What do you run?

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What do you run?

As my PC died recently my lovely wife decided to buy me a new one smiley I got to wonder wondering what do you guys use?

To get things started I'll list the specs of my new baby.

  • Intel Core™ i7-3770 3.4GHz
  • 16 GB DDR3 goingto upgrade to 32GB in future
  • AMD HD7750 1 GB
  • 3 TB (1 1TB OS and  1 2TB HDDS)
  • Currently running Windows 7 Home Premium but will be changing to dual boot Win7 Professional and and Linux but not sure which distro.
  • 23" High definition Monitor will be a looking to add at least one possibly 2 more next year.
  • HP Photosmart 5515 printer.

I also have a 2TB NAS along with 2 1TB, 750GB and 500GB external drives.  Also got a couple of old laptops lying around that I'll get round to sorting out eventually

wizace's picture
My specs

Nice Question. I bought a new Computer this spring. As i worked in a computer store by the age of 13 and built Computers there, I'm getting kind of geeky every time, when I feel I'd need a new one. I worked on a pretty average Notebook for years, since the Computer before broke after I moved in a flat with a bad powerline. I just got payed the current market value by that time so I couldn't afford an equally good one. Actually the new Notebook I bought then had Windows Vista preinstalled. It took me 2 hours to decide to move completely to Ubuntu by then. So, this spring, I was fed up of hanging over this Notebook like a hunchback. I finally learned that it was a bad idea, to have a Notebook as a Desktop-replacement. After wachting this springs Apple keynote I decided, that I need a big screen with at least Full-HD resolution. First thing I bought was a BENQ GL2250-Screen which was first connected to the old Notebook. After a few days, I started to work myself into the hardware offerings and made up my system.


As I don't like the super new 3D-Shooters although I like retro-gaming, I decided that I want a powersaving, quiet, lightning fast 64-Bit system. I also went for SATA-600 all the way. My system has no HDD. I have external HDD's for backup und Data-Storage. Since there are good options to prevent Linux from writing to much, by moving var, cache and tmp folders into a ramdrive, I think there should be no problem to have  complete system on SSD. Since RAM is so cheap I got 8GB although I really don't need them, I also could have had 16GB or even 32GB but I really don't need it :) - but I could disable swapping, which makes me sleep quietly since another SSD endangering factor is under control. 


As processor I went for an Intel Celeron G540 with 2x2500Mhz. The thing was ridiculous cheap. For my needs it's more than sufficient. Even games work smoothly even in a virtual machine or under wine, with the built in Intel HD-2000 Graphics. It would be easy to get another Graphics-adapter, but I don't know what for in the moment after using this machine for nearly a year now. As mainboard I choose the Asrock H67M-ITX which has SATA-600 support. To keep it silent I took the Sharkoon SE Fan 1000 80x80x25.


Finally my SSD is from Adata with 120GB also SATA-600. My OS is a Ubuntu 64-Bit.


In sum, the computer cost not more than 320€ including a nice small ITX-case. I didn't have to pay for the assembling as I could do it on my own. It takes me in 7 seconds to the desktop. Programs start in literally no time. If I would have liked a thing like that from Apple I would have payed quadruple the money or even more.


So, now I'd like to hear from your specs. Keep 'em coming :) 

BostonPeng's picture
My laptop

I got a secondhand Lenovo T61 from a friend of mine with an Intel Core2 Duo with a pair of T9300 CPUs at 2.50 GHz, 4.18 gigs of RAM and a Hitachi HTS 722016K9SA00 160 GB hard drive. My video system is an Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M/PCIe/SSE2 chip running OpenGL/ES version 3.3.0 NVIDIA 304.48. (All specs gotten from KInfocenter.)

I'm running the unofficial Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) KDE respin with Update Pack 6. I'm using the Linux 3.2.0-4-686-pae kernel and KDE 4..8.4, and I've got my repos pointed to the Linux Mint Debian Latest repo.

TheLinuxGhost's picture
I'm not much into bragging

I'm not much into bragging about specs but recently upgraded from an old P4 3 Ghz w/ HT to a quad core 2 Ghz and it suites me fine.  Also "upgraded" from Mint 12 to 13 and have mixed reviews about it.  I also VM Windows 7 as I dislike dual booting lol.

Petex's picture
I run Mint 14 Cinnamon on my

I run Mint 14 Cinnamon on my T-510 Thinkpad and I just love it.  It runs Steam, Netflix, a XP box on vmware and a bunch of tests app servers on Virtualbox.  I migrated to Linux from Apple.  I still work with big fat W7 boxes and Macs, but everything I do at work, I can do with Linux.  It's just more fun.  Maybe in part because I feel free.

Centre1812's picture
Computer and OS

I just buy refurbished Dell Desktops off E-Bay and dual boot mine with Windows XP Pro and Linux Mint 9.  I'm about to buy another on with Win 7 Pro (or Ultimate) and go with Linux Mint Cinnamon.  My current computers are maxed out with 2 gigs of Ram, but my newer one will go to 6 gigs.   I also have two Raspberry Pi's and am running Raspian (Debian) on them for storage servers. We have one Dell Laptop for our home based work only, it runs XP Pro, and then I have a Toshiba Netbook running XP also. 

My biggest problem with Linux has always been finding a good, common and affordable 3 in one printer.  Scan, copy and print.  Something I can get ink cartridges at Walmart in the middle of the night if I run out. If anyone has any recommendations on such a printer; I would love to hear it.

Thank you.   

BostonPeng's picture
My old laptop's LCD died last

My old laptop's LCD died last month so I have a new system to report. I'm now running SolydK UP 2013.05.06 (tracking SolydXK Testing) with KDE 4.9.5 on a Sony VAIO VGN-NE230G laptop with an Intel Core2 Duo CPUT667 @ 2.20GHz, a 250 GB hard drive (bigger than my old laptop had) and 4 gigs of RAM. My video system is Intel GM45 on a 1366x768 screen, which is my first widescreen display and colors that are so gorgeous it makes some friends jealous, but I'd expect nothing less from Sony. 

Full Disclosure: As is the case with so many geeks I'm no fan of Sony, but the laptop was offered when my old one died and I wasn't about to turn it down since I was pretty much dead in the water in regards to being able to do anything online, including being able to snag podcasts to listen to on my phone.

Richard's picture
I though I would post again

I though I would post again as my original i7 system died with a faulty motherboard and the company I brought it from failed to fix it within the timeframe specified so I got a full refund. So I built the following

  • Intel Core™ i7-3770 3.4GHz
  • G.Skill 32GB Ripjaws X Quad Channel Memory Kit - Red (4x 8GB, DDR3, 1866MHz, 1.5v, F3-1866C10Q-32GXL, XMP Ready)

  • Asus P8Z77-M PRO Motherboard

  • Palit GeForce GTX650 2GB

  • 1TB HDD still need to add 500GB and additional 1TB

Currently running Ubuntu 13,04

slipp3d's picture
what a great thread ....

what a great thread ....

So the Laptop is a Dell Latitude e3400

Centrino 2

and 4 Gb of Ram

Hard dive space changes depending on what distro I'm running ....


and the desk top is ....

a hand build job with ...

core i5 ( water cooled with corsair hydro series H100)

16 Gb of ram

nvidia gforce gtx 660 (gotta have my fps!)

mother board is a asus maximus V extreme ... and that board has everything but the kitchen sink in it

all housed inside a Cooler Master Storm Trooper....

and lighted up with red and blue led's

Keelhaul's picture
My system

I wheel and deal so I usually do not hang on to a system for very long. I
keep most of my files on external hard drives and it works pretty well for
me. I buy used and broken desktops and laptops, fix them up and play with
them for a couple of weeks before selling them on Craigslist or eBay. Rinse

I have had good luck with Lubuntu, Mint and Ubuntu. Usually one of the three
will work with a bit of tweaking. Its a fun hobby that pays for itself. My
daily driver is an Acer Aspire V5-551 laptop. It came with Windows 8. I ended
up yanking the hard drive and installing Windows 7, mostly for Steam, and
dual boot to Ubuntu when I need to get things done.

Mike N.
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i have a i5 3.2GHz with 16GB

i have a i5 3.2GHz with 16GB of RAM and going to 32GB once i get some cash together after my septic tank debacle.  running win7 pro since i got a free upgrade from school which allows me to use more ram.  no vid card yet but running embedded nvidia.  playing alot with Kali Linux (used for hacking/pen testing depending on who you are) and playing with mint and a lil ubuntu.  

Centre1812's picture

Reckon what hardware Chris and Seth are running?  I know Chris is big on Fedora and I wonder what his dream specs would be.  I think Mark isn't running too much Linux right now 'cepting his Boris box, but would love to hear more about people's computers.  Thanks..

Greg Smith
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Since I'm on a computer all

Since I'm on a computer all day at work, I don't do a lot online at home.  So I end up being the standard user that checks e-mail, surfs the web and looks things up.  I do no gaming at all.  So my daily computer is a Dell Mini 10 netbook computer.  Works great for me with Mint 13 Mate. 

When I bought a computer for the kids to do their homework on in the family room, I just bought what they had in the store, so it's running Windows 7.  When it slows to a crawl, like all Windows computers do, I'll load up some Ubuntu variant on it.  I'll likely use Mint.

mike wall
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I basically have

I basically have

Intel Pentium ( http://www.spectra.com/hitachi/used-system/218/index.htm ) 2.6 Ghz


64-bit OS


I prefer a simple setup, I only use it privately at home. From the specs you have, it looks like a decent PC already.

Greg Smith
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I'm still using that little

I'm still using that little Dell Mini 10.  I've since loaded Mint 17 XFCE on it.  I did try AntiX on it but it didn't easily support my wireless card. 

I decided to get my Red Hat certification.  To do this, I needed a box that could do Virtualization.  I decided to get a Lenovo TS140 server.  It's a Xeon 1225 processor.  There's only 4 Gig RAM right now, but I'll be upgrading some time in the near future.  I put a 1 TB hard drive in it. Loaded up with Centos 7 and I have a couple of VMs running on it as my lab computers

After I get my certification, I'll wipe it and repurpose it as a Plex server.  At that time I'll use the 1TB for the OS and put in at least 2 larger drives as RAID 1 for the media.

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