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I've put together a build for a desktop pc but I'm not sure if it can run Ubuntu. If it requires some minor workarounds there's no problem, but I'd like to know what to expect. If needed I can switch to a different os such as Linux Mint, or buy a Windows os (though I'd like to avoid that). Any tips are appreciated :)

Link to parts: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Katyusha/saved/#view=vbhqsY

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  • See this list. From what I see your video card could be a problem, though the card is based on Nvidia, so you should check for Linux-drivers for this card, if Nvidia drivers work with that card it won't be a problem. – mook765 Oct 7 '16 at 5:22
  • Possible duplicate of Is Ubuntu compatible with my hardware? – David Foerster Oct 7 '16 at 10:54
  • Provide all parts in a list to be checked for compatibility. That's your work to do. @Katherine – userDepth Nov 22 '16 at 15:11
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For the most part, that'll work fine. You've got a pretty amazing spec lineup there and it's all compatible with Ubuntu, as far as I can tell. However, there are a few things to consider:

  • CPU: The 6th generation Intel processors (Skylake) may cause issues. It appears to have been fixed in the kernel included in 16.04, but read here just in case.

  • GPU: While NVIDIA is currently doing much better in the driver department than AMD is involving Linux, their hardware and drivers can still be finicky. Please read here for the solution.

Aside from those two potential issues, you've chosen a great parts combo. I'd probably buy it myself if I had the money.

Like Kaz said, I also recommend getting an HDD to run alongside the SSD. Not only because running a swap partition on an SSD will wear it out, but because 250GB isn't very much storage to begin with. A 1TB or even 2TB drive would be a (relatively) cheap investment for use as a data drive. You can even mount your home partition (/home -- where most-all user files are kept) on a separate drive seamlessly. (or this Move home folder to second drive)

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You'll have one beast of an Ubuntu machine!

The only potential conflict would be the graphics card, but drivers for that can be easily installed if you feel like you need them.

Otherwise, I foresee no problems installing Ubuntu, though if you're installing to an SSD, I'd recommend not adding a swap partition, as you have more than enough RAM. If you do run into errors where you run out of RAM, it may be a good idea to buy a classic hard drive for swap and /tmp and any other frequently-altered data, but this is not explicitly necessary.

If I were in your shoes, I would have most everything off the SSD, so that it can be saved for important things. For example, I'd store videos and the like on the hard drive, and just symlink my ~/Videos over to my HDD. Similarly, I'd probably have /tmp and the like stored on my HDD, but such a setup may very well give you little to no benefit, but it is something to keep in mind.

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That's substantially more than enough. It's better to have more than less.

The system requirements are:

  • 2 GHz dual core processor or better
  • 2 GB system memory
  • 25 GB of free hard drive space
  • Either a DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
  • Internet access is helpful

Official Sysem Requirements From the Canonical Site

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    I think they're looking for incompatibilities, not minimum specs. – TheWanderer Oct 7 '16 at 0:18
  • Thanks. I haven't seen a total Ubuntu incompatible computer. I started with Ubuntu around 2007. The only computers I couldn't get it working well with were computers that didn't have enough resources... like less than 2 gigs of ram. Other than that, I've never had real problems installing the OS as long as it had the minimum requirements. – L. D. James Oct 7 '16 at 0:22
  • NVIDIA has issues sometimes, AMD just flat out doesn't have good drivers for 16.04, newer Intel CPUs (like the one OP is using) can cause issues, there's a lot of stuff to consider. – TheWanderer Oct 7 '16 at 0:24
  • @Zacharee1 I have seen occasions where I had to download and install drivers. I had to do that for my Gigabyte Mini Brix. But it only took minutes to check the hardware (lshw) and locate drivers for it. That was back in version 14.04. I didn't have to install drivers for 16.04. I've never experience any problems with the nvidia cards. – L. D. James Oct 7 '16 at 0:27
  • NVIDIA won't let you boot without special flags in some cases. I've run into it a lot. – TheWanderer Oct 7 '16 at 0:28

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