Barebones for Linux

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  1. Gob

    Gob Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore do OT Supporter

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    Recommend me a barebones system from Newegg (or anywhere really). I'd like to put together a cheap computer to use as a Linux sandbox, I haven't used Linux in years and thought if I put together a cheap box I could test out different versions of Linux and get comfortable again. It doesnt have to be all that powerful for now, but decent enough stuff that I could upgrade it later if I find it useful. Mostly I'd like to figure out some of the networking so it could be used on windows network and still be functional
    Any ideas?
     
  2. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    basically anything will work
     
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    tyrionlannister New Member

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    Buy a cheap external hard drive and put it on that.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Your current PC + Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 + your favorite Linux = $0.

    Inexpensive enough for ya?
     
  5. gnp

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    vmware server is free and so far i likes more than ms vpc.
     
  6. Gob

    Gob Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore do OT Supporter

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    Yes, actually, that sounds pretty good. :bigthumb:
    I'll start playing around with that this weekend. Still, the more I think about it, the more I think I wouldn't mind having an extra box around to play with and maybe even use as a server at home. I haven't put anything of my own together in quite a while and think it might be sort of fun to do. So lets say I have in the neighborhood of $600 to spend, on just the case + components (don't need a monitor or peripherals). How would you guys spend it?
     
  7. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    The only problem with having more than one box is having to decide which one to use. With Virtual PC you can use both at once, without having to reboot or anything. And if you use VPC's Save State feature, you can just close the virtual machine and pick up where you left off in maybe five seconds later. I've never seen a computer that can Hibernate that fast.

    Anyway, to get a cheap second machine for $600, I'd get a Dell or an eMachine.
     
  8. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Yep.

    But if you want to be really sure, check the Hardware Compatibility List (which isn't 100% accurate or up-to-date, but it's a starting point).
     
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    *hell* no. Build a better system for that pricepoint.
     
  10. Gob

    Gob Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore do OT Supporter

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    How does the below look? Have I screwed up anywhere too badly? I'm only up to $525 so far, am I missing anything I'd need (I have a extra PSU at home already)


    [​IMG] NEC 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE / ATAPI Model 7170A-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827152076


    $30.99
    [​IMG] LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811112099
    $79.99

    [​IMG] Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822148144
    $69.99
    [​IMG] Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 500 MCE White box PCI Interface Personal Video Recorder - Retail
    Item #: N82E16815116628
    $139.99

    [​IMG] FREETECH PX6200TD-128M GeForce 6200 128MB DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814122205
    $39.99
    [​IMG] CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model VS512MB400 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820145026
    $37.99

    [​IMG] [​IMG]Sorry for being the dumbass newbie, I just haven't done this for a really long time.
     
  11. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    get a better motherboard. Biostar == shit.

    get 2x memory so you can run dual channel. No less than 1GB.

    not familiar with that gfx brand. Recommend XFX.

    where's your psu?
     
  12. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    For a cheap machine, a Dell will do fine. And having a warranty and an in-home technician service is nice too.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    dells warranties on their cheap systems are only 90 days. If you build your own, you get 3yrs+. The dell warranties to give you comprable coverage are as much as the system. And in-home technicians are worthless when they're as fucking stupid as dell contractors are.
     
  14. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I confess I've only had experience with their laptop technicians. The guys who fixed our company laptops seemed to know what they were doing, and they didn't break anything else in the process, but I suppose we could have gotten lucky.
     
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    their business support (although I still don't care for it) is lightyears ahead of their consumer residential support. You still get fucked in the ass with a truely shitty product, but they're more keen on fixing it quickly for their business customers.
     

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