The saga of a blazing fast, quiet, and inexpensive PC.
After the trials described by the prior post, we were able to get everything working. There were two problems the prior motherboard had – it would not recognize SSDs and it would not power the DVD drive (complete mystery). By replacing the motherboard to a slightly higher model, with two PCIEx16 slots, we were able to get everything running quickly! Sometimes these problems are hard to chase down, and it is a blessing that I tried to duplicate the systems for debugging ease.
This photo is of a merchant in Hong Kong that sells computer housings (no – sells photographs on tiles for crypts). Anyway, the new computer looks nothing like this. But it does contain the following:
- Gigabyte Motherboard GA-990FXA-UD3 ($140) – Fanless
- AMD Quad Core FX-4100 3.6G ($110)
- 4GB Corsair CMX4GX3M2A 1600 C9R RAM ($40)
- VGA Sapphire 100236UL HD6670 1G R ($100) – Fanless
- 60GM Corsair Force 3 SSD 525MB/S Read ($80)
For $480 you can have an incredibly fast (and with fanless power supply) extremely quite machine. I have loaded on it a bare minimum of software:
- Photoshop Elements & Lightroom
- Dropbox, Google Drive
This is basically my go-to configuration for doing graphical design, art, and music.