Build Advice [Linux Workstation] Please review build

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Hi!
Building a Linux workstation for software development.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BpNPWb

The typical workload would be:
  • running multiple VMs and containers, compiling go/c++
  • handle RAM hungry electron applications (slack, vscode, spotify, etc)
  • handle Firefox with hundreds of tabs open
  • 3 screens
  • Low noise levels
  • Good performance without tuning (overclocking, extravagant bios configs, water cooling :)
Ideally this system will last me a few years with the possibility to handle some upgrades.

[P.S: For work I use a 2017 macbook pro and it feels slow and it has hiccups. I want to build something that just runs smooth and can chug along without much fuzzing]
 
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kanewolf

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Hi!
Building a Linux workstation for software development.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BpNPWb

The typical workload would be:
  • running multiple VMs and containers, compiling go/c++
  • handle RAM hungry electron applications (slack, vscode, spotify, etc)
  • handle Firefox with hundreds of tabs open
  • 3 screens
  • Low noise levels
  • Good performance without tuning (overclocking, extravagant bios configs, water cooling :)
Ideally this system will last me a few years with the possibility to handle some upgrades.

[P.S: For work I use a 2017 macbook pro and it feels slow and it has hiccups. I want to build something that just runs smooth and can chug along without much fuzzing]
Verify that the Linux distro you intend to use supports the X570 motherboard.
 
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Thank you kanewolf, I did some "research" and I did not come up with any updated authoritative source (Ubuntu does have a hardware compat list but it is outdated)

I changed the motherboard, from:
MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard

To:
Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero ATX AM4 Motherboard

Based in an article from phoronix
 

kanewolf

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Thank you kanewolf, I did some "research" and I did not come up with any updated authoritative source (Ubuntu does have a hardware compat list but it is outdated)

I changed the motherboard, from:
MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard

To:
Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero ATX AM4 Motherboard

Based in an article from phoronix
I did a Linux build for the house and waited until I was sure I had support for a B450 motherboard on Fedora. OS support is something that isn't thought about, but for VERY new desktop hardware, it can be an issue.
 
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Did you end up building the ROG Crosshair VIII Hero? I also want to run Linux on it and curious how the compatibility is.
Actually I could not find it online, ended up buying a different motherboard. Found this one:
Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard

I hard a bit of a struggle to get it to boot but now is working without issues
 

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