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May 14th, 2010, 10:07 AM
Hello everyone and thank this site for all the friendly and knowageable people who offered hints to me. I have a question i am running Ubuntu on an old board which is a pentium 3 866mhz i think. I plan on building a new computer updated. Maybe a 478 pentium 4. Just a question here when you are building a system for ubuntu dose it have to be a certain one???? and what if this new motherboard that i get is a 64 bit do i need Ubuntu 64 bit to work also i was thinking soon on getting some online training on Ubuntu are there any good sites out there in this forum that are worth mentioning about??

May 14th, 2010, 10:26 AM
If you get a 64-bit card then yes, use the 64-bit version of Ubuntu. As for Ubuntu Training look at this... http://www.ubuntu.com/training hope it helps you out...let me know.

May 14th, 2010, 11:05 AM
Pentium 4 CPUs are well and truly gone, so you can't build one of those unless you go dumpster diving. You could build something cost-efficiently using a Core 2 Duo CPU, that's what I'd be looking at if I was you.

You should check compatibility with Linux before buying a motherboard. Do a search on Google for the model number and the word "ubuntu" and you'll get a good idea.

I'd recommend an Nvidia graphics card too, or at least Intel integrated graphics.

If you decide to build using the latest Core i3 or i5 processors, you will need an Nvidia graphics card - the built-in Intel graphics on these CPUs does not work properly with Linux yet.

The Core 2s and Core i range is all 64-bit. All 64-bit CPUs can run 32-bit operating systems, but you might as well use 64-bit Ubuntu.

May 14th, 2010, 11:48 AM
I don't think Intel make Pentium 4 anymore but they do make Pentium dual core. Get a motherboard that uses DDR2 because DDR2 RAM is cheaper than DDR3.

Use a Nvidia graphics card or Intel Integrated. I've had bad experiences with ATI/AMD graphics cards.

Use 64bit unless you use Flash heaps. Flash runs rubbishy on 64bit.

May 14th, 2010, 06:45 PM
I am building a new computer and I want to go with a gigabyte motherboard reason being they build solid motherboards and have dual bios (say what you want about the ease of updating bios have one mess up on you and then tell me why you don't care about dual bios). This is the build i am thinking.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168131284411055t thuban 2.8 x6
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)
My concern is with compatibility i am sure I won't have too many problems but the computer below has a problem with the audio input i went through tons and tons of stuff and it appears that there is a bug specific to this board some have got the Mic working playing with the input levels but i have been unsuccessful. It would be a deal breaker if i have the same problem and i cannot just buy a cheap sound card to run the Mic and still use the on-board audio. Please let me know what you think and yes i want a totally smoking machine that i can run the hell out of and run crazy video (I have my reasons) I will probably be running two top of the line nvidia cards as well eventually for gaming which must work in both windows and Linux so any suggestions on that are welcome as well thanks in advance for your opinions.

May 14th, 2010, 06:53 PM
Like 3rdalbum said, I think a Core 2 Duo processor would suit you fine. They are still current in a lot of machines and they are a 64-bit processor. They are also fairly inexpensive now that the new processors are out and run cool.

May 15th, 2010, 10:02 AM
In some ways Core2Duo is more expensive now than it was a few months ago.

Check out the AMD CPUs, you normally get more performance for your money with AMD (at the low end AMD is much better).