For Linux gaming, running Fedora.
Got the graphics card used and in great condition. Found a great deal on the CPU; I otherwise would have waited for the Ryzen 3000s to come out so the 2000s would become cheaper.
Update Jun 18, 2019: no problems with benchmarks. Memtest86 showed that the 2*8 GB G.Skill Aegis RAM was faulty when run at its advertised 3000 MHz, so I replaced it with G.Skill Ripjaws V at 3200 MHz, which was on sale anyway. I'll test that and see how it goes.
Update: the new RAM functions flawlessly. Running Cinebench several times in a row showed that the CPU could run up to 81 °C, so I'm going to get some more cooling in there.
Update Jun 26, 2019: Installed two more case fans. Now there are two intakes at the front, one exhaust at the top, and the built-in exhaust fan at the back. Fedora is installed and Borderlands 2, as one of the most graphically intense games I have, ran very well. That probably shows how much my old computer used to suck.
The absolute legend. I was going to wait for the Ryzen 3000s to come out so the 2000s would get cheaper, but I got a good deal on this 2600 before then. $209 CAD and some free games sounded fine to me. It's not like the 3600's existence will make this CPU's performance worse, so I'll be very happy with its performance for the next bunch of years.
I've streamed games with this just fine, without having games chug. My previous PC, a laptop with a dual core (lol) processor would chug a bit, even on basic 2D games while I streamed.
A solid choice for a microATX AM4 board. It's basically one of the few in this size with BIOS flashback, and according to that VRM tier list that floats around the web, this one isn't bad, but not amazing either. All the headers are clearly labelled. The price is pretty good, too.
All in all, it's not the most exciting motherboard, but it does the important things properly.
Yep. It's RAM. It's "ready for Intel XMP," but clocks to the advertised speed just fine with a Ryzen 2600. I tested the stability of my RAM sticks in Passmark memtest86 and saw no problems.
I was going to just buy a M.2-shaped drive that uses SATA, but found this one on sale. I wanted the M.2 form factor to make the wiring in my PC simpler.
As you'd expect from an SSD, it's fast. Is the upgrade from SATA speeds to NVMe speeds noticeable or worth it? I don't think I'd be able to tell.
Also, keep in mind that this model is DRAMless, so the performance may be worse compared to a model with DRAM. See the Anandtech article if this matters to you.
Good card. I got mine used and in great condition. It has no problems running games at 1080p, and plenty of games at 1440p and still at 60 fps. Haven't noticed any issues with heat or noise.
Decent case with a remarkably low price. The side window is edge-to-edge tempered glass, though it's not perfectly flush with the edge of the front panel. Good opportunities for airflow, and its looks aren't too bad. There are removeable dust filters for the top and PSU vents. I took off the top filter and hid it on the bottom of the case using its magnets, since I'm using the top vent as an exhaust and so I want more air leaving the case and don't really need to protect my room from the dust inside the PC.
It's a bit annoying that the front panel and the I/O PCB are stuck together, so cracking open the front means also dragging out the I/O cables.
Although the case can fit 140 mm fans at the front, you need to install them at the front of the case interior, not inside the front panel, since a 140 mm fan positioned midway up will get in the way of the I/O. I think 120 mm fans wouldn't have any clearance problems, but I don't have any to test this.
One quirk of this case is that there's no power LED, so don't try looking for its cable. It has an LED strip at the front of the case that has a molex connector, which you need to connect straight to the power supply.
Yep. It's a power supply. It works. If you're in Canada, check out the price history for Canada Computers. They alternate between two weeks with this on sale and two weeks not on sale. Make sure to buy when CC has it on sale, since it's a good amount cheaper than elsewhere during that time.
The manual says the package includes a sticker, but mine didn't have one. What a scam!
Wireless Network Adapter
Works quite well. Not a bad price for 5 GHz/802.11ac.
WikiDevi says that this uses an Intel 8260 chipset, so expect it to work very well under up-to-date operating systems based on Linux. I'm currently using it on Fedora 30. The non-B1 variant of this card has an older Intel chipset but should still work great on GNU/Linux.
Be careful with the antenna's cable, since it's really delicate. You don't want the wires to rip themselves out of the card's sockets.
Great PWM fan. It's not that noisy and it keeps things cool, as a fan should. At $19 CAD, this is pretty cheap for Noctua.