Description

Let me start by saying the SSD and GPU will be upgraded soon. The SSD will be replaced by the 500GB variant and the GPU I will buy is the MSI GTX 770. The GPU is not listed as a part so I had to add it as custom, sorry about that.

This of course I purchased for gaming, for everyday stuff, school, programming, etc. The first part I bought was the CPU on February 18th and I still haven't finished buying everything as you guys can see. Getting this much money on a Haggen Dazs salary as a college student it's not easy lol but so far I've made a lot of progress.

CPU and mobo: I wanted a regular non-K intel CPU but this one was cheaper than the non-K version so I went with this one. For now I don't plan to overclock but it is a possibility. And when I do I will buy an aftermarket cooler :P. I love MSI products that's why i went with that mobo and it gives me the opportunity to overclock later on if I so desire.

Storage: I initially went with a 250GB SSD but I felt it wasn't enough and plus I wanted to put one on my laptop anyways and I will once I get the 500GB variant. The WDC Blue is standard and I didn't want a lot of noise therefore gave up a tiny bit of performance.

GPU: Right now I am using a AMD Radeon 6790 but real soon I'll get my hands on the GTX 770 by MSI.

Case and PSU: I'm a big fan of Fractal Design and the mini was perfect for my needs. I don't need a lot of room , I will not be using 2 GPUs or 5 HDDs. The PSU seemed good and it is, very quiet and reliable so far.

Monitor: Amazing monitor for the price, colors are great.

other stuff: I bought those 2 fans to take advantage of the PWM connectors on my motherboard and because I removed both HDD cages to let more air through. As a result I purchased a bracket to mount the HDD in the Optical Drive Bay. The SSD is mounted on the back of the case, there are 2 SSD mounts back there. Obviously the theme was black, red, and some white. Later on I might sleeve the fan cables to remove those other 50 million colors.

Why did I choose Linux over Windows for gaming? Well because seeing as Steam finally decided to support Linux I want to experience it as it changes and progresses. Hopefully one day every game will be supported on all 3 OSes(Linux, Windows, and Mac) and I want to be on the Linux side when it happens. Plus I love Linux, I've always been a big fan of open software. That's why I Have a Nexus 5 :D Please guys leave feedback and suggestions. I know the cables are a mess but that's the best I can do. There are no HDD cages so I can;'t really hide cables behind that. And I hope you don't notice the tape :x

Edit: I made changes based on suggestions, new pictures also. For some reason they weren't uploaded in the order that i uploaded them :/ sorry.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

Great job! It's nice to see that at least someone supports Linux (yay Ubuntu!). Your hardware choices are fantastic, though personally I would have used a Seasonic(XFX) or Corsair PSU.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!. I was debating between the Rosewill and Seasonic G 550 but mine was cheaper, although I do regret buying a non-modular in such a small case.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

seasonic would have been a better choice!! anyways nice build!! +1 My experience with rosewill psu hasn't been the best with coil whining. Why don't you route the cpu power connector through the top left hole, that way looks better

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the tip I will.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh yeah, non-modular PSU's are a pain in a butt when you're using a smaller case. I learned that the hard way with my own build.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, how's your CPU cooler? Is it quiet/efficient enough, or do you plan on buying an aftermarket cooler?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes no noise at all even at 100%. And I will, but more important things first, like GPU and new SSD.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. Maybe I should invest in an Intel CPU next time. My AMD Stock cooler sounds like a jet engine at times!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

He's not kidding. I got an i7-4770K and ran it with a stock cooler for a few weeks until I was able to order more parts. And even at 100% it was basically silent. I was amazed.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Upvote for Linux! Have you tried any distros aside from Ubuntu though? Some of them can be pretty adaptive. My personal favorite is Arch, but I use it for work, because I've had some unpleasant driver problems in Linux for gaming, and have several commercial games that don't support Linux yet, so I will probably still be on the Windows ship for awhile longer.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I've tried both Lubuntu and Mint on my laptop. Mint had a black screen lol, I'm assuming because of the integrated video card so I gave up on it. But on this computer nothing but Ubuntu.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for using Linux as well. Personally I've been using Deepin on a desktop and Lubuntu on a netbook. Gentoo was probably one of the distros I've had the most fun/frustrating playing around with, but never re-installed it when I upgraded the computer.. just too time consuming to maintain. I've heard similar experience with Arch as well.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It can be hell with Arch. Especially video drivers... It was worth it though for the experience.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build I like it! Yea little by little you can go on and focus on aesthetics! Love that you went with Linux I plan to do a dual boot for Linux at some point!!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, and yeah aesthetics later. Go for it, maybe you switch to Linux completely like I did (at least for now lol).

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Waiting for Steam to be official this September!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build man... That outlet situation though.... WOW

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha yeah, it was worst before when they were on the floor.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure bro... Nice build, have fun!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for Linux :) when more games are available on Linux I'm gonna install it in a heartbeat.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Almost 50% of all my games work on Linux so support is rapidly getting better.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hazzah! Then you're halfway there!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for Linux good Sir.

all my friends think i'm crazy because I use it lol.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but games do you play on linux

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently a lot of Planet Explorers, and waiting for Star Citizen. Space games are the best.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

KSP is ridiculously fun and also has linux support. $15 on steam, even less when on sale, and worth every penny either way.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol it is I have it :D, I bought it on sale, don't remember how much for though.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you got a point

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice list of parts and description, but I do agree with others on the PSU. I like the attempt at exterior cable management. I got too lazy by that point, lol. I also appreciate that you didn't bother to post photos of boxes. Are you running Ubuntu 14.04? If so, how did you get steam to install? It's been giving me fits. The Netflix desktop app was easier.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

The PSU is a tier 2A, I'm sure it won't have problems and if it does I'm backed by a 7 year warranty from Rosewill not sure how good they are though. And yep I'm using 14.04, with no driver issues, or hardware issues. To install Steam go to the Software Center and install "Steam (steam-launcher)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, the steam launcher. Thanks!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You should dual-boot linux and windows. Its a great alternative.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I've ran into issues in the past dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu, so no I'll either use one or the other. Only reason I'll ever go to Windows is to compare game performance to Linux.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Having ran multiple boot options over the years, I've found that it's cleaner and simpler to dedicate a drive to an OS. Bootloaders and file systems will conflict with each other despite intended compatibility (even windows-windows). My desktop is Windows 8.1x64 Pro only. I have three different drives for my modular laptop workstation, win7, win8, and a variable Linux test-bed. Even though my preferred OS for personal use is win8.1, I need to stay on top of systems I offer my customers to be able to provide better tech support.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

That's why I don't dual-boot. Obviously I did when I first started out but the issues I faced were a pain so I picked my favorite OS and stayed with it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

do you plan on upgrading to Win ever or are you a linux junky :P

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

You mean downgrading to windows? ;P. And I might if a new game release that I like is Windows only.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Even though you clearly state that the GPU and SSD listed are not the ones used but planned, I think you shouldn't have included them in your build list. The work around for this is that you update your build list when you purchase and install those components and have photos to show them installed. You should also try and clean up those cables. Other than those issues it's a decent build. Kudos for using Linux for a gaming rig.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Done, had to change my saved part list though because of it. And cleaning up those cables any further than I did is out of my reach. I need to watch more guides for that.

edit:nvm about the saved part list, changing parts here doesn't change my saved part lists. :D

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any software issues with the Linux distro when you started up your machine, ie., did it boot up and run flawlessly without scrounging around the net for fixes? How has it been running since you built it? What other distros have you tried and how did they pan out? Thanks.