Hello good people!
This is my very first ever post on the Level1techs forum. I am looking to build my next system mid-2019 ish. I am now using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and I plan the system for use with Ubuntu or similar distros (maybe I’ll try Manjaro at one point).
This is the type of system I am considering (in broad strokes): https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jf4nNQ
Here is what I want to use it for:
- Media consumption
One of the main reasons why I am very keen on an IPS (style) monitor.
I am very keen on Linux gaming, even if I’m still pretty much a n00b at using Linux. I’d rather spend a week deep diving through forums to make a windows game work on Linux rather than installing windows or dual booting.
I like what AMD is doing in conjecture with Linux, making more of their drivers open source. I appreciate the bang-for-the-buck aspect of Ryzen, which for me outweighs the limitations (lower IPC than Intel, less friendly to VM passthrough). I need a fairly beefy graphics card for the monitor I chose (+ Freesync), and it seems Vega cards can be a bit faster on Linux or “age better” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc7PDqmtJC4). Plus, again more open source drivers and mentality.
I am aware that by mid-2019 the Ryzen 2 (3000 series) might be out and perhaps also either a Vega 7nm or a Navi 7nm high end card. If this is the case, I will likely include them into the build unless the price-to-performance sucks, or something else about them really sucks.
I try to not need to use my personal system for work, but it’s necessary at times. I occasionally need to run demanding compute tasks, which I found work best (in matters of optimisation of the software I use) on an 8-core processor with decent IPC and frequency. Lower frequency and more cores (including dual xeon setups) or less cores and higher frequencies don’t work as well. Oh, and I need the system to be snappy enough to work with massive spreadsheets of data. The workstation with an E5-2667 v3 that I use at work does a splendid job for this.
I find that the 21:9 curved display monitor would be useful in all three categories, that’s why I chose the one I chose. I am well aware that I can find better models / deals if I just focus on one of the uses I intend it for and just convince myself that for the others it’s “good enough”.
What I am looking for is for you nice people to tell me what I overlooked for my use-case scenario, and if there’s anything that you would change/improve in the system to match my use-case scenario.
I am fully aware that I might not have the best overview regarding the facts and statements that I mentioned above. That’s why I need all of your inputs
Oh, and the budget: I am planning to spend around 2500 euro on the system (including the monitor, but no other peripherals). That’s about 2900 USD for people across the pond.
All the best,