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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Since you asked, I'll throw in a couple of thoughts...

    I'd consider springing for 8GB of RAM - it should only be $5 or $10 more if you don't go for premium memory. I have 4GB in my box and it's more than enough to run any Linux distro, but I find myself a bit RAM-limited if I want to run Linux or Windows in a VM.

    Also, are you sure you want to go mini-ITX? Compact cases are all the rage now, but they do limit your future upgrade opportunities and I find them much harder to work in. You might find the additional space inside a mini tower case easier for a first build.

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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    if the op wants a Pentium they done care about virtualbox (if they did there research)
    intel only offers VT support at the i3 level and up

    ram prices have gone up, 8gb used to be ~$40
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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    As others have suggested:

    • Save money with an AMD chip
    • Spend the savings on more RAM
    You think that's air you're breathing now?

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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Are you living near Microcenter? They always have very good Mobo + CPU combo available. You can buy from there for cheap

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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Check out tigerdirect good barebones systems. All depends on the use of your build.

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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    This will be more than enough to run Ubuntu and pretty much any programs you can think of. I certainly run Ubuntu on much less.

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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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    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.
    Last edited by Resistent; May 3rd, 2013 at 11:29 PM.

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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Looks like a reasonable little machine for general desktopage. 4GB of RAM is plenty, I have that in mine and it's more than enough to run Ubuntu (and even the occasional VM too), ging to 8GB on that machine wouldn't give any real benefit IMO. The Pentium chip is a decent option if you're looking to keep the price down, yu can always upgrade that later if you need more smash.

    I would echo the SSD suggestion too, if not now then later. They've come down in price, a 40GB Intel drive isn't expensive and is plenty big enough for a Linux root partition.

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    Re: Advice on my first computer build

    Quote Originally Posted by pqwoerituytrueiwoq View Post
    intel only offers VT support at the i3 level and up

    Intel has had VT capable CPU's since Socket 775.

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