Before anything this is my first time posting on the forum so please tell me if I did anything wrong.
It’s been a long time I wanted to make the switch to Linux after trying so many distros (mint,ubuntu,arch…) But after watching Linus video with level1tech his videos and someordinarygamer’s on PCI-E passthrough Vfio/iommu QEMU windows setups I think I’m ready to make the switch, however I feel like to be 100% sure I would need to get these questions answer and hopefully you could help me make my final decision.
The first question is could I even do it with my current rig? If not the rest still interests me as I’m planning on eventually buying a whole new setup so here’s my specs:
- i7 4770K Haswell CPU
- B85M Asrock motherboard
- GTX 970
- 16Gb RAM DDR3
- 512Gb SSD and 1Tb SSHD
- Wifi/Bluetooth PCi card
My second question might be a really stupid one:
Could I use my secondary monitor with my linux host while the VM is not running?
I plan on having the host run off the integrated HD4600 graphics and the windows machine on my GTX 970.
As I have two drives I wonder if I could dedicate my 1Tb hard drive only to the windows machine so I use the snappy SSD only for my host linux and I don’t want one taking space on the other OS, can it be done?
I know that 2 sets of mice and keyboards are necessary during the installation process but when that’s done could I be using a software solution like Synergy (it’s the only one that comes to mind rightnow) in order to navigate between host and VM with only using 1 mouse and 1 keyboard?
And if that works would there be additionnal input lags during a gaming session?
I also do audio-recording on windows and my only solution is using a DAC which alows me to plug in my guitar, my headphones and my mic and to same time which brings my to the question, is the audio of the VM passthrough to the Host? Because not being able to use my headset for both is kind of a deal-breaker for me. Luckily I use reaper which seems to also seems to work on Linux however it would be nice knowing if it’s possible to use my HD6XX on both the Host and VM simulteanously.
I hardly ever but sometimes I like to stream games on twitch would you say it’s possyible to use to host sstem like a capture card and record the entire VM through OBS, or would it be wiser to use OBS from within the VM itself rather?
And speaking of games do you think there is any reasons my Windows Mixte Reality headset wouldn’t work? I know it probably means that I should passthrough my Wifi/Bluetooth pci card for the controllers to work.
I think that’s all that’s keeping me from having made the switch already and I would be really grateful if some of those questions get answered and thank you for having read my post.
The Host linux distro I’m considering is Fedora but I’m open to other suggestions.
I’m really sorry for all the noob question this project is maybe too-much of a big deal than it should to me.
For any grammatical error and sentences that doesn’t make sense I appologize as I’m not a native speaker.