1 Home Server – 4 Gaming PC’s For the Family

Desktops For The Family

Our most powerful home server option consists of hardware that is capable of powering everyone in a 4 person family with 16 cores 32gb of RAM and a portion of 4 RTX 4090 GPUs, leaving room for the integrated 80TB NAS to house your entire family’s backups / media plus your entire movie collection.

3x 2TB NVMe in a raid-z1 (raid5) provides 4TB of storage to house all of the VMs, giving you 200GB OS partitions and 600GB game partitions per Windows 11 virtual machine. The 200 GB partitions can be blown out and reloaded at any time without having to start from scratch. Remaining storage is used for additional VMs, such as the NAS’ primary boot VM.
Raspberry Pi 4s running Windows 11 for RemoteFX should provide gaming capabilities from the home server over RDP. If not a thin client can be used that supports it.

For most of us though, the most powerful PC is still too expensive even when running as 4 PCs and a home server combined. Our cheaper options can do this too which can provide basic gaming and web browser functionality accessible from anywhere in the world.


Windows 10/11 RDP - Gaming

As you can see in the video below, Windows 10/11 RDP is capable of gaming at 60 frames per second, which is enough for your average gamers. The whole family could use a computer remotely and it wouldn’t matter where your sit in the house, as every device is capable of accessing your Windows desktop.

Home Server Flexibility

Let’s say when you first purchase a home server you have a 2 year old, and 3 years down the line they get old enough to start teaching them how to use a computer. You can restructure the inner workings of the home server and repurpose resources to a new desktop for the child running whatever operating system you choose. Before it could have been a compute virtual machine designed to render text to images that you were playing around with, for example.

The secret lies in the usability of the software. Currently we would load it with ProxMox VE, but that is fairly difficult to learn. We would love to build a similar but much simpler version designed for your every day consumer. Some level of tech savvy would still be required as would the general concept of an operating system, disks, memory, and CPU, but this is something that should be taught in high school already for the past generation.

If you are brave, head on over to our advanced tutorials under Guides & Tutorials at the top and learn how to set one of these up yourself on whatever hardware you may have laying around. It can’t generate an AI news anchor or run 4 high end desktops, but it can still serve as a NAS with web apps including Jellyfin for movies.


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