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Build Advice New Test Machine for A+ Certification

Allanag

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Hi,

I am currently studying for my A+ certification and I am planning to build a budget computer to play around with. I am waiting for the new GPU's coming in Fall to get my new gaming machine. In the meantime, I plan to use this budget computer for some light gaming, perhaps as a server and also for learning Linux or for other testing as needed.

My budget is approximately $500 to $600. I currently live in Southern California.

I do not need a mouse, keyboard or monitor. I also have a copy of Windows 10 Pro.

So far, I'm debating whether to install Windows 10 and then run Linux in a VM or to set it up as a dual boot. Or perhaps just run Linux exclusively(either Ubuntu or Linux Mint.) Any suggestions regarding this would be highly appreciated.

I am also wondering if I should use the integrated graphics with the CPU or perhaps get a budget card?


AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 4-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor with Radeon Graphics
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATXXX AM4 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 X 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
Crucial MX500 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair CXXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

How is the build? Should I consider a pre-built at all?

Thank you,

Allan
 

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