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How much to build powerful Linux machine?

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  1. OM2

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    Just wondering...
    I was thinking of making a powerful Linux machine.
    I want to have 3 or 4 monitors.

    Just wanted a rough idea... how much will it cost to build?
    I'm in UK, so looking for UK prices.

    Some details:

    - Has to be SSD hard drive
    - 16GB RAM prefered - or more!
    - Not worried about size

    Not sure what else would be relevant.

    I haven't had a PC in almost 10 years!
    I remember that Dell prices used to be really good - and not worth buying parts to build own machine - unless you got a bootleg copy of Windows which cut the cost a little bit.

    Thanks.
     
  2. AmateurJohn

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    Whats your budget? Also do you want kaby lake(7th gen), coffee lake(8th gen), maybe you prefer amd? do you have a preferred brand of motherboards? do you have a preferred brand on graphics cards?
     
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  3. Triple6

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    That's too vague of question. Powerful for what purpose? Gaming, 3D Design work, graphic editing, virtual machines, word processing, crypto mining, etc?
     
  4. OM2

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    no preference on anything
    gaming - no
    3d work - no
    graphic editing - a little
    crypto mining? i never thought of!
    zillions of tabs open - yes

    my work is all browser based

    have no preference of intel vs amd. only thing is... intel i know. amd clueless - happy to go on what you guys recommend.

    budget... say £500?
     
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    I think you're going to need a higher budget. 16GB of DDR4 RAM($140+ or £106+), and a SSD(I assume 250GB-500GB($140+ or £106+), and then a relevant graphics card($200+ or £152+(not including the 3 or 4 monitor connections)).

    And then on top of that you still need a motherboard, cpu, psu, cooler, anything else and a case.
     
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    If that's all you're going to do with it.....Then any off the shelf OEM will do. Just buy another cheap 500 GB HDD and slap it in the OEM (removing the original HDD first) and then install your flavor of Linux on it.
     
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    Exactly what bassfisher6522 said.
     
  8. Triple6

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    Yup, an off the shelf computer with an Intel i5 or Ryzen 7 with 16GB of RAM, and an SSD will do. You may not even need a separate video card and the integrated graphics might be sufficient.
     
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