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  • Intel Core i5-10400 Processor (6-Core, 12M Cache, 2.9GHz to 4.3GHz)
  • 8GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • 200W 80+ Bronze Power Supply
  • Keyboard & Mouse Included
  • Windows 10 Home
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    • 1x HDMI 1.4b
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    • 1x RJ-45 Ethernet

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FlyerFocus asked this question on 07-19-2021 at 10:27 AM
07-19-2021 at 10:27 AM
Yes. You can delete any OS on any computer always. I can't think of any exceptions.

You should realize though that removing Windows is a permanent change. Its gone. If you ever want Win back you'd have to reinstall it.

I'd imagine Ubuntu should be pretty straight forward on this system. IT doesn't have anything fancy to confuse Linux or require special steps or drivers.
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07-19-2021 at 10:27 AM
Since Ubuntu is based on Debian and it is just using the Linux x86-64 kernel it can run on any computer with a x86-64 CPU. Ubuntu is also available to run on; armhf, ppc64el, riscv, and s390x, types of CPU architectures.
https://distrowatch.com/

Or you could just Ubuntu as a VM on top of Windows in Hyper-V.
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Yes it would all you need is more storage. The processor and RAM are fine.

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Why? Upgrade is free anyway if you have a valid Windows 10 installation and this build meets the minimum hardware requirements.
No, you don't have to. This is how I did the install:

Unplug power supply
turn on the PC (it should not turn on Smilie, remaining el. shoud be gone)
remove original cooler and cpu
close the bracket, prepare Veetro Cooler and align screws on cooler base with holes in the MB. Its a pain to do it with new paste etc.
Also note the letter V on cooler base, install it so you don't have it upside down like me, remove cooler base​
plug the Veetro fan into MOBO. It's a pain to do it after you install your cooler base, move it aside
Re-paste and install your CPU
Install the cooler base. Should be very easy when you have now all the screws aligned, tighten
Install fan on cooler base
plug in, turn on, everything works, no error message during boot
I know I do not have a time machine, but the i3 version was on sale on the 12th and 15th this month, for 300. Cannot say there will be more deals but maybe worth waiting to save 100.

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Ahh really need a PC like this just to have a media server I can always keep on. Is this worth it? I'm looking for something in the 250-300 range
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Ahh really need a PC like this just to have a media server I can always keep on. Is this worth it? I'm looking for something in the 250-300 range
I have it. After clean win install and cpu fan replacemt, it is a quiet low profile desktop. How many hard drives are you planning on installing?
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Sounds decent but might want to wait on windows 11 if waiting is an option.
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Ahh really need a PC like this just to have a media server I can always keep on. Is this worth it? I'm looking for something in the 250-300 range
I know I do not have a time machine, but the i3 version was on sale on the 12th and 15th this month, for 300. Cannot say there will be more deals but maybe worth waiting to save 100.
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Sounds decent but might want to wait on windows 11 if waiting is an option.
Why? Upgrade is free anyway if you have a valid Windows 10 installation and this build meets the minimum hardware requirements.
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I have it. After clean win install and cpu fan replacemt, it is a quiet low profile desktop. How many hard drives are you planning on installing?
Is the PSU upgradable? I have an RTX 3080 and 4th gen intel i7 which is struggling to keep up with it Frown Also it lacks Windows 11 supports
I don't want to spend a ton on new PC
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Ahh really need a PC like this just to have a media server I can always keep on. Is this worth it? I'm looking for something in the 250-300 range
Are you using plex/emby/Jellyfin? This will definitely work as the integrated graphics should be able to handle up to 20 hardware transcodes.

I currently use HP S01-pf1013w for my plex box. This is under $200 on e bae currently. Add in another 4 gig stick of ram and a 256gig nvme drive and it'll be a very performant box for plex.

I keep my media on a separate nas so I don't need a lot of hard drive bays so the hp I recommended may not be for you. But if you already have a separate device/nas with your media I can't recommend this higher.

If you have any questions about my setup I'd be happy to answer them.
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I have it. After clean win install and cpu fan replacemt, it is a quiet low profile desktop. How many hard drives are you planning on installing?
Which CPU fan did you go with? I've been looking to replace the one in my Dell G5 and Dell 8940. Thanks!
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Which CPU fan did you go with? I've been looking to replace the one in my Dell G5 and Dell 8940. Thanks!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F21X...UTF8&psc=1 for the CPU and 92mm PWM beQuiet fan
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I have it. After clean win install and cpu fan replacemt, it is a quiet low profile desktop. How many hard drives are you planning on installing?
Have the same one and man that fan is loud ! Which fan did you find to replace it with?
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F21X...UTF8&psc=1 for the CPU and 92mm PWM beQuiet fan
Appreciate it. Did you have to remove and put the motherboard back into the chassis to install the fan?
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Appreciate it. Did you have to remove and put the motherboard back into the chassis to install the fan?
No, you don't have to. This is how I did the install:
  • Unplug power supply
  • turn on the PC (it should not turn on Smilie, remaining el. shoud be gone)
  • remove original cooler and cpu
  • close the bracket, prepare Veetro Cooler and align screws on cooler base with holes in the MB. Its a pain to do it with new paste etc.
  • Also note the letter V on cooler base, install it so you don't have it upside down like me, remove cooler base​
  • plug the Veetro fan into MOBO. It's a pain to do it after you install your cooler base, move it aside
  • Re-paste and install your CPU
  • Install the cooler base. Should be very easy when you have now all the screws aligned, tighten
  • Install fan on cooler base
  • plug in, turn on, everything works, no error message during boot
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No, you don't have to. This is how I did the install:
  • Unplug power supply
  • turn on the PC (it should not turn on Smilie, remaining el. shoud be gone)
  • remove original cooler and cpu
  • close the bracket, prepare Veetro Cooler and align screws on cooler base with holes in the MB. Its a pain to do it with new paste etc.
  • Also note the letter V on cooler base, install it so you don't have it upside down like me, remove cooler base​
  • plug the Veetro fan into MOBO. It's a pain to do it after you install your cooler base, move it aside
  • Re-paste and install your CPU
  • Install the cooler base. Should be very easy when you have now all the screws aligned, tighten
  • Install fan on cooler base
  • plug in, turn on, everything works, no error message during boot
Perfect! I'll have to order it. Thanks again.
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