As fihart said, Just boot to the CD and select try Ubuntu. It will let you know if you need any drivers. If it works when you try Ubuntu it will work when you install it. 10.04 LTS, has the most up to date drivers installed. If the Wireless does not work see if madwifi has drivers for your wireless card, AMD does have Linux drivers for the HD5000 series, and most sound cards just work in Linux.
Let us know how it works out.