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  1. #1
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    Building new computer

    I am in the market for a new computer and am gonna go home built instead of name brand and need some help from the Ubuntu gods.

    Current specs:
    AMD socket A 1ghz
    640 megs PC-133 ram
    Nvidia geforce mx440<----s-video,vga and composite out
    80 gig internal<---system files<----IDE
    1 tb external<----IDE
    dvd drive<----IDE
    dvd burner<----IDE

    I don't game.All I do is download movies and surf the net while listening to music.My budget is between 750 and 1000$

    Am wanting to stay with AMD and would like about 8 gigs of ram.Would also like about 4 seperate hdd's and would also like to be able to use my 2 dvd drives and internal hdd.So in that respect I would like a board that is capable of using IDE and Sata.I already have the case picked out and its a monster.

    If someone can put together a build list that would be awesome.I will be booting Ubuntu 9.4.

    thanks for your time.

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  2. #2
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    Re: Building new computer

    Congrads on the decision to go custom/home built! Same here. Years of pleasure from mine and only one hardware failure--not my fault!.

    general observations:

    Why do you need so many hdds? They consume power. Two internal (one small but really fast raptor for / and system files, other big one for data/music) + one big external for backup should be adequate.

    One problem I see you running into is how to connect all those IDE drives. Most newer boards only have one IDE channel (2 devices), so it might limit your choices. If you find one you have to have but only one ide connecter, you can still swing it with a PCI IDE host controller card, or else use IDE-sata adapter.

    2 gigs of ram to start with should be plenty...If you increase that to 4 then you'll have to go 64-bit Ubuntu.

    I'm an AMD + nvidia man (just my pref.)

    might as well go quad core

    Google the ubuntu community documentation pages (see link below) for hardware compatibility for the parts you choose. Or check out some of these links:

    http://www.linuxcompatible.org/compatibility.html
    http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/
    http://linux.dell.com/
    http://ezix.org/project/wiki/HardwareLiSter
    http://www.linux.org/hardware/
    http://www.phoronix.com/lch/
    http://www.linux-drivers.org/
    http://www.linux-tested.com/
    http://www.linuxprinting.org
    http://www.linux-usb.org/

  3. #3
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    Re: Building new computer

    Building is the way to go. If you want to keep the two DVDs you are going to have to forgo the IDE HD. Here is some hardware to consider that offers great price performance and Unbuntu compatibility.

    MB Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P an AMD AM2+ and AM3 board
    AMD 7850 X2 Black Edition CPU awesome overclocker, you ought to try it
    Memory sticks of your choice, I use Mushkin, Crucial or Gskill, all are excellent and have worked happily with Ubuntu. If you go with the Gigabyte get 1066 sticks.
    Don't cut corners on the power supply. I use mostly Antec but OCZ and Fortron are excellent supplies (made by the same manufacturer). Make sure you get at least a 600w supply especially with all the kit you are thinking of installing. While noise is a consideration, make sure your rig has plenty of fans and runs cool.

    Good luck and have fun. Don't know where you plan to buy your parts but you can't go wrong with www.newegg.com

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    Re: Building new computer

    Should have added this a well. A great source for Linux hardware reviews.

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item=942&num=1

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