For example I give you the Unity system.
The tool lets you get onto any platform and starts at 1,500. As to the Ubuntu angle, I'm unsure why you are going there as most folk want to target the big user bases.
I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, please let me know otherwise.
Since a young age, I've always loved video games. I've decided that I would get a career in game development. Thing is, I know jack squat about making games. I looked online and found this website called "Gameinstitute.com". I figured perhaps I can learn what I need there, then once I graduate from high school I can learn more at a university (In fact, having a certification from there might help me out with the latter).
I haven't really looked further into the website but I assume the programs they use for their lessons, such as 3ds Max, require nearly the same specs that actual game developers use.
Another thing I know next to jack squat about, building computers. This will be the very first computer I ever build. I'm hoping that this could be a learning experience for me, seeing as how it might be useful for my career choice.
I know a little bit of the obvious stuff, high ram, high clockspeed, though just to be safe feel free to include whatever you think I should know anyway (the two that I mentioned might be all I know anyway, lol).
My budget is around 500 USD, but I'm looking for quality so whatever you think is best is fine, just as long as it's not too far from the budget (unless it's below the budget).
I'm also thinking of dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu, I'm not sure if this will make a difference to anything but I want to mention it just in case.
Thank you so much!
Bonus: Your thoughts on the website I found? Do you think it's best for me as an ultra beginner to game development? Do you recommend anything else? Thanks again!