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Ok so I got my sig rig together and it was my first build. It's really running great, but I use it for everything from gaming to important work stuff and quite frankly I'm hesitant to mess with it. Plus I kind of miss messing with Linux as I went ATi this time around and driver Linux driver support is pretty bad.

I was thinking about building a cheap say sub $400-500 rig to play around with OCing and Linux.

I wouldn't need a monitor, mouse or keyboard, I already have an extra GTX 460 I can use.

Size would be an issue, I'm thinking maybe a mATX build? I'd prefer an Intel cpu over AMD. I don't need anything fancy 3-4 gb of ram is fine and even the 1.66ghz Atom in my netbook does just fine with Linux.

Anyone have any ideas? It's probably something I'd think about doing in the next 6 months or so.
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I know you can build a sandy bridge system for like 500 minus the hard drive and cd drives and video card.
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I know you can build a sandy bridge system for like 500 minus the hard drive and cd drives and video card.
Theres an idea. I don't need really need a cd drive rarely use it with Linux, I got the video card, so and HDD would be it.

Forgot to mention definitely want an HDD over an SSD for this one so I can format and try different distros without worry.
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If i were u, i would go for second hand items, as u will only use it for "playing" with linux...
Take some c2d cpu
Memory 2gb, u dont need more for linux
U alredy have gpu
For linux u dont need bigger hdd than 80-120gb
Psu some quality 400w
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Thats my 2cents for start
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Hmm, well I have always wanted a first gen core i3 just to play around with. Second hand is a pretty great idea as you should be able to aquire all of the parts in your time frame.
 
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Ok I'm thinking I'm going to go the Sb route. I haven't finalized my budget yet so not sure which yet. It gives me a range to choose from and even the cheapest i3 will still be more than sufficient.

In thinking about it further I really think I want to go with an mATX build this time around as I need to conserve space. I know the revised SB mobos are still coming out but does anyone have any good recommendations on a good micro/mini atx board. I'd prefer something without integrated graphics. I only need one PCI-e slot for the graphics card.

I can figure the other stuff out and find good deals but I'm not too knowledgeable on who makes a good mATX mobo.
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For matx mobos ive read review yesterday for asus sb and zotac with sb (forgot model number). They both seemed very good mobos with asus on top.
Idk but why would u spend money on good setup and linux to just play with.
If u have spare money, that u dont need, ill give u my bank acc
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For matx mobos ive read review yesterday for asus sb and zotac with sb (forgot model number). They both seemed very good mobos with asus on top.
Idk but why would u spend money on good setup and linux to just play with.
If u have spare money, that u dont need, ill give u my bank acc
I know I guess it sounds kind of bad. I just want to build up my Linux skills and I want to get some Linux certs done in the next year so I can maybe get a job somewhere along those lines as I generally enjoy that kind of thing.

I have my sig rig but it's too important to have a bunch of down time and ati cards are not well supported in Linux. I have my netbook that already runs arch but again I use it for important things, I can't deal with a ton of down time and it's generally just a paint to work on a small netbook/laptop. I basically want something I can just test and teach myself with without any repercussions. Down the line I may use it as a cheap home file server or hook it up to the TV and use it to watch movies.

I ordered most of the parts I decided to bite the bullet and go with a regular Asus p55 ATX board. It will be tough to find space for but I think it's better, none of the matx boards were jumping out at me and this one was a good openbox deal from newegg. I went with an i3 550, hyper 212+ cooler, haf 912, samsung spinpoint and a 450w thermaltake psu. Already have the ram and graphics.
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good for ya... enjoy
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