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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby BG405 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:27 pm

One of my mates (not a LM Forum member) has recently built a high spec machine and he's installed Mint as the only OS. He will run W7 in a virtual machine for anything which needs it.

I intend to rebuild a couple of my desktop machines and install Mint on them (most likely Xfce due to their specs), does that count? :mrgreen: Last decent-spec tower I built from scratch using new parts had xp on it, had it not been stolen I would certainly have been running Mint on it by now.
Dell Inspiron 1525 - LM17.3 CE 64-------------------Acer D255E 2GB - LM17.3 KDE 32
Toshiba NB305 - LM17.3 Xfce 32--------------------K7S5A Athlon 1.2GHz - LM17.3 Xfce 32 & WinXP-Pro
Acer Aspire E11 ES1-111M - LM18.2 KDE 64 -----Dell PII 350 64MB - Puppy 4.3 & Win98-SE

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby lexon » Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:12 am

My desktop for maybe the last four or five years has been a laptop sitting behind a 19 inch display. No need for a massive computer anymore.
Besides, iPhone and iPad get more use. Lot less power consumption.

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Sgthawker » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:15 am

hawkeye315, I also dig building desktop PCs. I have done several over the years including for others, friends, family, etc.

My signature does include my newest build info. I have LM 17.3 KDE on an Asus Sabertooth Z170 S with an Intel I6700K, 64GB RAM, 2 GPUs (Asus Echelon GTX 950), and a Samsung 950 Pro NVME M.2 512Gb SSD, with a SoundBlaster Titanium HD sound card. It works flawlessly. I have an older setup just waiting for some extra cash to buy an SSD to outfit it with some more minty goodness. I also have 2 laptops with LM installed and am trying to convince my wife to give it a try, as well. Below is a pic of my newer setup.

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LM 18.2 KDE UEFI on Sabertooth Z170 S, i6700K, 2 x Echelon GTX950, Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe
LM 18.2 KDE UEFI on Asus ROG STRIX laptop, i7700 HQ, GTX 1060, Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Jim Hauser » Tue Sep 06, 2016 5:40 pm

I started assembling my own desktop systems when the Commodore 64 faded out. I did buy one complete system (with XP) right after Hurricane Katrina because my parts dealer was temporarily shut down.

Here is my current case: https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-100R-Tower-Case/dp/B00RORBQNW/ref=lp_572238_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1473196773&sr=1-1 I chose it for airflow and not so much looks.

I also have 1920 X 1080 Acer and a 1280 X 1024 AOC monitor attached. I use a pair of 1 terabyte hard drives each with its own OS.

Below are the really important things... the other drive is for KDE 17.3

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System:    Host: JDHauser-KDE-18-Beta Kernel: 4.4.0-21-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.3.1)
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.6.5 (Qt 5.5.1) Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah
Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: M5A78L-M/USB3 v: Rev X.0x
           Bios: American Megatrends v: 2101 date: 12/02/2014
CPU:       Octa core AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core (-MCP-) cache: 16384 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm) bmips: 64289
           clock speeds: max: 4000 MHz 1: 4000 MHz 2: 4000 MHz 3: 4000 MHz
           4: 4000 MHz 5: 4000 MHz 6: 4000 MHz 7: 4000 MHz 8: 4000 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GK107 [GeForce GT 740] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 1280x1024@60.02hz, 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: GeForce GT 740/PCIe/SSE2
           GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 361.42 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 NVIDIA GK107 HDMI Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
           Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-21-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e800 bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2000.4GB (68.1% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST1000DM003 size: 1000.2GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: ST1000DM003 size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 28G used: 8.2G (32%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb3
           ID-2: /home size: 92G used: 34G (40%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb4
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 18.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 64.0C mobo: 42.0C gpu: 0.0:53C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 1439 sys-1: 1979
Info:      Processes: 296 Uptime: 2:07 Memory: 2362.9/16030.1MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.421) inxi: 2.2.35


I will probably always assemble my own systems as I have no need for pre-installed Windows.

Cheers!

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Arch_Enemy » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:13 pm

Main system:

CoolerMaster case with space for 6 3.5" HDDs and 6 Front Panel 5.25" slots, Intel DX58OG MB, Quad-Core Xeon used server CPU w/12MB cache, 2.8GHz (Clocked to 4.2), 24G RAM, running Mint 17.2 on one drive and W7 on another. Nvidia 660GTX 6G video card. Most of it 'donated' from clients who weren't using the hardware any more (CPU and video card).

System 2: Mid size tower, Gigabyte Full AT MB, Intel Pentium Dual Core E33(?) 3.2GHz CPU (clocked to 4.0) Nvidia Quadro 2G video, 4 5.25" slots and 4 3.5" internal HDD slots, 6G RAM running Mint 17.1, Win XP and Win 7.

HP Pavillion 17" Laptop. Ooops...that's running PCLinuxOS... :oops:
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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Ozo » Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:16 pm

I have built numerous desktops and have owned numerous laptops and tablets as well as smart phones. My usage has evolved; however, and currently I own no smart phone, and no laptops. I have an android tablet and a windows 10 tablet neither of which see any use. The i5 desktop is in storage as well.

My current system with Mint is a mini pc (4 1/2" X 4 1/2" X 1 1/2") with a 40" monitor and a bluetooth lighted keyboard and a wifi mouse. Optical drive and printer are attached. Actually I have several of these but use two, one is on the screen porch (Florida) and one in the living room. I operate the one in the living room from the couch (reclined) and a recliner on the porch. I have had no tv service for 15 years so all my entertainment is with the computer; Music, movies, TV (Netflix), news, forums, etc. etc. Of course I use the computer for business as well.

This pc is state of the art with the latest generation embedded graphics and a modest CPU: Intel Celeron 3205U (Broad well, embedded) (1.5GHZ dual-core) which while not i3, i5, or i7 is very fast. Cost for the unit with 240 GB SSD and 4 GB RAM was under $200. Since I bought the unit bare bones, I could say I built it as I had to install the drive, 4 GB RAM, and OS (Mint)
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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Moxie » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:24 pm

I have built Desktops for so long that I used 2X 5.25 floppies to run the thing
I have tried with some success many distributions of Linux found Mint and here I am
My current PC is the only one I brought with me to the US.

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$ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: I-Bite Kernel: 4.4.0-36-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.0.7 (Gtk 3.18.9) Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah
Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION v: Rev 1.xx
           Bios: American Megatrends v: 0801 date: 07/04/2014
CPU:       Hexa core Intel Core i7-4930K (-HT-MCP-) cache: 12288 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 51982
           clock speeds: max: 3900 MHz 1: 2205 MHz 2: 1314 MHz 3: 2154 MHz 4: 1692 MHz 5: 1563 MHz
           6: 1971 MHz 7: 1618 MHz 8: 1989 MHz 9: 1511 MHz 10: 2239 MHz 11: 2168 MHz 12: 2047 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GK104 [GeForce GTX 760] bus-ID: 05:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 driver: nvidia Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: GeForce GTX 760/PCIe/SSE2
           GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 370.23 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 NVIDIA GK104 HDMI Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 05:00.1
           Card-2 Intel C600/X79 series High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-36-generic
Network:   Card: Intel 82579V Gigabit Network Connection
           driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: f040 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 37007.3GB (1.6% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD60EFRX size: 6001.2GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: TOSHIBA_MD04ACA6 size: 6001.2GB
           ID-3: /dev/sdc model: WDC_WD30EFRX size: 3000.6GB
           ID-4: /dev/sdd model: WDC_WD60EFRX size: 6001.2GB
           ID-5: /dev/sdj model: WDC_WD6001FZWX size: 6001.2GB
           ID-6: /dev/sdk model: WDC_WD4003FZEX size: 4000.8GB
           ID-7: /dev/sdl model: WDC_WD6001FZWX size: 6001.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 885G used: 522G (63%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdk2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 34.30GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdk3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 32.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:36C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0
Info:      Processes: 277 Uptime: 1:27 Memory: 1683.9/32114.7MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.421) inxi: 2.2.35
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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Pepi » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:28 am

dXTC wrote:
hawkeye315 wrote:I seems like most people I see on this forum, myself included, have minty laptops, but I rarely see anyone with a desktop signature or talking about building their own PC with mint.


You may want to take a peek at my signature, then. :D
I'm posting this reply from my Dell Optiplex 760 SFF desktop, which looks like this:
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It was a hand-me-down from my wife's former boss; I got a good handful of depreciated yet IMHO still useful hardware when that boss shut down the business. I spruced up the Optiplex with a bigger hard drive and a Radeon 3450 graphics card, and it's running Mint Cinnamon.

The last time I built a PC from the case up was more than a decade ago. If I were to do it again, I'd get my hardware with Linux in mind. I'm not a fan of what Windows has become, and after having been in the Mac world for a while, I find myself not liking the direction Apple is taking with OS X/macOS either.


I've got five of these laying around. I took one and put Xfce on it and it runs great. Going to fix them up and put them on the Bay

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby KBD47 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:43 pm

Pepi,
That looks like a good one. Will keep it in mind if I need another server down the road.

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby The Old Timer » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:42 am

I have to admit that building your own computer is very cool and a lot of fun choosing the hardware to use in your build.
But any more in my case it isn't necessary.
My garage sale purchase for five dollars and all it needed was a hard drive.

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$ inxi -Fxx
System:    Host: hp-pavilion-d4650y Kernel: 4.4.10-antix.1-486-smp i686 (32 bit gcc: 4.9.3)
           Desktop: IceWM 1.3.8 dm: slim Distro: antiX-16_386-full Berta Cáceres 26 June 2016
Machine:   System: HP Pavilion 061 product: RF170AV-ABA d4650y v: 0qm1114CT101BASSW00
           Mobo: ASUSTek model: Basswood v: 1.05 Bios: Phoenix v: 3.08 date: 09/18/2006
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 6400 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
           flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 8532
           clock speeds: min/max: 1600/2133 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G72 [GeForce 7300 LE] bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:01d1
           Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1280x720@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NV46 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.3.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:284b
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.10-antix.1-486-smp
Network:   Card: Intel 82562V 10/100 Network Connection
           driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: ff00 bus-ID: 00:19.0 chip-ID: 8086:104c
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:1a:92:0d:01:00
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (3.4% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9160821AS size: 160.0GB serial: 5MA6Q15V
Partition: ID-1: / size: 145G used: 3.2G (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.17GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 54.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 51.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 149 Uptime: 1:02 Memory: 211.5/3030.2MB
           Init: SysVinit v: 2.88 runlevel: 5 default: 5 Gcc sys: 4.9.2
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301 running in roxterm) inxi: 2.3.0


It is a big old desktop built like a tank and runs great. :)

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby KBD47 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:20 pm

It is amazing how durable the old hardware is, and I suspect many newer machines may not hold up as long. Most of the time the question is not--how long with the old hardware continue to work? But how can I make it the most useful to me with its spec limitations?

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby millpond » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:32 pm

The last time I bought a 'new machine' (assembled at a computer shop - non name brand) was in 1992.
I have recently purchased a refurbished laptop/tablet which I guess qualifies as 'new' - for the wife. Both of use clearly prefer desktops, which I either build, or get as scrap and refresh.

I am writing this on a machine that costs $10 at an auction.

Linux *should* be run on older machines - so that at least the drivers have time to be written. For building 'new' machines the hardware must be fully checked out for drivers. Most problematic are 3d graphics because of all the korporate BS in keeping their architectures secret. But a perfectly functional production machine can be built without the need fo games and hitech video functions. Alot of that is apparently handled now by the processors, anyway.

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby The Old Timer » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:20 pm

I can't believe that someone let this hp desktop go all it needed was a hard drive and I had one in my junk box.
This hp desktop is well capable of running any Windows OS or any Linux Distro.

I see desktops and laptops in trash piles along the road that are in excellent shape and some after a good dusting with an air hose and washing off bootup and run.
Oh well my gain. YEA! :D

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Arch_Enemy » Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:45 am

dXTC wrote:
hawkeye315 wrote:I seems like most people I see on this forum, myself included, have minty laptops, but I rarely see anyone with a desktop signature or talking about building their own PC with mint.


You may want to take a peek at my signature, then. :D
I'm posting this reply from my Dell Optiplex 760 SFF desktop, which looks like this:
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It was a hand-me-down from my wife's former boss; I got a good handful of depreciated yet IMHO still useful hardware when that boss shut down the business. I spruced up the Optiplex with a bigger hard drive and a Radeon 3450 graphics card, and it's running Mint Cinnamon.

The last time I built a PC from the case up was more than a decade ago. If I were to do it again, I'd get my hardware with Linux in mind. I'm not a fan of what Windows has become, and after having been in the Mac world for a while, I find myself not liking the direction Apple is taking with OS X/macOS either.



I missed this post. THis is a decent computer for a business class machine. Fairly solid. Not as solid as the old days of Dell (I still have one from 1992 and one from 1999 running) but dependable.

The only thing is they fairly lock up the BIOS so there's no monkeying around with the clock settings, etc, but you can find out what the maximums are. I took a Dimension from 2002 and put the maximum performance parts in (faster processor, max ram sticks at max speed) and I booted it up and it said "Amount of memory changed", rebooted and the computer was running at full speed on the CPU and the RAM. I did the same with another one, but a faster CPU but no gain. It ran as fast as the other one.

Too bad Dell's yech support has gone in the toilet (yeah, I saw the typo, but YECH describes it better!)
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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Tomgin5 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:48 pm

I threw together a desktop this last weekend. I picked up a slightly used quad i7 board with 16 gig of dimm4 ram. No extra video cards but a 750 gig SSD and a 1tb drive and a 3tb drive on a USB port. The case was an old one that the wife wanted to throw out (pre sata). A good old Princeton monitor that I bought years ago that would not run my old windows software.
Running great with 17.3 Cinnamon 64 with a 22 second boot. I did not care for the elongated boot time of LM 18 Cinnamon 64 with a 40 second boot.

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Fuzzy Penquin » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:02 pm

I build my own computers from scratch and always have since I was a kid. My current one was built back when Mint 14 came out, my signature has it's build specs. While I am a Linux noob, I am no noob when it comes to building computers. I love doing it, with a passion. I'd do it for a living if I could. I am currently rebuilding my computer as we speak, and doing a major case mod while I'm at it (a failed power supply gave me an excuse, lol). I won't spoil the surprise, so I'm not going into details just yet. But this will be super fun and nerdy when finished. I've even got a name for it, as all good case mod projects have names. :mrgreen: Stay tuned for pics and details once I'm finished with Phase One! I don't have a lot of spare time these days, so it might be closer to January before the first part is finished. But we'll see. It's gonna be sweet. And cat-proof. That was the ultimate goal really, because I have four of them.... haha.

The specs of the computing hardware itself will remain mostly the same (still plenty fast/good for what I do and it's not that old), although I'd like to upgrade my ram and possibly also the graphics card, but that will depend on how much money is spent on the whole project. Graphics card might have to wait until late next year. And then Phase Two of the case mod can begin, which I'm kinda waffling between two options on that part anyway....so I need time to think about it. But just getting the first part done is really the most important anyway. OMG I can't wait to show you guys!
Intel i7-3770k 3.5GHz, 16GB 1600MHz RAM, 2x 1TB HDD, MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt motherboard, (MSI) Nvidia GeForce GTX770, Mint 17 64-bit w/Cinnamon.

I am a n00b! Please assume zero knowledge on my part. Sorry for any dumb questions, I am still learning.

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby zandak » Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:10 pm

hawkeye315 wrote:I seems like most people I see on this forum, myself included, have minty laptops, but I rarely see anyone with a desktop signature or talking about building their own PC with mint.

I love to build computers in my spare time. My next build when I am out of college and get my first non-internship will hopefully have a mint SSD and a windows SSD (If gaming still requires it) with a 1 TB downloads drive and a 4 TB data drive. I am choosing a white case and will either customize it to have a Star Wars: Republic Commando (Great game, try it on wine. One of the best stories of any game of its time) or customize it with a mint theme. I may get some mint keycap sets when I get a new mechanical keyboard (going to try browns so I will have a red and a brown).

Sorry, I really like computer builds. My point is that I would love to see more people showing off their Mint computer builds. Is there a real reason that most people put mint on their laptops? Apparently it was appointed one of the best desktop distros of Linux by a few different sites. I'm totally going to use mint when I make my new computer. I was thinking about diving into Arch or Gentoo with the new build, but I just like mint so much! Maybe I will have a dual boot linux SSD and a Windows SSD.

Also, mint boxes should get promoted more! There should also be a mint box 3 because of the rapidly falling costs of SSD's and the growing popularity of external HDD data drives.


I always build my own desktops:

My latest build(which I am running now). Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K 3.4 GHz
64 Gigs of DDR4 RAM
Video Card: GeForce GTX 660TI
1000 Watt Power supply
Two 120 Gig SSDs
Mid tower Case with four 120 MM fans. Running Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon 64 bit.

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Citizen229 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:10 am

The reason you mostly hear about laptops is because they tend to have limited resources and windows is not very nice in that department. I have built my own rigs since the amd k2 days. My first water cooled rig used a heater core from a 76 chevette as a rad and some tupperware for a res. The heater core was soon replaced with a universal automatics transmission cooler which fit 2x 120mm fans perfectly. It let me OC that old thunderbird cpu very well and dropped the temp in the bedroom 20F when the door was closed. My friends called it "Frankenram"

Mint 17.3xfce.
AMD 4350 4.2 ghtz quad-evo212 cooler 120mmx2 push pull.
ASrock 970 extreme4 board
R9 280x gpu
OCZ 60 gig x2 ssd (old as dirt. OCZ Core v2 thats how old, $300 each back then)
OCZ 240 gig ssd( not as old)
Fractal Designs Define R5 atx case- best case I have ever owned.
750w gold seasonic PSU - a bit much i know but you never know :D

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby jageorge72 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:39 pm

New here, and glad I found this thread. I am due for a new computer, and have been doing a ton of research into building my own Linux machine. I have never built a computer, and never used Linux before digging into this a couple weeks ago. I spent the last 10 years using an Intel Mac Pro. That thing has been absolutely rock solid, and bug/virus free. I don't play games..... it is for internet, e-mail, music collection, streaming video, banking, etc... But..... I want something that will last many years, and not get bogged down with spyware, viruses, etc... I am having trouble justifying the costs of even a top line Mac Mini ($1500+). I think I can build a killer machine, running Linux Mint 18.1,, and do all the same things I do on the Mac Pro. That is the theory, anyway! :lol: I may still install Windows alongside Mint..... just in case. Security blanket, I guess.

Anyway..... I have been having tons of fun on the PC Part Picker website, and have narrowed my parts down to this. It should cost a little over $800, and I'm fine with that:

Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
ASRock Fatal1ty H170 Performance ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Crucial MX300 750GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit

My big concern is compatibility...... especially with Linux Mint. How do I know if this stuff is all gonna work? Switching to Linux is a big step for those of us that don't really know what we're doing! Very intimidating. :?

Regarding the above parts.....
- I don't do gaming so I would hope the integrated graphics of the processor would be fine. Don't think I need a dedicated graphics card do I?
- I don't really understand how to make multiple hard drives work together. Seems complicated. For the price of that 750Gb SSD I listed (around $215), why not stick with one hard drive? I believe I can partition the hard drive (will need to figure that out), give Windows 100 Gb, and the rest of the space to Linux Mint as the main OS/computer. My data would easily fit. Seems like a reasonable plan, no?
- I still buy & rip CDs, thus the optical drive.
- I don't game, so the processor is not overclock-able. I can save a few $$ there to spend elsewhere.
- One thing I'm worried about is the motherboard I currently selected. It is not a "Z" series, but the Asrock site still seems to indicate it can be overclocked anyway? If there is one component here that I'm least sure of, it is the motherboard. Open to alternate suggestions.

Anyway..... thanks for any feedback on the plan above. I will take all the advice I can get! Also.... hope it is OK to revive this thread..... :)

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Re: I never see anyone talking about building Mint desktops!

Postby Jim Hauser » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:22 pm

jageorge72 wrote:New here, and glad I found this thread. I am due for a new computer, and have been doing a ton of research into building my own Linux machine. I have never built a computer, and never used Linux before digging into this a couple weeks ago. I spent the last 10 years using an Intel Mac Pro. That thing has been absolutely rock solid, and bug/virus free. I don't play games..... it is for internet, e-mail, music collection, streaming video, banking, etc... But..... I want something that will last many years, and not get bogged down with spyware, viruses, etc... I am having trouble justifying the costs of even a top line Mac Mini ($1500+). I think I can build a killer machine, running Linux Mint 18.1,, and do all the same things I do on the Mac Pro. That is the theory, anyway! :lol: I may still install Windows alongside Mint..... just in case. Security blanket, I guess.

Anyway..... I have been having tons of fun on the PC Part Picker website, and have narrowed my parts down to this. It should cost a little over $800, and I'm fine with that:

Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
ASRock Fatal1ty H170 Performance ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Crucial MX300 750GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit

My big concern is compatibility...... especially with Linux Mint. How do I know if this stuff is all gonna work? Switching to Linux is a big step for those of us that don't really know what we're doing! Very intimidating. :?

Regarding the above parts.....
- I don't do gaming so I would hope the integrated graphics of the processor would be fine. Don't think I need a dedicated graphics card do I?
- I don't really understand how to make multiple hard drives work together. Seems complicated. For the price of that 750Gb SSD I listed (around $215), why not stick with one hard drive? I believe I can partition the hard drive (will need to figure that out), give Windows 100 Gb, and the rest of the space to Linux Mint as the main OS/computer. My data would easily fit. Seems like a reasonable plan, no?
- I still buy & rip CDs, thus the optical drive.
- I don't game, so the processor is not overclock-able. I can save a few $$ there to spend elsewhere.
- One thing I'm worried about is the motherboard I currently selected. It is not a "Z" series, but the Asrock site still seems to indicate it can be overclocked anyway? If there is one component here that I'm least sure of, it is the motherboard. Open to alternate suggestions.

Anyway..... thanks for any feedback on the plan above. I will take all the advice I can get! Also.... hope it is OK to revive this thread..... :)


I have always gone with at least two hard drives for a bit of redundancy. If one goes bad there is always another on hand. It is also handy for on-board backups (the experts on here correctly state that off-board backups are best... I use both.) If you are like me and don't require a discrete graphics card for gaming then the on-board graphics may do well. You might want to check for Linux Mint compatibility. I use a separate GeForce graphics card for that reason and for fractals and other imaging projects. I have absolutely no Blue-Ray experience but I have been using 16 gigabytes of memory since May. My system rarely uses more than a few gigabytes but that changes quickly when running virtual machines.

It looks like you are doing your homework! This is what I have done in the past and it has paid off well...

Best of luck and Cheers!

Jim


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