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Building a cheap Linux box

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Posted in another sites forums as well as here to get some feedback.

Hello there everyone I am here mostly to get feedback for the build that I have picked out. Primary purpose for this box is tinkering and learning various Linux distros. I am using spare parts along with new to help keep the price low. Also this box is going to be hooked up via HDMI and will be using wireless keyboard/mouse. Largest IF is what graphics I should use.

Case- 1st generation Gigabyte 3D aurora case. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811233002
PSU- 500W Rosewill http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817182016

CPU- AMD X2 260 $59.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103876
MOBO- MSI 870-G45 $29.99 after $10 rebate @Frys http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813130290
GFX- Not Sure Yet. Either Sapphire Radeon HD5450 $39.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102882 OR MSI GeForce 520GT Fermi $44.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127583 OR should I go open box 520 for $24.99 http://www.newegg.co...2E16814121593R?

RAM- Crucial 1GB DDR3 1066 $8.99 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820148147
IMPUT- Inland Pro 2.4GHz wireless combo $18.99 http://www.microcent...duct_id=0305823

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CD/DVD- Lite-On $16.99 Frys http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106276
HDD- Actually drawing a blank. I'd rather not use my spare IDEs. Looking for ~cheap SATA
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Hi and welcome, sorry for the delay.

First up make sure that your motherboard CPU support list shows the CPU you selected as compatible.

Next double check the features you require for the graphics card choice. Do you specifically value a quieter computer? If so probably go for the fanless version you linked to. Or would you prefer to know there is a fan running directly on the graphics card to help keep temperatures down? I would probably avoid the fanless version myself. Purely from performance, the Nvidia is the better card but not by a lot.

Lastly on the hard drive, exactly that - a cheap SATA. You yourself know how much space you require. Cheapest at Newegg currently is $70 for 320GB Western Digital Green edition, or 250GB Western Digital Blue edition.


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Thank you for your reply. I actually ordered the parts a day after my original post and finally got the machine built and running last night. Got Red Hat Enterprise 6.0 running just fine and stability/performance is great. Was able to reuse an older IDE drive I had laying around so I was able to save some money there. Also picked up a 210GT for graphics for ultra cheap.

Thank you for these forums and the support you provide
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