I have used Ubuntu for 1 - 2 years. I am now running Ubuntu 11.04 (32 bit) on a 2007 system with "core-2-due" CPU, Intel P35 chipset motherboard with 2GB memory and nVidia GeForce 8500GT display card. I have fine-tuned my Ubuntu system so that it works smoothly with my favorite applications.
However, I am planning to buy a new computer with the following config :
Intel i5 2400, Intel H77 chipset motherboard (ASUS P8H77-M) with 8GB ram (with SATA III and USB 3.0), 500/1T GB SATA harddisk (planning only, not yet choose the model. Perhaps WD), nVidia GeForce GT 630 display card,
I want to know that could my fine-tuned 32 bit Ubuntu 11.04 system be just moved to the harddisk of my new i5 2400 H77 chipset computer and it would boot up the new computer ? i.e. Could my fine-tuned Ubuntu recognizes the i5 2400, H77 chipset, SATA III, USB 3.0 etc ? If not, could I add some drivers / kernel modules to my Ubuntu system to make it work with my new computer ? (I have experience in moving Ubuntu system from one harddisk to another harddisk, but with the same CPU and motherboard.)
Moreover, if my attempt to move my existing Ubuntu 11.04 system to the new computer fails, would the most current Ubuntu 12.04 (32 bit) system be able to be installed to my new computer with the mentioned config ?
Thanks for any suggestion.