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Old 12-19-2007, 08:57 PM   #1
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I plan on upgrading my current motherboard and CPU to the following.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103774

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130068

Does anyone have any experience with these components?

Will Ubuntu run smoothly on it?

Thanks.

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Old 12-19-2007, 09:28 PM   #2
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:40 PM   #3
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Same problem here.
 
Old 12-19-2007, 11:12 PM   #4
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130068

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103774
 
Old 12-19-2007, 11:37 PM   #5
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Cpu will be fine.

Depending on your application, this is motherboard is extemely limited: 2gb ram (max)(remember part of that will probably be shared with on board video), only 2 sata +1 pata, NO GigE, PCI express is only x8. Also be aware that it (like 99% of motherboards) uses Fake raid, not true hardware raid (so no raid). If you are looking at PVR function GigE is pretty important for streaming (in house).

It is an ok looking board but there will be essentially no upgrading it. Very few video cards will run 8x only, so no video upgrade. There is only vga ouput with onboard. There is a very limited selection of 1x cards, which leaves you with only 2 pci slots.

I guess it just depends on what you are going to do with the board.

Good Luck
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Old 12-20-2007, 12:23 AM   #6
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Seems like it would work nicely with Linux, nothing exotic there that would cause problems. Whether or not it will suit your needs is a totally different matter, which the above poster has covered.

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Old 12-20-2007, 11:43 PM   #7
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Well, I just want a decent machine to run Ubuntu for FUN. Nothing extreme.

As long as it runs linux distros so that I can enjoy it that's fine by me.

My current desktop has only 32 mb onboard video with 512 md RAM. It runs, but it is slow.

Can you recommend a board a bit more expandable?
 
Old 12-21-2007, 12:04 AM   #8
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Assuming you want to stick with micro atx and msi:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130065
 
Old 12-21-2007, 12:16 AM   #9
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Will this CPU work with it?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103774
 
Old 12-21-2007, 12:18 AM   #10
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This one appears to work very will with Linux but it hasn't got integrated graphics:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813127026

Asrock, those have always worked really well for me. LAN driver may not be in the kernel but is available separately:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157108

Another one that works great, slightly more expensive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128065

Have a look at customer reviews before you buy, those may be helpful too.

And all three work with the CPU.

By the way, be careful about MSI. They tend to be heavily into ATI chips, which can be a real pain under Linux, especially their sound chips.

Oh yes, and don't forget that you'll need to upgrade RAM too if you have an older motherboard.

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Old 12-21-2007, 12:43 AM   #11
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Yep, the AM2 part is what is important here, vs 939,940, etc.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 01:08 AM   #12
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LAZLOW,

What do you think about the boards recommended by JAY73.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 02:36 AM   #13
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Well the Abit has terrible reviews so I would not get it.

The Asrock is cheaper but the GIGABYTE is rated better. At first blush I would go for the Gigabyte; better known brand, better reviews. I usually like Asus(Asus is the mother company of Asrock) but they have had some quality control issues lately (since AM2 came out).
 
Old 12-21-2007, 03:56 AM   #14
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Well, actually, it's the Asrock that is rated higher if you look at the reviews on the site. You do see something that is typical of Asrock, though: they are generally cheaper because they avoid newer (=more expensive) components. So if you want the latest, get the Gigabyte. If you just want a board that works well and that is cheap, the Asrock. Of course, if money isn't a consideration, there are better motherboards to be had. For example, both motherboards have only two PCI slots while three is pretty standard. Having only two may not be a problem although it would depend on how they are placed. My ASUS has three but only two are usable because one is more or less blocked by the video card. If that happens to a motherboard that has only two to begin with, you're down to just one - unless you don't need a video card, of course. I see that the Asrock has an HDMR slot too but the number of cards that will work with HDMR is rather limited. HDCP (= capable of playing high definition video) appears to be supported by the Gigabyte only, which is not surprising considering that the Asrock uses somewhat older components.

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