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Linux Budget Build (non-gaming)

pnwcub

69 months ago

I want to build a Linux office/htpc. I will be using the computer primarily for school work (papers, research, etc) and streaming videos (netflix, amazon) to my TV. So basically I need HDMI and hardware that is compatible with Linux. I don't want to upgrade for a few years, but I am not a heavy computer user, so even something that was super fast a year ago but is ancient now would probably be fine.

I have a few parts lists saved, using AMD, using advice from forums and reading reviews. I am a big fan of quality over price. My budget is $400 for everything except the monitor. (I'd prefer less though).

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/pnwcub/saved/2tzk ($350 build)

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/pnwcub/saved/2jFT ($430 build)

I think the A10 might be overkill, but I like the idea that it might make the Home Theatre PC experience more enjoyable.

Any help is appreciated.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the A10. Its WAY better.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is one I've been thinking about. 8gb 1600 ram, 1 tb drive, quad core, under 350$ PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor $99.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $66.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.65 @ OutletPC
Case Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.99 @ Mwave
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply $19.99 @ Microcenter
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $345.58
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 02:21 EST-0500
  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Check this out:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A6-3500 2.1GHz Triple-Core Processor $64.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-A75M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard $37.38 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $73.98 @ NCIX US
Storage Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $52.99 @ Newegg
Case HEC Enterprise MicroATX Mid Tower Case $9.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill Stallion 400W ATX12V Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus VS198D-P 19.0" Monitor $103.00 @ NCIX US
Monitor Asus VS198D-P 19.0" Monitor $103.00 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $465.32
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 10:36 EST-0500

EDIT: Aww crap, this was literally under $400 yesterday! The monitors did it in!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, this is better for you:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor $89.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Biostar TA75M+ Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard $74.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $73.98 @ NCIX US
Storage Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $52.99 @ Newegg
Case HEC Enterprise MicroATX Mid Tower Case $9.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill Stallion 400W ATX12V Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $336.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 10:45 EST-0500

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