No, not LotR, but I see why you might think that... Long story short, I've cobbled enough old parts together from previous machines to make a media PC for the Living room, but since none of the housemates seem to have any interest in it, I have instead reclaimed it and taken it back to my cave. So the question became: How the hell do I lego all this shit together? Solution follows for anyone interested: 1. Only have one ethernet connection and one port per tower? -- Grab this: https://www.startech.com/Networking...igabit-Ethernet-NIC-Network-Adapter~USB31000S -- use that for your input adapter on the master machine (my "master" is the Media PC now running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS) -- now you are free to use the remaining motherboard ports to share the master node's connection with a short cable 2. Want to use only one set of peripherals without a hardware KVM toggle box? -- Grab this for ~$15: https://symless.com/synergy/linus15 (linus tech tips has a %25 off promotion right now) -- install on both machines, configure screen layout, run the machine with peripherals connected as host, other as client 3. Want to hear everything from both machines in one set of headphones? -- Grab this: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-MicroMIX-MX400-Low-Noise-4-channel/dp/B000KGYAYQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497838285&sr=8-1&keywords=behringer micromix -- Has multiple inputs, one output. I currently have one of these for mixing my electric guitar/bass and mic into a single line input on my windows machine for Rocksmith, and I just ordered a second one to mix the outputs from both towers into a single set of headphones. -- Mix in, mix out EDIT: Just realized that mixer is mono, which is fine for mixing input, but no bueno for mixing outputs. Going to have to find a stereo solution. 4. Want to send mic inputs into both towers, or have headphones AND speakers? -- Grab this: https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Ultra-Compact-4-Channel-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B000KIPT30/ -- I've got one just in case I ever decide I need to have mic going to the Linux box as well, and I'm a headphones only kind of guy so I probably won't ever need two. There are probably better all-in-one audio solutions out there if you know ahead of time you are doing all that in one shot, but I have been working toward this setup bit by bit. Eventually I'll get all the boxes mounted together on one sound board. Also, after a recent wind storm that nearly fucked my power supply, I've finally picked up one of these: https://www.amazon.com/CyberPower-CP1500AVRLCD-Intelligent-Mini-Tower-Features/dp/B000FBK3QK/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1497839981&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=cyberpower ups Both machines and two monitors are pulling a total of 198 watts currently, just browsing internet. Need to look into the setup needed to power both machines down in the event of battery discharge. Hopefully the business edition of powerpannel will have some sort of solution. But why the hell have I gone and done this? Mainly because I can, but also because I can't fucking trust Win10 to behave itself any more and I feel better having a Linux box to fall back on. From now on, the Windows rig is strictly gaming, and all document work, important backups, and prodding of questionable websites will be done on the Linux box.