Before I buy - Moetherboard, cpu, gpu
I am going to setup a new PC for viewing at least 720p DVD and Flash movies on my HDTV. I am looking at the following boards and would like input on which will work better.
I plan on using Debian 5 Lenny (64-bit) with Fluxbox
XFX GeForce 9300 Motherboard – CPU: E7400 / 2.80GHz
XFX nForce 750a SLI Motherboard – CPU: X3 8750 / 2.40GHz
Any thoughts on this?
AMD Phenom X3 (AM2+) vs. Intel Core 2 Duo (775)
Are MT/s more important than GHz?
I would like to stick with Nvidia as I already know the driver setup.
Any other advice is appreciated.
Also this is the new direction from my last post.
Regarding the Intel Core 2 Duo I highly recommend the E8400. I tried the E7400. I hated it. The E8400 is much faster. I run it on an Asus P5GC-MX motherboard.
Both of those board are using nVidia GPUs, and nVidia has, as far as I know, not yet released a FOSS driver that supports a 64 bit OS with full functionality. Intel, on the other hand, has, I believe, released a FOSS driver for their GPU.
You may want to consider this issue before investing.
(Perhaps I'm biased since I primarily use Fedora, and have to rebuild my nVidia driver every time the kernel changes since my laptop has a nVidia GPU on it's m/b. Oh, I also have to do that when the kernel changes on my Kubuntu 8.10 but the Jaunty repository's dkpg for nVidia seems to be working. Note: My laptop uses 64-bit OS versions for all my distributions.)
I recommend you stay away from integrated graphics. What if you want to change out the graphics card in a few years ?
I recommend a good nvidia graphics card, either 8000, 9000 series (maybe 7000 will work too).
Here is the level of support for 64-bit nvidia drivers:
You'll also probably want a good dual core or quad core, but it also depends on the codec used. You may want to look into VDPAU (although it's still experimental) it may provide good results:
For the motherboard I would check the HCL:
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