I hear ya. I see all the server builds on youtube, and you can’t argue with the application (servers are great for plotting!), but it sounds like a chorus of angry drones. The fans are too noisy to sit in the same room with. I like your setup - should be plenty for hammering out plots.
Looks like these guys were getting about 3.5 to 4 hours per plot back in the early days of chia. So it’s a good minimum to shoot for.
I game old GOG/Steam stuff with mine plotting, the bottleneck on my old box is I/O related so I’ve usually got enough ram and a couple CPU cores free (and GPU untouched of course). Just leave some resources free and you can absolutely use the machine for other things.
My 3800XT does 45 minutes with MM, think yours should be faster, 30-40 minutes?
If you play old ass games like me, sure
If you use the original Chia plotter you can have a few running in the background, with madmax plotter cpu load is like 95% So I don’t think the game will run any good.
I very much agree with the title of the topic, I did exactly the same. Don’t really need a good Chia plotter anymore, don’t really need a fancy gaming system but put the two together and it was perfect justification to finally do a custom-loop build.