Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

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Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by whm1974 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:08 pm

One thing I have wondering about for some time is, do most Linux users tend build their own systems or have OEM computers? About ten years ago I assumed that most of us jDIY for compatibility reasons and well, we are also geeks.

Yes I know Linux has gotten way better about working on prebuilts OOTB without any issues. In fact buying refurbished computers with decent specs and installing Linux on them has become popular during the last few years.

I just want to know how many us are DIYers?

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by MintBean » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:41 pm

My laptop is build by a custom PC building outfit which gives you quite a lot of choice in terms of specs. Had no intention of running Linux on it when I bought it and now I run nothing else.

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by whm1974 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:37 pm

Personally, I think building your own is the best way to go. I do have to admit however that I am heavily biased against consumer level prebuilts.

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Post by DAMIEN1307 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:40 pm

Built my own main daily driver in Jan. of 2013 with a Cooler Master G-lite full size tower, F1 A75-V EVO motherboard, AMD A8-3870K APU with AMD Radeon 6550 HD Graphics 3.0GHz , 16 gigs Corsair Vengence ram, Hitachi HDT725050VLA360 (V56OA7EA) 500 gig HD, 600 watt power supply, LG optical disk drive, four cooling fans,(temp as im typing is 7 degrees centigrade, @ 4% APU usage), LG Flatron flat screen monitor...this thing was built with Windows 8 in mind, went to win 8.1 then win 10, and then i got fed up with microcrap...installed mint 18.0 at that time and went to all of that series until 18.3...{all Mint versions have worked flawlessly}...it is presently using peppermint 8.5 (respin)...everything here also runs flawlessly and very fast...in the blink of an eye...DAMIEN

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by Jim Hauser » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:09 pm

Every computer that I had/have has been home assembled except for one that I had after Hurricane Katrina flooded my home and shut down my local parts supplier. Although I prefer home-builds many Linux users have pre-assembled rigs that do quite well with Linux.

My current system uses an AMD FX-8350 8 core (4 gigahertz) on an Asus M5A 78L-M USB3 with a GeForce GT 740 SC running two monitors. This system has 16 gigabytes RAM if ever needed and 4 sata HDDs for striped LVM. The CPU is using a closed loop liquid cooler.

I build my own because I can and I need a good hobby. As I get older it gets harder to do and I may end up with an OEM one day.

I use Linux Mint KDE because nothing else that I have tried works better.

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by whm1974 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:28 pm

Jim Hauser wrote:Every computer that I had/have has been home assembled except for one that I had after Hurricane Katrina flooded my home and shut down my local parts supplier. Although I prefer home-builds many Linux users have pre-assembled rigs that do quite well with Linux.

My current system uses an AMD FX-8350 8 core (4 gigahertz) on an Asus M5A 78L-M USB3 with a GeForce GT 740 SC running two monitors. This system has 16 gigabytes RAM if ever needed and 4 sata HDDs for striped LVM. The CPU is using a closed loop liquid cooler.

I build my own because I can and I need a good hobby. As I get older it gets harder to do and I may end up with an OEM one day.

I use Linux Mint KDE because nothing else that I have tried works better.
Well I hope you can DIY for as long as you can. I do have to admit, that every time I look at Newegg's Refurbished section, I see really good deals on decently spec systems.

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by catweazel » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:52 pm

+1 for DIY, however https://www.tomsguide.com/us/buy-gaming ... 26524.html argues it's currently cheaper to buy than build.
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Post by whm1974 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:58 pm

catweazel wrote:+1 for DIY, however https://www.tomsguide.com/us/buy-gaming ... 26524.html argues it's currently cheaper to buy than build.
That is mostly due to the currently high GPU prices.

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Post by catweazel » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:58 pm

whm1974 wrote:
catweazel wrote:+1 for DIY, however https://www.tomsguide.com/us/buy-gaming ... 26524.html argues it's currently cheaper to buy than build.
That is mostly due to the currently high GPU prices.
Well, that's what the article says. It doesn't mean it's invalid.
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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by whm1974 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:00 am

Hopefully the prices of both will be back to normal by the time I build a new rig.

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by Pierre » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:28 am

it depends on how easy it is to get Your Parts:
- if you can get them locally, then Great,
- if they have to be freighted in, then that is an additional cost.

it is often said, that you can't compete with machine that are built for That Other System,
and sometimes, that can be a truism.

all of my older Desktop's were recycled / upgraded from That Other System, . .
& all of my Laptops, certainly are, as well. .

but those Gaming Machines are a different beast - - you do need to Build those , yourself.
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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by Jim Hauser » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:23 am

Pierre wrote:it depends on how easy it is to get Your Parts:
- if you can get them locally, then Great,
- if they have to be freighted in, then that is an additional cost.

it is often said, that you can't compete with machine that are built for That Other System,
and sometimes, that can be a truism.

all of my older Desktop's were recycled / upgraded from That Other System, . .
& all of my Laptops, certainly are, as well. .

but those Gaming Machines are a different beast - - you do need to Build those , yourself.
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Gaming is one area were building it yourself might be a good deal. Outfits like Alienware and Digital Storm have some very nice high end systems but they are very pricey. I am not a gamer myself so I can get by with lower spec graphics as far as 3D is concerned. My local parts supplier is no longer in business but here in the states there are many good options.

In the past most of my computer "builds" involved putting new parts in an old case and changing only what was needed as it was needed. My current system is my first home assembly with all new parts.

I will run this one until people start laughing at my "antique."

I was on top of the world when I fired up my Athlon 64 beast years ago... :-)

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by Moem » Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:11 am

I currently don't use a desktop computer, only laptops. My laptop is, and has been for many many years, a Thinkpad. Current daily driver is an X201.
When I had a desktop, it was always DIY and I assume that when I'll have one again, it will again be DIY.
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Post by AndyMH » Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:59 am

Up to about 15 years ago all my PCs were home builds, then I switched to laptops and have been buying second hand Thinkpads ever since. Current is a T430.
Thinkpad T430 i7-3632 Cinnamon 18.3, Thinkpad T410 Cinnamon 17.3, Thinkpad T60 18.0 Mate

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by daveinuk » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:47 am

My previous desktop was a self build, my current desktop was bought assembled (but without OS) due to price and time constraints at the time, and I've had god knows how many cheap/second hand laptops, all of which just ran Linux Mint, and all did it better than the windows version that had been on it :wink:
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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by Pierre » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:58 am

there should be a New Supply of Laptops, on the way, ATM:
Dead Windows 10 machines after updates here are two a penny. I'm no longer involved with servicing customers but my former partner has a stack of boxes and laptops waiting for attention. Why folks continue to pay for this system beats me.
and so, there is another Nice Collection of Laptops,
- Un-loved & UN-wanted.
:roll:

it's these PC repair shops, that are the New Gold Mine.
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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by MurphCID » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:09 am

I did a DIY, with a Hewlett-Packard Spectre x360 and after i remembered to enable Legacy Boot, it works great. No issues at all. None. I have never purchased a linux OEM since most come with Ubuntu which I despise (actually I hate Unity), or some other o/s which does not work as well as Mint.

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by Hoser Rob » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:12 am

I've always installed it on laptops but I agree that DIY is better. Because it's a very good way to avoid hardware support issues.

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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by Moem » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:17 am

I think this thread is about DIY as in assembling your own hardware, not about installing your own OS... is that right?
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Re: Do most Linux users DIY or have OEM systems?

Post by Hoser Rob » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:18 pm

Moem wrote:I think this thread is about DIY as in assembling your own hardware, not about installing your own OS... is that right?
What has indicated otherwise?

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