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    Question Looking for a small budget computer (mac mini size if possible)

    Hi guys,

    I'm looking to buy a very tiny computer to run Ubuntu on.

    I already have a 24" monitor 1920x1200, a usb wireless keyboard and mouse. I want basically something similar to the Mac Mini, but much less expensive. I don't think I want to buy a dell because they come preloaded with Windwows.

    So basically I'm looking for a budget computer that can handle that resolution, probably with 1 gb ram and a core 2 duo (or Athlon?), and a small hard drive (maybe 80 gb). Oh, and it would need to have 802.11g/b too.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Looking for a small budget computer (mac mini size if possible)

    HP makes a slimline desktop model which is not as small as a macmini but it might work for you, or you could consider building your own using one of many types of small form factor motherboards.
    Good site to search for guides & how-tos.

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    Re: Looking for a small budget computer (mac mini size if possible)

    I was going to suggest a zombu, perfect if you don't want to customise it.

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    Re: Looking for a small budget computer (mac mini size if possible)

    AOpen Minipc is very nice, looks like it should be very linux friendly as well.

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    Re: Looking for a small budget computer (mac mini size if possible)

    Well it even comes with a distro of Linux here. But you can change it to Ubuntu easy enough. It's call the MyMiniPC.

    http://thinkgos.com/hardware/everex-myminipc

    It's about the form factor of a Mac Mini, but it's not a Mac. HOWEVER the issue is it's still around $499 for the unit. It's got some decent specs.

    Otherwise I can recommend the Zonbu, as someone above suggested.

    http://www.zonbu.com/shop/product.ph...8&cat=2&page=1

    It's only $299, it comes with a Distro of Linux, and it has meh stats. However it's similar to the Asus Eee PC in the fact it does not have a Hard Drive. To install Ubuntu, or any other OS on it would require changing the SDHC card, which is where the OS is located. It's more of a project.

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    Re: Looking for a small budget computer (mac mini size if possible)

    Be careful dealing with everex, I bought a cloudbook, the warranty isn't even good for T.P.

    VIA graphics means your in for a geek-a-thon

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    Re: Looking for a small budget computer (mac mini size if possible)

    Check out the link in my sig, Journey Systems only makes a very small profit off these machines and you get a warranty + linux support.
    clear && echo paste url and press enter; read paste; (youtube-dl $paste) | zenity --progress --title="" --text "Downloading, please wait" --auto-close --pulsate && ans=$(zenity --file-selection); gnome-terminal -x mplayer "$ans"

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    Smile Re: Looking for a small budget computer (mac mini size if possible)

    Quote Originally Posted by phidia View Post
    HP makes a slimline desktop model which is not as small as a macmini but it might work for you, or you could consider building your own using one of many types of small form factor motherboards.
    Thanks, I think I've decided to build my own. I decided I don't need wireless and I came up with this list of things to buy:

    Mini ITX Case
    http://www.logicsupply.com/products/t_3310

    Intel Atom CPU / Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121342

    60 GB Notebook hard drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822149066

    1GB RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161675

    Total cost = $214.97 (plus shipping)

    Do you think this would run ubuntu nicely?

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    Re: Looking for a small budget computer (mac mini size if possible)

    The only thing that you might have a problem with is the atom processor though it says on newegg:
    Runs 64-bit FreeNAS or Debian great

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