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January 21, 2012 8:53:40 PM

Hi, I'm trying to build a computer that uses Linux. (Ubuntu) and this is my first time. I'm a college student and not exactly rich, so I'm trying to save some money.

I don't really have a budget per se, but < $400 is ideal.

Here are the components I have picked out from newegg.com. Basically I want to know if these components will work together, and if you have any suggestions to change some of them it would be appreciated.

ECS A880GM-M7 (V2.0) AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
64.99
34.99 with rebate

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
79.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
39.99

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
109.99

EnGenius EUB9801 Dual-Band Wireless N Adapter IEEE802.11b, IEEE802.11g, IEEE802.11n (Draft 2.0), IEEE802.11a, IEEE802.11e (WMM), I, f and h standards, IEEE802.1x USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WEP, WPA/WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPS, WMM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
34.99

SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
23.99

Thermaltake Armor A60 AMD LEO Edition VM200P1W2Z Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Side Swap HDD tray & front USB 3.0 port
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
99.99

Also, any recommendations on power supply? What do I need?

To wrap up the choices above, the specs would be:

AMD 880G Micro ATX Motherboard 34.99 with rebate
AMD Athlon II X3 3.3ghz Processor 79.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB RAM 39.99
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB Hard Drive 109.99
EnGenius EUB9801 Dual-Band Wireless N Adapter 34.99
SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 23.99
Thermaltake Armor A60 AMD LEO Edition VM200P1W2Z Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 99.99

All that together would be $423.93 + shipping.

I plan on getting a 24" monitor for ~ $140 and a solar powered keyboard for ~$70 and a mouse.

Basically if I bought this computer pre-made it would be about $700 + the $230 or so for the peripherals.

I want to know if you have any suggestions or if the build would work correctly. Like I said, it's my first time and I want everything to go smoothly. Plus I need power supply and I'm not sure what to get. Any help or feedback is appreciated!

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January 21, 2012 9:45:29 PM

I would just make sure that there are linux drivers available for the wifi adapter you chose. You may have to go with a larger brand like D-Link or Netgear otherwise. Other than that, I can see no compatibility issues.

However, the case you have is overkill. You should be spending under $50 for this budget range. The case will not be as flashy but it will get the job done.
http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-Source-210-Computer-...

As for a PSU, this one will suffice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 21, 2012 11:24:58 PM

Actually, I think the wifi adapter I linked to isn't internal, correct? I would prefer for it to be internal. What would you recommend?

And thanks for the help with the PSU!

EDIT:

Decided to get this wireless adapter.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It says it works with Linux and it's only $15 after the promo code.

I think I'm going to stick with the case though, it's worth it to me for it to look awesome as well as run awesome.

When it's all said and done, I'm going to get everything for $496.37 (including 3 day shipping cost).

Not bad for an 8gb RAM 1TB hard drive and 3.3ghz triple core (can be quad core) processor with a nice case and DVD burner if you ask me. Now I just need to assemble it all once it gets here....
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January 22, 2012 1:07:05 AM

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January 22, 2012 8:34:16 AM

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