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First build, cheap linux box

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October 14, 2011 4:52:50 AM

Hi, I have limited knowledge so please be patient with me.

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: 300-400 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I want to run ubuntu. Mostly I'll be making documents in open office and doing some math in octave. Nothing too demanding.

Parts Not Required: monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences by brand or type:

Here was what I had in mind. Like I said, I'm new to this. I don't know much, so please give me recommendations or point out incompatibility! Maybe you all could recommend a video card for my purposes (youtube videos, doing math in octave and making presentations in openoffice is about all I do)

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX

GIGABYTE GA-870A-USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

a cheap dvd/cd drive/burner (LG probably)

any recommendations for video card and hard drive?

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure. I have a 19 inch monitor, and I would like decent resolution.

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October 14, 2011 5:03:39 AM

What about ram, psu, video card, hdd, and case? If you are only looking for suggestions, go with nvidia, DO NOT use on-board video with any distro, and for the hdd go small if it's only for documents. You can go with a matx board for a lower price. This way you can throw more at the processor. I just build a new system for mid range gaming at 300 bucks including deals. 840-520-8gig including case, hdd,dvd-wr, and psu.
October 14, 2011 5:21:10 AM

I'm thinking for PSU

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

And for HDD

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

for video card,

GIGABYTE GV-N520D3-1GI GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

for ram,

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/4G

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October 14, 2011 5:23:11 AM

you're from USA not canada why are you linking us
October 14, 2011 5:37:29 AM

renoldo, everything looks good, though you might want to consider 32mb and 7200 rpms. The 520 is a great card for a low build, gaming including.
October 14, 2011 6:14:54 AM

I'd get a AMD llano, it's quad core and has a great built in GPU.

CPU+ mobo combo =$213

Elite 310 = $43

Corsair CX430w = $35 dollar with promo code... $25 MIR

Seagate $45

G.skill 2x2gb $33

Samsung DVD $19


This is better than your build. It is a quad core CPU and has a great built in GPU. A 6550D. This is better value and performance for the money.
October 14, 2011 8:00:33 AM

I believe GNU Octave is a multi threaded application that takes advantage of all the cores on a cpu. So, you should consider at least getting a quad core cpu or you will see slower program performance than you may be used to if you are tasking the program to do anything complex.
October 14, 2011 8:50:53 AM

If you want serious support for your GPU you have to go with NVidia....VDPAU and working drivers are needed, the next one is silent also ;) 

ASUS EN210 SILENT/DI/1GD3/V2(LP) GeForce 210 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card

October 14, 2011 9:53:14 AM

Does the sandy bridge integrated GPU an option? (asking cause dont know if it has good support in linux)
October 14, 2011 9:58:32 AM

vitornob said:
Does the sandy bridge integrated GPU an option? (asking cause dont know if it has good support in linux)

Intel also offers support but it's not as good as NVidia's