First build, cheap linux box

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. you're from USA not canada why are you linking us
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Does the sandy bridge integrated GPU an option? (asking cause dont know if it has good support in linux)
  9. 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
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