I was planning to build my own PC for gaming, as my laptop that I use is getting quite old and its screen no longer works (I have to use an external monitor).
I mostly play RTS/Grand Strategy games like EU4, SC1 and SC2, AoE2, but I also used to play a lot of Dota. These are not the most resource intensive games, but I also want to not have to change this PC for performance issues for quite a while so I would like something really robust and something I won’t regret buying for the next years.
I was planning on buying either a 4K or a HD monitor (gotta use these Stracraft Remastered 4K models, right ?)
On my current laptop, I run Ubuntu 16.04 on dual boot with Windows, but I never use Windows. For this future PC, I was wondering which distro to use, since I’ve liked quite a lot of them. I was thinking about :
– Linux Mint or Ubuntu : Ubuntu is a distro I’ve used a lot, and it sounds like the “easy choice” for a Linux gaming PC since a lot is installed by default. Mint is pretty much the same from what I’ve heard (correct me if I’m wrong). The only problem I have with this is reinstalling the OS every 2 or 4 years (if you go from one LTS to another)
– Debian : I used Sid for quite a while, and I like the rolling release aspect a lot. Debian is just a distribution I’ve always liked, both in principle and as a user. I was wondering if there was anything I should be weary about (like some PPA repositories being mandatory for drivers or something ; these being exclusive to Ubuntu, it could be a problem).
– Arch : One of my favorites as well. I like the AUR a lot, and the fact that the distro is minimalist doesn’t bother me as long as I know I choose components that have a nice driver on Arch and for which there is documentation. I used Arch a lot on my laptop, but Dota crashed from time to time there. Is there anything I should know if I want to use Arch ?
– Gentoo : I only used it once on my PC, but I’m ready to try it again. Performance-wise it looks similar to Arch, but I don’t know if there are some specific advantages/disadvantages I should know ?
Any suggestion for another distro is welcome too. These are just the ones I thought about.
Another question that I had is : can someone enlighten me on Vulkan and how well it’s supported on these distros ? With which cards ?
Thanks in advance for all your answers.