Originally Posted by PipeDreams
Last night I ordered an MSI k8n neo4 here
An MSI K8N Neo4?! I have one a them! With a 3500+.
Works OK, mostly. Actually, I have barely looked at installed OSes - rather concentrating on live distros. At the moment the MSI is running Knoppix from a flash pen.
You might not want to skimp on the video card. I have a generic unbranded 6200. Some live CD distros (e.g. Knoppix & Kanotix) give me 60hz refresh, even though "resize and rotate" says it's 101. Yuk! (I have a CRT). Adios gives me a dark gray screen. Don't know what it is for sure, but read in another forum that nVidia made some changes with PCI-Express video that might cause trouble with setting refresh rate in some versions of Linux.
Stock PCLinuxOS/nVidia live CD defaults to 70hz. Installed PCLOS allows permanent setting of refresh.
Wolvix has perfect video.
PCLOS has an issue with SATA on this MB, at least with "delivered" bios settings - hmm, mine may not actually be default (but Knoppix & Kanotix are fine with SATA). If you have an ATA drive sitting around, you might stick with it pending research. Have read about solutions in a forum, but... that is another long story.
Anyway, this is probably too much info. Just take note of the video and SATA.
Ack! Time to boogie.