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February 26, 2013 12:17:55 AM

Ok I plan on buying this rig, as my first home build.
I'm looking for a gaming rig so, I know I'll need a windows partition, but I want my daily OS to be Ubuntu.
I was wondering if anyone knows if these parts are Linux friendly.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G1mk

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February 26, 2013 12:36:32 AM

myheadsmt91 said:
Ok I plan on buying this rig, as my first home build.
I'm looking for a gaming rig so, I know I'll need a windows partition, but I want my daily OS to be Ubuntu.
I was wondering if anyone knows if these parts are Linux friendly.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G1mk

Most of it should work just fine, but I would check each component which requires a driver to see if you can find linux drivers, particularly your motherboard because it has a ton of components with their own drivers.

Nvidia has linux drivers which are pretty good. RAM is fine, optical drive is fine, power supply is fine, etc.

Your case will support linux too!
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 26, 2013 12:38:57 AM

Yeah you need to check with each part on the motherboard which is going to be the biggest issue

Spend down a bit to get a IIx4

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($112.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($198.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Tornado (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.87 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($87.34 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $576.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 21:46 EST-0500)

The Phenom IIX6 is not that useful for gaming yet over the IIX4
The 1100t turbo speed is the same as stock 980 speed but the 2 extra cores do not help performance at all


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February 26, 2013 2:54:16 AM

stickmansam said:
Yeah you need to check with each part on the motherboard which is going to be the biggest issue

Spend down a bit to get a IIx4

PCPartPicker part list


As far as i can tell there is no Linux drivers for this mobo, correct?
http://us.msi.com/product/mb/990XA-GD55.html#/?div=Driv...

Let the hunt for a new motherboard begin...

Also i'm going to have to agree with you on the IIx4, even with the higher IIx6 1055t the IIx4 seemed to to be evenly matched or ometimes even better.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/147?vs=102



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February 26, 2013 3:04:53 AM

myheadsmt91 said:
As far as i can tell there is no Linux drivers for this mobo, correct?
http://us.msi.com/product/mb/990XA-GD55.html#/?div=Driv...

Let the hunt for a new motherboard begin...

Also i'm going to have to agree with you on the IIx4, even with the higher IIx6 1055t the IIx4 seemed to to be evenly matched or ometimes even better.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/147?vs=102


I looked and all the mb makers seem to require you to either make your drivers or find them from the source of the chipsets

Ubuntu should work out of the box with most boards though
(Ran Linux Mint off a USB for a while and everything worked fine)
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February 26, 2013 3:09:24 AM

I agree you should be using a Phenom X4 or an FX 6300

The RAM should be a dual channel kit of 2 x4 gig

Ubuntu runs EVERYTHING I have ever thrown at it . You do need drivers for the graphics card

And Steam is distributing games that run under ubuntu . You probably wont need windows at all . But if you do you will have to install it first
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February 26, 2013 3:13:19 AM

Outlander_04 said:
I agree you should be using a Phenom X4 or an FX 6300

The RAM should be a dual channel kit of 2 x4 gig

Ubuntu runs EVERYTHING I have ever thrown at it . You do need drivers for the graphics card

And Steam is distributing games that run under ubuntu . You probably wont need windows at all . But if you do you will have to install it first


Nice catch, I missed that :) 
Red ram to keep with the look

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($108.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.79 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($198.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Tornado (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.87 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($87.34 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $583.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 00:12 EST-0500)
February 26, 2013 4:10:23 AM

Outlander_04 said:
I agree you should be using a Phenom X4 or an FX 6300

The RAM should be a dual channel kit of 2 x4 gig

Ubuntu runs EVERYTHING I have ever thrown at it . You do need drivers for the graphics card

And Steam is distributing games that run under ubuntu . You probably wont need windows at all . But if you do you will have to install it first




Good call on the Dual channel, i didn't realize it would make a difference.

I've dabbled with dual boots before, and i always find that as much as i want to ditch windows entirely, there's always one or two programs i need that wine has trouble replicating.
And with my Ubuntu ventures on my laptop almost everything worked except the mobility radeon 4450 but with an nvidia graphics card things should be different this time.
February 26, 2013 11:10:09 PM

For closures sake this is my final build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ge0L
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ge0L/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ge0L/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970XE ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.79 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital RE4 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.73 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($198.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Tornado (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($87.34 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $706.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 20:07 EST-0500)



I decided to go with the Biostar TA970XE ATX AM3+ Motherboard
as far I could tell the 970 chipsets play well with most linux distros, and the reviews on new egg suggest that everything ran smoothly.

Thank you for all your help!!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 27, 2013 1:04:42 AM

It looks good but thats an enterprise HDD
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 27, 2013 3:55:40 AM

No need for 800w psu.. You can do a bit better for a cheap gaming computer.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Gi1d
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Gi1d/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Gi1d/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($108.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.73 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $647.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 00:55 EST-0500)
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February 27, 2013 4:40:11 AM

^AFAIK NVIDIA has better drivers
February 27, 2013 3:38:54 PM

The MSI mootherboard uses the 990X+SB950 chipset. The sb950 has been known to cause some hassle in linux and thats the reason i switched to the Biostar with the 970 chipset.

As Stickmansam said the NVIDIA drivers do have better support under linux.
Memory and case are just preference.

I'll look into a smaller psu, though my thinking was to give me some overhead for future upgrades.

edit- think i'll switch to the thermaltake 750w
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-power-supply-s...
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