Hi, I am a disenfranchised Apple user. I became such after becoming a disenfranchised Windows user. Linux is the way of the future. With that said I'm ready to start making the switch.
I need to start building a computer. I built computers in latter middle school early high school and used to game on a lot of them. I found my old rig I built freshman year and have already looked into finishing it but the hardware is over 5 years old! To give you an idea of my old rig, it uses DDR400, Pentium 4 478pin 800MHz FSB, AGP8x, and IDE drives, although I can install some SATA drives but they would be the first generation of such, 1.5GBs transfer rate I believe.
All my computer building stopped after I bought a Powerbook those 5 years ago and have used it ever since, forgetting about gaming and computer building and focusing on making music and using the Mac for Garageband and the internet. Well, Apple has become a cult in my opinion, and they are currently under investigation for anti-trust laws with their new iAd business and cutting Flash out of the picture. Dissatisfaction and Disenfranchised.
I've been out of the computer building game for a looong time obviously and have some ideas on how to start building a new rig, but not-so-much when it comes to Linux, Ubuntu obviously. I remember that back when Redhat and Fedora was popular I used them some but they didn't have a lot of the necessary drivers for the equipment I had at the time, and I didn't have the patience to search them out if they existed at all.
What I need help on though:
I want to build a $500 Ubuntu rig. The most intensive things to be done on it will be music creation (I'm already trying to get to know Jokosher ) and maybe gaming. But I'm an old gamer, I'm talking CS and RTCW, maybe enemy territory but even that was too new for me. I would like to do video editing also but that will be further down the road.
I don't know the best hardware to choose to go with Ubuntu, that's why I'm posting here asking for help. i.e. I used to be an ATI fan but I've read so far Nvidia chips are more compatible - issues like that.
so any and all help is much appreciated!