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Postby heiowge » Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:55 pm

I've got some cash coming to me end of this year / start of next. One of the things on my to buy list is a new PC.

I fancy having a go at building my own. Here are my needs:

1) The kit must have a reasonable 64 bit processor (nothing cutting edge, but I don't want to go slower than my current 2.2Ghz Dual core Athlon 64)

2) The kit needs to support up to 4 x 2 Gb DDR2 or DDR3

3) At least 512 Mb nVidia Graphics card

4) At least 6 rear plus 2 front USB 2.0 ports

5) Fully compatible with Ubuntu 10.10 and no forced bundling of win7

6) A full set of build instructions in English and not in technical rubbish. I want the guide to assume I am a complete idiot! :lol:

I'm not asking anyone to find me the components (at least not atm! :wink: ) but I was hoping someone could point me at an online shop where I can get the sort of thing I need and hold my hand a little. (ebuyer has the stuff, but no help with compatability). I'll probably end up with a processor that is incompatable with the motherboard I pick, or ram that doesn't work or whatever if left to my own devices.

I'm not looking to buy before christmas, but I want the chance for a good look at what's on offer and weigh up prices etc.

Any help would be awesome. :D
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:11 pm

Ebuyer
offers bundles from time to time which are quite good, and all the components work together. You just need psu, case, cd/dvd and sometimes hdd.
For certain you have to be lost to find the places that can't be found. Elseways, everyone would know where it was
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Postby towy71 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:51 pm

btb1234
has obviously caught the not reading bug from 1sf (troll) :evil:

heiowge specifically said not ebuyer :roll:
still looking for that door into summer
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Postby Dutch_Master » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:31 pm

I've done business with Alternate in the past, but that wasn't the UK branch: http://www.alternate.eu/html/index.html?shop=gb

As for your choice of actual hardware, Intel might be fast, but AMD gives you more cycles for your pennies ;) RAM is relatively cheap but finding a housing that suits your requirements may be a bit more timeconsuming ;)
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Postby heiowge » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:41 pm

Yeah, I have long preferred AMD over intel.

It's a nice site, but I was hoping for one that sold complete kits to assemble. Then I could look at the componant parts and see which kit was for me, and if it had upgrade options.

I could check each component for compatability, but would prefer a seller who had already done that and could attest to it's usability under linux.
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Postby Dutch_Master » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:04 pm

In that case (sic ;)), this must be your first stop: http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/
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Postby Rhakios » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:20 pm

You know, if you look at Linux Emporium's website in the section for their desktop hardware, the details section shows the hardware they are using. Quite useful one might think.
Of course, if you are a really nice person, you might actually buy a system from them. ;)
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Postby heiowge » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:54 pm

kits aside, I'm drooling over this one...

http://shop.linuxemporium.co.uk/hardwar ... 9ae484f90b
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Postby bobthebob1234 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:11 pm

towy71 wrote:btb1234
has obviously caught the not reading bug from 1sf (troll) (troll) :evil:

heiowge specifically said not ebuyer :roll:


I gave it to him. I never read. Anything. Ever

But you could use the ebuyer kits as a starting point. It will help to tell you what hardware is compatible with what.

As for linux compatibility I have found everything I buy pc hardware works. Webcams, etc (Peripherals) I have to be more careful with.
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Postby Dutch_Master » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:56 pm

heiowge wrote:kits aside, I'm drooling over this one...

http://shop.linuxemporium.co.uk/hardwar ... 9ae484f90b

Actually, what you're saying in your spec's (in the OP) is: "I wanna buy this one, give me reasons to justify it".... :roll: :? Well, sorry, but you'd have to make that choice yourself...

I, and quite a few other regulars, can rig you a similar spec PC for less or a higher spec for about equal pennies. But you'd have to screw the thing together yourself and you don't have the support LE offers, like pre-installing Ubuntu.
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Postby heiowge » Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:07 am

Thats kinda what I had in mind. I want the spec or similar. I just don't currently have the know how to pick the parts or assemble it. I hope to get help picking the parts, and pick up the experience as I go.

Yes, I like that PC and I could probably justify buying it. I'd rather build one (preferably for less) though.
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Postby Rhakios » Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:37 am

And of course, you want to get it done before January.
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Postby heiowge » Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:52 am

Not at all. If fact, I doubt I will have the cash by then.

I'm waiting on an accident claim from last year. I've jumped throught a ton of hoops now and it's finally in the last stage, just waiting for an offer from the other company. If they decide not to offer or my insurance company recommends I reject the offer, that could extend it all a chunk, but it's all pretty straight forward.
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Postby ollie » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:37 am

heiowge wrote:kits aside, I'm drooling over this one...

http://shop.linuxemporium.co.uk/hardwar ... 9ae484f90b


That's similar to my 4-year old desktop (Intel Q6600) so I'm slightly confused. A more cutting edge computer would be based on an Intel i7 which run at 2.8 - 3.2 GHz. I have long preferred AMD CPUs but they have dropped the ball lately. I'm not sure if the purchase of ATI has caused these problems but it seemed to happen around the same time. ATI graphics have also gone backwards in the same time frame. Of course I'm only talking from the Linux aspect for this hardware.

IMHO you would be better off researching the individual components, trying to keep motherboard and graphics card from the same manufacturer. You have picked a good starting point with an Antec case and power supply, now look at the motherboard manufacturers and pick a motherboard with the chipsets that function best with Linux. As suggested earlier use the LinuxQuestions.org HCL and learn about your future hardware.

Just my $0.02 worth.
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Postby Rhakios » Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:29 pm

heiowge wrote:Not at all. If fact, I doubt I will have the cash by then.


Oh well, don't forget to bump the VAT up to 20% for any purchases then.
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