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Linux "Gaming" Machine with Raspberry Pi

by MuchLinux6500

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25 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 26, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 5, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.09 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

35.0° C

Description

This is my first build. I use it for Minecraft, .io games, homework, and Blender. I was intrigued by this back in about October 2016, so I decided to order and build this. I built this with my brother and my dad, and it took an hour or two. I plan to build even more for others so as to expand my knowledge on the area. I am running Ubuntu 16.04. I am liking it so far except for the fact that drivers are hard to install. I FINALLY got the drivers installed for my Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 OC Windforce Edtion 4GB Video card! Additionally, i set the rig up with a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B with the smaller monitor. I love this build. :)

Mooooooooo.....

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU! This has served me well. Just be aware that the stock cooler is pretty bad.

Motherboard

This was my first motherboard and I have to say, it's great. The only problem is that it's a tad bit flimsy.

Memory

This is fast, cheap, RAM. Also, you get a whole lot of it!

Storage

This is FAST! I went from using a laptop hard drive to THIS! :)

Video Card

It's an OK graphics card, but you could get the gtx 1050 for a little bit less money.

Case

A pretty good case, except that the drive cages creak and it's pretty big for a MicroATX Mini Tower.

Power Supply

You might not be able to get a better PSU for 50 bucks! Many cables are included.

Monitor

I got this monitor from amazon for 35 bucks. I have to say, for this much money, you can't get a better monitor. The bad thing is that it's small and it flickers. Otherwise, great!

Monitor

Amazing 4k monitor for 300 bucks. You can't get a better one.

Mouse

I got this mouse from my friend. Nothing bad about this mouse, just a low-end gaming mouse.

Comments Sorted by:

Adrew24 1 Build 3 points 25 months ago

I recommend getting a cheap 1080 monitor instead of the one you currently have. It's always nice to have a bigger, clearer screen, and your computer can handle it. Otherwise, nice build.

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah. I should be looking for a 1080p monitor. They're pretty cheap these days. Thanks!

maggotshero 10 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

That's really the only thing keeping me back on using it for my laptop. I can't install the drivers and my screen tears like crazy because of it. So I have to stick with windows :(

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Stuck with Windows. Darn. :) Good luck!

IlikeTech 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Linux FTW! :)

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah!

bohemond1980 14 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

how was the build quality on that DIY case? I'd looked at it before but wasn't sure.

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Pretty good! I don't like the size for a micro ATX case tho. Great otherwise!

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MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Cool!

fn230 8 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

So I saw your username, thought "Hey Linux!", and ended up stalking your profile. So here I am.

You'll want to use the AMDGPU or AMDGPU-PRO driver for your RX 460. I don't think Ubuntu 16.04 has them in the repositories, but there's a PPA for AMDGPU, which you could try. AMD also provides instructions to install them.

Or you could come to Arch Linux; it's easy to install AMDGPU here. No PPA hassles.

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you so much! I will stalk ur profile, if you want! :)

Fr0st_Byte 9 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Good build! Were you ever able to get your drivers working properly? I've used Linux for years now and may be able to help. What's your opinion on this case? I've seen it but never in person and have considered it for other builds before. Definitely upgrade the monitor next! Stepping up to a 1080 resolution would really make your display pop. I'm not 100%, but I'm pretty sure you should have the RAM modules in the gray DIMM slots. They're set up like,

B1 A1 B2 A2

I believe, and you want to fill A1 and A2 first. The manual your motherboard came with would elaborate on this more.

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

First of all, thanks! I am pretty newbie at this, so I might need ur help. I am unable to get the drivers working for the graphics card . Whenever I install them, I reboot the computer, try to login, but then it immediately logs me out eithout logging me in. I just uninstall the driver with the terminal at login thing. Any ideas? Thanks. Also, why does the RAM need to be put in a certain way? Does it affect performance? Lastly, I am going to get a 1080p monitor soon. Again, thank you for all ur help!

Fr0st_Byte 9 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Try this YouTube video out, see if it helps you.

Those color-coded channels are for dual-channel memory. You get a slight performance increase, but nothing to really worry about.

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks, but when I plug the card in to the PCI slot, it doesn't give me the Gigabyte logo and BIOS/boot options.

Fr0st_Byte 9 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Are you certain the card is fully plugged in? The machine should still boot even with the addition if a GPU. Is there a chance the GPU is bad? Do you have a second machine to test it in?

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

It works now! Yay!

Potatox57 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

If you put matching RAM modules in corresponding DIMM slots, it increases the speed.

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

ok. I will go and change that then. Thanks!

Potatox57 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

:)

Muttonsourdough 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I've been really curious about Raspberry Pi. Seems a lot of people use it for retro gaming or automations. How easy is it to set up and use for retro gaming? If it's easy enough to set up and is stable and can support split-screen co-op on older games I might have to try it out.

What all do you use it for and how has it worked out for you?

Additionally, I will likely be putting together a build over the next few months with an RX 460 and Linux, probably Ubuntu. What resolved your issue? I read the comment thread but wasn't sure if the video had helped.

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Hey! Thanks for checking out my build! I actually haven’t used the Pi for Retro games (RetroPie), but I looked into it and it seems like it is no harder to set up than basically all other Linux distros for the Pi. I got the Pi about a year and a half ago to help me get more into computers, which led to me building the other computer in this build. It works well, can handle web surfing, photo viewing, programming (like Scratch and Python), and some games. A basic version of Minecraft is installed for no charge on the distro I use, which is Raspian Jessie. I find it cool that you are doing a similar build as I, with an RX 460 and Linux. Although, I didn’t read up enough on graphics cards when I made the choice, and there were better ones out there. If you would like, you could use a NVIDIA GEforce GTX 1050 ti, which costs no more than the RX 460 and has better performance by a good bit. I suggest going that route. Lastly, the thing that resolved my issue with the RX 460, if you are to go that route, was the video. Just follow the instructions carefully, which I didn’t do the first time around, and it should work. Hope this helps.

Muttonsourdough 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I agree, and I've had pretty good luck with Nvidia cards on Linux. Unfortunately at the time this one was cheaper and I didn't do my homework. I was torn between this 460 and the Zotac 1050ti. Now I kinda wish I'd just spent a little more, but since I have it I'm determined to make it work haha. And that's half the fun of Linux anyway, right? All the problem-solving and learning opportunities!

I've bookmarked the video and will refer to it when I assemble the build. Cheers!

MuchLinux6500 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Cool and thanks!

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