New Tumbleweed Installation Build

Hello -

Like the title says, I’d like to build a new rig for my opensuse deployment with more modern hardware. While money is not tight, I’m not trying to win any speed or performance competitions out there. I have been running opensuse for many years on the following:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 (4 cores at 2.33ghz)
  • Memory: 6gb RAM
  • GPU: eVga nVidia GeForce GTS 250
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R
  • Audio: integrated onboard Intel Audio

I basically want to know if there are known hardware issues with particular brands or chipsets - should I go AMD for the most bang for my buck or have you all had bad experiences with this? If Intel, I don’t need an i7 really, so have you had success with i3’s or i5’s? 7th or 8th gen?

Thanks in advance!

I think that in this debate the views are subjective.
I used intel from 2000.
This year I changed my PC to AMD and I am not sorry at all.
There are some minor problems with AMD (because the platform is still new) but nothing very serious.
Money: there are no major differences between AMD and Intel (R5 vs I5 or R7 vs I7) because memory for AMD is a bit more expensive.
My opinion: buy an AMD.

No worries, Tw has the latest kernel, should work fine with any intel or AMD.

Ok, good to hear. Yea, I didnt want a debate really, more of just a discussion from personal experience since I’ve only ever used older Intel-based products for Linux. Sorry if I didnt convey that the best =
Like if someone had used a Asus MB and they had some terrible experience bc the drivers arent perfect for that brand or whatever.

I might just stick with Intel and nVidia since that’s what I know, but the drivers for gen 8 chips are fine? (I thought I remember people saying there were issues with i7 chips and couldnt remember the specifics since I didnt use any i series chips).

Thanks so far!

If you stick with Intel and you are not doing any high performance gaming then you could save the cost of the graphics card and use the integrated graphics. I have never had any graphics issues with mine.

The only issue I encountered a few years back was the Gigabyte board used a lan chip that was bleeding edge at the time that didn’t work under Linux and I ended up adding an Intel card.

That’s a great idea - yea, I’m not gaming with this box, it mainly just runs Firefox and a SQL program for queries (MS’s new SQL Operation Studio for MSSQL connections) and that’s it. Great idea!