Technically not Linux

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Richard's picture
Technically not Linux

Right its technically not a Linux question but as I will will using Linux on it I thought I would ask here.

I'm looking to upgrade/replace my current PC as it is too hot and noisy.  Currently I have a Quad Phenom 9650 processor running on a Gigabyte motherboard with 4GB of DDR2 667 RAM 2 1TB Drives and a Gainward GTX260 896MB Goldensample graphics card.  Powering this is a Powercool 850W PSU.

The system runs fine apart from it not only sounds like a jet engine but it produces as much heat as one sad  So I am thinking about either replacing or upgrading the system.

The problem I have if you can call it one is that I work in IT and can design systems for other people with out a problem but when it comes to my own system I find myself looking in about 8 different directions at once and also looking at the high end of the market which I cannot afford right now.

Basically I am looking for a system that will see me through a few years and only real requirements are a decent amount of RAM and Pretty good graphics card as I play World of Warcraft and do some photo editing.

Thanks in advance.

Seth's picture
Do you have to build it?

It seems like you don't need a ton of specs.  Have you looked at the used computer market?  A pawn shop might be a good place to look, especially if you are going to wipe it (remember the price they have listed is not the price they will sell it for).

Richard's picture
Thanks for the input guys....

Thanks for the input guys..... I don't want to look at a second hand system as as I don't know the history of the parts and if someting does fail then I have no real come back with the place that sold it as they only tend to give very short warranties.  Plus when I get in at night I don't want to spend my time looking at various system configurations and then have to plan building it.  I just want to find a system that will do what I want straight out of the box.

Mark Cockrell
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If you just want to plunk down a credit card and have something awesome arrive at your house, I'd check out the offerings from System76.  They sell their systems with Ubuntu pre-installed, so you basically get $100 worth of extra hardware with every purchase since you're not paying for Windows.  Back when I was a server admin they were my go-to shop for rack-mount servers.  I've never bought a laptop or desktop from them, but assuming they're built with the same quality as their servers you can't go wrong.  The keep their offerings small- only three desktop models available, and use high-quality components designed to satisfy the uberpicky Linux crowd.

Sadly, no this isn't a paid endorsement.  I'd like it to be, though, if anyone at System76 is paying attention. ;)

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