A few weeks ago I decided to build my own PC for running Linux.

The hardware components I ordered

case: Fractal Design Arc
processor: AMD FX-6100
power supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX
memory: Corsair 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit
videocard: MSI R6850 Cyclone
solid state disk: Patriot PPSE60GS25SSDR (60GB)
sata harddisk: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB
dvd writer: LiteOn IHAS524
IDE to SATA converter
cpu cooler: Cooler Master Hyper212 Evo
monitor: Iiyama ProLite E2473HDS-B1


It took me 4 hours to assemble the whole hardware.
Total hardware cost: 1104,35 euro (shipping included).

The most difficult part in it was the installation of the CPU cooler on the processor.
But you can find youtube movies with demos how to do this and of course there is a manual with the necessary instructions.

The software I run (totally free except for Doom3), not the full list …

Operating System

Operating System: Linux Mint 12 (codename Lisa)

The install process of the OS can be done in less then half an hour.


Internet browser: Firefox
mail client: Thunderbird
ftp client: FileZilla
bitTorrent client: Vuze


image retouching and editing: Gimp
photo workflow software: Darktable
panorama photo stitching: Hugin
image organizer: Picasa

Sound and video

audio editing and recording: Audacity
burn CD/DVD: Brasero
CD Ripping: Sound Juicer
audio player: Songbird
audio conversion: Sound Converter
subtitle downloading: SubDownloader
mediaplayer: VLC


disk encryption software: TrueCrypt
developing: Eclipse
office: LibreOffice


multiplayer first person shooter: Urban Terror
sciencefiction/horror-first-person shooter: Doom III (non free)

Installing the AMD Catalyst™ Proprietary Display Driver – Linux x86_64 resulted in an increased frame rate from 61 fps to 92 fps.

Rating 3.00 out of 5