Basically yes. If it shall be a new board go for socket AM3. RAM depends on board, all recent AMD CPUs have controllers for the memory in the CPU and these are capable of using DDR3.
Originally Posted by Panix
>I just thought that the Realtek LAN and sound chips seem to be better
>supported than VIA sound. Is that right?
Any chip is supported normally well when it is not such a "only for this edition of board made". RTLs are normally nicely supported, so can be the VIAs.
It's best to check the kernel or the correspondig project (e.g. ALSA hardware matrix for sound chips) first and see if they wrote "perferct support" or "in progress" or "not at all / no specs".
Still that doesn't mean the HW itself can't be buggy or will require quirks in the driver.
>I don't know if I should go for integrated graphics on board or not.
Depends on what you want to do. The IGPs from ATI are normally fine and quite capable unless you decide to play the most recent 3d games on highest settings.
E.g. I played Stalker with the far older X1250 and it worked. (Under w32 though.)
Besides, nearly / all ATI chipsets now have IGPs and in the future it's going to go to the CPU ("fusion").
The only thing I'd complain about is that you will need fglrx since all these IGPs are at least R600 based and the free drivers still don't completely support them yet. I mean you can, and I also do use them with xf86-video-ati and mesa ... 7 something but the KMS glory is to come next kernel earliest and it's working in 2d but not really 3d. (Unless you take code from devel branches and compile.)
>That's just a minor issue, though, as one can always get a discrete
But the best choice atm is ATI-AMD. Intel is aside poulsbo (which aint intel but imgtec/PowerVR iirc) also fine but only sold on their boards. VIA is utter crap with GPUs (esp. drivers) and nvidia is only closed but afaik working. Dunno about matrox and the like.
>I guess I was mainly curious about the Asus AMD motherboards and their
>'different' hardware such as the VIA sound card.
Well. Check for that sound card/chip in alsa and if it is ok, then you might give it a go. Still I'm not really conviced by ASUS. I own them but next time it'll probably be a Gigabyte one. Board layout may vary from model to model but wasn't really neat also in some parts.
They have a nice BIOS update system though, but GiBy also has something like it.
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