truck Simulator 2
  7. City state & City State 2 
  8. Rocket League 
  9. Mafia 1 & 2
  10. The Forest & sons of the forest
  11. COD World At War 
  12. Dont Starve Together
  13. Watch Dogs 1 
  14. PUBG 
  15. Beamng with some mods (content related,  not graphical improvements)
  16. Assetto Corsa 
  17. Ride 
  18. Some emulation (Red Dead redemption 1, 007 Reloaded, etc)

I'd rather have a better CPU and more ram paired with like a lower or mid-tier GPU, I was thinking about a 1050Ti 4GB that I can buy for £50 or a new gen xx50 GPU, but I'm not sure how that handle things like PUBG, RDR2 etc as I've not been keeping up with the hardware news. Obviously the budget is £2k but the lower the better. I don't need a 24c/48t cpu etc. A well performing 6-8core would suit. 


In 2020 I had a R5 3600 / 16GB/ 1050Ti 4GB and it was fine, but had to go as I was travelling a lot - with that being said the smaller the form factor the better as I still move 3 times a year. 


Thanks in advance 🙂


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You can switch the cpu with a 13600k and the gpu with a 6600/6600xt/6650xt or 6700xt(if you want more performance as that just around 50 more). For CPU, is really up to you if you need less cores. As you can probably still game while using 1-2 virtualization at the same time. But as for games, specially if you would like to keep it for a long time, I feel you would need at least 12gb of vram just to be sure that you will be able to play "decently" the up coming games that's yet to be release. Fact is, new titles that are starting to come out are demanding high vram. So yes, either go with 3060 12gb or 6700xt/6750xt, whichever is cheaper. This case isn't as small as some itx case, but at least it's smaller than a regular mid and full tower.


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-14700K 3.4 GHz 20-Core Processor  (£395.41 @ Amazon UK) 
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler  (£109.95 @ Amazon UK) 
Motherboard: ASRock Z790M-ITX WIFI Mini ITX LGA1700 Motherboard  (£210.65 @ NeoComputers) 
Memory: TEAMGROUP T-Create Expert 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR5-6400 CL34 Memory  (£196.23 @ Amazon UK) 
Storage: Samsung 980 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive  (£137.97 @ Amazon UK) 
Video Card: MSI AERO ITX OC GeForce RTX 3060 12GB 12 GB Video Card  (£259.99 @ Amazon UK) 
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P200A DRGB Mini ITX Tower Case  (£72.97 @ Amazon UK) 
Power Supply: LC-Power LC6 V2.31 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  (£134.88 @ Amazon UK) 
Total: £1518.05
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-12-03 16:27 GMT+0000

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