View Full Version : [ubuntu] new desktop

February 23rd, 2011, 12:40 PM
I'm intending to build a desktop from an old tower I have lying around and was wondering if anyone could confirm that these components would be compatible with each other and be OK with Ubuntu:

Asus M4N68T-M LE V2, NForce 7025/630a, AM3, 2DDR3, Onboard DSUB, PCI-Ex16, Raid, 8 CHHD Sound, mATX

AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz AM3 1.5MB L2

Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 DIMM 240-Pin 1600Mhz CL9

I've also been looking at the following bundles and adding another 2Gb of RAM to them:

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5800 - 2GB DDR3 1333Mhz - Intel G41 Motherboard

AMD Athlon X2 250 3.0GHz CPU - 2GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM - nForce 630a Motherboard Bundle - MB-A2502G

Which of the 3 options would you recommend?


February 23rd, 2011, 06:07 PM
I wouldnt get any of them.

nForce 630a is old, and wasnt that great on release. Asus M4N68T-M LE V2, has a crap sound chip (VIA 1708s) and I'm not sure that the RTL8211CL-VB network chip will work with linux at all.

MB-A2502G seems to be a ultra-cheap asrock motherboard, but I cant tell for sure. All the hits I find seem to be from UK sites as well, which is a bad sign in my book.

E5800 is a fairly new CPU, but its an old design base (Penryn) and its using an 'obsolete' socket/chipset (LGA775/G41)

In general, the ultra-cheap motherboards are junk, and the only thing that is likely to give you more troubles than a junk motherboard is a bad power supply unit. Considering that all those models are from the ultra-cheap price range, I'd bet they are coming with crap power supply units as well.

Save your money for something decent, or buy 2nd hand.

If the prices I saw from an (unnamed) UK retailer are right there are better deals around in the UK anyway. 111 quid for a X2 250, 2GB DDR3 and MB-A2502G setup? Only afew more quid should get you the same CPU, a much more current motherboard/chipset from a better manufacturer and 2GB DDR3.