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New ~$1100 Linux + Windows Gaming and Development PC

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March 3, 2012 2:36:31 AM


Now that I've fixed my random reboots (*fingers crossed*), I'm moving on to building a new rig. I'm intending it primarily as an Ubuntu Linux box for general office applications, software development and testing, and I'll probably run things like a database and web server on it, but not with a lot of traffic. I also want to be able to play games on it and dual boot windows for any windows games or other software I wind up needing. And also stream video with ps3mediaserver. Here's the New Build template with more information:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next three days if possible, could go longer if reason to wait.

Budget Range: $900-$1300 after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Ubuntu office and development apps, gaming, internet and media.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, with as a distant second

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Would like to use Intel CPU. Would be glad to use AMD graphics card, but not sure if AMD's driver support in Ubuntu is as good as Nvidia's. Posting to Ubuntu forums to try to find out.

Overclocking: Yes - plan to overclock the CPU, maybe not the RAM.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: Dual monitor, 1680x1050 and 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd like it to be fast, quiet, stable, and not waste a ton of electricity.


Here's my draft list of parts -- any suggestions, or spot any problems?
Newegg Public Wish List with all parts:
Itemized list:

Intel core-i5 2500k, overclocked

G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage RAM 4GBx2 DDR3-1600 / 9-9-9-24 / 1.25V
(Note: these were on the compatibility list for the motherboard on ASRock's website)

Noctua DH14 CPU Cooler

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Seasonic 650W 80+ Gold PSU

Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi)

Patriot Pyro 120GB SATA3 SSD

Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Case


For storage drives, I have a couple WD SATA2 drives here I plan to reuse.

Thanks for your help!


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March 3, 2012 2:10:19 PM

sosofm said:
This SSD have more better reviews that Patriot and is 145$.
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Your build looks great.

Thanks sosofm. I like Mushkin and the one you linked looks like a better, and lower-risk and less-hassle SSD. The only reason I picked the Patriot Pyro was because of the $40 rebate that brings the price down to $1/GB, and I thought I'd try to save a few bucks. But maybe the Mushkin would be worth the extra $25, and who knows when, or if, I'd receive the rebate from Patriot.

March 3, 2012 10:16:33 PM

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