My Current Linux Gaming Rig

This page will have a list of components that I am currently using in my gaming rig. I choose parts mainly on compatibility and price. All the components I want in a system will be put in a wish list and wait til the price drops.

The CPU is AMD Ryzen 7 2700 this is an 8 core cpu. I chose this cpu from seeing some reviews online but did not see any from what I saw at the time was running on Linux. I do know that AMD open sources all their drivers for Linux to use. Knowing this, I knew that this would be a good option for my rig. I picked this processor up for $160 on Newegg.

The Motherboard is Asus B450F Strix. I chose this motherboard from being an Asus fanboy. My last motherboard was a 990FX Sabertooth. Also, I know that the components on the motherboard are compatible in Linux, and I can upgrade to a Ryzen 3000 cpu when the price comes down. I upgraded the Bios to version 3003. I picked it up for $129.

The Memory is Gskill Flare X 16GB (2 X 8GB) 3200Mhz with timings of 14-14-14-34. The only drawback so far is that I am only able to clock the memory at 2866Mhz so far. This is a work in process to get the memory to 3200Mhz. However, I do not have any regrets of purchasing this memory because I picked it up for $110.

The GPU is a MSI Radeon RX 570 with 8GB GDDR5. I picked this graphics card up about 2 years ago at Frys. I was impressed with the reviews, and AMD dropped some updates of the driver in the Linux kernel. This card has performed amazingly with games like Witcher 3, Euro Truck Simulator, and 7 Days to Die. I get frame rates from 61-140 depending on the game on high settings. I picked this card up around the $300 range at the time of purchase a few years ago.

The Monitor is a MSI 27 inch 144hz Optix G271. I went with this monitor mainly because of my current graphics card. I knew that these paired together would be the best match. This monitor is amazing compared to my 8 year old monitor. I have no regrets in this purchase. I picked this monitor up on sale on Newegg for $199.

The OS is PopOs 20.04 because I do like the progress they have made with the operating system. Also, I have been a Ubuntu fanboy for years. So going with a Ubuntu based operating system was a no brainer for me.

I am not going to get into the case or anything like that because everyone has their own needs when it comes to that. To this date I am still using my 8 year old case and fans. Last year, I did have to replace the power supply that died after 8 years. It was a Corsair 550 watt. Now I have a Corsair 650 watt power supply.