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    Desktop buying advice (UK)


    Hi All,

    Finally joined these forums after my recent move from Windows 7 to Linux last month..... loving it! I am currently running Mint 13 on my old desktop PC and its time for me to buy a new one.

    Does anyone have any recommendations of cheap but powerful linux boxes available in the UK - I wont be gaming but will be doing photo editing and web design, I dont need a screen as I already have a 22" one from the existing PC.

    Thanks very much for any suggestions

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    You could take a look at The Linux Emporium. I've not used them for many a year, but they're Linux specialists if you're looking for hardware that will definitely work with Linux.

    The alternative is to just buy the best commodity hardware within your budget from ebuyer/amazon/your local hardware supplier/etc. and stick your distro of choice on it. Ebuyer will do a computer with no OS installed, as will my local supplier, web-systems, so it might save your a bob or two on the purchase price without Microsoft tax. The only caveat with this is to either not get one with built in wireless, or check the wireless network chipset they're supplying to be sure it's supported. Most of them are fully supported with no problem, but it's the most likely bit to not work. Unless you're getting a DVB TV card with it, of course...
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    Thanks, just had a look there - wow, 800! Much more than PCWorld.. I was hoping more near the 300, or would that simply not get me much bang for my buck as they say

    Do TV cards not work in Linux then?

    Thanks

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    Yes, DVB TV cards work. I bought a PCI Pinnacle one when they first came out. It's still in my media centre and it works perfectly. Not that we use it much. Some of the newer ones, especially the high def ones, have no published driver interfaces. All I was really hinting at was that if you want to buy this kind of hardware, do a quick Google just to make sure its supported. There are plenty of resource that'll tell you what works and what doesn't.

    And I'd not spend 800 quid on a computer either - but you may want guaranteed compatibility with Linux, hence the link I posted.

    As I said, commodity hardware from somewhere like ebuyer or amazon will do you fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonburton View Post
    Thanks, just had a look there - wow, 800! Much more than PCWorld.. I was hoping more near the 300, or would that simply not get me much bang for my buck as they say
    You could save a lot of money if you build it yourself, but it depends where you get the parts from. Antec cases alone (or any decent case) will typically retail for about 100, and so I think 300 might be a bit optimistic; PC-World will typically sell whatever they can afford to let go at the lowest price, but don't assume that a cheap computer will be the same build quality as a more expensive one. When it comes to hardware you get what you pay for.

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    I don't know if these are available in England. Just pointing it out. I have no ties to this product.

    Diablotek U310 All-in-One Atom Dual-Core D525 1.8GHz 2GB 500GB Ubuntu Linux Keyboard PC w/Wireless-N (Black)

    Edit: A little more info on the unit Here

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    Quote Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
    I don't know if these are available in England. Just pointing it out. I have no ties to this product.

    Diablotek U310 All-in-One Atom Dual-Core D525 1.8GHz 2GB 500GB Ubuntu Linux Keyboard PC w/Wireless-N (Black)

    Edit: A little more info on the unit Here
    That is such a cool looking unit. Reminds me of my Atari ST. And my Spectrum, for that matter. But I think the OP was looking for something with a bit more go. That's an Intel Atom D525 - I've got one of those in my main server. It's an excellent CPU, and really low power consumption... but it's not hugely powerful.
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    Are these available over here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    Are these available over here?
    Does not look like it Elija but I could be wrong. Would not be the first time I was Mistaken. I bet they ship to England though.

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    Last PC I got was from Novatech ... they sell systems without or with OS, additional cost added if you want an OS.
    Spend your money on hardware rather than software

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