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It's looks like I'm a bit late to the party now - but my box is running arch/i3-gaps and VS-code. Not sure whether you need the Microsoft stuff specifically, but it runs fine on a 4 year old MacBook. Wouldn't recommend setting up Arch unless you've a reasonable grasp of Linux, you can pretty much replace it with any linux.
Virtual Box should be fine on linux. The only thing I'd suggest is ditching either Ubuntu and going for a lighter distro, or possibly ditching the Ubuntu desktop manager and using something lighter to free up system resources for the VM - this seems to be a good article it's aimed at Unbuntu server (which Also this which is aimed at desktops specifically . The Mate desktop seems popular, I've not used it. XFCE is very light, I used to use it on an old atom-processor netbook.
You can set the system up so you can choose the environment at login - so you can test things out until you find one you are happy with.
start from the specs you want (CPU, slots, memory, M2) and work backwards.
I found NewEgg best at letting you narrow choices by spec
- not saying should buy from them, but their product chooser (check boxes on left hand side) is the best I've found
after many otherwise intelligent sounding suggestions that achieved nothing the nice folks at Technet said the only solution was to low level format my hard disk then reinstall my signature. Sadly, this still didn't fix the issue!
Newegg is fine, but you have to be careful of some of the 3rd party stuff that sell through them. Some of those companies are not properly "vetted". Had a few bad experiences where the description doesn't match the item you get...
I think I know the solution to that problem: Don't buy them all! Limit yourself to a small selection. You could even go down to a single one!
That is my solution when I am given a selection of 120 different breakfast cereals in the supermarket. Or the bewildering selection of car models, in all sorts of colors, engine sizes and what have you. Or, if I buy myself a pocket radio, the huge number of different models on the market. I buy a single model. Then I don't have to worry about all the others.
One of things that works for me in terms of looking is to start with a budget and then with googly help break it down to what i want to spend on what. From there you can narrow with google like - "gigabyte motherboard $180" - and then go to overclock.net i think it is? google "overclock forums" and search for info on that board. It's an overclock site but really good for generally scoping out a board/cpu/ram combo before you buy.
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.
Imagine a site that let you build "a car". Not just a particular make or model, and the current year model only, but everything, which is what this site seems to let you do. I suspect an unfiltered list would be just as ridiculous.
That's how most sites with any sort of catalog are designed; in that sense, I don't think this one is particularly bad. The filters on the left side should trim the list down to a more manageable size.
OTOH, it is bad in that the filters all seem to result in a generic ASP.NET error. What a bunch of geniuses.
... and even then, it's hard to find a sensible mainboard. Some "you gotta turn off Windows fast boot" dubious boot optimization, lights, metal coolers on the southbridge, tons of additional chips for this and that functionality (because the dozen or so USB ports supplied by the CPU aren't enough) and whatnot. When looking for a SIMPLE mainboard, I feel like I should quit and be happy with my Switch.
Well, the problem may be not so difficult to address... my advice is to start from the CPU and this alone will cut your options by 50%... then think at the features you really need, like wi-fi, USB 3.1, one or two nmve slots, USB-C, RGB lights, and so on... you will quickly reduce your choice to a small bunch of motherboards...
If you are upgrading a gaming PC you should already have something in mind...
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