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2015 Linux budget gaming PC

by jonasgilje

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48 Comments

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Date Published

Jan. 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.085 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

Description

More pictures are coming soon

I use this build mostly for normal school stuff, and sometimes play some games like TF2, Don't Starve, FTL etc. I'm running Linux Mint 17.1 codenamed "Rebecca", and it's working perfectly without any major issues. All parts were bought from the Norwegian online store netonnet.no. Prices are converted from NOK to USD.

Parts:

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 - Great budget CPU, planning to overclock with a 212 evo. Might upgrade to i5.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H - Cheapest gigabyte motherboard with 1150 socket. Works fine.

RAM: Cruicial Ballistix Sport 8 GB - Good and cheap RAM, got it with the SSD in a bundle.

SSD: Kingston V300 120 GB - Fast enough boot times, and with all my games installed, only about 40 gigabytes are used.

GPU: EVGA GT 740 1 GB - Okay GPU for my use. Linux support is excellent. Did not go for 750 ti because of many having problems with it in linux.

Case: Corsair 200R - Good value-oriented case.

PSU: EVGA 500W 80+ - Came with the 200R, not great quality.

OS: Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon 64-bit

Monitor: HP w2228h 1680x1050

Keyboard: Logitech K360

Mouse: Advent M112

Future Upgrades:

Mechanical keyboard

1080p monitor

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

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Bladedrummer 4 Builds 5 points 52 months ago

Looks good. A build tailored to your needs with no unnecessary overkill.

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jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

Google is your friend!

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Not every game will work on Linux, no. They may work, but it can take a lot of tinkering with drivers and such.

Lachlantula 1 Build 4 points 52 months ago

Thank you for choosing Linux.

Thank you.

parkerthepicker 2 points 52 months ago

What games do you play and hows performance?

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

I play mostly TF2, and get around 150-200 fps, 1680x1050 on linux.

gigagoku12 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

If you get that much FPS, I wonder what 4 way SLI 980's would do!

hoekstra1 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

For starters, that was 1680x1050 and not 1920x1080+ and one 980 won't really do more than 4 in games, especially something such as TF2.

InfamousMEE 1 point 52 months ago

burn

gigagoku12 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

yeah sure thing bud

lemme go get an ice pack

gigagoku12 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

actually, you do get performance increases for having 980's in SLI. The cases where this does not occur are games that do not support SLI (tf2 does).

and 1680x1050 can be played by the 4-way SLI setup; i never said anything about playing at 1080

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

My friend tried TF2 on Win8 with a GTX 750 Ti, and it got about 80-100 FPS. He had to get a worse processor, the G3240 to keep cost down. I guess the source engine is very CPU intensive. Therefore, I don't think 4x 980 with a G3258 would make that much of a difference.

cemcmd 2 points 52 months ago

How do you not have issues running TF2 on Linux Mint?

Lachlantula 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Linux is not bad. Do not discriminate it!! (in fact IMHO it is better than Windows and I currently use it as my daily OS.)

cemcmd 1 point 52 months ago

I use Linux!(Ubuntu with cinnamon) And it is better than windows

But... for me TF2 doesn't run well on Linux Mint for me.

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

What's your issue with LM? Why doesn't it run well?

Lachlantula 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Oh ok. Downvote undone :P That's strange though. Are you using the proprietary drivers?

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

I have none. First thing I did after LM install was to run "sudo apt-get install nvidia-331 nvidia-settings". After that, run "nvidia-xconfig" to configure Xorg.conf. TF2 runs excellent.

Zantastic 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

You mentioned wanting to overclock. With Intel's tightening up of the rules on overclocking, you'll likely need a new motherboard with a z87 or z97 chipset rather than your b85 (which is technically a business class board not intended for gaming). Make sure to avoid the h87 and h97 boards as well for overclocking.

reoper6 1 point 52 months ago

H series boards are able to OC now. Cant remember exactly how it came up but AsRock, Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI now support OC'ing on most non Z platforms

Zantastic 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

http://www.techpowerup.com/187752/intel-cracks-down-on-motherboard-vendors-offering-overclocking-on-non-z-chipset.html

and many of the bios changes required to support overclocking are not supported by the manufacturer as seen at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-budget-microatx-gaming-pc,3920-3.html

Intel has officially ruled that the method the H series boards were/are using to get around this is a "hack" so, shortly, finding an officially supported bios might be difficult. Probably the best bet would be never to update your chipset firmware if you find one that works out of the box... or just buy an officially supported z board like I mentioned.

Veizin 2 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

I was an Intel fanboy before I read this. It hurts. Now I see why people would go AMD no matter how Intel performs. :/ Then again I think this applies only to the k series, not the g3258. I think they intend to have the g3258 OC on cheap boards, but not the K series. Or did I get it wrong?

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

OK, I'll just get a i5-4690K + Z97 motherboard bundle later if I need it.

sajiin 1 point 52 months ago

Don't see many linux builds on here.

ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

A great looking built with no fat to trim at all. The only suggestions I would have are to get a HDD to add some storage but if the 120gb fits your needs more power to you. Aside of the HDD maybe a better GPU, but you said you run TF2 at 150+FPS and that is all you play so I would say you are good here.

Great looking rig, I would love to see more pics though.

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

I will have to redo my cable management before taking any pictures..

ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

You know people wont give you any slack on the wiring job here, good eye on waiting on the pics. :)

reoper6 1 point 52 months ago

I love it :) Very good for whats its for. To bad you didnt find a 270X at the price i did... people would stop downvoting it because its not "good" (Ignore them its good for what you need) Enjoy that pentium!

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

AMD cards are generally less supported in linux than Nvidias, plus there aren't many used graphics cards for sale in Norway at the moment.

reoper6 1 point 52 months ago

Ahh ok, makes sense really. i just got a 270X for $100 because of MIR here

Cybal 1 point 52 months ago

One disclaimer for the motherboard used, I also purchased one for my PC a month ago for my first PC and I found that the motherboard itself only has one spare Fan Header aside from the CPU fan, so if you have a Mid-Tower you're most likely going to need either a bigger motherboard or a molex to fan header connector, which I am getting soon.

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Yeah, I kinda found that out the hard way. Might get a splitter or an adapter.

Veizin 2 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Do the issues with the 750 ti extend to the 750 non-ti as well? +1 I really like how neat and efficient the build is. It just doesn't feel like a budget build, but more like - I went out and bought what I need. I didn't get any jewelry.

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Both the 750 ti and 750 are Maxwell-based, and AFAIK, Kepler is more supported than Maxwell in linux. My friend just got a 750 ti, so I might borrow it to try in linux.

Bubba5444 1 point 51 months ago

Bit late to the party, but... PLAY RIMWORLD NOW YOU WILL BE SO ADDICTED IT IS SO FUN IF YOU LIKE STRATEGY AND STUFF LIKE FTL DO IT NOW OR DIE ALSO GET THE EPYK MODPACK WHICH ADDS A LOT OF STUFF IT IS FUN GET IT. http://www.rimworldgame.com

jheavner724 1 point 45 months ago

Have you OCed yet? Any BIOS update needed?

superhostile 0 points 52 months ago

You probably want a GPU upgrade before you're ready for 1080p gaming.

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 5 points 52 months ago

The GT 740 is fine for TF2 on the 1680x1050 monitor..

superhostile 0 points 52 months ago

Yes, the GT 740 if of course enough for TF2 at 1680x1050, but for 1920x1080 you'll want a little more GPU power.

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

I've already tried it on my 1080p tv. It's fine.

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MachoAlbatross 2 points 52 months ago

For the games hes playing, a 740 is perfect. Even at 1440p TF2 would probably still be playable.

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jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

If I find out I want to play those games, I'm just going to get a Windows gaming rig..

dunkeymonkey -1 points 52 months ago

Why didnt you get windows if you game?

jonasgilje submitter 1 Build 7 points 52 months ago

I prefer linux.

adamjoliver 3 points 52 months ago

Because Linux is free and most games will run in Wine. It could also be that OP prefers open source software to proprietary/non-free.

ewhac 2 Builds 2 points 52 months ago

I'm a newcomer to Wine, and I find the docs fairly unhelpful (lots of situation-specific recipes, but very little overarching discussion of how to solve problems on your own.) What do you use as a resource to help bludgeon Windows games to run in Wine?

bloodroses75 1 Build 3 points 52 months ago

I haven't used Wine in a while since I run Linux in a virtual machine now. But when I used to play with it, I was using PlayOnLinux; which I believe should be in the Ubuntu Repos. It made the process a lot easier for the games that it does support.

https://www.playonlinux.com

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Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 52 months ago