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    Building a new Ubuntu/Kubuntu PC

    Well my current PC is on its last legs so it is time to build the next beast.

    I am primarily going to use it for home video editing. Currently I am using Pinnacle Studio under XP. I have no intention of down grading to Vista at this stage. However, I am dabling with Linux (Ubuntu and Kubuntu) and have found Kdenlive. However, I have not been able to get this to work for me yet (maybe someone can recomend better linux video editing software). So I plan to dual boot XP and Linux with a view to using Linux for everything except video editing until I can find a suitable alternative (I have tried to run Pinnacle Studio under Wine with no luck).

    What I want is a system that is stable, reliable and reasonably fast. I do not need an overclocked monster as I am not gaming.

    So, this, in a nutshell, is my vision.

    Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to provide me advice on the best hardware (PSU, MOBO, RAM, GPU and HDD - I have everything else from the old system) to enable this. We need to take into account a number of questions including:

    Does Linux run better under AMD than Intel?

    Does Nvidia provide better drivers for Linux?

    Will I get any significant benefit from quad core or will I get better value for money using dual core?

    And I am sure you all have many other questions and, hopefully, answers as well!

    So, the journey starts here and I look forward to the the many debates, answers and, eventually, the new system that will arrise.

    Regards,

    Glyn

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    Re: Building a new Ubuntu/Kubuntu PC

    I may be wrong but i don't think AMD vs Intel is going to matter, whatever your preference is.

    I would definately go for Nvidia over say, ATI i've had tons of trouble with ATI driver support.

    And from what you say that your going to be using your computer for i would go with a dual core. Unless your running some high end 3d rendering software (3d studio max, or maya) your probably not going to really use those four cores, and for the same money you will be able to get a dual core (which is probably all you will really use) with a higher clock speed, and unless you run programs that actually use all four cores, your computer will actually seem slower with the lower clock speed quad core than the higher clock speed dual core.

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    Re: Building a new Ubuntu/Kubuntu PC

    Thanks Badfish591,

    How about:

    CPU: Core 2 Duo E8400 Retail Box - $240
    Cooling: Thermalright IFX-14 - $80
    Fan: 3x Scythe S-Flex 1200RPM - $45
    Motherboard: ASUS Striker II Formula - $330
    Memory: OCZ PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB - $155
    Hard Drive: 4x Seagate 7200.10 320GB (RAID 5) - $340
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX 768MB - $460
    Power Supply: Ultra X3 800W - $200
    Total - $1,850.00

    Regards,

    Glyn

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    Re: Building a new Ubuntu/Kubuntu PC

    Quote Originally Posted by GlyndwrBartlett View Post
    Thanks Badfish591,

    How about:

    CPU: Core 2 Duo E8400 Retail Box - $240
    Cooling: Thermalright IFX-14 - $80
    Fan: 3x Scythe S-Flex 1200RPM - $45
    Motherboard: ASUS Striker II Formula - $330
    Memory: OCZ PC2-8500 Reaper HPC 4GB - $155
    Hard Drive: 4x Seagate 7200.10 320GB (RAID 5) - $340
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX 768MB - $460
    Power Supply: Ultra X3 800W - $200
    Total - $1,850.00

    Regards,

    Glyn
    Hi i am also on this quest... Could you do something like this for me but for the lower end... dont need anything fancy, i have seen stuff for $300 but i would like to see if you have a better idea.

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    Re: Building a new Ubuntu/Kubuntu PC

    Hi jpdog,

    Doc recomended this to me:
    AMD
    CPU: Athlon 64 X2 6400+ (3.2 GHz) Retail - $160
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4 (AMD 790X) AM2+ - $123
    Memory: Corsair XMS2 PC2-6400 2x1-GB - $48
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB SATA 3.0 Gb/s - $70
    Video Card: GeForce 9600 GT 512MB (PCIe) - $144
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Real Power 650W - $120
    Total - $655.00

    Intel
    CPU: Core 2 Duo E8200 (2.66GHz) Retail - $185
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L (P35) - $90
    Memory: Corsair XMS2 PC2-6400 2x1-GB - $48
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB SATA 3.0 Gb/s - $70
    Video Card: GeForce 9600 GT 512MB (PCIe) - $144
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Real Power 650W - $120
    Total - $657.00

    Regards,

    Glyn

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