HW opinion/suggs for budget linux build

August 16, 2011 at 20:41:21
Specs: Linux i686
Hey gang, not sure if this is the best forum to post in, but since my biggest concern is H/W running under Ubu LTS I thought I would post here.

Anyways I gotta put together a PC this weekend, actually go shopping and put together. I am on a very tight budget as this one caught me by total surprise. I have been looking around for some info and I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on this setup that will be used as a general purpose desktop, very limited gaming if any at all and no mmporgs (abbr?) for sure. Like some GIMP/Photoshop (via wine) will be the heaviest load the computer is likely to deal with. Performance of course is important, but I have been working on 3-5-8 year old laptops for the past 3 years and so I am sure anything made in the past year or two is gonna smoke (good smoke I hope) for me.

My biggest concern is the mobo with on-board ATI. If I go with suggested mobo and on-board ATI do you think there will be config issues, namely during installation of latest LTS? I would really prefer a budget-conscious AM3 mobo DDR3 with on-board nVidia tao put my mind at ease. I am even thinking to go back to AM2(+) if the AM3 solution is not avail or pricey compared with AM2(+)

Thanx for any opinions and suggestions ahead of time.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4164/...
AMD Budget System
Component Type: Make & Model: Price: Rebate
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250: $61:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H: $80: ($10)
RAM: Patriot 4GB 2x2GB PSD34G1333K: $40: ($5)
Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB ST3500418AS: $40:
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS50: $17:
Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts EA-380D: $40:
Case: Antec Three Hundred: $43:
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit: $100:
Total Base System Cost: $421: ($15)
Input: Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse: $15:
Display: ASUS VW193DR Black 19" (1440x900): $110:
Complete System Cost: $546: ($15)

BTW you guys need a link to post questions when running text-based browser. Yeah, yeah I know not many ppl are likely to be doing so, but I always shut off loading images when using dial-up which is half the time for me. Anyways just a suggestion. I am glad I copied my post before re-loading webpage to get post button :P~


See More: HW opinion/suggs for budget linux build

Report •

#1
August 17, 2011 at 05:44:22
The link you posted is bad so I don't know what it's supposed to be showing us? Are you in the US? Do you plan to order the components online?

nVidia has all but dropped out of the motherboard/chipset scene so if nVidia onboard graphics is what you want, you're going to find very few choices available. Personally, I don't know why you'd want to go that route. AMD/ATI should work without any problems. If you're concerned about the graphics, buy an AMD based board & install a cheap nVidia based video card.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS


Report •

#2
August 17, 2011 at 13:58:42
It I needed LTS then I'd be running some server. I doubt any am2 would be worth my time but the x2 250 system I had seemed to be pretty good.


If you are running text mode then you don't even need to care about what video it is.

I am guessing you could buy a similar setup pre-built for less though.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


Report •

#3
August 17, 2011 at 18:57:05
LTS - Long Term Support vs LTS - Linux Terminal Server

Report •

Related Solutions

#4
August 18, 2011 at 10:32:15
[quote]The link you posted is bad so I don't know what it's supposed to be showing us? Are you in the US? Do you plan to order the components online?[/quote]
Well the jist of it was what followed, the link was just added from copy/paste. Oh well. I am in Asia and heading to the computer mall tomorrow.

[quote]nVidia has all but dropped out of the motherboard/chipset scene so if nVidia onboard graphics is what you want, you're going to find very few choices available. Personally, I don't know why you'd want to go that route. AMD/ATI should work without any problems. If you're concerned about the graphics, buy an AMD based board & install a cheap nVidia based video card.[/quote]
Well I guess I was wondering what those "very few choices available" might be. Linux drivers for ATI are notoriously horrendous and nVid is well supported.

I was wondering what anyone's opinions on the 8300 chipset might be? It was bleeding-edge a couple of years ago, so if it is still avail, and being AM2+ socket I am thinking quite possible, it could likely be my solution. Yeah its older, but I would rather older and working than recent and sucking-ass. I am also pretty settled on AMD just b/c I prefer it. But if it comes down to either going with AMD/ATI or INTEL/nVid then I will opt for the WINTEL.

[quote]I am guessing you could buy a similar setup pre-built for less though.[/quote]
Problem with pre-builts is generally cheap (tower) boxes and power supplies, and besides the local computer mall here is monster huge and there is way more component vendors than stores pumping out pre-builts.

[quote]LTS - Long Term Support vs LTS - Linux Terminal Server[/quote]
Ah yeah sorry for the confusion, Ubuntu Long Term Support. Yeah I know the list I pasted says Winblowz but thats why I mentioned LTS, but I guess I was a bit too ambiguous.

anymore opinions or suggs are appreciated before I head out.

cheers


Report •

Ask Question