Homebuilt Ubuntu/Debian Machine

What medium priced LGA 1155 ATX motherboard for wouldyou suggest for running Ubuntu/Debian. I am primarily interested in stability and boot reliability. Also please suggest a video card for same. I intend to spend about $800-$1000 on the system. I am currently using a P4C800 and it is too slow to build large verilog programs.

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  1. I did some research some time ago, before the release of the z68 chipset. And then, the best motherboard would be a Intel H67 BOXDH67GDB3. It is the cheapest motherboard to offer e-sata, firewire and USB 3.0 and HDMI and Sata III. Now, there are more expensive boards, but you said medium priced. There are less expensive boards, but they wont have the features above. Since Intel is a very good brand name, I think you are set. The board was selling for $100 at newegg

    BTW, why do you need a videocard?
  2. Just behind in my thinking. I didn't realize that most of the MOBO's had on-board video.

    What do I get (performance wise) from one of the more expensive MOBO's?

    Do you think a solid state drive would be worth the ccost? I only need about 60GB. Mostly I just do microprocessor programming and FPGA programming and a little python.

    The important thing is that whatever MOBO I choose has a fast bus and that drivers are are avilable for the Linux kernel.

  3. SSD is worth it, you can find ocz and Kingston SSDs in $1/1GB already, search for OCZ 60gb and kingston 64gb at newegg

    For linux, onboard video is more than fine, but not all chipsets have onboard HDMI. Altough next chipsets from Intel will all feature it. Again, thats all you need for 1080p blu-ray playback, and some modest games. I assume you wont play on Linux anyway.

    Regarding more expensive motherboards, you ussually get extra features like more USB ports (as if 10 isnt good enough), or its simply because of the brand name. Some Asus boards will have bluetooth built in, thats a cool feature,as I have bluetooth devices.
  4. So far my system will consist of the following components:

    Intel Boxed Intel Desktop Board Media Series Micro-ATX form factor for 2nd Gen Intel Core Family Processors BOXDH67GDB3

    Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

    Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

    OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD22VTXE60G

    Thermaltake TR2 500W Continuous-Delivery Power Supply ATX12V W0379RU

    The most important thng is that it willl run Debian/Ubuntu Linux without problems. I am also concerned that the ram, sshd, and processor I have selected are all the correct items fot this MOBO.

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated.


    John Battle
  5. whats the case? Yes, its linux compatible

    Also, consider a Cooler Master Silent pro 600W $100
  6. Good suggestion. I read the specs and will change to a COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Power Supply - US$99.99

    Also several people suggested switching the drive to SATA-III , e.g.
    OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 60 GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX3-25SAT3-60G

    it's only $40 more than the SATA-II drive I originally listed.

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