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Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby anandrkris on Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:24 am

http://www.leadwerks.com/werkspace/blog/1/entry-1143-build-a-killer-linux-gaming-machine-for-430/ >> Check this out. Comments / experiences most welcome. :D Not too long ago, they had a successful kickstarter campaign to build game engine Leadwerks 3 for Linux.

Motherboard
Asus M5A78L-M LX3 Desktop Motherboard (Socket AM3+):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131935
Price: $44.99

CPU
AMD FX-4300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819113287
Price: $109.99

RAM
Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820233349
Price: $39.99

Graphics Card
MSI Nvidia GEForce 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814127703
Price: $94.99

Case
Cooler Master Elite 350 with 500w power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811119269
Price: $59.99

Hard drive
Seagate Barracuda 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822148767
Price: $59.99

Optical drive
ASUS DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827135305
Price: $19.99

Total cost: $429.93
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby Booman on Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:50 pm

Nice machine!
And you saved $100 using Linux instead of Windows.
When will people realize that you can build a decent gaming machine for under $500 and it will rock for years?

I probably would have selected a nicer video card, but can anyone confirm the PCI-Express 3.0 will work in a PCI-Express 2.0 slot?

I built my gaming machine for $622 because I got a nice Motherboard and a decent Enermax Power Supply.
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby Osirez on Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:31 am

Very decent build. I agree Booman though. I wouldn't go anything less then the GTX 650 Ti for gaming. I would probaly throw a 1 TB hard drive in their seeing how they're only abotu 10 - 15 dollars more.
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby Booman on Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:15 am

I know SSD can kill the budget, but man... Solid State hard drive has made a huge difference in Mint for me.
But now we are talking $600, which isn't that bad, but I do like the original $430 price tag. Can't beat that!
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby gemini89 on Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:08 am

I built a similar rig a while back ago, see my signature. I would not call it a "killer Linux gaming machine" though, even if I got more ram and a little bit better GPU. Don´t know about the CPU though, their´s might be better.

Edit: By the way, a PCI-Express 3.0 will work in a PCI-Express 2.0 slot.
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby TheSerb on Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:25 am

I've been thinking about changing my windows gaming machine over to linux, But i have so many windows games on steam. Still contemplating it.
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby Booman on Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:24 pm

Check out my Linux games list: Games
These are all the games I have successfully run in PlayOnLinux in the last year.
I even write guides on how to install them.
Obviously not all games are running but the list is ever growing.
What games do you have in mind?
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby anandrkris on Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:23 am

I am not an avid gamer myself :oops: but keep myself abreast of the developments as I believe it has a great impact on Linux desktop adoption....
I just shared the article I came across. Unfortunately, I have not built / bought this gaming machine.
An aside - I have ordered Mint Box 2 a week ago :mrgreen: and waiting for it to arrive...of course it is not a gaming rig but intend to use it for general computing..
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby Booman on Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:37 am

No problem, most modern GPU graphics chips can handle some light gaming.
Feel free to check out some native Linux games... and see if they run.
You can easily download some right from Linux software installer.

But what usually happens is someone will want something more graphically intense.
If you have a Steam account, there are over 300 games that run in Linux.
Check out some of those.
Even modern laptops can handle Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike and Defense of the Ages 2.
Amongst a bunch of other games.
By the way, Defense of the Ages 2 is free-to-play.

Also, I have written a bunch of guides for Windows games and playing them in Linux.
Some are also free-to-play, but you will probably need a dedicated video card.
Games like Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, League of Legends...
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby gemini89 on Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:52 am

anandrkris wrote:An aside - I have ordered Mint Box 2 a week ago :mrgreen: and waiting for it to arrive...of course it is not a gaming rig but intend to use it for general computing..


You should be able to play a lot of games on it. I have similar specs on my laptop, and I can play many of my native Linux games on Steam on it. And the Mint box has better CPU and GPU then my laptop. Beware though as all games won´t run on Intel HD GPU´s.
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Re: Build a Killer Linux Gaming Machine for $430

Postby Booman on Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:52 am

Very true. Installing games may require a few more steps than Windows, but still works.
I have an Acer C7 Chromebook and it has an Intel HD 2000 chip in it.
Old chip and old drivers, but there are still a lot of older games that run on it.
The newest game I've been able to run is Torchlight. Runs perfectly.

Do don't give up yet, just be patient, post questions when something doesn't work.
It seems that Linux always find a way.
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