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RedAwsomeness
February 26th, 2011, 04:32 PM
I was just wondering if someone could give me links to build a computer that would run ubuntu good for under $300...if that's even possible. Like all I would really want to use it for is internet and maybe minecraft or another low game every once and a while. If someone could help me with newegg links (or another website that accepts paypal) that would be great! Also if the monitor could be included for the under $300 (i doubt it though lol) that would be even better. I'm sorry I'm new here and have used ubuntu on my laptop but I'm planning on building a small little desktop...if someone could help me that would be great! Thanks!

oldfred
February 26th, 2011, 06:05 PM
Welcome to the forums.

Not sure about $300.

This is a link to Tom's which posts various builds. This one is $400 back in Sept. Not sure how prices have changed.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-build-a-pc-overclock,2739.html

You could upgrade motherboard to include video and remove video card to save some.

Vakman
February 26th, 2011, 06:11 PM
TigerDirect often has cheap barebone kits for you to build. Some are good and some are not.
Sign up for their email each week, often there are great deals.
Quad-Core kit (last gen AMD Phenom) was $209 CAD the other day. Lack of a dedicated GPU but was still usable for what you are asking.
This kit is currently $300 CAD:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7275091&CatId=332
Check it out.
Hope this helps.

walt.smith1960
February 26th, 2011, 07:07 PM
MoBo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128342R&cm_re=gigabyte_am2%2b-_-13-128-342R-_-Product

$39.99 open box $49.99 otherwise

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103926&cm_re=athlon_ii_x2-_-19-103-926-_-Product

$59.99

2 Gb. DDR2 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148097&cm_re=2_gb_crucial-_-20-148-097-_-Product

$34.99

CPU cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106156&cm_re=socket_am2_heatsink_and_fan-_-35-106-156-_-Product

$9.99

500 Gb. Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073&cm_re=sata_hard_drive_3.5-_-22-136-073-_-Product

$39.99

400 watt Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171042&cm_re=400_watt_power_supply-_-17-171-042-_-Product

$29.99

$224.94 plus shipping & tax so far. This setup is quite close what I'm using right now and it's more than adequate for web browsing, office-type stuff, web video e.g. youtube etc. , music. The missing components are a case & cd/dvd drive. Could you scavenge those, or get a $10 computer at some place like Goodwill and gut it? Maybe be able to reuse the CD/DVD drive?

RedAwsomeness
February 26th, 2011, 07:11 PM
MoBo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128342R&cm_re=gigabyte_am2%2b-_-13-128-342R-_-Product

$39.99 open box $49.99 otherwise

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103926&cm_re=athlon_ii_x2-_-19-103-926-_-Product

$59.99

2 Gb. DDR2 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148097&cm_re=2_gb_crucial-_-20-148-097-_-Product

$34.99

CPU cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106156&cm_re=socket_am2_heatsink_and_fan-_-35-106-156-_-Product

$9.99

500 Gb. Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073&cm_re=sata_hard_drive_3.5-_-22-136-073-_-Product

$39.99

400 watt Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171042&cm_re=400_watt_power_supply-_-17-171-042-_-Product

$29.99

$224.94 plus shipping & tax so far. This setup is quite close what I'm using right now and it's more than adequate for web browsing, office-type stuff, web video e.g. youtube etc. , music. The missing components are a case & cd/dvd drive. Could you scavenge those, or get a $10 computer at some place like Goodwill and gut it? Maybe be able to reuse the CD/DVD drive?

Yeah I can get those myself, I'll probably upgrade that HDD but I can get a DVD Drive and that stuff by myself.

Thanks!

Hedgehog1
February 26th, 2011, 09:03 PM
This exceeds the $300 budget after adding ram, but it is the base pre-built bare-bones I use:

AMD Quad Core (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7010679&Sku=B69-9200)

It has lots of room to grow... And supports SATA and IDE so you can re-use older HDD & CD/DVD drives.

:KS

RedAwsomeness
February 26th, 2011, 10:40 PM
This exceeds the $300 budget after adding ram, but it is the base pre-built bare-bones I use:

AMD Quad Core (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7010679&Sku=B69-9200)

It has lots of room to grow... And supports SATA and IDE so you can re-use older HDD & CD/DVD drives.

:KS

Alright, I'm probably going to use the build that the other guy gave me. I'm probably going to dual boot Windows 7 64 bit and Ubuntu 64 bit on it because I don't know how to reinstall Windows without a restoration disc after installing ubuntu incase I ever would like to switch back.

If anybody else has any other suggestions or cheaper builds that are already pre-made, please tell me, thanks :D

Hedgehog1
February 26th, 2011, 11:16 PM
Alright, I'm probably going to use the build that the other guy gave me. ...

That works, too! So longs as you get a system you like, nothing else matters.

:KS

ramblinche81
February 27th, 2011, 01:37 AM
I was just wondering if someone could give me links to build a computer that would run ubuntu good for under $300...if that's even possible. Like all I would really want to use it for is internet and maybe minecraft or another low game every once and a while. If someone could help me with newegg links (or another website that accepts paypal) that would be great! Also if the monitor could be included for the under $300 (i doubt it though lol) that would be even better. I'm sorry I'm new here and have used ubuntu on my laptop but I'm planning on building a small little desktop...if someone could help me that would be great! Thanks!


Look at the closeouts and clearance items.
MB iwth on board video is under 75
CPU can be under 100
Case 50
HD 75

AMD or Intel either works.

Research the newegg reviews. The research will help you put it all together.

cascade9
February 27th, 2011, 06:29 AM
MoBo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128342R&cm_re=gigabyte_am2%2b-_-13-128-342R-_-Product
$39.99 open box $49.99 otherwise

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103926&cm_re=athlon_ii_x2-_-19-103-926-_-Product
$59.99

2 Gb. DDR2 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148097&cm_re=2_gb_crucial-_-20-148-097-_-Product
$34.99

CPU cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106156&cm_re=socket_am2_heatsink_and_fan-_-35-106-156-_-Product
$9.99

500 Gb. Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073&cm_re=sata_hard_drive_3.5-_-22-136-073-_-Product
$39.99

400 watt Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171042&cm_re=400_watt_power_supply-_-17-171-042-_-Product
$29.99

$224.94 plus shipping & tax so far. This setup is quite close what I'm using right now and it's more than adequate for web browsing, office-type stuff, web video e.g. youtube etc. , music. The missing components are a case & cd/dvd drive. Could you scavenge those, or get a $10 computer at some place like Goodwill and gut it? Maybe be able to reuse the CD/DVD drive?

You wont need a CPU heatsink, the retail box CPU (like linked) comes with a heatsink. Its a waste of money to buy a very low-end heatsink that probabyl wotn be much better than the stock version.

DDR2-667, you would be better off with DDR2-800. DDR2-1066 is nicer still, but overly expensive. But you can get DDR2-800 for even less than the linked stick above-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144358

Thats what I would probably get, but I'm a sucker for RAM with heatsinks.

Personally, I'd much perfer the system that Hedgehog1 linked. Its an AM3 system, not AM2+ (better upgrade potential), uses DDR3 not DDR2 (DDR2 is going out, its already more expensive than DDR3), you get a video card not onboard video.....l could keep going but I dont think there is much point. ;)

FrankenCub
March 31st, 2011, 01:40 AM
I looked on ebay a lot and the cheaper ones are kinda out of date as computers go. I decided to look around some more and I found this one on Tiger Direct, I'm seriously thinking about replacing my old Optiplex with it....

$190 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=160416&CatId=332)

Not bad for the price and it'll smoke my Dell lol.

Temüjin
March 31st, 2011, 03:40 PM
I looked on ebay a lot and the cheaper ones are kinda out of date as computers go. I decided to look around some more and I found this one on Tiger Direct, I'm seriously thinking about replacing my old Optiplex with it....

$190 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=160416&CatId=332)

Not bad for the price and it'll smoke my Dell lol.
I doubt you'll be buying that given the big, red letters that say, "THIS ITEM IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE."

FrankenCub
March 31st, 2011, 04:33 PM
That sucks, I swear when I posted that last night it didn't say that. It said $189 and change :lolflag:

So I guess I'm on the hunt again....