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Case - I was looking for a cheap case that would hold everything for a really low budget Linux build. Everything had to fit, cable management would be nice, and I like side windows...this case wasn't horrible...not too funky for me, yet not too plain. It has green, which matches my motherboard a little bit, that was a plus.

Motherboard / CPU / GPU / RAM - I had a friend that built a new rig about 2 years back...this was the gear from his previous build. I actually contacted him looking for older GPU, something I could get cheap, and throw into my old AMD machine for running Linux. My old machine is 11 years old...so I didn't want to put much $$$ in it at all. He offered me all this gear for $250. Although a few years old, MUCH better gear than what I was working with, so it set the wheels in motion.

PSU – I hate to skimp on the PSU no matter what I am building. I had a few sitting around, but nothing modular. I found a deal I was happy with on a SeaSonic, so I jumped on it. Pretty much the best brand out there, at a great price. I wanted modular to reduce cable clutter. What more could you want?

CPU Cooler – I really wanted to go with a CM Hyper 212 EVO but I was worried the 120mm fan was just too big for this board. I didn’t feel I’d have enough clearance. I really like that cooler in my recent gaming build, so I went with the same family of coolers, and went the next size down the TX3 with the 92mm fan.

HDD - I already had from my old AMD machine. The HDD had been a fairly recent upgrade that had been given to me.

OS - Right now I'm starting off with Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr. I tried several different distros, and this had an all around quality that kind of drew me to it. I'm not married to this OS by any means, so who knows how long it will remain on the box. It’s easy to swap an OS when you don't have any money in the OS itself, or programs that run on it.

System usage – I planned this mostly just as a secondary machine to tinker with. I've always played with Linux here and there over the years...for the past decade or so. But I always stuck with Windows as my primary machine, just based off the programs I use, and mainly games. I've never given Linux any really decent hardware to run on. It’s always really old, under powered, completely outdated hardware. Even though most of this build is recycled parts from a friend’s 2009 gaming build, it's still the most modern hardware I've ever built a Linux box around. For a modern gaming system, this is still useable (depending on games and resolution etc) but slightly outdated gear. For Linux, this is pretty solid stuff. This may be the first step toward one day building a 100% new machine for Linux.

March 2015 - Update

OK I liked Kubuntu enough, I am building a new machine solely for Linux for the first time. I've added two new exhaust fans to the top of the case. I installed a DVD burner I had sitting around. I did a fresh install of Windows 7 with all the updates...had a spare key from an old parted out machine. Looking to sell this machine to buy parts for the new Linux machine.

Sold 03/28/2015

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 10 points

interesting RAM

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

That thing has its own heatpipes LOL.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

I thought they were handles.... lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

you could maybe carry the computer using them lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

Silly RAM... heatpipes are for serious components :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I was surprised the first time I saw those chips. Crazy!

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for recycling

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I hate to see good hardware wasted. This thing FLIES compared to anything I've used to run Linux in the past! Steam Home Streaming works great on everything I've tried so far!!! So much for buying a SteamBox. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the Wall of Matchbox cars. lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Hehe. Yeah our spare bedroom sort of turned into my toy room. Guitar, amp, computers...die cast... I've got a great wife!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Like to see parts that aren't the newest come together to make a build that performs well for the user.

Excellent Job

+1

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It's cool to see things that are still very useful, getting used and getting a second life...instead of collecting dust in a closet, or thrown away...once they've outlived their original purpose.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

nice recycled build. throw back thursday certified lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Having a lot of fun with it. It actually runs all my Steam games on medium or higher settings...still decent for the CPU & GPU that's in it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for linux

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great too see good use of old parts. Just out of curiosity why did you sell? Only asking because I have an old Lenovo with that cpu that I was thinking of fixing up to give to my stepdad, just wondering if cpu was bottle neck? He does a lot of 3d modelling and his old pc p4 lol is failing him

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Future proof. Wanted something that would be easier to add more ram to. I went with a Z87 mobo in the replacement, so I can run with DDR3 instead of DDR2 and I can upgrade the G3258 to whatever Haswell I need...

The CPU did not bottle neck that system as I had built it, and my niece's son is having a blast with it! He's playing Skyrim etc on it.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2mhqqs <--- replaced with this machine.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the reply man. yeah I guess that's the same reason I decided not to fix my Lenovo and went with an amd apu build.

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