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Trying to assemble a micro-ATX form factor PC for video editing (kdenlive/openshots) and image processing (Gimp/Rawtherapee) in Linux.

While I've been using Linux since 2007, I'm a noob to the DIY PC assembling, so please go easy on me.

Budget is around 500-550 USD

I made a quick check to see if the following are Linux/ubuntu compatible and they appear to be good.

Computer Case: Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX: Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
Graphics Card: Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Memory: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-04 or ASUS Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A4/BLK/B/GEN
Network Card: Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R)

Question 1:
Per the Graphics Card (Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430) System Requirements, the minimum power required is 300W which is what the built-in power supply (of the computer case) has. Will that be enough for the whole system ? Or will i end up underpowered ? If the built-in PSU is not enough, what should be the wattage i should be getting ? Any recommendations ?

Question 2:
Pardon my ignorance here, are the above components an over-kill for a micr-atx slim case? I'm worried about overheating/too much noise.

Please let me know if there are some more things i've to consider.

Thanks,
Raj
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  1. Hey Raj, Welcome to the forums.
    There are a few things that stand out as needing a change, but I can't help you very well without more info. Please fill this form, it will give me and the other members the info we need: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    I'll get back to you once we have more info.
  2. striker, thanks for the template. Here we go.

    Approximate Purchase Date: This week or the next

    Budget Range: 550-600 USD

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Image Editing, Video Editing, Surf, Chat

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, ncix.com

    Country of Origin: US

    Parts Preferences: Micro ATX Slim Case Build, AMD X6

    Overclocking: I have no idea

    SLI or Crossfire: I have no idea

    Monitor Resolution: N/A

    Additional Comments: Would need it to be Linux friendly though may use Windows once in a while

    Following is the list i Have in mind

    Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147098

    ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131654

    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849&Tpk=AMD%20Phenom%20II%20X6%201090T%20Black%20Edition%20Thuban

    Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162067&Tpk=Galaxy%2043GGS8HX3SPZ%20GeForce%20GT%20430

    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396&cm_re=G.SKILL_NS_4GB_%282_x_2GB%29_240-Pin_DDR3-_-20-231-396-_-Product

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433&cm_re=Seagate_Barracuda_7200.12_ST31000528AS_1TB-_-22-148-433-_-Product

    LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-04 or ASUS Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A4/BLK/B/GEN
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=LITE-ON+Black+IDE+DVD-ROM+Drive+Model&x=18&y=31

    Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166038&cm_re=Rosewill_RNX-N300-_-33-166-038-_-Product
  3. Best answer
    Thanks for that.

    There are 3 issues I see.

    -You should swap the Phenom X6 for an i5-2400. It performs just as well as the x6 in almost every category.

    -that case/PSU is not going to be enough most likely. If you want a slimline case like that, look at the ones Antec makes. Better cooling and higher quality PSU's.

    -The GT 430 is a very weak video card. What sort of programs do you use for editing? I would suggest something more like a GTS 450 at minimum.

    Now, lets talk bottlenecks. I know you aren't gaming, but that GPU is a HUGE bottleneck on either CPU. Like I said, go GTS 450 minimum, but that might depend on what programs you use.

    Hope that helps you a bit.
  4. Best answer selected by drkm_4_frm.
  5. i5-2400 vs 1090T:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=363

    2400 wins. although if you want a more future proff system i would go for a 2500K and a P67 or Z68 motherboard so you can overclock it in the future if needed.
  6. Thanks a lot striker.

    Going I5 instead of AMD X6? If performance is same, i dont mind. Any good MOBO you can recommend?

    I do most of my editing in linux using GIMP,Kdenlive & OpenShot. Usually home videos and photos. Not very often;may be 4-5 times every 2 months.

    Per your advice, found this antec case that sells for around 120 bucks. Comes with a 380W PS. Will that be enough ?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129034

    What are your thoughts about this graphics card
    EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130572&cm_re=GTS_450-_-14-130-572-_-Product
  7. are you going for the 2500K or the 2400? if your going for the 2400, it cannot be overclocked so a P67/Z68 motherboard wont be necessary, i would definetely go 2500K for the long run.

    anyway a great mobo if your going 2500K:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128495
  8. 4-5 years down the road, if all is well, i may relegate the system to do a low profile chore than use it as a primary one. So, i dont see myself going for 2500K to reap the benefits of overclocking
  9. in that case a nice H67 mobo will do you well:
    Asrock USB3, SATAIII, Xfast USB, M-ATX motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157233
  10. Thanks a lot ps3hacker.

    Got a dig a little deep to see how its compatible with ubuntu.

    Any thoughts on the graphics card ?
    EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product


    And this antec computer case with 380W PS. Will that be enough ?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129034
  11. your link arent working.
  12. thats a nice case, and a 5830 would be a better choice it performs 30% better than the gts 450 for $10 less:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102878&cm_re=5830-_-14-102-878-_-Product

    other than that you got a great little setup there.
  13. ATI Radeons usually have poor linux support. So am kind of inclined towards anything with NVIDIA. Any recommendations ?

    Also, is the inbuilt PSU 380W enough?
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