Sunday July 25, 2010

Building a $200 Linux PC

Ever find yourself in need of a cheap computer? Yeah, me neither. But if you do, here’s a writeup on the building of a $200 rig and testing it against a $300 eMachines.

We weren't expecting our sub-$200 computer to be an outstanding performer. But that doesn't mean we wanted it to be slow, eitherآ—building a computer yourself that can't do what you need well is a waste of time and money. We wanted to know exactly what we had so we'd know what we could expect from it. That meant benchmarking itآ—and comparing it to another, similar system.