I am thinking about building a Linux gaming system using PCI passthrough with KVM. I haven’t built a system for 15 years. I’ve been dual booting with Ubuntu / Windows 7 for over 10 years on a laptop. I got tired of Window’s problems and only use it for games. Now I am tired of duel booting. I recently became aware that VMs and PCI passthrough has reached a point where I can avoid the need to dual boot. I am only in the planning stage.
Okay, I made this build, am I on the right track?
I have a limited budget and would need to buy my components over several months. I don’t need to be on the cutting edge and would prefer just under because of cost. Anyway I am posting for build ideas. My source for the setup is, Play games in Windows on Linux! PCI passthrough quick guide Here are the requirements for the system I would like to build.
Before we start, bonus if I can upgrade the system to cutting edge when the prices come down. And I don’t want poorly made components.
The CPU must support VT-D virtualization technology.
What is the AMD equivalent called? Which processor would be the best for this purpose? I ask because I believe an AMD processors with more cores would be less expensive. I think more cores are better in this case? Or is core performance more important? Or is it just easier to make this work with Intel?
The motherboard must support IOMMU mapping as well as the same Intel VT-d or AMD equivalent.
Motherboard suggestions? I would prefer a motherboard that just works. And it must be compatible with Linux.
16 GB ram is the minimum and I would plan for 32 GB if it is in the budget.
I need two GPUs. The gaming GPU must support UEFI. I plan on nothing higher than HD. The 2nd GPU (main?) is just for desktop software, videos, with HDMI output. An Intel or AMD integrated graphic should work for the desktop GPU.
I’ll also need two monitors, HD again. What are good performing budget monitors?
I’ll also have two Samsung SSD drives in my laptop so I shouldn’t need to buy a drive. One could be used for building the system and is a newer drive that supports current SATA. And then the 2nd could be used for the gaming drive after I have the system working. No gaming until the build is complete. The laptop will be used for NAS after I make the switch. So I’ll buy an additional drive for storage, suggestions? I will add the laptop screen has lost several pixels so it is either a new laptop and stay with duel booting or a whole new system. I no longer have a need for a travel laptop since I have a cheap netbook.
I’ll need a case, my space is limited so smaller is better. Suggestions?
I’ll need a power supply. Nothing poorly made, suggestions?
I’ll need two keyboards and prefer back lite keys, nothing fancy. Suggestions? Also, maybe a single keyboard with a switch to move between Linux and Windows? This should also support the mouse. Did I mention I have limited space for this hardware?
I would like to keep the cost around $1,500 - $2,000, $1,500 is better for me. Is this realistic?