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Thoughts on Linux machine?

jay_h
  • 72 months ago

Considering these parts for a new Linux machine (mostly for work/programming, but want graphics capabilities). There's wiggle room in budget, but I'd like to stay in this general area if possible. Nvidia is a must because Linux (although open to changing the particular card.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $208.25 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $32.21 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $139.99 @ Memory Express
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $87.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $209.00 @ Canada Computers
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $155.47 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $269.04 @ TigerDirect Canada
Case BitFenix Neos Black ATX Mid Tower Case $45.88 @ DirectCanada
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $97.83 @ Vuugo
Monitor Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor $169.25 @ Vuugo
Monitor Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor $169.25 @ Vuugo
Case Fan BitFenix BFF-SCF-12025KK-RP 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan $7.99 @ Memory Express
Keyboard Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $14.50 @ Vuugo
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1606.64

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Why is Nvidia a must? I have Ubuntu on my old pc, and it has an amd 7850 in it, and it has no problems.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I've just had a lot more luck setting up Linux machines with Nvidia cards. I realize lots of people get AMD cards up and running without issues, it's just a preference of mine.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It's almost a negligible difference these days to be honest. Long gone are the days of ATI card issues in Linux... The new amd cards are fine usually. Drivers are finally decent

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd consider a different motherboard. Reason is that the realtek sound on that one is not natively supported by Linux and has a few issues such as switched channels and a few other problems. There is a way to fix that, but it takes some work. The ethernet drivers may also have an issue where you get a choppy signal. Apparently that's fixed in the newest drivers, but you may have to hunt those down and install them yourself if your distro doesn't include them already.

Usually Intel cpu, ethernet, and sound are the easiest way to go for hassle free native support, though if you know what your doing in Linux, and I assume you do, this system will still work well for you after initially setting up what I mentioned.

So yes, it works for Linux. You just have an extra step or 2,thats all.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I hadn't considered the drivers. That's an excellent point, thanks!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. Aside from video support, ethernet, wifi, and sound are the usual places people have issues

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