Current good hardware guide
This is quite an open topic, but I think it is a moving target and can be interesting to discuss with fellow Linux users.
I want to build a dedicated Linux box, but want to make sure I select the most suitable hardware for Linux. I have searched for guides but they seem bit out of date and plus, I like to hear from real users.
The kind of thing that would help the most is:
AMD or Intel?
How many cores? E.g. is there much benefit in Linux to the number of cores or a cut-off where it makes no difference?
Graphics - nVidia or ATI or does it depend on what the function of the box is?
How many hard disks and what configuration or is one big one good enough?
Memory: amount and configuration (e.g. 3 x 2GB, etc.)
Blue Ray: any point?
There are many more considerations I am sure, but it would be good to build the next machine with Linux in mind, rather than replacing a Windows machine with Linux (even though it slaughters it for performance). I want to get the most out of the new hardware!
I currently use Ubuntu, if it makes a difference. Budget does not matter but maybe aim for the $1000 mark as I am not building a supercomputer!