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I went down the AMD route when I upgraded mine. I went for an A8 which is video and cpu on one die, the main advantage being the power cost, it runs at 65W I think. I also found the video drivers worked with 3D acceleration out-of-the-box with Fedora, no proprietary drivers are needed. This means I can play Steam games without any additional hardware.

There are more beefy versions of my CPU - and for development you might want to get as many cores as you can, but quad core A10 is reasonably priced and runs at about 95W.

If you're happier going down the Intel route, then any video card is fine - steer clear of the very bleeding edge of nVidia if you want to go that way, and you should be fine. If you're into AMD/ATI then just double check that the high power video card you're about to buy is supported. Even now their Linux chipset support can be a little bit patchy.

The same 'dont-buy-the-very-newest' advice applies to pretty much all the hardware you can get these days. But having updated systems with similar hardware spec. to my Linux box with commercial operating systems over the last year, my experience of hardware support is that it's exceptionally good and usually better than in the commercial operating system world. My only caveat here is that we never buy the latest high performance kit - it costs three times the price of the 'normal' kit, and the 10% boost you get in performance generally isn't worth it.