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    Advice on my first computer build

    Hey all- I'm building my first computer and happy to say I'll be making it a Linux machine (ubuntu, in particular). I'm certainly a beginner so hoping to get some advice on my choice of hardware. Below is what I came up with from poling around on newegg, which will cost me about $375 (before shipping). Two questions: (1) is this what I should be paying? And (2) are these components compatible with ubuntu? A lot of the time the manufacturer will say they work with Windows but nothing about Linux. Any advice is MUCH appreciated!

    Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
    1 LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEMModel #:iHAS124-04Item #:N82E16827106289Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $17.99 $17.99
    1 COOLER MASTER RC-120A-KKN1 Black Appearance: Aluminum & Polymer front Case body: Steel Alloy Mini-ITX Tower Computer CaseModel #:RC-120A-KKN1Item #:N82E16811119261Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $49.99 $49.99
    1 ECS H61H2-I3 (v1.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Mini ITX Intel MotherboardModel #:H61H2-I3 (v1.0)Item #:N82E16813135323Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $54.99 -$10.00 Instant $44.99
    1 FSP Group FSP300-60LG 300W Mini ITX / Flex ATX 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEMModel #:FSP300-60LGItem #:N82E16817104145Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $74.99 -$5.00 Instant $69.99
    1 Intel Pentium G630 Sandy Bridge 2.7GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G630Model #:BX80623G630Item #:N82E16819116406Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return PolicyIn Stock $67.99 $67.99
    1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHKModel #:F3-10600CL8D-4GBHKItem #:N82E16820231180Return Policy:Memory Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $35.99 $35.99
    1 Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEMModel #:WD5000AAKXItem #:N82E16822136769Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $59.99 $59.99
    1 ASUS PCE-N15 PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate Wireless AdapterModel #:PCE-N15Item #:N82E16833320074Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock $59.99 -$33.00 Instant $26.99
    Subtotal: $377.91

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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Going by your hardware list Ubuntu should work quite well on this setup... My general rule of thumb is Asus components and Intel work well...

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    For what purpose are you building this computer?
    By RAM choice, it does NOT look like you are only going to look e-mail and read news!
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    I'd say it's a solid entry level PC. Re. wireless - you want to double check that it's compatible with Linux. The rest should be OK.

    Are you sure you don't want to add a small (say, 64GB) SSD for root partition? If you're going to use that machine as a server of some sort, you don't need SSD. But anything you directly interact with can really benefit from having at least some fast storage.

    Quote Originally Posted by Locus Kiesselbachi View Post
    For what purpose are you building this computer?
    By RAM choice, it does NOT look like you are only going to look e-mail and read news!
    ?

    $35 is about as cheap as it gets. And having less than 4GB in a new build isn't wise because browser alone can easily eat 500MB+.

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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Quote Originally Posted by Locus Kiesselbachi View Post
    For what purpose are you building this computer?
    By RAM choice, it does NOT look like you are only going to look e-mail and read news!
    To inform you, they are really selling complete PC systems with 4 GB of RAM as a standard.
    I believe because Windows.
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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Sounds good. However, check out ASUS motherbords and AMD processors... for the same price you may end up getting more power. AMD dual cores (with more ghz's are more energy efficient then 'outdated' pentiums) are cheap compared to INTEL... so are ASUS Mobos. I don't see a graphics card, is it integrated with Mobo? if so what graphics is it?
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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Quote Originally Posted by fantab View Post
    Sounds good. However, check out ASUS motherbords and AMD processors...
    Rather check out Intel MBs. ASUS isn't what it used to be. I paid $250 for my Z77 and it's total PoS. My system completely hangs every time I try to plug in any external USB storage. I'll never buy ASUS again.

    Quote Originally Posted by fantab View Post
    I don't see a graphics card, is it integrated with Mobo? if so what graphics is it?
    Actually both Pentium G630 and H61 chipset have integrated graphics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prodigy_ View Post
    Rather check out Intel MBs. ASUS isn't what it used to be. I paid $250 for my Z77 and it's total PoS. My system completely hangs every time I try to plug in any external USB storage. I'll never buy ASUS again.
    So you had a bad experience with ASUS... There could be lots of reasons for it... or it could be just that you have what the industry calls, a 'lemon'. Have you checked with Asus? You should get a replacement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fantab View Post
    You should get a replacement.
    Nah, I won't disassemble my rig over something so trivial. I have plenty of USB ports on my other machines. Other problems have been solved by BIOS updates so I don't mention them, but believe me it was a rough ride at first when the MB was really unstable.

    The problem is that ASUS isn't really cheap. They need to get their quality control up to snuff.

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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Loose the WD Blue drive; it fails far too often. WD Black or Caviar Green is better I have had one to many Blue Drive failures (DOA) to count I always use Green because it is lower powered.
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