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Re: [opensuse] Building a mid-range desktop PC - lower cost MB/CPU/video solution?
  • From: Mikhail Ramendik <mr@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 22:52:42 +0100
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The X99 uses the LGA 2011-3 socket, which is a high-end socket. This
pretty much limits you to the Core i7 CPU (and the more expensive
server versions). Unless you buy a used CPU, it seems like you won't
get much lower than the 379 for the CPU. Moreover, this socket has no
provisioning for integrated graphics so you would have to buy some
graphics card too. Honestly I do not see this motherboard as a good

In my opinion, Intel integrated graphics is the single best option for
Linux if you are not interested in serious gaming etc. and especially
if you are on a tight budget. Intel contributes its drivers to the
kernel and X.Org so you never need any binaries. You install, it
works. And no separate graphics means no separate fan means a quieter
system. For this reason I always pick Intel for my Linux machines (I'm
not a gamer nor a 3D designer). I am writing this on a Pentium G2120
box with an ASRock B75 Pro3-M motherboard (a 2013 build).

And honestly this is what I would do in your place, too. Get a cheaper
motherboard with Socket LGA1151, supporting the same DDR4 memory that
your big models use. Get the same model of DIMMs so you can swap them
around if necessary. And get an Intel Core i3 CPU. Or i5 for more
power, whatever, but I think i3 and more RAM is possibly a better
idea( unless you intend to compile stuff on it). Use integrated
graphics. Enjoy.

On 9 June 2016 at 15:55, Greg Freemyer <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

By chance, I've built a couple high-end tower PCs in the last year.
$1500-$2500 each

Now I want to build one closer to $500, but I want to have as much
commonality as makes sense. Definitely the same case for cosmetic

I'm hoping I can save a lot of money in the CPU/video selection, and
also I will use a lot less RAM this time.

The $500 desire doesn't include a HDD/SDD. (I've got spare SSDs I can
use, and I just ordered a small NVMe SSD to experiment with, so I
won't count it in this budget if this is where it ends up

I don't need screaming speed, etc. and I'm happy with the cheapest
graphics solution I can get.

These are the core components I bought last time:

Termaltake V51 case - $100 (mandatory for this build. I want it to
look the same.)

AsRock X99 MB - $175 (It would be very nice to use again, but not mandatory.)

i7-5820K 3.3GHz - $370 (don't need)

Asus Radeon RT 360 - $120 (don't need)


Is there a reasonable cost CPU w/integrated graphics that I can use
with the X99? Or is there a different MB/CPU/Video solution I should
consider that might be closer to $200 combined?

Thanks for input
Greg Freemyer
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