Question My next Linux Ubuntu build, expensive but not nuts?

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ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1700 socket ATX

Intel core i912900 K Alder Lake Gen 12

Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB (2x 32GB) DDR4 3200(PC4-25600) C161.35V

NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card (engineering graphics, but not a gamer)

NZXT Kraken X53 240mm - RL-KRX53-01 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler

Now for the case and power supply
Got any good case reccomendations? I need front-loading hard drive bays. I run multiple OS and have to swap them out.
 
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ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1700 socket ATX

Intel core i912900 K Alder Lake Gen 12

Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB (2x 32GB) DDR4 3200(PC4-25600) C161.35V

NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card (engineering graphics, but not a gamer)

NZXT Kraken X53 240mm - RL-KRX53-01 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler

Now for the case and power supply
Got any good case reccomendations? I need front-loading hard drive bays. I run multiple OS and have to swap them out.
Just be sure that the Linux version you want to run supports your motherboard. Cutting edge motherboards (Z690) may not have the required driver support. For example the 6E WIFI may not have a driver.
 
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Just be sure that the Linux version you want to run supports your motherboard. Cutting edge motherboards (Z690) may not have the required driver support. For example, the 6E WIFI may not have a driver.
These days all MOBOs pretty much all so long as you have the option to switch the BIOS from UFEI to Legacy BIOS. I had to do that with a Dell inspiron laptop. But my Asus X97 Deluxe lets me keep it in UFEI.
There are some peripherals that just won't work with Linux like some graphics cards and drawing tablets etc.

This setup that I am going with is the exact same MOBO & CPU that Phoronix used to benchmark Linux versus Win 11 and found that Linux runs better and faster on this ASUS and Intel chip .

They used Corsair DDR5 memory I don't see a reason to spend that much for pretty much zero return.

https://www.phoronix.com/review/adl-linux516-windows

As for the Wi Fi Driver It is supported in Linux https://linux-hardware.org/?view=search&name=AX210#list
 

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Hmm, I would probably drop down to the i9-12900 and get an air cooler myself for a workstation.

DDR5 is unbuffered ECC, that might be worthwhile.

You planning to run hard drives for OS? I would say at worst some SATA 2.5" drives, but you could also seek out SAS drives. I'll see if there are any interesting U.2 bays on the market. (This may require a motherboard change)
 
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3.5" bay for 2.5" drives:

https://www.newegg.com/icy-dock-tougharmor-mb601vk-1b/p/N82E16817994241?Description=u.2 drive bay&cm_re=u.2_drive bay-_-17-994-241-_-Product

NVMe M.2 adapters, so you can use M.2 drives.

https://www.newegg.com/p/1B4-00B6-001D2?Description=u.2 drive bay&cm_re=u.2_drive bay-_-9SIAU2EHAV8408-_-Product

Now to run these with a Z690 board you are going to have to get some M.2 to U.2 adapters:

https://www.startech.com/en-us/hdd/m2e4sff8643

Not sure about that one in particular, but there are probably more reputable ones out there.


I think the simpler solution is to get a thunderbolt or type-C enclosure and a board that supports thunderbolt add in cards:

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/P6PQzy/gigabyte-z690-aero-g-atx-lga1700-motherboard-z690-aero-g

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GC-MAPLE-RIDGE-rev-10

Type-C drive dock
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1466537-REG/owc_other_world_computing_owctcdrvdck_drive_dock_usb_3_1g2.html

Type-C drive dock
https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Tray-Less-Docking-Station-DS-SC4B/dp/B07Y3WDHLD

Thunderbolt for 2.5" drives: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/TB3QMJB000

Thunderbolt for 3.5" drives: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/TB3IVKIT000 (also allows thunderbolt pass through, so you can daisy chain more thunderbolt off of it, a bit pricey though)
 
ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1700 socket ATX

Intel core i912900 K Alder Lake Gen 12

Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB (2x 32GB) DDR4 3200(PC4-25600) C161.35V

NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card (engineering graphics, but not a gamer)

NZXT Kraken X53 240mm - RL-KRX53-01 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler

Now for the case and power supply
Got any good case reccomendations? I need front-loading hard drive bays. I run multiple OS and have to swap them out.
Looks excellent to me. Keep the 64 gb ram. especially if you’re going to run virtual machines and don’t run a linux that doesn’t have a GUI there’s no point I don’t care how fast in boots
 
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For the case: InWin, SilentiumPC, Fractal Design, AZZA.
Aerocool, Corsair and Antec also sometimes have good and beautiful models but they have a larger number of ugly cases.

64GB RAM is a bit excessive for Linux. 32GB is sufficient in every situation. So you better invest the money you spend on the extra 32GB of RAM in a better GPU or faster RAM. I also want to say that the new Ryzen that will be released now and it will be faster for gaming but maybe this is irrelevant if you don't game.

Finally, I would replace Ubuntu with Void Linux + XFCE because Ubuntu is significantly slower at everything. (startup/shutdown/login/open app/performance of the app itself)

You have enough software in Void (XBPS, Flatpak and Nix). And if for some reason the software you are using is not available for Void then I would still rather use MX Linux, Mint or Fedora as they are faster at opening apps.
 

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Some things I learned
The Asus ROG STRIX Z690E works flawlessly with Linux. There's a CD that comes with it that has ISOLINUX and a LINUX directories. The only thing it tells you to do is use the latest kernel.
You can't use DDR4 gotta have DDR5. Glad I didn't order the 4 being a cheapskate.
It's unbelievably fast. I am migrating data and it loads that 64 GIG of Corsair Dominator DDR5 and dumps it where I want it like lightening.
I did go with 3 terrabytes of Gen 4 M ssd drives. Those itty bitty things don't look like they can hold a terrabyte but they do. I got the Crucial P5 Plus 1TB PCIe 4.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 Gaming SSD. But you can mix and match the little SSDs E.G. different brands and different speeds.
The Dell S2721QS monitor and Nvidia/ASUS PH-GTX1050TI-4G graphics card work perfectly no fussing with drivers.
The Kraken RL KR X53 was a no brainer
Corsair 750Watt is plenty big enough even though the MoBo has two headers you gotta use. I sippose if one is an RGB nut and wants 80 fans it might need the 850 watt.
The older style Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window Cases PH-ES614P_BK tucks everything in with plenty of room for more, a Great case in it's prime it sold for a hell of a lot more than the $140 I paid. I think it was $600 in 2016.

The onboard WI Fi works without a hitch.
 

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