I wanted to build my own pc and run linux that I have used on an HTPC for some time. This will be a cheap way into PC building and hopefully provide a good general use machine.
- Case – NZXT source 210
- CPU – Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.8ghz
- Motherboard – with HDMI and DVI- Gigabyte B75
- RAM – 8GB Corsair 1600mhz (will run slower due to CPU)
- SSD – OCZ Agility 4 128GB
- HDD – WD Green 1tb from old external drive (not yet fitted)
- USB Stick – for installing Ubuntu
- PSU – 80%+ – Antec High Current Gamer 400w – to be replaced by Bequiet 430w
- Speakers – Logitech x120
- Keyboard and mouse – have already
- Monitor – Dell 21” – have already
- 3.5” to 2.5” drive convertor – For SSD installing in a standard drive bay
- Optical Drive – Not needed this is 2012
- SATA cables
PC was quite straight forward, if you can assemble lego you should be fine with PC building! Installing the latest version of Ubuntu (12.10) from a USB Flash drive as I did not bother buying an optical drive. went well and everything was running well. I was unsure if the integrated graphics would be able to comfortably run the latest version of Ubuntu, but it is without issue. As an aside Ubuntu used to be a good way of adding a few years of life to an old PC, this is now not really the case now as it does need fair computing power to run smoothly.
I spent extra money on an SSD as it is I feel the most effective way to have a speedy PC, I could have stuck with a standard HDD and then spent extra on the CPU, but in practice for web surfing, word processing etc 2.8 dual core pentium is perfectly sufficient. The ultra quick boot-up time is brilliant If I later feel I want to upgrade the CPU it won’t be a problem as its a 1155 socket board, so an i3 or i5 will work fine.
I got 8gb of RAM as its very cheap at the moment, as I at least in the immediate future will be relaying on integrated graphics a little extra RAM would not go a miss.
The motherboard, a Gigabyte B75 chipset, has SATA3 and USB3 as well as DVI and HDMI out. Its a well laid out board.
PSU, i originally bought an Antec High Current Gamer 400w, the one I got was faulty which caused no end of hassle trying to establish which component was at fault. This unit is a seasonic unit and meant to be good, not so in my experience. It will be changed for a Be Quiet 430 unit.
Additions, I bought a sharkroon silent 1000 eagle to replace the stock exhaust fan which was very noisy. Its not PMW controlled but is still very quiet.
Graphics card, I will be adding a graphics card soon as iplayer playback on a 1080×1220 monitor is a little blocky. Something like a GT210 should do the trick.
A new PC can be inexpensive!