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linux_dan



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:06 am    Post subject: need new pc, is this ok? Reply with quote

Hi all,

My desktop pc died yesterday!! I have seen this

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/273942.htm

Seems good for the money? I am guessing it will run most linux distros pretty dam fast?

Thanks


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends what you want it for. You don't need this much for most of the programs in a normal distro. You will only see real benefits if you are playing games or editing videos (or you like KDE's cube) or you want to run several VMs.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could look around for a cheaper one than that ebuyer has quite a few without the need to buy Windows Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As does http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/pcs/ where you can configure your own specs (Intel or AMD) and buy without Windows as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hi all,

My desktop pc died yesterday!! I have seen this


I found out many years ago that the cheapest way is to build your own. You can build yourself a high spec. machine for a low spec. price in less than an hour. Additionally you will be using "industry standard" components instead of components made on the cheap for some of the "popular" brands.

CCL computers of Bradford are really very good on price and delivery (No, I have no connection with them.)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

catgate wrote:
I found out many years ago that the cheapest way is to build your own. You can build yourself a high spec. machine for a low spec. price in less than an hour.

Less than an hour - LoL!

I have built all my own desktops other than the first, but for the reason that I get to choose the components, not for cheapness. Actually, it is really the same PC but progressively upgraded, like Trig's broom with five new heads and two new handles.

An hour to build it ... I probably take four hours, but then I have a lot of stuff on board - four HDs, a tape drive, a drive-bay size speaker and even a built-in network hub. I am also fussy about things like cable routing and would probably take the whole thing apart again if I did not like the way it was going.

Anyway, time spent building it, the fun part for me, is insignificant compared with the time spent researching and choosing eg video cards, power supplies and HDs - which as I said is the very point of building the PC myself.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nuke wrote:
Actually, it is really the same PC but progressively upgraded, like Trig's broom with five new heads and two new handles.

There is a saying about "new wine" and "old bottles" and I found out how wise it was several years ago.
The only things that I reuse are the case and the contents of the hard drive. I have two big old cases and there is so much space that there is little farting about poking around in a confined space during building.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

catgate wrote:
I have two big old cases and there is so much space that there is little farting about poking around in a confined space during building.

Agree with the case; I don't understand the currently fashionable preference for smallness and thinness. I have what used to be called a "midi tower" and could really do with a "maxi". It is under the far corner of my L-shaped desk so I don't care how big it is or what it looks like. It even has a Raspberry Pi in one of its 5.25" drive bays, so there are actually two PCs in there.

My current older re-used bits are:- case, three of the four HDs (even a 12yo 500Mb one just for the swapfile - never touched anyway), video card, crappy little loudspeaker unit (all I need - not into music), DVD drive, floppy drive (!), tape drive, SCSI card for the tape drive, keyboard (15yo IBM Model M), trackball. It's annoying I needed to buy new memory when I got a new moboard as they keep changing the format.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about the big cases, until you have to move them I have a Corsair 800D and nearly gave myself a hernia moving it last week Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In true *nix tradition, there's a specialist tool for that Nelz:


(hint: it's not blonde Wink )
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My case is 20ish years old. Full Tower, upto 6 5.25 bays and 3 3.5 bays.
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