Welcome to "Jacquelynne", a Modern Looking Single / Dual User Gaming PC
I uploaded a video of my machine on my YouTube channel:
Jacquelynne is a premium parts "Frankenstein". I bought my case, board and CPU, used for a very good deal. I took the bare bones machine I bought and I swapped parts in from my older I7-940 build. I used my 1200watt power supply, 1tb SSDs and my 6 HDDS, plus a 980 video card. I installed all the lesser parts back into the Intel system.
I upgraded my video card more recently with two used 1080tis. I got the cards for a great deal, after mining died and the used card market was flooded with 1080s and 1080tis. These cards were actually part of a 3way SLI setup for a racing sim finatic. (He upgraded to TITANs. Are you really going to see any performance difference for the money?.)
The parts for this PC came from a multitude of places, new and used. Overall I think my "Jacquelynne" build looks powerful, clean and modern. Best of all it was inexpensive.
Current Hardware and Setup Info:
ROG STRIX X370-F Gaming Motherboard (https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Motherboards/ROG-STRIX-X370-F-GAMING/specifications/)
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (Summit Ridge) OC@3.9Ghz - Watercooled 1x120mm deep rad, fairly quiet and good cpu temps.
GSKILL RipJaws V 8GB DDR4 2800MHz x 4 - 32GB Ram
PCIe1x(1)- Wireless Adapter Card (I use it as WIFI Hotspot for Cell Phones & pads)
PCIe16x(1) @ 8xGen3 - GTX1080Ti - Nvidia Reference Card @ 2020 / 6000
PCIe1x (2) - 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub Controller (Runs all Additional USB - Printers, UPS, etc)
PCIe16(2) @ 8xGen3 - GTX1080TI - Nvidia Reference Card @ 2020 / 6000
PCIe16(3) @ 1xGen3- Empty (Limited PCIe Lanes)
M2 Drive = Empty (Am I going to see a Speed Difference over my 2TB SSD Raid0 array?)
Sata0 - 1TB SSD -
Sata1 - 1TB SSD - Raid0 Performance Stripe @ 2TB
Sata2 - 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Sata3 - 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD - Raid0 Performance Stripe @ 4TB
Sata4 - 4TB Western Barracuda HDD
Sata5 - 4TB Western Barracuda HDD - Raid0 Performance Stripe @8TB
Sata6 - 1TB Drive
Sata7 - 1TB Drive - Raid1 Redundancy Mirror)
Jacquelynne is my Dual Gaming PC and Server. I use Aster Multiseat for my virtualization. I like the ability to, with a reboot, turn my machine from a fully functioning Dual User gaming rig into a Single User gaming rig with SLI enabled.
When I was doing my research on virtualization software I liked the ability to enable and disable the virtualization software of aster, over more dedicated platforms that are always on. Some platforms you have to, on a hardware level, dedicate out resources. Set ram resources, logical cpus and video cards. In aster the resources are shared. I only require one key + install of windows 10. As well with the Raid0 striping, on my drives, I get double the space and nearly double the performance for loading games in single user or dual user modes, without requiring multiple physical installs of the same software.
Only needing 1 physical copy of software installed on my drives is a lifesaver for SSD space. Aster does have a few drawbacks, like getting both users steam accounts open at the same time, where dedicated virtual platforms you may not have this issue.
I increased from 2 x 8GB sticks of ram to 4 x 8GB sticks of ram. I did this to allow enough ram both users to play extremely demanding and resource hogging games simultaneously, such as Final Fantasy XV. 16GB of ram for each user should be more than adequate for memory keep in mind, with resource sharing, a user can use more that 16gb. After adding the two extra sticks of ram I noticed a minor loss in performance in benchmarks. I thought that this may be due to extra demand on the controllers power, I bumped it slightly, no difference, so i went back to stock. In benchmarks I score 19200 with 4 sticks of ram and 19600 with 2 sticks of ram.less than a 1 percent performance loss. Overall I am happy with the overclocked performance results running 32gb of ram.
My main drive right now is my 2 x1TB SSDs in raid0 array. Dual SSDs perform quite well, especially in 2 user mode and 2tb of SSD space is great for my highly used games and software.
My Secondary Drive is 2x2TB Seagate Barracuda Drives in Raid0 array, this gives me 4tbs of pretty fast Hard Drive Space.
My third drive is 2x4TB Seagate Barracuda Drives in raid 0 array, This is my 8TB media drive. I work with my GoPro quite a bit and its nice to have somewhere to keep my ride videos.
My fourth drive is 2x1TB Western Digital Green Drives in mirrored raid1 array. I store my business and personal documents file here. A long with a folder holding all my drivers for when I reinstall.
I have an M.2 slot. I know M.2 can achieve higher reads speeds over Sata. I will have to look at my MB manual and see if I have the PCIe lanes to use it, if i have available lanes with my current set up. May be beneficial to have windows and swap on 1tb m2 drive, with a 2x1tb ssds raid0 for games. Any thoughts?
I run a media server, Plex, that loads on the main users account and uses resources as main user. All Resources are shared, so its possible to have 1 user use more than half the resources, like ram, without issues.
I have an Oculus Rift with 4 Sesonsor Room Scale. It consists of the 4 sensors on active 10' Usb 3.0USB extensions, as well as, the headset has a 15' active HDMI and 15' active USB3.0 extension cable. This gives me a large play area and plenty of cable length on the headset to walk around.
A single 1080ti performs amazing in VR. With 11GB of ram I can run the Rift with highest settings, the most amount of enemies, and enjoy some very fast paced room scale shooter games.
On Jaquelyne the USB bandwidth demand is very high. Initially bought a 4 controller dedicated USB 3.0 card to run the Oculus the sensors on. It required 4xPCIe lanes and I figgured the PCIex16(3) slot would suffice. But Ryzen doesnt have enough remaining PCIe lanes when using 2 Graphics Cards. That was a bummer.
I installed a 7 Port USB3.0 single controller card. It uses a single PCIe1x slot. I can use the onboard USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports for my Rift headset for the 4 sensors with no bandwidth issues. Below is my USB layout for Jacquelynne.
Front USB3.0-1 - Blu Tooth Receiver
Front USB3.0-2 - Logitech Wireless Mouse & Keyboard, portable for Livingroom.
USB2.0-1 - Mouse - Dedicated Mouse at Desk
USB2.0-2 - Keyboard - Dedicated Keyboard at Desk
USB3.0-A1 - Rift Sensor 1 + 10' Active USB3.0 Extension cable
USB3.0-A2 - Bedroom USB3.0 7Port Hub + 2x15' Active USB3.0 Extension cables
USB3.0-B1 - Rift Headset + 15' Active USB3.0 Extension cable
USB3.0-B2 - Livingroom USB3.0 7Port Hub
USB3.0-C1 - Rift Sensor 3 + 10' Active USB3.0 Extension cable
USB3.0-C2 - GoPro Hero5 / USBC cable
USB3.1 - Rift Sensor 2 + 10' Active USB3.0 Extension cable
USBC - Rift Sensor 1 + 10' Active USB3.0 Extension cable
PCIE USB3.0 7 Port Card
1 - Brother Laser Printer MFC
2 - Cannon Photo Printer
3 - UPS connection
4 - Xbox 360 Receiver (4 controllers in Livingroom)
5 - Webcam
Livingroom USB3.0 7 port Powered Hub + 4 Quick Charge Ports: Easy Access for USB Drives, phones, devices. Fast Charging. (User 1: Livingroom)
Port 8 - Quickcharge USBC cable for my phone
Port 9 - Quickcharge Lightning cable for Iphone
Bedroom USB3.0 7 port Powered Hub + 4 Quick Charge Ports: Easy Access for USB Drives, phones, devices. Fast Charging. (User 2: Bedroom)
Port 1 - Wireless Receiver for Keyboard and Mouse
Port 2 - Xbox One Wireless Receiver (2 Controllers)
Port 10 - Quickcharge USBC cable for my phone
Port 11 - Quickcharge Lightning cable for Iphone
The big powered hubs are just for convenience to plug in what ever. With this setup I do use quite a few USB3.0 Active Extension cables and Active HDMI Extension Cables. The ports appear to supply adequate voltages and I do not have any drops, power or bandwidth issues.
Her are some 3DMark Performance Scores Single Rig SLI:
TimeSpy - https://www.3dmark.com/spy/4725246
TimeSpy Extreme - https://www.3dmark.com/spy/4776555
FireStrike Extreme - https://www.3dmark.com/fs/18429899
FireStrike Ultra - https://www.3dmark.com/fs/18429976
3dMark Performance Scores Dual Rig (Simultaneously)
TimeSpy User 1: https://www.3dmark.com/spy/6025066
TimeSpy User 2: https://www.3dmark.com/spy/6025062
I added a few pictures of the set up. Will take better pictures on my next cleaning.
Color(s): Black Green
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Type: General Build
- Ultra II
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
- Ultra II
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
- AX1200 (discontinued)
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Unable to dertermine total build value (missing part value)