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What PSU for a Multi-Seat computer?

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January 28, 2013 7:40:57 PM

Hi
I'm planning on putting together a 4-user Multi-Seat computer using SoftXpand.
This PC will be mainly used for light gaming (Minecraft multi-player) and media playback (mainly XBMC).
The spec I'm looking is just a tiny bit above average:
- Asrock H-77M motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel I5 Sandy-Bridge
- GTX-560 card
- GTX-570 card.
- 8GB Ram.
- 500GB HDD
- 80GB Intel SSD

My plan is to use all 6 available video ports - 2 on-board, 2 from each card, so that some users will have dual-screens, inspired by this video: http://youtu.be/HT0x355wGME .

The only concern I have left is the power supply: should I revert to heavy duty stuff like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or should I trust standard 550W PSUs to do the job?

Thanks for any advice!

{EDIT: video now works, so it should explain what I'm up to}
January 28, 2013 7:45:05 PM

dont exactly getting at what you are trying to do. are you trying to run 4 virtual machines off of one rig to play games

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January 28, 2013 7:57:38 PM

You cant use two graphics cards on one motherboard and have them both run at the same time , uness they are n SLI . You cant SLI with that motherboard . And you have different graphics cards

Whether your softXpand set up can use ports on both cards I am unsure .

I would suggest mailing softxpand and asking them what is required


EDIT:
they want you to apply for a quote. So please let us know how much this software is . You are going to need the business edition for more than 2 users
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January 28, 2013 8:43:27 PM

TheBigTroll said:
dont exactly getting at what you are trying to do. are you trying to run 4 virtual machines off of one rig to play games


Exactly, see the video I've added.
Thanks!
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January 28, 2013 8:49:34 PM

Hi @Outlander_04 - I'm planning on using 6 monitors, so SLI is not applicable in any case.

Outlander_04 said:
You cant use two graphics cards on one motherboard and have them both run at the same time , uness they are n SLI . You cant SLI with that motherboard . And you have different graphics cards

Whether your softXpand set up can use ports on both cards I am unsure .

I would suggest mailing softxpand and asking them what is required


EDIT:
they want you to apply for a quote. So please let us know how much this software is . You are going to need the business edition for more than 2 users
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January 28, 2013 9:04:17 PM

well if you are going to run many things at once, id suggest this build

video card is overkill, but its the only one i can find so far with 6 connectors out of the box so you dont have to use adaptors
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A9z1

550w will be more than enough
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January 28, 2013 9:10:23 PM

TheBigTroll said:
well if you are going to run many things at once, id suggest this build

video card is overkill, but its the only one i can find so far with 6 connectors out of the box so you dont have to use adaptors
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A9z1

550w will be more than enough


Thanks so much !
I'll look into it.
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