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Old 09-01-2007, 06:11 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 09-01-2007, 06:18 AM   #2
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I am also putting together a new system, and my only Linux-specific choice is related to the graphics card, which should be NVIDIA. Other than that, Linux can handle two cores, etc. I should add that if you are using a wireless card with this machine, make sure it is using a chipset that is Linux compatible.
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Thanks for the help. I guess I was just being pessimistic.
Old 09-02-2007, 11:38 AM   #4
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The only other "issue" that remains would be the onboard audio (if you choose to use it). New systems are coming out all the time, and vendors are not helping to supply useful information to Alsa to get support added.

If you run into audio issues, please start a new thread here (or email me) with the link generated by this script, along with the make and model of your system/motherboard. I can use this to add support for your system.



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