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LinusTechTips builds a $30,000 PC capable of running seven gaming setups at once

By midian182 ยท 37 replies
Jan 7, 2016
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  1. Back in October, YouTube tech reviewer LinusTechTips created a single PC that was powerful enough to run two separate, high-end gaming machines, each with their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse. But it seems that wasn’t enough for the PC fan, as he’s upped the ante and created a single, massive tower that can run seven gaming setups at once.

    The seven systems are far from what would be considered mid-range (virtual) machines. Each one is connected to a 34-inch Predator X34 monitor running at a 3440 X 1440 resolution, and Linus showed how he can play Crysis 3 at 60 to 100 FPS while the six other setups ran Unigine Heaven.

    Building a single PC that is capable of doing this does, of course, take an immense amount of hardware – near $30,000 worth, to be exact. Linus started with an Asus Z10PE-D8 WS ($564) motherboard as it’s one of the only standard form factor Mobos that can fit in a gaming case and is able to hold all the components.

    Next was the dual CPUs - two Xeon E5-2697 hyperthreaded 14-core processors ($5312) that could provide the equivalent of a quad-core CPU for each setup. There was also 256GB of DDR4 RAM (8 sticks of 32GB, costing about $2454 in total), and eight 1 TB SSDs (roughly $3267).

    Linus used seven Radeon R9 Nanos ($4543) – chosen for their size and efficiency – to provide those 1440p images on the seven X34s ($10,003). The hardware gets its power from an EVGA T2 1600W ($429) PSU, and the whole thing sits in a CaseLabs Mercury S8 ($399.95) case, which Linus used as it can accommodate both the E-ATX mobo and a water cooling setup.

    What’s more amazing than constructing this machine is the fact that Linus managed to get all the various components and peripherals working together. Kingston – who sponsored the build and provided the SSDs and memory – is showing off the PC at their CES 2016 booth. It may not be very practical (or cheap), but it’s still an incredible piece of work.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,892   +2,219

    They're always doing cool things over at Linus tech tips, but this one takes the cake by far.
    erickmendes, Reehahs and DaveBG like this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,037

    The real question - how much worse would any PC enthusiast do with a $30k budget? Didn't feel like an engineering genius that went into all that.
    ikesmasher and insect like this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,393   +3,780

    Shot, I just want to meet the kid or adult that can run 7 games at the same time and actually do any good at any of them!
    learninmypc and Reehahs like this.
  5. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    Seems like a pretty standard build - all plug and play with some water cooling loops. Not even a custom modded case to show it all off?

    Wasted money.
    Evernessince likes this.
  6. UltraModernGuy

    UltraModernGuy TS Member Posts: 24   +14

    Great for those crazy WoW multiboxers
    madboyv1 likes this.
  7. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 360   +153

    That's an amazing set up, it's not actually useful, but it does have some serious enthusiast components.
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,543   +918

    Not sure if serious...
  9. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Maniac Posts: 413   +155

    One of my favorite videos on their site.
  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    This would pretty cool to have with a large octagon shaped desk, put this thing in the middle and then have the 7 keyboards, mice, and monitors coming out from the center to 7 of those 8 sides... talk about taking head to head play over the top.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  11. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Maniac Posts: 413   +155

    Pretty standard build? This has NEVER been done before. It has 7 SEPARATE computers in one box.
    cliffordcooley and Reehahs like this.
  12. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    Actually it is just one computer technically, but it runs virtual machines that each have their own assigned video card and CPU core block with enough horsepower to function as 7 independent systems.
    Evernessince likes this.
  13. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,002   +3,488

    He's right, nothing special was really done here other than dropping a boatload of cash. If it wasn't for Linus name attached, it never would have been news.

    This is pretty much just a circle jerk. Any IT person would have loved to build this system and it's not like it's something hard to do compared to building a regular computer. Linus is a good salesman but nothing special of an IT guy.
    Jack007 likes this.
  14. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,892   +2,219

    They didn't mention the software side too much, but that is by far the more impressive feat. Sure, anyone can shove 7 video cards into a computer, but how many can actually make it work?
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,972   +4,006

    Super! No all anyone needs is six more pairs of arms and eyeballs.

    Wait, I know, we can get that Hindu God/Goddess whatshisname to play it, and by himself/herself, no less! (y)

    I'd bet this one could get to all the Easter eggs in record time:

  16. satutekno

    satutekno TS Rookie

    It is a new version of Unraid they are working on directly with Limetech, because they have a 10Gbit server that also uses Unraid. You can find more detail in the 2 gamers, 1 CPU : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuJYMCbIbPk , not a step by step detail though
  17. CJDad

    CJDad TS Rookie

    I sense a disturbance in the Nerd:
    when some could admire a person's handiwork for what it is but instead choose to pick it to bits because; well, I've no idea.

    It must be hard being a legend.
  18. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    I build extreme gaming systems (see https://goo.gl/photos/WZZG53bMZxoknxzf6). If I'm going to build a PC to do >100 FPS in the most modern games, I'm going to go custom case at minimum - or in this case... not really a case. Because of the cost - usually only one a year. That build was nearly $4K last year (including monitor).
    madboyv1 and mosu like this.
  19. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,466   +637

    Lol alot of hate in these comments!
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,972   +4,006

    Is it hate, or is it jealousy? Or is it hate being used to mask jealousy? :suspicious:
    deemon, madboyv1 and Lionvibez like this.
  21. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,466   +637

    seems a little of both!
  22. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,002   +3,488

    Nai, I just have admiration of actual handy work. I could follow your method and praise everyone and everything for anything they've ever done but I think I'll rather take a more critical stance instead of being another pundit.
  23. CJDad

    CJDad TS Rookie

    Well, post some of yours for us to admire in that case.
    Bluescreendeath and DaveBG like this.
  24. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,002   +3,488

    It's been obvious that you want me to expend a massive amount of effort on you because you enjoy laying the bait as much the next troll. Tell me, what need do I have to peruse my old posts all to appease you? Since your haven't been here for long, I'll let you in on something. You can view previous posts of any person by clicking on their name. Now that's settled, you can verify for yourself.

    Now if you're the obstinate type, I'm fairly certain what your next move is going to be. In any case, I won't reply to any of your responses on this thread henceforth.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,972   +4,006

    Are you really going to let yourself get sucked into this "battle of the dueling rookies"?

    This is an extension of the eternal struggle between love & hate, admiration & dependency, playing out before you in the "very real field of cyber-conflict". There are dead electrons strewn about willy-nilly. Look, there's one with its quark blown off. Oh, the horror. Leave those two alone. They'll run off to Facebook and "unfriend" one another any minute now.

    OK, so this $30,000 computer is wearing, "the emperor's new clothes". So what? In auto racing circles, it would be called a "sleeper". Basically, a car that just about flies, without outward accouterments of performance. You know, a car that isn't shi**ed up with racing decals and pinstripes. The proverbial, "vehicle to be named later".

    Besides, the website could have simply run out of money and couldn't afford some stupid a** case in the shape of a dragon's head, with flashing lights all over it.

    Which reminds me, if I had thirty grand, I'd buy myself a new Jeep, not piss it away on that piece of crap.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2016
    ikesmasher and Evernessince like this.

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