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Old January 4, 2011, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by JD View Post
Assuming they have no ties to Windows, I'd say put Ubuntu on there instead. It can look pretty flashy and won't get bogged down with the majority of possible malware out there these days.

Here's my thoughts: - Buy AMD Athlon II X3 445 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.1GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W Retail Box - ADX445WFGMBOX In Canada. - Buy Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H AMD880G mATX AM3 DDR3 1PCIE CrossFireX Video Sound GBLAN HDMI Motherboard - GA-880GM-D2H In Canada. - Buy Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit - CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 In Canada. - Buy Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty* - ST3500418AS In Canada. - Buy Antec NSK3480 New Solution mATX Mid Tower Case 2X5.25 1X3.5 380W Black Front USB Sound & Firewire - NSK3480 In Canada.

Roughly $335. Maybe can save a few dollars from price matching as well.

I'd personally avoid using a Green drive for the OS. If you want a fast computer, you don't put a Green HDD in there unless it's purely for storage.
I'm not offering tech support :P so I'm not 100% sure they would be able to use Linux without any problems. Yeah, I was thinking about the idea of getting an X3 with a mobo that can try to unlock it's dormant core. The green is a really good drive if you get the right one... Some of them can do 5400-7200 rpm where the others are just stuck at 5400 rpm. They key is to get a dynamic drive that has a high cache level. My Caviar green (500AADS) in my main computer performs between the caviar blue (500GB) and caviar black (500GB)... I may step down to the 500, but it only saves $10 and costs a lot more if they ever need more storage space.

That case is more expensive than what I will pay for PSU + case separately, otherwise great suggestions on the CPU+mobo.

Last edited by draemn; January 4, 2011 at 08:52 PM.
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