Are you compensating for something with that PC setup?
Its dope setup though. I would totally play Starcraft, DOTA, WoW, watch the office, and watch porn all at the same time.
Edit: What kind of money did you spend on that setup, Is it 5 different computers? or 1-3 computers with dual monitors?
Just for the record, none of those setups were mine, although my first setup looked similar to Micah's. On my FAQ (linked in first post), I give a rough cost breakdown for each item. I personally run 10 monitors and 10 computers to box.
If you're going to quote Furor, he has some better ones, I think this topic is quite interesting.
I have a question it seems for Arena the best you could run is 4 mages 1 priest, like you have. Though I can't imagine much progress without being able to CS different target etc, is that possible or is it a straight focus 1 system? Or does the team sit around 1500-1600, which is still pretty respectable for 1 guy ;p
I do have the ability to sheep multiple targets - or CS. It it trickier but the 5x box strategy differs from a traditional 5 man team, so it is hard to say if the loss of some granularity really matters. I will know more when I get back into PvP - I don't expect a 2500+ rating but I expect 1700+ once I get geared and learn the 61+ metagame.
I am curious why nobody seems to do serious dualboxing on one machine. I used to run two accounts on my system, and it worked quite well.
I leveled a rogue/druid pair into their mid 20s that way, before I got bored/frustrated doing it (yay PvP server). After that I leveled the rogue by having her follow my pally, but that was not so much true dualboxing as autofollowing.
Multi-boxing is so significantly easier in EQ than WoW.
With 1.5 globals its very hard to multi box to your optimum... basically in eq some spells took TEN seconds to cast, and you could rotate cheal rotations and whatnot - or twist songs almost permanently, etc. Plus client switching was made easy by a few notable programs. I think most people DID multi box in EQ - it was one of the few things that made it very challenging. Whereas in WoW, its hard to even dual box optimally. I think you'd need 1 screen per character almost.
Some people 2 box, or 3 box. Fewer 5. Even less 10. But holy crap.
I bring you 47 boxing. I am truly in awe.
"I started boxing in 2001 in EverQuest. At first it was dual boxing, then
triple, then quad, then I 6 boxed for a long time. My girlfriend began
boxing and I decided to "kick it up a notch" and we began doing our own
raids. In 2005 we started playing WoW.
You can almost see how we "progressed" along the way in the terms of
the computers used. At first I started out with Shuttle PCs, then I added
a bunch of QPack PCs and finally AOpen XPCs.
I went through alot of hardware along the way. At first it was X-Keys and
KVMs, then I went with Cherry programmable keyboards and KVMs. I
never felt the urge to go monitor crazy -- like many boxers I focused my
attention on a single screen, had another monitor locked onto another
character, and finally the 3rd monitor cycled through the KVM.
If you count the number of PCs, you'll get 47. My girlfriend controls 23
and I control 23. The other one is a server. All but 2 of those pcs are
diskless. It got to the point that updating 46 pcs just took too long, the
hard drives added to the electric bill and generated heat, so I found a
good PXE solution that works great.
I could go on for days about boxing, software, hardware, etc etc. In the
old days I used to post pics and do some story telling on my website, but
then I started keeping a lower profile when I started doing my own raids.
I was doing some googling today and ran across this site. Normally I
wouldn't post anything but since I'm thinking of retiring... "
Gah - didn't mean to post a new thread. Anyway, 46 cpus no monitors = about 75 amps of power. An average house has a 200 amp main breaker. This does not count cooling requirements or other associated costs.
Running 75 amps at $0.10 per kw/h would cost 90 cents per hour, or about $450 per month assuming 16 hour days.
Plus the $690 per month monthly fees.
Still, a grand a month is all a matter of perspective. You only live once.