Home Assistant on a Gaming PC?


#1

Has anyone run Home Assistant on a Gaming PC with Docker? I built a pretty good gaming PC that can run Virtual Reality, and I am thinking about trying to install Docker on it.

The old laptop I have been running Home Assistant on is having hardware issues and has stopped running multiple times over the past couple of days. So I am trying to decide if moving Docker installs of Home Assistant, Mosquitto, Node-RED, and Letsencrypt/Nginx proxy, would drastically affect the performance of games.


#2

You will never notice HA running on a machine like that.


#3

I really dislike docker on Windows.

It doesn’t run natively, and when you install it will run an Ubuntu VM in hyper-v. The problem I have comes from the networking stack and the lack of USB pass through.

I would rather run virtual box or VMware and build my own VM if a Windows machine was all I had.


#4

Who mentioned windows?


#5

97% of all “gaming machines” are running Windows. Triple A titles aren’t available on Linux


#6

I can get longwinded so I decided to keep my original post brief to avoid reading fatigue. :slight_smile:

Yes, it runs Windows 10, an AMD Ryzen 2600X, Nvidia GTX 1080, 16gb RAM, 1TB SSD, and an Oculus Rift VR headset.


#7

That’s what I was thinking… theoretically. :wink:

So you would recommend running docker on a Linux Virtual Box image, rather than just Docker on Windows?


#8

Yes. Docker on Windows will require hyper-v which will not allow USB pass through should you ever need it.


#9

How often do you reboot it? Your home assistant machine shouldn’t need to be rebooted because windows done an update. I know windows is getting more stable, but IMHO it hasn’t caught up to linux yet.

TL:DR get a small low power PC for your home assistant machine.


#10

Haha. If only I could prevent Windows 10 machines from rebooting whenever the F they felt the need.


#11

I upgraded to an old laptop after starting on a Raspberry Pi. But I love the performance boost I got so I don’t think I could ever go back to a Pi.


#12

Hmmm… but yeah, that’s a good point. Maybe the laptop just needs a new hard drive. If I can fix it that way that would be ideal.


#13

Get a cheap SSD and it’ll run faster too. You don’t need many GB to run HA.


#14

Thank you @nickrout and @flamingm0e for helping me think this one through. I hadn’t thought about how often a windows update (or game crash) could bring down my Home Automations. I definitely don’t want to put the family though any more downtime. Especially since I feel like I finally hit my Home Automation stride.


#15

I’m thinking of getting one of those small mint boxes or another linux box for around a hundred bucks so I have real hardware instead of worrying when the sd card will fail next.


#16

I made some suggestions here Stability - Raspberry Pi


#17

Update: I have got the laptop back up and running for around $50. I picked up an SSD from Amazon and after a day of restoring too many files from my backup, which screwed up my configs, I got it working again.

It has been running well for a couple of hours now… I think it may have just been a failing hard drive.


#18

I am just listening to a program about zero waste. Well done on keeping the laptop out of the waste bin.