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Building an Ubuntu Desktop for school

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March 12, 2011 10:43:52 PM

Hello to tom's hardware members,

I want to build my own Ubuntu Desktop ... I have never build
a desktop before. So I would like to ask for the input about the
hardware that will work well together. I don't know much about
desktop building, I am open to everything.

This computer will be purely for school only, I want to do programming
this computer, ideally if can work well with GUI development with
Gtk / Qt would be really nice. What kind of processors should I pick?

I don't know really need fancy graphics because I won't be playing
games on this machine. I have a budget of $700, what kind of
hardware do you think I need? I will be running 2 22" LCD,
I have a mouse and a keyboard. I have read a lot of builds for
gaming, but not so much for Ubuntu I think.

The OS I will be only using Ubuntu, what kind of hardware do you
think will be suited for my usage? Purely school work. I want to
have a reliable and relative quiet computer if possible.

I have a case picked out, Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you very much,
George

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March 12, 2011 10:55:55 PM

I would assume that this build's CPU usage will be high. In that case.
You could check out my siggy for tips.

I'd recommend this.
i5 2400 190$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI H67MA-E35 - 100$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot DDR3 1333 8GB - 85$ (65$ AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Silverstone ST40F - 49$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 7200.12 500GB - 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total - 464$ before rebates
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March 12, 2011 11:44:44 PM

aznshinobi said:
I would assume that this build's CPU usage will be high. In that case.
You could check out my siggy for tips.

I'd recommend this.
i5 2400 190$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI H67MA-E35 - 100$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot DDR3 1333 8GB - 85$ (65$ AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Silverstone ST40F - 49$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 7200.12 500GB - 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total - 464$ before rebates


Would I need a graphic card? Because I want to run dual monitor of 22 inches.
But I am just wondering, I don't know if it is needed, or have any effect on
my need. Thank you for replying.
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March 13, 2011 12:24:30 AM

ywchan said:
Would I need a graphic card? Because I want to run dual monitor of 22 inches.
But I am just wondering, I don't know if it is needed, or have any effect on
my need. Thank you for replying.



You can run dual monitors fine on the integrated graphics on the sandy bridge CPU (Intel HD 2000 for that chip mentioned).

Looks like a great system and a fun project. Since that machine will be so energy efficient don't forget to download one of the nice Linux clients for the Folding @ Home distributed computing project. Who knows your PC might just cure cancer one night while you're asleep.
http://folding.stanford.edu/

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