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August 15, 2013 6:16:39 PM

Hello, I'm doing a new build in about a month and need some help picking out parts for it. I've built computers before but they were $2000+ gaming machines running Windows 7. This one I'm going for as cheap as possible and it will be running Linux. Most likely Ubuntu but that will change at some point. The purpose of this machine is to run Linux and Windows virtual machines plus that standard stuff and programming. I'm going for a clean and quite theme with this build. I picked out some of the parts but I need some help on the others so here is my current parts list.

Parts List:


Motherboard: Motherboard Link


Storage: Not deiced


CPU Cooler: Not deiced

Videocard: Not deiced

Case: Case Link

Optical Drive: Probably just get one of those $25 ones on Newegg.

So to fill in those not deiced I need some help. I'm not sure what to do with storage. I know I need at least a 1TB hard drive but I normally like to keep a boot drive(normally use a ssd for this) and then a data drive. Should I do this or should I just get a 2TB hard drive and partition them or maybe a smaller hard drive for a boot drive instead of a ssd?

Not sure what to get for the CPU cooler. I heard that the 8320 runs really hot so I think I have to get an aftermarket cooler but I would like it to be quite and low profile if possible so maybe something like the H80?

Now I'm completely lost with the video card. I plan on running 3 monitors and maybe 4 at some point. From researching it a lot of people say the best way to do this in Linux is to get one ATI\AMD card with Eyefinity but I know nothing about ATI\AMD cards. I always used Nvidia.

If anyone has any suggestions that could help me that would be awesome.

Thank you.

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August 15, 2013 7:12:52 PM

@1 - Its FX 8350 and no it does not run really hot. Its just that AMD CPUs can not withstand temperatures higher than 65C (Approx.) But its never reached in most cases. I added a really good air cooler to the build as that is all what is needed. H80i is for extreme overclocking. I am impressed with your case though. Best Mid Tower money can buy.

@2 - Sure here you go -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($200.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $909.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-15 22:14 EDT-0400)

Radeon HD 7950 can max out everything you would want and would keep everything as smooth as butter.

Supports Eyefinity too. If you ever want to play some games, then this is also a very strong card (Equal to GTX 760 from Nvidia) and can let you play all games on Ultra with no trouble.

PSU is too high for the build but it was for sale. Too low price so you are future proof too.
SSD for booting makes things very fast. Quick startups and shut downs and day to day tasks feel like breeze. Pretty good add-on and for cheap too.

I hope I did not missed anything.
August 15, 2013 7:37:07 PM

Thanks for the build. I like everything but I'm not sure about the Videocard. Its pretty cheap but I don't really need that power. I don't plan on gaming on it at all, well maybe minecraft but that would be all.

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August 15, 2013 9:05:15 PM

Oh well then swap it out for HD 7770 GHz Edition

Costs $95 and is quite strong too.
Would play minecraft on max settings with no issues. Going anything lower than this does not make sense as its already very cheap and the best card for $100 budget.