The first rule of making a Xen gaming system:
Whenever possible, COPY A WORKING SETUP EXACTLY.
You will encounter quirks and roadblocks; so why not let someone else solve them for you?
That said, the barebones requirements for a Virtualization gaming setup are VT, VT-d, and multiple video cards. Determining whether your system supports VT and VT-d is tricky. Not only do you need the right CPU, but your motherboard must have the correct PCH, and your BIOS must correctly implement both features.
My hardware is as follows:
- Asus Z87-DELUXE motherboard
- Intel I7-4770 CPU (note: the I7-4770K supports VT, but not VT-d, so it will not work)
- Radeon R9 270x graphics card (Gigabyte R9 GV-R927XOC-2GD)
Then, I have the following accessories:
- 2 USB Keyboards (1 generic, 1 Razer DeathStalker)
- 2 USB Mice (1 generic wireless, 1 Razer DeathAdder)
- 1 XBox 360 Wireless Receiver + XBox 360 Controller (both are official)
- 2 Dell Ultrasharp 2412m monitors
- 1 TV with HDMI ports
I considered adding the following accessories to my system, but ultimately decided not to:
- A USB add-in card
- A USB switch
- A spare sound card (either PCIE or USB)