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Old 06-02-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I am looking to build a desktop to run Linux (more than likely KDE), and am wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a decent motherboard.

I am not a gamer, so I don't need the most powerful board.

Intended use:

-Word processing, spread sheets, and creating the occasional presentation.

-Lite desk-top publishing.

-and pretty much "lite" everything else.

-Media "center"; storing/playing music, some movies/videos, and pictures.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:33 PM
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Location: Ohio
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If you don't need gaming, why not go with a small footprint MicroATX? Those can run fanless and have plenty of horsepower.

I have the Intel BOXD510MO E76523 Intel NM10 Mini-ITX Motherboard Integrated Intel Atom D510 DDR2 800 SATA HD Motherboard CPU Combo Audio GB LAN-Best Computer Online Store Houston Buy Discount Prices Texas-Directron.com, which is $80 for mobo and processor. I used it to build a small desktop last fall. There's probably something newer and better now.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:38 PM
 
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I have looked into the micro boards, and they would suit my needs just fine. I am partial to a "full sized" board, primarily in case I want to expand in the future.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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My two homebuilts have ASUS motherboards with NVidia chipsets. I'm very satisfied with them.
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I've used ASUS boards for years (and lots of them), and never had any problems except with the very cheapest bottom of the line boards.

Of course you'll want to make sure that there are drivers for sound, video, etc, for your chosen distro.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:29 AM
 
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This is a peculiar thread. For many, any old name brand mobo will do, as long as your processor, RAM and video card are compatible. Have you already bought the other components? What exactly are we talking here as far as budget?
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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This is a peculiar thread. For many, any old name brand mobo will do, as long as your processor, RAM and video card are compatible. Have you already bought the other components? What exactly are we talking here as far as budget?
My guess is that the OP doesn't know which brands are considered name brand?
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:04 PM
 
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This is a peculiar thread. For many, any old name brand mobo will do, as long as your processor, RAM and video card are compatible. Have you already bought the other components? What exactly are we talking here as far as budget?
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My guess is that the OP doesn't know which brands are considered name brand?
Off the top of my head, I would say that ASUS, Biostar ASRock, MSI, and....that is all I can think of at the moment...are name brand.

I have never built a computer, but I have installed various distros of Linux on what-ever Mac I had at the time over the last 6 or 7 years. Some things worked, some were able to be made to work, and others had "no solution" as far as I was able to find. (I'm talking about stuff like wifi, Bluetooth, head phone/audio out, two-finger scroll, particular function keys, etc. etc.).

Some Linux distros are better than others at being compatible with various hardware/chips/cards/proprietary drivers/etc. Those that aren't usually have work-arounds. And even though many distros have come along way over the years, there are still many gaps in support and it can be hit-or-miss.

I know people on this forum either use Linux and/or build their own machines. I am hoping that a user can recommend a decent mother board that they had [good] success with installing, and running, Linux.

As far as budget...I dunno, $500 tops, although I've played around Newegg and priced a few different configurations for around $300 that should be plenty computer for my needs.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:06 PM
 
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Generally most people consider ASUS and Gigabyte the top two manufacturers, followed in no particular order by eVGA, MSI, Intel, ASRock and Biostar.

Personally I have always used ASUS boards and have never had any issues. Overall it comes down to the feautres you want and the processor you are using, after that it's all about price.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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When it comes to mobo brands, I buy either Asus or Gigabyte for pure realibilty and easy configuration purposes. There might be better brands out there, but these are usually safe bets. So I were you, I would consider a lower end of one of these. At the most, a decent board with just onboard sound and video should only set you back like $130 at the most, You could probably go lower, but I wouldn't buy a mobo that's lower than $80

Something like this:

Newegg.com - ASUS P8H61-M (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

No onboard video, but you don't need a power video card for linux. Stick a stick of 4 gig ram in there, a budget video card, i3 or i5, and you are good to go.

For Linux distribution, I really recommend Unbuntu if it's yoru first time using a linix operating system.
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