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I am using Intel and plan to switch to AMD as it is cheaper for a new set of PC. Therefore, I wish to know if there is much difference (including stability, driver support, etc) if I use AMD to run Linux. Thanks.
I would like to confirm that bit of advice. I wish I had been given that piece of advice. I have a nv sata chipset which ubuntu ACPI implementation doesn't seem to like. Much simplier if didn't use the damn thing.
I would say get nvidia. nvidia is far faster than via chipsets, and works with the same comaptibility so long as you choose a distro with a reasonably new kernel. I can tell you from personal experience, I have a 64bit AMD board which uses ALi and ULi chipsets mostly, it works just fine, but you have to have a REALLY recent kernel to get good support for it, and compiling your own kernel is a pain with it trying to find all the proper options.
The problem with nVidia chipsets is it gets hotter than VIA chipsets. I recommend looking for motherboards that uses heat pipe cooling for nVidia chipsets because using an heatsink and fan are very, very noisy with this chipset brand. VIA K8T890 is marginally slower than nVidia's nForce4 chipset. You really will not know the difference of the two chipsets when doing day to day tasks. However, the nVidia chipsets uses about 1% less CPU resources than VIA chipsets. This means less latency.
For a reliable and stable setup for any computer, I suggest buying a power supply that has active power factor control and wide voltage range (at least 100 volts to 240 volts), ECC memory, and a motherboard from a good brand. ASUS is ok, but their quality of their motherboards look like shit for the price you are paying for.
AMD is introducing a new socket which will make the system you are buying become obsolete in a year. I suggest waiting until August or September.