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Compatibility with computer components? Is this an issue with let's say a GTX 670, which I recently purchased? In addition, an ASUS M5A97 mb? I am interested in not just using the system but truly understanding it. Best resources for learning this new operating system for me? Thanks a bunch!

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The best way of learning Ubuntu is by trying it.

If you run it from a Live CD (one you burned and downloaded from the Ubuntu Website, you can try without changing anything on your current system.

As an ardent Windows man since Windows 2, I have been using Ubuntu for a month and if it wasn't for iTunes for my iPhone, I would delete Windows from my system :)

Have fun an welcome.

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The GTX 670 has been around for a while and thus is supported by the nvidia-current package in the latest Ubuntu Raring Ringtail. It's even supported by Precis Pangoling LTS but you might need to install nvidia-current-updates instead.

The M5A97 is also not the newest so it would be weird if it's not working out of the box.

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To check for compatibility it's probably the best to see the Ubuntu wiki. Sometimes there are some entries about hardware topics. Also some web search using [hardware name] ubuntu 13.04 could tell you if there are any known problems with your devices - maybe you find some threads at Linux/Ubuntu releated forums or entries of some Debian wiki page there. Also directly checking this site and the Ubuntu forums could be an idea.

Even though, probably the easiest and most comfortable way to check if your computer works fine using Ubntu is using the downloadable Live DVD. Just burn it onto a DVD and then insert it. Set your computer to boot from DVD and then try it out. If there are any hardware problems they (most of the time) occur also in live mode, so probably this is also the most effective way to check your hardware for compatiblity without having to install Ubuntu.

The easiest way to "learn" Ubuntu also probably is actually using it and to try various things yourself. Also a good source then could be your local Ubuntu communities (they often provide you with quick configuration tutorials).

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