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Only Programming Computer no games running Ubuntu

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March 12, 2012 5:19:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within next month, could be next week if i find a good deal

Budget Range: under $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly I'm going to be using this for programming. I'm learning new programming languages and practicing with them just trying to teach myself through books and online tutorials to see what i like best before going in depth with learning a lot about one of them. I would like to have a dedicated system for this to keep my family computer available for the rest of the family. The most video it will get is youtube or maybe a blu-ray. I would like to be able to have offline versions running on my computer so i would need to be able to run mysql, php, ruby on rails, apache, iis, "c, c++, c#" compilers, java, python, perl etc. I think you get the point of what programming languages i mean.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers (going to be ubuntu system so will not really need OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, microcenter is also close and i can pick it up from there.

Country: best possible place they can be i don't know any better to be honest

Parts Preferences: best available with budget

Overclocking: Maybe nice to have as an option but not looking to anytime soon

SLI or Crossfire: I want quad monitors in the future but plan to start with dual. This is so i can have 4 screens up. (FTP, Web server, programming window, file system on computer) Anything that can make this happen without dropping more for the cards than the system itself I'm open to.

Monitor Resolution: best available

Additional Comments: I just don't want to get too cheap on this where it gets slow while running, id rather spend a few bucks more to make it "stable" and usable.

Everything i look at online gets such mixed reviews because it seems like most builds get centered around gaming. I wont be needing nearly the processing power in my opinion and the video card demand.
March 12, 2012 8:06:59 AM

athlon x4 processor
880g chipset mb with an HDMI and a DVI connector
2 x4 gig of RAM
400 watt psu
hard drive
March 12, 2012 9:51:02 AM

hey op do u want the tower or also a monitor

ok for tower

intel i3 2100
asrock h61
2x2 gb ddr3 1333 ram
300w 80+ psu
asus x24 dvd writer
coolermaster elite 320 case

for monitor

acer 20 " 900x1600 tn lcd monitor

this would roughly be around $400-500 with monitor or $250-300 :D 
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March 12, 2012 10:07:23 AM

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120


ASRock H61DE/S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard


CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M2A1333C9


HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721050DLE630 (0F13178) 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM


LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM


NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Acer S200HLAbd Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)


TOTAL $492 :D 
March 12, 2012 11:36:18 AM

Ok so i took what you have and added all the items i would need to wish list.

Seems like a good rig for the price considering its bare bones like i want. Thanks a lot for the tip.
serial's design

I took serial's design and added a couple upgrades for about $80 more is it worth it for the i5 compared to i3 and 8 gb ram vs 4gb? With that should i upgrade power supply as well, that was a concern for me with the i3 and 4gb? This still keeps me under the $500 i want but is it worth it to upgrade to this? It also seems like a big jump forward so I dont mind spending an extra $80 if its a good jump like it seems it is.
upgrade design

I also wanted to try at going for an amd and seems like i got a lot of decent parts for a good price here too since its only about $40 more than serial's design. Do i really need to get this big of a power supply like someone said in the MB review? I would think it would only need that much when using it real hard?
amd design
March 12, 2012 12:30:32 PM

good job op

that build sounds good that is right for few bucks u can get i5 and ram is so cheap :D 
March 12, 2012 5:59:31 PM

So I wrote this last night an forgot to post but this would be my basic suggestion:
CPU: Intel 2400 ($150 micro center)
Motherboard two options:
Go cheap with little upgrade possibility H61 ($50-60) (limited ram most only have 2 ram banks with a max limit of 8gb)
Go Z68 (route I would go) ($100) because: 4 ram banks you can use up to 32gb ram. Can use SSD caching later on to increase HDD speed. More PCIe lanes.
RAM $50: LAMP (linux, appache, mySQL, PHP) eats ram, so I wouldn't go below 4 preferably 8gb ram.
Case: Debatable but I like the antec 300 or 302, ~$60 and PSU corsair 430, antec BP550, or similar $40
HDD: Add the amount you think you'll need. Prices are still high so expect around $100 for 500gb 7200 rpm

I made a list on the egg but for some reason I can't link it >.<
Totall price $492 without monitor or OS
March 19, 2012 1:00:40 PM

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