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Hi. Im 15 years old and I've wanted to switch to Linux for a long time. I want to build my own PC that will run Linux fine. I dont need nothing extremely fancy, because I may not be able to get a summer job and Im on a tight budget ;p So i was wondering if anyone had suggestions on what componets I should buy. I mainly want to use it for programming, but I've heard that its much better than Windows, so i would really like to switch.
OK... I dont really want anything second hand. I want a good machine. I dont want to buy a prebuilt PC, I want to choose the componets. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestion for componets. As price limit on building one, max is $500. I thought about doing this once before, and a good machine that would run Linux came up to $420. I use to chat with the guys at lameindustries.org but the URL doesnt work anymore. Thats where they gave me the specs for the machine, but I cant remember the parts. I went on newegg.com and searched for them, and they alll were compatible, or should have been.
NewEgg is an ideal hardware site. So is Pricewatch. Nvidia's cards are always recognized, regardless of distro. There are plenty of threads that will give you good suggestions on NIC's. You could also do Walmart's $200 package. It's entirely up to you, but I wouldn't discount the possibility of cheap used wares. One man's burden is another man's bargain.
Check around with local computer dealerships, too. They might have a basic mobo/cpu/case package that you can add on to ... I built a P4-2GHz system for my old man pretty recently and after you factor in the keyboard/mouse/monitor it was just over $500.
I built my own form parts I bought off the net. I got a motherboard with built in sound, etho, video and a 1ghz duron for about 100. Check staples on their sundays ads you can pny memory for about $10 for a 256 stick of SDRAM and a 30gig harddrive for $30. Also check out pricewatch.com for the kit pcs that are pretty cheap.