Recommend me an distribution that have no problems with the new chipsets from Intel, and recognize an sata DVD.
And have no problem with 8800GT (or GTS) like I read in the 8.04 Ubuntu forums.
I'm running Kubuntu 8.04 on an E8400/IP35 Pro combo with 8GB of RAM, an 8800GTS, and a Samsung SATA DVD burner plus three other SATA hard drives. Works just fine. There is an issue related to the two SATA channels on the IP35 Pro that are connected through a bridge chip to the IDE controller. However there are reasonably easy work arounds, especially if you are starting with a clean system. I took the route of just turning the off since I didn't need them.