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would like some advice for building a desktop
Xpander commented on 12 April 2018 at 9:30 am UTC

if you are going to be using KDE, go with AMD, it has issues with nvidia drivers. As for Gaming i think you will have slightly better experience in terms of support and performance with nvidia.
So basically its all up to you which you want. Both should be fine enough with both their own small issues

g000h commented on 12 April 2018 at 12:24 pm UTC

Some advice from me, and I build lots of PCs.

My preferred price/performance is the Ryzen 5 1600 which comes with the Wraith cpu fan.
My preferred motherboard is the MSI B350 MATE which works very nicely with the Ryzen above.
(You can overclock the 3.2GHz R5 1600 to 3.6GHz on the Wraith, no problem, on this board.)

This motherboard supports 4x 16GB DDR4 RAM (I tend to go for 2400MHz speed, for value for money.)
This motherboard has a NVMe PCIE SSD slot, for getting 5x speed of SATA SSD drives with the right SSD.

I am using the above components with an Nvidia GTX1080TI on Debian Linux 9.x - no problem.

Recommend Nvidia GPU with as much speed and RAM as you can afford, e.g. GTX1060 6GB (not 3GB).

lucinos commented on 18 May 2018 at 9:25 am UTC

I will make some update.

I have the new computer for about a week

I bought an i5-8400 and an RX 560
(I came very close to choose a ryzen r5-2600, but it was not really available, so intel it is)

Installed manjaro kde and it works very good.

I have played a lot of Dirt Rally this week It runs really good choosing ultra settings (as about everything I tried so far)

Almost all games work with no problems and I have not attempted any fix (for example I have not installed steam-native yet, I do not know if it is advisable but on intel and older amd it was required for steam to even run)

So far I found three games that do not work (at least not "out of the box", as I have not attempted any fix and unless someone says something quite easy I have too many games that do work and I am too lazy for attempting solutions)
UPDATE EDIT: All this games are running fine on my system! I do not know why Grid initially failed but it is ok and Attila and medieval just need to not block the compositing.
*Grid Autosport
*Total War: ATTILA
*Medieval II: Total War

Total War: SHOGUN 2 also seems to run perfectly, so not all Total War series have the problem
Tomb Raider runs perfectly but on the cinematic I get a lot of tearing

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