Both my ubuntu/linux mint systems worked just fine until about two years ago, when they started suffering from system freezes. It took me quite a while to figure out that the nvidia drivers are likely the culprit, but I haven’t been able to fix the issues despite trying the free drivers and many versions of the proprietary drivers. As most (nvidia) cards use the same drivers, I didn’t feel confident that upgrading the systems would solve the problems.
But I have been missing an obvious path to solving the problem. Simply asking you what hardware is working well for you. So if you have an ubuntu/kubuntu/linux mint machine that is running smoothly and preferably very silently, what’s inside? What graphics card are you using and is it playing well with Blender?
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67GHz x 8
Graphics: GeForce GTX 260/PCIe/SSE2
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.40GHz x 8
Graphics: GeForce GT 640/PCIe/SSE2
This last system is very silent and I’d like to keep it that way. Can you recommend a card of comparable or greater capabilities that doesn’t sound like a jet aircraft?