Advise on motherboard purchase
waldbauernbub at gmx.at
Fri Oct 1 15:51:06 UTC 2010
I am about to assemble a new PC as my really old ones are dying. I don't
like to buy a new machine every two years that is why I am looking for
some "future proof" components.
The PC should work with ubuntu without any additional configuration.
One of the components which I could not decide yet is the mainboard.
At the moment this mainboard is my favorite choice:
Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
I am going to explain my thoughts and needs:
-) I want to use *ECC memory* which reduced my choice to AMD-CPUs and
ASUS motherboards (Intel only supports ECC in it's Xenon-CPUs)
-) I want an *IGP* as I don't have a need for a dedicated video card.
GIMP, Inkscape and some video-editing are the most demanding
applications I am currently using. The don't use GPU-acceleration, yet.
The IGP of this motherboard is an Radeaon HD 4290 GPU. This should be
fine for using Compiz and watching movies. At them moment I have the
impression that AMD/ATI is contributing more to the development of open
source drivers, which I intend to use. And that the Radeon HD 4290 is
the best IGP available. I don't use the PC to play games.
-) USB3.0 and SataIII are nice features of this motherboard, too.
Of special interest would be any feedback related to ACPI. I intend to
use ubuntu 10.04LTS as I need a stable system. If some components need
ubuntu 10.10 I could use this version as well.
Thanks for your help!
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