Antec Sonata III 500 ATX Mid-Tower Case+500W EarthWatts PSU
Gigabyte GA-785GMT-USB3 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1067
500MB--Seagate, WD, or Samsung--suggestions?
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer
--I see conflicting reviews of Crucial RAM, and Seagate+WD hdds. How much should I weight the bad reviews? Some say these brands have had serious quality problems; or do the reviews represent the normal percent of defective items?
--I want to run Ubuntu Linux on this machine as main OS. Might partition HD for Win7-undecided.
At the bottom of Gigabyte's spec list [linked above], in the "Remark" box, Gigabyte says:
"Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website"
...which means I'd download driver(s) from AMD; aside from this, are there any other considerations re running Linux on this mobo? The GA-785GMT-USB3 user's guide [downloaded .pdf] is Windows-focused, so that's why I'm asking--want to anticipate any "gotchas" and avoid newbie mistakes if I can.
Thanks for comments--
Edited by jon-9, 07 May 2010 - 10:36 AM.