I am building a new desktop machine for home use (no gaming, but we will output DVD and MPEG movies to the TV). I would appreciate the Phoronix community's opinion regarding my hardware selection, as this is the first non-MS machine that I am building. I have tried to select components known to work with Linux in general, these are the components:
This machine will likely flip flop between Debian and Fedora about once per year, with the occasional test drive of a different distro. I am on a budget, so I tried to cut corners but not too many. Any advice and suggestions regarding the hardware mentioned are much appreciated. Thanks.
If your going a ATI based chipset for a MB I would recommend switching that optical drive to a parallel based one instead of a Sata based drive and purchase some IDE --> Sata converters for your harddrives. Sata+Optical= can result in really weird issues ranging from drives not showing up to disappearing. Given ATI's southbridge Sata issues, the safest route would be to go with a ATA optical.