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Two computers in one computer???

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Thread Starter 
I am not sure where to put this thread, so I put it here.
I was thinking is it possible to have just one computer which has 2 CPU, 2 graphics cards, 2 hard disks and one motherboard, but program it such a way that it would behave as 2 separate computers, so that 2 persons could use it at the same time and do two separate things.
And if it is possible then would it be still efficient to have just 1 CPU with 8 cores or more?
post #2 of 7
Look into virtual machines. Many businesses run VM servers that allow a thin client to connect to the server so it cuts down on costs but I'm not sure if you could do full gaming virtual machines all that easily like that.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
virtual machine allows you to run multiple OS at the same time,
but does it allow you to run on one monitor OS "A" which uses keyboard and mouse set "A" and on the other monitor a second OS "B" which uses keyboard and mouse set "B",
and both of the OSs are independent from each other.
post #4 of 7

Virtual machines are exactly what you're looking for. VM+VPN/Remote desktop solution.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Ok thank you for all the replies
post #6 of 7

Of course, you'll need two other lightweight systems to run the remote desktop software. Depending on what exactly you plan to use it for, what cpus you use will be dependent upon that.

post #7 of 7
Thin clients are incredibly slow and cost just as much as a cheap little computer with better hardware than the thin client. In our office I built a server that ran 4 virtual machines, it also used an AMD FirePro 2450 card to have 4 monitors, and a couple USB cards. What I did was run each VM on its own SSD, ran an active USB extender and DVI or VGA cable (depending on what the monitor used) to each location I wanted a desktop. I then plugged in their own local mouse and keyboard as well as a USB audio DAC. THen on the main server I ran a VM for each location and set it to fullscreen for each different monitor to have their own. Lock the assignment of keyboard, mouse, and audio to each station and then I had 4 separate computers running from a single tower. Mind you it does have its limitations, such as the cable length to each desktop must be within 30ft of the main tower. This is because USB should not be extended very far and DVI is also hard to extend far. But it worked fairly well for the year and a half that we used it. It also cant be used for gaming as you generally dont have proper driver access to a GPU from within a virtual machine, although some chipsets and graphics card do support that through VMWare.

The important parts to think about if you do this are that each OS puts a lot of I/O out, so their own drive for each would give best performance but if you wanted you could get away with 2 VM's sharing one SSD. Also you need at least a quad core (preferably 8 cores) to run four desktops as they all will want to process stuff. And lastly is system RAM, try to stick in enough to give each desktop 4GB, or 8GB if you are able to afford it. If this is simply going to run 2 computers from one tower then this all becomes very easy with today's hardware, but you have to beef up the hardware if you plan to go 4+ in one tower.
Edited by EniGma1987 - 8/2/13 at 2:12pm
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Intel 730 series Intel 730 series Samsung 840 EVO Custom water cooling 
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