Four desktops, four laptops and three ipads. That’s for two kids (7 & 9) and one adult. Quite a lot of computing power and that’s not even including the servers and Raspberry Pi. Or the router. And wifi access point. And NAS.

So, there’s lot of tech in my house and when we are looking to ‘downsize’ for life in a tiny house, we need something… fit for purpose?

With the COVID19 quarantine putting a delay on anything not vital for survival, it took a little to get the kit but eBay and CEX in the end came through, so here goes our list:

1x Intel i7 4770 CPU (to swap out the 4770K one already in the system; because it turns out K CPUs, while great for overclocking, are not working with VT-d virtualisation; something we need to pass-through the various graphics cards and other devices to the guest computers in KVM.

3x Nvidia graphics cards (one for each virtualised gaming PC: GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 710 and 660 Ti with 2GB VRAM each).

Several cables to plug in monitors and keyboard, mice and headsets (more than I thought in fact and I want to access the Linux (Pop_os) host machine too…). Remind me to share that cabling diagram with you:

4x 250GB SSD from various machines now combined in a RAID5 array (that’s 0.75TB roughly of protected net usable space)

Both RAID arrays are software RAID simply because there is no more room in the XL computer case. I have spare hardware card if anybody needs it.

And for the lulz we also upgraded the laptops with Linux and SSDs to act as not so thin clients for the rig while we are away from home (one day we’ll be free to travel again!) – thank you Parsec for an awesome, free way to remotely play at 60fps and even share with friends. If you haven’t tried it, head over to Parsec Gamingexternal link and download it. Currently supports Mac, Windows and Linux clients and Windows and Mac servers. Not quite ShadowTech but close enough for what we need. Kids are using it right now to play on their desktops while at their mum’s.

Build guide and video coming soon. Meantime, here’s the rack covered in fancy sound-quietening cladding:

Let me know any questions or comments you have – love to hear your feedback.

Stay safe.