Re: $50 bounty for best hardware list for a new Ubuntu desktop
I built the computer and have been using it for months now. It is the best desktop computer I have ever owned.
Originally Posted by ryannathans
(However, I did prove to myself that the iMac represents a really good deal too. As I said, I was not able to build a system as quiet as the iMac. Nor is it as elegant. But it is faster and it runs Ubuntu, so I almost never use my iMac now. I prefer this custom PC.)
I'm running dual monitors.
One is a 23" at 1920 x 1200 (HP L2335)
The other monitor is a 30" at 2560 x 1600 (HP zr30w)
I am using a fanless video card - ZOTAC ZT-40601-20L GeForce GT 430 Graphics Card.
The video card stays below 50 degrees C most of the time. Usually around 45, which is where it is right now. No danger of any fires from that.
The case and silent case fans were carefully considered (and tested) to arrive at the near-silent and cool operation. I got good help at HardForum.com.
I'm also running an SSD only. Concerns about read/write cycles are overblown. I've already been using it four months. The research shows your six month lifespan figure is off by at least a factor of 10, if not more. I'll be using this SSD for years and it will be time to replace this computer and/or drive before the SSD is worn out.
I came close to my budget. In the end, it cost me about $1200 (excluding monitor), but I went with 16GB RAM and a number of really high quality components. The computer flat out rules. It is super fast, very quiet and runs very cool.
My only complaint is that it won't suspend/resume the way I want it to. But that's a Ubuntu/Linux limitation. I don't think there is a solution for it.
Desktop: KX Studio (Kubuntu 12.04)
Laptop & Netbook: Kubuntu 12.04
Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Phone: Nexus 4 Cyanogenmod