Doing a new build. I am going to use an ASRock 990FX Extreme4 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard.
This board is my only option as it has both IDE and Floppy connectors in a FX 990 chipset board, I have a lot of magnetic media that needs to be put on optical.
I am currently using an AMD X4 945 CPU. Looking to use an AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ CPU. This may be my last build (Desktops are supposed to become obsolete, this maybe prophecy, I am an oldtime SW listener and have seen this hobby die off) and I would like it to be a "HOTROD".
I plan to use a Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive.
I plan to use G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM memmory.
Gaming is not something I do, but have Grandchildren and would like to explore this option for myself.
Of course I plan on using Mint 13, really like Cinnamon but seems to be not quite ready. Tried Mate on a Samsung laptop but it had crashes after leaving it over a weekend. This was several weeks ago, upgrades may have changed thing.
OK, those are my current choices, any and all comments are welcome and appreciated.
Now to my dilemma, I am trying too decide what video card too use. First choice is a GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0.
NVIDIA seemed to be the only choice when using Linux but now I read that the NVIDIA drivers are causing the Flash player crashes that myself and others have been experiencing lately.
My second choice is a Radeon 6000 series card but I have always read that Radeon did not "play nice" with Linux.
I really need some advice and recommendations here, I want to place my order, but don't want to screw the pooch.