How to Build a Linux Gaming PC

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Bucket_Monster

I agree with you. I always laugh when Linux fans try to convince you otherwise. I always like it when they chime in with Wine, which doesn't even work for a lot of games, if not most.

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vrmlbasic

Those games listed look as though they could run on an APU. Shoot, even the Sandy Bridge integrated GPU might be able to run them.

Gotta say that those games don't look appealing to me. They're not going to lure me to the land of Linux for gaming, that's for certain.

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John Pombrio

My son is an avid Linux user (Ubuntu) but keeps around a hard drive I loaded up with Win8 just to play games. Just too much hassle to get a game running on a Linux machine.

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Renegade Knight

Steam makes it pretty easy. I kicked the tires and "it just worked". But I only tried one game. Linux isn't a gaming sytem and won't be until windows does something so stupid that even non techies turn to linux.

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Bucket_Monster

Steam's Linux line up is pretty weak and will always be weak until you can convince big name publishers that Linux versions are worth their time and money.

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spokenwordd

Exactly.... I'm glad Valve is giving it a nudge but I just looked at the Linux Steam lineup and I must say, if I was limited to those games I'd be pretty miserable. Most titles are old as dirt or are indie "pass the time" type of titles.

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spokenwordd

"...to see for ourselves whether the OS, at this time, could be a reasonable alternative to Windows for gaming"

No....

Nice build at $650 but to be honest even the most hardcore Linux user would have to admit that a Linux "gaming rig" is a bit of an oxymoron unless you are okay with the slim pickings for the platform. I mean take the same build and throw in OEM Win 7 or Win 8 and now you add thousands to the game menu.

I have a really hard time seeing this build appealing to almost anyone that is a regular Maximum PC reader as an alternative to a budget PC gaming rig. You are saving the cost of an OEM Win license but at the cost of a "reasonable" gaming selection. Maybe in a few more years.

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Bucket_Monster

Yeah and when you can buy Win 7 OEM for $99 (Newegg has even had it for $79 on sale befre) there's really no reason why the cost of Windows should be that much of an issue. If you're building a rig for gaming, you're going to be buying a lot of games in which case that money is chump change.

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