[olug] Mobo/Video recommendations
phil at brutsche.us
Thu Feb 7 06:55:22 UTC 2008
I will be up front: I think AMD motherboards suck. I think it's a lot
easier to find very very stable and well-designed motherboards for Intel
processors than it is AMD processors.
BTW, I have found that the latest releases of end-user oriented
distributions (Ubuntu 7.10 or Fedora Core 8) Just Works, even with the
latest bleeding-edge hardware for Intel-CPU machines.
I have no idea how good Linux compatibility is among AMD motherboards,
but I can't imagine them being far behind.
What I would get is this:
CPU -> Intel E6600:
Motherboard -> Intel DP965LTCK:
Power -> Antec True Power Trio TP3-550:
Video -> MSI NX8400GS yes it's an entry-level card but if you're not
going to play video games you might be surprised how powerful this stuff
Memory -> Crucial 2GB DDR2-667, Quantity 4:
> This will run Ubuntu Gutsy (7.10). I want a single socket, dual core
> AMD mobo with at least 2 IDE ports (4 drives)
The days of IDE going the way of the dodo have come and gone, it will be
far easier finding something with 4 or 6 SATA ports and 1 IDE port (or
even no IDE ports at all).
If you're lucky you might find something with a really crappy
third-party chipset, but anything event remotely current (ie Intel 945
and newer - that's 1 generation ago) has almost completely done away
with PATA, and the latest stuff has no PATA period (save the
previously-mentioned crappy third party PATA).
Stuff that's more than 1 generation old has almost completely
disappeared from the market.
> onboard audio, 8GB RAM, and as many PCI(-X) slots as possible.
(Warning: I'm showing my Intel bias here)
<falls on floor laughing>
A desktop AMD board with PCI-X slots?
Oh, wait, you mean PCI-E.
> I know that nVidia vid cards have had a good reputation for Linux
> support over the years. With AMD buying ATI, has Linux support for
> their cards improved any, or should I still avoid ATI?
The OS that will be used on the machine is irrelevant, ATI = teh sux0rs
and nVidia = teh r0x0rs, and has been that way for a while now.
Personally, I'm happy with integrated video.
> Is there a particular north/south bridge chipset that I should get
> or avoid on the mobo?
Regardless of the CPU avoid VIA and SiS like the plague. Period, end of
Intel CPU -> Intel chipset
AMD CPU -> nVidia chipset
> How big a power supply do I really need to power a fast Athlon 64x2,
> a decent vid card, and a half dozen hard drives? Is 400W enough?
It should be, but I would err on the side of caution - we're talking
about a price difference of less than 25$ between a 400W and a 550W PSU.
One of the machines I've had come through my office doors had dual Xeon
E5410 CPUs and a 8600GTS video card happily running with a 465W PSU.
> I also want to make sure that the mobo BIOS supports returning to the
> previous power state (on) after recovering from a power failure. My
> current (dying) mobo can't do that, which is annoying when we get a
> power outage while I'm on vacation, since I run all my email through
> this machine.
You shouldn't have any trouble finding something like that with modern
phil at brutsche.us
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