building my first new machine-- general questions
I'm working up a list of parts to order for a new ~$1200 US computer, and I'm not clear on how well Linux, Ubuntu in particular, can deal with new hardware. My OS will be Ubuntu, probably Gutsy by the time everything's assembled.
Can Linux take full advantage of dual-core processors? Which would be better, C2D or whatever AMD is available at a similar price point?
What about video cards? I'm probably going to get whatever Tom's Hardware recommends for a Nvidia gaming card at about $120-150, something roughly like a GeForce 8600 GT or better. To what extent can Linux play nice with something like that, with graphic design, gaming, excessively pretty desktop effects and so on?
Related: Monitors. How hard will it be to get a 22-inch monitor running at 1680 x 1050?
Now, I know this has been a little involved, but is there anything else that I should be aware of? I've really only had excuse to play with P4-era machines before this, so is there anything frightening over the horizon? SATA? PCI-E?
Last edited by MathBluster; 09-01-2007 at 06:13 AM.