Small and Practical Linux Box

Seeking advice from those of you who are more experienced computer builders than I am.

My goal is to build an inexpensive, small, and practical computer for mostly light workloads and general use. I want to run Ubuntu because this is what I am familiar with, so hardware and driver compatibility with linux is a must.

If anyone has recommendations on the motherboard, that would be great. I also haven't quite found a case that I like.

Parts list: Pentium G4500, Asus H110-PLUS/CSM, Kingston Fury 2x4GB, Corsair CXM 450w, Cooler Master Elite 130


Budget is around $350-$400

Based on x99 ?

Sorry, fixed it. I'm not very familiar with the intel product line up

Could always just go AM1 for a cheap PC

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor ($34.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI AM1I Mini ITX AM1 Motherboard ($33.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Mushkin ECO3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($51.83 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($31.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $223.77
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-03 23:09 EDT-0400

Wow, I'm impressed with how cheap that system is. Nice work

Assuming that you just want a small box for light work loads, then an AM1 biuld like this would be the best route. Personally, I like the In Win Chopin, but that is up to you.


Did you mean one of IN WIN's mega ITX cases with a built in PSU? 120W here, no idea how reliable the PSU is, it has no 80+ rating
Case+PSU 70$

I'm hesitant to use a proprietary PSU. I think I'm going to go with this for my case:

That is the lower teir one. The named one is the Chopin. Has a slightly larger psu. Perfect for small builds, especially APU based ones. I just personally like the design and how small it is. Yeah, not sure about the psu, but I doubt it is a problem.

Definitely a good choice. The SG13 is a great little case.

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My TDP is 105w. Is 150w enough overhead?

150 would be fine for an AM1 build. That case/psu is used for much higher power builds. If you prefer the more standard style case and psu though, that is a good way to go. I just don't want you to feel like you have to do one thing or the other. Both are fine options as far as I can tell.

I'll go with the standard layout. I may decide to add a small gpu for video editing later down the road.

I'm not too familiar with video editing, but I believe that a powerful cpu is more important than a powerful gpu. And AM1 is ANYTHING but powerful. This build likely will never be something that you should use for video editing.

Yes, you're correct. But I plan on going with the Pentium. I also have my main rig that I use for video editing. I just need this one for small projects on occasion.

Yeah, for expandability, going lga1151 and a case with 2 expansion slots and a psu that can handle a mild gpu would be prudent.

It depends on the program you use for video editing. Premiere CS6 can use a lot of GPUs and it's much faster than CPU rendering.

Then an APU might be a better choice in that use case. Depending on how much would be spent on the build at the end of it all.

It's basically FLEX ATX which is a standard size

Ok, good to know