I have an Ubuntu box with 16gb of RAM and a Dual Core CPU and a GT220 GPU (1Gig). I was thinking that maybe for gaming (I've a lot of steam titles) that maybe some sort of virtual windows environment might be the way to go. While the theory is good in my head I actually have very little idea how to go about doing this. I do know that the only Windows I could run legitimately would be an XP for which I have several old boxes that don't really work that have license stickers on them that I could legally transfer the usage rights from.
Are there any drawbacks to gaming with this approach and can I profile the GPU and memory usage so as to stop my GPU cooking or the game hogging memory (my GPU does not like to work very hard as it hots up quite rapidly - new fan is on order)?
Basically would you mind assuming that having never done this before I'm a total newbie in need of some solid advice and directions?