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Want a build to learn (optimize for cheap/used parts, technical functionality like multithreading, plan to build LFS on it)

andrepn

14 months ago

Hey everyone, I'm looking to build my own computer that I can then build Linux from scratch on. I have high level math and some high level cs experience but I don't know anything about hardware! I've made a cheap build on here but am thinking I also could just get broken computers from Ebay or something like that. Would love to hear what you all think and any tips you have! thanks

Could you give me some tips on builds that might be useful?

  • Budget: hopefully less than $500 total
  • Location: SF Bay area and Kansas City Missouri
  • Use (gaming, rendering, etc): Learning about computer hardware and Linux
  • Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): I think I have all of these?
  • Operating System required: Linux

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  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $97.52 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $73.88 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $56.99 @ Newegg
Storage Team - L5 LITE 3D 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.85 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design - Define Mini C MicroATX Mid Tower Case $85.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Other Linux $70.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $534.21
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $514.21
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-03 20:03 EST-0500
  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks a ton. Would you mind sharing some insight on why you made some of the main choices?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, the SSD/HDD are the cheapest and sometimes most high quality. A micro atx is perfect for low budgets and keeping space. The 2200g is the best APU besides the 2400g. The RAM is the cheapest 8gb RAM clocked at 3000MHz+. The Mini C Is an extremely small, one of the smallest cases for micro atx form factor, and the PSU is one of the most high quality 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular at 550Watts.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

why is linux $70- its free

and a 2x4 kit of ram would work better

and thats a sorta pricey case

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Luckily I already know Linux is free so I've just been subtracting that. Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, I didn't know Linux was free, that's interesting.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Really cool thank you

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kHcbD2

this is less expensive, but its still has quality components

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for so I have no idea what the tradeoffs between these two builds are except for one case is more expensive ha

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a reliable and cheap cpu, amd motherboard so it's compatible, 8gb is definitely enough for what your doing, ssd for fast boot up times, 1TB is more than enough space for most people, nice case, and the power supply is more than enough.

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