View Full Version : [ubuntu] Building first Comp, just asking for some help...

July 6th, 2009, 01:00 PM
Alright, I dunno if this is a good place to be asking stuff like this, but I would really appreciate some input, I'd be thankful for any help I can get.

I have never built a computer before and thought I would give it a whirl. I recently bought this comp:

and I was needing to buy a graphics card with a DVI output. Looking through a few, these looked good to me. The first seems a little on the low end:
and this one for possibly playing a few games (Nothing heavy, but maybe Portal or Half-life 2 at most):

First off, I just wanted to make sure these would even be compatible with The computers hardware and with ubuntu, and would anyone have any suggestions on which i should get, or if i should get something else? I'd hope to not go over $80. Any help, tips, or suggestions are greatly appreciated, I am pretty new to this, and want to make sure I'm on the right track. Oh, and will the power supply be an issue?

July 6th, 2009, 01:57 PM
I'm pretty new too so take this with a grain of salt but, 150w is pretty low, and if you're putting in a graphics card you'll definitely need a bigger PSU. Not to mention the PSUs that come with cases are known to be of sub-par quality. Here is a link (http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp) to a PSU calculator that might help you out.

July 6th, 2009, 02:28 PM
Alright, used that calculator and estemated the computers specs + hardware i have already put in, the recomended wattage for the lower video card was 120w, and the other was 123w, no card at all drops it to 89w. I knew it was going to take a bit more power, but wasn't expecting over a 30% increase. I also have a WD green HDD already in there with a 2gig stick of ram, do these specs seem at all accurate? and if so, am i still in the green on the power issue if i was to add a video card?