So, my last desktop build was in 2010 and it served me well for several years. Since then, I’ve been using laptops as my main machines. Some of them have been massive 17" desktop replacement machines, but these days… I rock a T470 thinkpad. So… I’m looking to build up a solid workstation again.
The idea is I want to start wish a solid base, that I can upgrade over the next year or two as I learn how much room I actually need to stretch out my legs, and as hardware/prices change.
- I’ve been a full time Linux user for about 9 years, so my build needs to work with Linux, and I could care less about Windows support.
- I often run a bunch of VMs and containers these days. I also have started to spin things up like OpenStack clusters, so CPU cores + RAM is what I want to likely max out over the lifespan of the machine.
- I don’t really game much, but my thinkpad’s 2% ability to game when I DO want to has been annoying lately. A good GPU is at the bottom of my list of things I need NOW, and even then it doesn’t have to be the best (my games are low spec).
So based on my budget (~$650-$800ish USD), I’m looking at starting with a Ryzen 5 2400g for awhile with lots of RAM. This will be a nice cpu upgrade from what I have now (2c/4t to faster 4c/8t, and should be good enough graphics. Also, it paves the way to maybe upgrade to a Ryzen 7 2700 (or whatever else is out) down the road, once the 2400g starts feeling tight. I also want to get 2x16GB of RAM since my current 16GB is a bit tight, and I can easily upgrade to 64GB later on (Remember… lots of VMs, ZFS pools, containers).
So here is what I have so far:
- Ryzen 5 2400g
- MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
- G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
- Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case
- Samsung - 970 Evo 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (not urgent or even needed. I have a 850 evo I can use for a bit)
- EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
I was going to get a B450 tomahawk, but when I switched to the APU, I realized that it didn’t really have a good output for 4K which I need (I have a 42.5" LG 4k monitor). So, looking around I saw good ratings for the MSI B450 Gaming PRO Carbon AC… but I haven’t heard anything about it’s linux support? It looks like a good board and I don’t mind spending a little more for it since it’s one of the longer term components of this build.
Lastly… I sorta just grabbed a power supply in the picker at random. If anyone has a better rec, I’m all open (I wonder if I’m overpaying for one?)
Sorry for the rambeling, basically what I’m asking is:
- Does this look good?
- Do these parts go well together?
- Is this good for an upgrade path?
- Better PSU?
- Anyone know about linux support on the MB?
I’m about to start ordering parts but wanted to pass this through the level1 community first
(P.S. I know the 2400g has had issues with linux, and specifically Fedora in the past. However, I heard that using VERY new kernels and stuff should fix that. I’m planning on using Fedora 29 so I think it should be okay)