I've decided to build my first computer and I've been reading through many great threads on this forum. I also found the Buyer's Guides in the FAQs to be particularly helpful.
I've learned a ton and was able to pick some parts, but I still have a cursory understanding of many components, and could use some guidance and advice. I've become a bit overwhelmed by the variety of components available on sites like newegg, tigerdirect, etc.
Here's my project:
Summary: I'm a new software developer that wants to build his first linux desktop to develop on. I would like to run Ubutnu. I'm prone to running many tabs on browsers, pdfs, reference materials, streaming media, and graphic applications. If its suitable for my budget, I'd like to support dual monitors and maybe be able to play some games occasionally.
Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $250-$350
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Must: Software Development, Internet, Music, Videos, ...Nice-to-have: dual monitor support, occasional gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, microcenter, amazon
Country of Origin: USA (NY)
Parts Preference: Best performance/price ratio. I imagine thats AMD on my end of the budget.
Overclocking: No (maybe later?)
*EDIT* Monitors: My two monitors are I-Inc iF281D 28" LCD and Hanns.G HG281D 28" LCD. The both have VGA and HDMI inputs, and 1920x1200 native res.
With that in mind, here is what I've come up with as my list of parts. Definitely would love to hear feedback, criticism, and specifically if it would all work together and with Ubuntu:
Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200RPM 16GB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive $44.99
Total: $346.95 + Assorted Shipping Cost
Would I need anything else to get up and running? I'd appreciate if anyone can assess whether these parts will work well together, if they will work with Ubuntu, and if they are good selections for my needs.
I would change the case in the squirrel's build to a rosewill challenger ($40 w/ promo code: EMCKFJA37) and for $15 more you can step up to a sure quad core in the Athlon X4 645 w/ promo code: EMCKFJA27 , everything else is fine
Sorry to be a bit pedantic, but I found a few G.Skill 4GB DDR3s (2x2GB) on newegg - the main difference being PC3 10666 and PC3 10600, and either NS or non-NS series. Is there one that would work best for this hardware?
On the specs page (of the Microcenter website) of the Gigabyte 760 Motherboard, its recommending the PSU to be at least >500W. Is that good advice? Even if a higher watt PSU bumps up the price, the bundle seems like a good option.
They even have a Phenom II X4 840 and MSI 880G combo for $120. Do you think there's a significant difference between the 880G and 760G chipset to justify springing for the 880G?
I'll definitely pickup an extra graphics card. The combo you mentioned will put my total at $353 w/ the gt430. The combo I mention will be $20 more expensive. So I don't mind a slight stretch of the budget.
Last question (hopefully), will the Antec 380W PSU be adequate if I plan on adding a graphics card?
I know PSU is a complex topic to get into, so its not something I'll probably understand within the time I'd like to purchase these components. Is there a good margin of safety with the Earthwatts 380W? I'd like to be on the safe side, so should I look into higher wattage systems (450-650W)?
depends on what kind of graphics card you plan to add later, for example AMD recommends a 400w psu for a 5450 & 5670 so i would say step up to the Earthwatts 430 ($49.99 on Newegg & Amazon) if you plan to add one of those cards or similar later on and if you do not see yourself needing anything beyond the integrated graphics then that 380w earthwatts will be more than enough