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Old 01-19-2010, 02:50 AM   #1
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Recommendations for a new desktop system...

Yea, I'm probably being a little lazy asking for recommendations here; the LQ HCL and other online resources, while quite good, seem to have TOO many devices listed. I'm looking for systems people have working and are happy with, doing some of the things I wish to do.

I'd like to keep it under a kibidollar (Ki$). I'm planning on doing some development, so while I'll have a couple of Windows versions partitions, and possibly a BSD partition, my main distro of comfort is Kubuntu. Most importantly though, I'd like a Ubuntustudio partition for multimedia creation including audio and video recording/editing/processing.

So I'm looking at recommendations for a 64-bit quad processor (it seems to me the general consensus around Linuxland is something AMD), appropriate motherboard, good soundcard (I've experience with the M-Audio 2496), TV/video capture card, decent graphics card, and, er, what else?

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Do a search here on LQ as this subject does come up all the time.

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Remember to buy a good quality power supply. Try to avoid the cheapo no-names.
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Everybody has their well argued reasons for recommending quite different choices of components.

You might look to a motherboard with a BIOS you can update without an OS installed, such as with Q-Flash for Gigabyte.

I used the approach of buying components that were suitable for overclocking, and then not doing any, thinking that they would be more reliable or have other desirable qualities of use. My system is cool, quiet, and so far, problem free. Of course, most of what I have is now no longer to be recommended as it is no longer made, being all from long ago, of the year before last year.

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