[CentOS] Centos-compatible motherboards

Fri Dec 27 18:44:02 UTC 2013
Johnny Hughes <jhughes at hughesjr.com>

On 12/27/2013 07:11 AM, Fred Smith wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 03:40:43AM -0600, Johnny Hughes wrote:
>> On 12/25/2013 09:51 PM, Fred Smith wrote:
>>> Hi all!
>>> I'm toying with the idea of spending some Christmas money on a new MB and
>>> CPU to upgrade my desktop.
>>> Although I've always been partial to AMD chips, I'm tempted this time to
>>> find something Intel-ish, I5, quad core, or so.
>>> In looking at mommyboards  at New Egg and Amazon, I find so many I am
>>> unable to make reasonable determinations regarding suitability, so am
>>> hoping some of you who have new(ish) intel-compatible boards could 
>>> offer some hints.
>>> Also, I'd like to keep the cost of MB, CPU and RAM to no more (or little
>>> more) than $300-350. (seeing as how apparently mid-range I5 chips cost
>>> over 200 each, that may be a vain hope.)
>>> I expect that the newest ones may work with something bleeding edge
>>> like Fedora (et al), but I like centos for my desktop since it doesn't
>>> have the ridiculous churn rate of the more aggressive distros. I can't
>>> bring myself to relish the thought of rebuilding my main desktop twice
>>> a year (or even once a year).
>>> So, any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
>> I personally have recently built 2 different systems with with the Asus
>> M5A99X Evo R2.0 motherboard.  This one does not have a graphics card ...
>> everything does work with CentOS-6.5 and RHEL7B1.
>> It uses AMD CPUs and I have used several AM3+ CPUs, including Sempron
>> 100, FX-6150, and FX-8150.
>> https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A99X_EVO_R20/
>> One of the nicest features is it will detect and set a working BIOS
>> memory timing with a press of a button on the board ... if you try
>> something manually that is incompatible, a simple press of the button
>> and reboot will get you back to a working config.
> Johnny:
> I assume it has UEFI and "secure boot"? did you disable the secure boot
> feature before installing? (AFAIK Centos doesn't yet support UEFI/secure
> boot????)
> I have an existing pair of drives holding Centos in a software Raid-1
> configuration, and I'm assuming I can simply move them to the new
> board, boot and be off to the races. Can you comment on that assumption?

The software raid-1 should work fine ... plenty of room for drives on
that board.  As long as you have a normal file system on sata dirves, it
should boot.  You may need to reconfigure the hardware (obviously,
different network cards, audio, video, etc.)

The version of the BIOS that I currently have does have a secure boot
turn off feature. (1302 x64 is my BIOS version) Looks like there are 5
newer versions of the BIOS than the one I have installed now.

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