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Looking to build a sub 200 dollar super small lightweight machine, would like it to support 2560x1440 but don't need fancy graphics...

Want to be able to run Ubuntu, probably Xubuntu or Lubuntu ... maybe even something lighter.

Any suggestions? The Neo-ITX boards look sweet for 50 bucks... but dont know if they could run ubuntu.... plus a pretty weak processor.
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What all hardware do you need? Mobo, cpu, ram, gpu, hdd, case, psu..... Because sub 200$ is never going to happen.
 
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yeah perhaps your right... started adding things up on newegg at least... its gonna be more than that :/ if I found a i3 w/ intel graphics for less than 100... maybe 75 bucks that would help...

but theyre all pretty pricy
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post #4 of 8
Just CPU is already $50 (Pentium) unless you're getting an older gen , H61 = $50ish
HDD = $50ish, $30 for RAM, $30-40 for a half decent PSU on sale
ITX cases unless you go for a APEX one are already $90ish (though there's a Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced RC-120A-KKN1 for $40ish on Superbiiz)

AMD's stuff is actually more expensive on the ITX side ($90ish) for FM2 and $60ish A4-5300, simply because it's new

Maybe you're better off with Raspberry Pi if you can settle for 1080p? It runs Raspbian (Debian) and Fedora Raspberry Pi Edition.
Edited by AlphaC - 12/10/12 at 8:49pm
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post #5 of 8
Look up crunchbang linux. and Damn Small linux. These are about as small as you can go. I really like crunchbang and use it on a netbook. They aren't exactly user friendly but easy enough. I think you could do this for close to $200 w/ a $50 mini itx an i3 2100 if you scavenged the FS section. You can scimp on the HDD by building a cheap NAS w/ freeNAS
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A NAS setup might be fine, I have another machine that acts as a server anyway... and the code I'd use this for is all remote.


Gonna research Raspberry Pi a bit more, I've worked with DSL- it's alright but perhaps not ideal.
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post #7 of 8
Crunchbang (#!) Is pretty sweet.
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post #8 of 8
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Crunchbag is pretty sweet :> just tried it out...

Guess i'll just do some random parts shopping till I have a computer to piece together smile.gif
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