New build, first Linux PC, what could go wrong? ;)
Hi all, I'm new here and have not built a system since the early PC days. I hope to soon have a new rig with only Linux. It will be a budget build, but not too budget since I want a spiffy Z97 mobo and the new unclocked pentium. Surely the pentium will work with Linux.
Will all Z97 boards work? I am looking at:
ASRock Z97 Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$100 after the rebate.
Or what about the new Z97 from Biostar?
Printer: Epson WF2530 - just a matter of finding the driver?
Keyboard: I hope to use one with LED key caps that make the letters stand out. I see no reason why this should be a problem.
Graphics card? I do not need one.
After all is working I must find out what SteamOS is. I am not a gamer but I ordered a steampunk case so I ought to learn a game or two.
Thanks for any help!
I'm going ahead withthe AsRock mobo
Hi Hooly, I see that Michael expects things to work, based on his considerable experience.
Case? I am just using an outdated Corsair spec-01 that was being cleared with a $30 rebate. The side window is the big feature, along with some red LEDs.
My case will not be impressive to regular system builders, but none of my friends will know the difference
I'm running Mint 17 on an ASUS Z97-Pro with an i7-4970 (non-"K") CPU. Works fine. Ubuntu 14.4, too.
Fedora 20 installed just fine, but I could never get it to recognize the network adapter (Intel 1218-V). Same story with some utility distros like SystemRescueCD and the AVGRescueCD. They probably don't have the driver...or perhaps just lack the device ID info. Intel has a Linux driver package for the 1218-V available and I suspect installing that would resolve the issue, but I didn't find it until after I got Mint up and running and decided I liked it enough to stay with it for the time being.
Works perfectly on Ubuntu/Win8/OSX86. Bought that last August:
Intel Core i7 4770K
ovc to 4.6 Ghz
16 GB (Corsair Vengeance Pro Red 2x 8GB, DDR3-2400)
Video Board Manufacturer
Video Board Model
Asus GTX-770 DirectCU II 2GB GDDR5
Asus Z87 PRO
Samsung SSD 840 Basic, TLC, 500GB and 1TB HD
Asus DVD Burner
Logitech cordless usb MK260 and QuickCam® Sphere™
Printer: Epson WF2530
If you are not printing with all-pigment inks (durabrite) then find another printer manufacturer.
Check if your printer is supported via Gutenprint. Epson native driver is a serious joke.
Will have to reset printer via cracking utility (10-20$) or epson service (100$) after certain amount of time. Google up waste ink counter. Only epson has it.
Original cartridges are expensive, non-originals will have a hard time because of self-destructing chip at 20% and hard encoding that is hard to break. Non-original cartidges cost a lot more or are filled with much lower ink quality.
There are at least three preprogrammed weak spots:
- printhead is deeply integrated into system (can't take it easily out like on HP or Canon), it will be extra hard to clean it, and connected via a bus that is not isolated from fluids;
- the printhead is usually gliding on non-dedicated shaft, that is actually a metal piece of housing itself, that is preprogrammed for early wear out. Only cheaper models are affected, but check out that you don't get such.
- nearly all epson printers, the fins touching each chip on each ink cartridge are double-sided and every single of them is prone to breaking after certain amount of cartridge insertions.
Basically, if you print a lot - get epson only if you print pigment (native ink - durabrite, NOT claria), otherwise get other brand; and install CISS with waste ink external bottle mod.
Otherwise, get laser.
Originally Posted by mike4
Wow, I like your computer , I want to buy something like this, how much you pay for this computer ?
Originally Posted by climatepete
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Skip the Epson
I've built and spec'd many Linux boxes. Here are some thoughts:
Originally Posted by climatepete
1. I'd skip the Epson printer. Get the HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 instead. It has excellent Linux support, and looks quite comparable. I bought two a few years ago for $140 each. Install the HPLIP utility and you are good to go.
2. You might consider spending $100-150 on an NV 750Ti. Its always handy to have a good graphics card, and the 750Ti provides about 3x the stock Intel performance and much better API support (OGL, OCL, and Cuda) which is useful for GPGPU tasks.
Good luck. Again, please don't buy any component before you have confirmed it works well with Linux. A few hours of up-front work can make for a much more pleasant and productive experience - like with any purchase.
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