Linux gaming desktop shopping list (2016)

In May 2016 I decided I wanted to build a desktop computer. It had been years since I last owned a desktop and I felt I have been slipping away from the hands-on experience that comes with building and owning your own hardware.

I use Linux on my MacBook Pro and the desktop would be no different. Also, I figured it could become a long-term replacement for the gaming I do on my PlayStation 4, so I began looking for components that would work well with Linux and also give me decent gaming performance.

The following is what I ended up buying.

Shopping list

  • MSI Z170A GAMING M7 / Z170
  • Samsung 850 Pro 512 GB
  • Intel Core i7-6700K at 4.0 GHz (Socket 1151)
  • Corsair Hydro H60 V2
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 32GB
  • Corsair PowerSupply (PSU) RM650x 650W
  • Fractal Design Define R5 - White
  • MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4GB LE

Drivers

I use Ubuntu 16.04. Installing it is a breeze and once you are up and running, you simply run sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall to have it auto-detect the graphics card etc. and install the appropriate drivers.

Battle.net (WoW, Hearthstone, Diablo III)

These games all run great with CrossOver or Wine.

League of Legends

This game runs well in CrossOver. I am getting around 200 fps unless I set "wait for vertical sync". I choose to run it in a window.

League of Legends

Steam

Steam also runs great, both the native Linux client and inside CrossOver. I have tried a handful of games such as Portal, Half-Life 2, Farming Simulator 2015, Year Walk.

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