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: newegg.com
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
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.
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.
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 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...