I'm buying a new computer and I think I will be going for a system based on a Phenom X6 CPU. I will be getting an nVidia GPU for support under Linux, and 8GB of memory.
I expect to use 64-bit Ubuntu on this rig, but in the past it's proven tricky to find whether or not all the on-board goodies work on Linux.
Can you suggest a motherboard that you know works fine? I'd like the following:
- Suspend definitely has to work - I've been stuck with non working suspend for way too long (on an Intel D865PERL).
- I expect to use integrated sound, and would very much like support for front panel audio (in particular, I want rear-connected speakers to go mute when plugging in headphones in the front panel, we're in 2010 after all).
- an eSATA port.
- Ethernet would be nice. I could plug in a PCI Ethernet card, so this is not a must.
- SATA 3 & USB 3 for future upgrades ("support will be in kernel in 3 months" is OK, I'm not planning to use either right away).
I am considering this one: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 What do you think? Sound is ALC892, Ethernet is Realtek 8111D.
Any other options? I can use mATX as well as ATX, but if I have to use a PCI Ethernet card then I would prefer ATX to keep some ports available.