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Doubts with this $10,000 NAS and Gaming Server for a gaming cafe.

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October 17, 2013 6:40:22 AM

First of all, let me tell you that this is the first time I'm trying out a combination to make a server build. I have no idea how to distribute a server's CPU and GPU across multiple PCs. I would be grateful if you could refer me an article on this topic.

I have included 4 Titans because I have no idea how the GPU's work over a server.

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($1049.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.25 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($899.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 750GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($264.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($264.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($264.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($264.97 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($1099.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($1099.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($1099.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($1099.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($291.06 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: LEPA G Series 1600W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($269.72 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($182.26 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser Mouse ($60.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $9910.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 09:33 EDT-0400)

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October 17, 2013 6:48:24 AM

What is your goal? Are you trying to run multiple games off this machine simultaneously?
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October 17, 2013 11:50:41 AM

nmakes said:
First of all, let me tell you that this is the first time I'm trying out a combination to make a server build. I have no idea how to distribute a server's CPU and GPU across multiple PCs. I would be grateful if you could refer me an article on this topic.


Short answer: You can't. If you want to run multiple clients off a single server, the GPUs and CPUs won't translate to a client's VMs. Even then you can really only run one application at a time so that also defeats the purpose.
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October 17, 2013 12:23:38 PM

What g-unit said. If you want to support multiple simultaneous games, the only solution is to provide multiple discrete gaming PCs. Each would have to have its own OS and game executables.

The concept of a "server" for a gaming cafe would be fine if you want to set up a Windows Domain Controller, and manage client accounts, but you might find yourself burdened with updates, troubleshooting, support, viruses, quotas, illicit downloads, copyrighted downloads...time and money.
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October 17, 2013 1:04:29 PM

teddymines said:
What g-unit said. If you want to support multiple simultaneous games, the only solution is to provide multiple discrete gaming PCs. Each would have to have its own OS and game executables.

The concept of a "server" for a gaming cafe would be fine if you want to set up a Windows Domain Controller, and manage client accounts, but you might find yourself burdened with updates, troubleshooting, support, viruses, quotas, illicit downloads, copyrighted downloads...time and money.


Yeah the biggest problem there is that you have a central server - file server - client - client - client - client setup. Each client has its' own hardware and its' own operating system license. And that means that when you go to install the games on this system, they will not use the hardware that's on the server, they will use the hardware on the client. Even if you ran a system with tons of VMs (virtual machine), those VMs will only run on the hardware that is installed on the client machine. You can't run the hardware from the server on a VM client. Think of it running like a corporate flow chart - you have the president at the top, then the managers, then the subordinates. The managers and the subordinates do their own work, but the CEO does not do the job of the subordinates (and vice versa).
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