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youbuntu
November 30th, 2010, 11:09 PM
Hi guys. Okay, I want to build a socket 1156 Intel i7 PC, and I have a budget of 450-500. I want to know, preferably from like minded people, which components & chipsets are tried and tested with Ubuntu, from a minimum OS of 10.04.

I know ATI cards are to be avoided like the plague, as they don't play fair with GNU/Linux. I would be going for as cheap an Nvidia card as I can get. Processor wise, I am looking at the i7-870 CPU, and probably going to buy between 4-8Gb DDR3 ram. Are there any glaring motherboards, devices or chipsets which I should avoid?

The parts I already have, are:

1/ DVD-RW
2/ Monitor(s)
3/ Sata drives

The motherboard I am looking to use is:

Asus P7H55-M Pro




Any help is most gratefully received. My budget cannot be exceeded.

Thank you, enjoy your day! :)

cascade9
December 1st, 2010, 09:41 AM
I cant really help with parts, sorry (I dont use much intel gear, and I dont test with ubuntu anyway).

Staticice is great for finding good prices-

http://www.staticice.co.uk/

Also, in case you dont know and have any thoughts about upgrading in the future- LGA 1156 is going to be discontinued for LGA 1155. They will, of coruse, be incompatible (sop no LGA 1156 CPU in LGA 1155 etc). Also, LGA 1155 will NOT get 6 or more core CPUs, they will be limited to LGA 1366 (and LGA 2011 for xeons).

mastablasta
December 1st, 2010, 10:12 AM
you didn't mention what the computer will be used for and also as mentioned if you plan to do upgrades later on.

any specific reason to go Intel?

youbuntu
December 1st, 2010, 10:03 PM
you didn't mention what the computer will be used for and also as mentioned if you plan to do upgrades later on.

any specific reason to go Intel?

I can't go beyond telling you it is "general purpose". This PC choosing rigmaroll is a nightmare! What CPU do I need VS what brand CPU VS what ram VS what is compatible with Ubuntu... Argggh! lol :D

dandnsmith
December 1st, 2010, 11:19 PM
As far as I know, the things to watch for are graphics card/chipset (which you already know), printers, and all-in-one scanner/copier/printers.
Most of the rest it doesn't matter a damn, and the graphics and printer situation seems to be improving.

youbuntu
December 2nd, 2010, 01:53 AM
I wonder... would this one work for Ubuntu:

http://www.comet.co.uk/p/Computer-Base-Units/buy-ACER-X3950-I5-Computer-Base-Unit/676721#fulldetails

Seems to be a great spec for the price, also! :D

mastablasta
December 2nd, 2010, 12:03 PM
you will need to get a sound card for it (if you need it at all) and you could have issues with graphics:
Shared IntelMB graphics

Well unless it's 4500 series which are on a couple of Linux preinstalled computers.
otherwise it's ok i guess.

you will also get a windows 7 licence with it.

i always put together my own computers and if not i would not suggest buying branded ones to anyone (unless we are talking about notebooks). it can be cheaper to buy it from some small company that puts them together and the often offer totally personalised configurations. so you could choose linux compatible items only to go in.

youbuntu
December 2nd, 2010, 12:40 PM
you will need to get a sound card for it (if you need it at all) and you could have issues with graphics:
Shared IntelMB graphics

Well unless it's 4500 series which are on a couple of Linux preinstalled computers.
otherwise it's ok i guess.

you will also get a windows 7 licence with it.

i always put together my own computers and if not i would not suggest buying branded ones to anyone (unless we are talking about notebooks). it can be cheaper to buy it from some small company that puts them together and the often offer totally personalised configurations. so you could choose linux compatible items only to go in.

It says "H57" chipset, which is apparently Linux compatible. The graphics are Intel 4500 (i3 onboard). Do you know any different?

mastablasta
December 2nd, 2010, 03:39 PM
4500 is compatible ( i've seen many notebooks with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled such as Dell Vostro) . though i dont' know which is this chipset. i was checking here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA#GMA_X4500

can't find it.

youbuntu
December 2nd, 2010, 05:46 PM
Seems good on Suse...

http://developer.novell.com/yes/131746.htm

Zookalicious
December 2nd, 2010, 07:25 PM
Asus boards from that series are great with Ubuntu to the extent of my knowledge (my build has a P7P55-e Pro and it works great).

i7's are obviously amazing, but pricey. Make sure that you will actually use that processing power (compiling, gaming, media production) otherwise you might be throwing money away.

Nvidia Graphics or Onboard Intel. I'd suggest Nvidia, because aside from broken splash screens, it performs very well with proprietary drivers. I haven't had bad experience with AMD to tell the truth, but from what I hear, I would just avoid it to be safe.

RAM will depend on the pin number of the chip vs the motherboard. Just make sure they have the same number and that the motherboard supports it and you should be good.

Sound cards are an absolute waste of money. Good to moderate motherboards will have more than enough sound power for anybody but absolute enthusiasts.

PSU - this is important, make sure that you buy a reliable PSU. If you cheap out and buy a no-name brand for 20$ off, you could fry your entire build.

Optical Disk drives (CD/DVD) - I have had the best results with LG. Asus drives couldn't play DVD videos :( (I know you already have this though).





Let me know if you have questions, I build computers as a business / hobby so I can try to point you in the right direction.

youbuntu
December 2nd, 2010, 09:34 PM
Asus boards from that series are great with Ubuntu to the extent of my knowledge (my build has a P7P55-e Pro and it works great).

i7's are obviously amazing, but pricey. Make sure that you will actually use that processing power (compiling, gaming, media production) otherwise you might be throwing money away.

Nvidia Graphics or Onboard Intel. I'd suggest Nvidia, because aside from broken splash screens, it performs very well with proprietary drivers. I haven't had bad experience with AMD to tell the truth, but from what I hear, I would just avoid it to be safe.

RAM will depend on the pin number of the chip vs the motherboard. Just make sure they have the same number and that the motherboard supports it and you should be good.

Sound cards are an absolute waste of money. Good to moderate motherboards will have more than enough sound power for anybody but absolute enthusiasts.

PSU - this is important, make sure that you buy a reliable PSU. If you cheap out and buy a no-name brand for 20$ off, you could fry your entire build.

Optical Disk drives (CD/DVD) - I have had the best results with LG. Asus drives couldn't play DVD videos :( (I know you already have this though).





Let me know if you have questions, I build computers as a business / hobby so I can try to point you in the right direction.

Thanks for the advice. Ended up buying the Acer Aspire X3950-i3. Rocket fast, and it ALL works perfectly.