Hardware recommendations for building a good Linux gaming rig?

I know the first thing everyone will say is to use an AMD GPU. Agreed, sounds good (NVIDIA is sucky on my current machine). I have no clue which ones to start looking in to however.

I’m someone that is pretty good with the software side of computing, but not so much with the hardware side. I can comfortably construct a computer, just don’t know much about what the best components to buy are. Any hardware suggestions / recommendations (for any component) are greatly appreciated (reasons for the suggestion is an optional bonus I would appreciate).

As for budget, I probably don’t wanna spend much over $2.5K USD. $1K to 2K is probably about my preferred budget.

Thanks in advance to anyone that decides to help out.

(For anyone asking what I’ll likely run on it: Arch Linux)


I can’t help with the Linux specific part but you can check logical increments to get a feel for your budget and adjust from there.


Wow sweet site, thanks for sharing.

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Heh, I think the link is a little broken…

No issues tho, others have linked it in other comments. Thanks for the reply!


Ahh, this was the first time posting a link from mobile so I wasn’t sure how it would go. Glad you found it though.



You can see builds other people made and pick AMD exclusive ones

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Thanks for the reply :)


PC Builder is a YouTube channel that specialises in choosing parts that will give you the best bang for the buck. Definitely worth checking out.

thejevans, (edited )
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Use pcpartpicker.com to build your system to help with compatibility.

Right now you either want a Ryzen 5800X3D or 7800X3D CPU depending on your budget.

For the 5800X3D, you’ll want a DDR4 3600MHz dual channel kit for best RAM performance unless you want to overclock the infinity fabric. For the 7800X3D, 6000MHz DDR5. For either, you’ll want a set of two sticks, not four. There are more specs for RAM that you can dig into and tune, but getting a kit with good reviews for a good price at these clock speeds will be enough.

For CPU cooler, the Noctua NHD15 is pretty much the best.

For SSDs, if your budget and motherboard allows it, get a PCIe gen 5 NVMe drive, but a PCIe gen 4 drive will probably be fast enough. Go with Samsung, if you can.

For power supply, get something with good reviews with 80+ Platinum or Titanium that can handle your load, and you’ll probably be solid.

For GPU, go with a 7900XT or 6950XT if you can find one substantially cheaper.

For motherboard, if you go with the 5800X3D, the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming motherboard is $110 on Amazon right now, and when I got it a couple months ago, the version I got had a recent enough bios revision to “just work” with the 5800X3D, so you shouldn’t need an older CPU to update it like you used to. At this price, this board is a steal. For the 7800X3D, get something with good reviews that you can afford.

EDIT: I would build something close to this: pcpartpicker.com/list/yyPLFs

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Thanks for the recommendations! Linking to a build was a nice touch :)

This is all a lot to take in lol, I might have to start a spreadsheet.


I’m certainly not a hardware expert but i’ve also been researching a new machine and everything i see about power supplies seems to suggest those 80+ ratings are mostly meaningless and suggest the cultists tier list


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yea psu ratings dont rate the quality, they rate how efficient it is at converting AC to DC.

Bronze will use more power to output the same 12v than platinum and that’s it. So if you care about not wasting energy during the conversion then get a higher tier psu otherwise don’t bother factoring in the rating.

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That’s fair. I think for most people, they’re a decent enough heuristic in that the higher certifications tend to correlate with good enough PSUs.


The air cooler market is very competitive right now. Noctua has great customer support and quality, as always, but there are better value options.

I would pick Thermalright Phantom Spirit 120 SE, or alternatively the Peerless Assassin 120 SE

massive_bereavement, (edited )
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Would you pick those based on price or on performance?


Both. One downside seems to be the required pressure necessary when mounting. Noise normalized performance and overall value is great though. The phantom spirit is a slightly upgraded version with one more heat pipe compared to PA120SE


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I would argue that as a proportion of the total build cost, the difference in cost between air coolers is fairly negligible, and as one of the few moving parts in the build, the reliability of the fan on the cooler should be a priority. I don’t think a single other manufacturer has a demonstrated record of fan reliability and longevity that comes close to Noctua.


An alternative air cooler you can consider is the Deep Cool AK620. It’s cheaper than the Noctua NH-D15 and probably a couple of degrees off in cooling efficienct. I have it with my Ryzen 5600 and am very happy with the performnce.

Note that whichever cooler you decide to get, their websites should also have a link for case and ram compatibility. You don’t want to end up in a situation where the ram is too tall because of the rgb lights or the case can’t be covered up.

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Well for me I have: RAM - 32gb ddr5 corsair vengeance MOBO - gigabyte b650 aorus elite CPU - AMD Ryzen 9 7900 GPU - sapphire Raedon rx 7900 xtx CASE - corsair airflow 4700d PSU - gol 850w can’t remember the model atm COOLER - Ek nucleus aio 240

That should leave you well within budget depending on storage. I have 2 Samsung 2tb m.2s. But you may not need that much. I run popos on it and have had no issues with it at all.

I bought everything listed during black Friday minus the case and psu because I pulled those out of my old rig. Total cost for everything but the case and psu, but including storage was about 1,900 after tax.

Edit: I see you mentioned not being great with hardware. You should check out pc part picker. It’s good for compatability. For the most part. It will NOT account for actual dimensions as they relate to the case, fans, RAM. Etc. You should absolutely read up on your preferred case dimensions, length of your graphics card, and fan size (especially in the case of using an aio liquid cooler). That said if you have room for it I do love the corsair airflow case. Plenty of room, good thermals, easy clean. Only complaint is that the psu slot felt small and it is a pain to get in and out. I guess Ideally you aren’t taking your psu out often so it won’t matter.

@Moxvallix@sopuli.xyz avatar

Thanks for the recommendations! (I should have done this around Black Friday lol, that would have been smart)

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Honestly, after Christmas is better than on Black Friday IMO, because vendors then to inflate prices on the latter.

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Good site, thank you! :)

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