Yes, I am back. I just got overwhelmed by stupidity. Sometimes when the whole world goes on a binge, I just post and post my catty remarks and go a bit manic, and lose my humour perspective. So, I'll start with my project which I did as therapy.
My second Linux machine, which I use mainly as a media server, went tits-up. The posting beep just went on an on, which indicates a memory failure. The machine is really old. Being cheap, I always keep the same case, and just changed the internals.
Here's my list from Tiger Direct
Description: Amd A-Series APU A8-6600K BLK
Extended Price: 99.97
Description: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3
Extended Price: 49.99
Description: Kingston V300 120GB SATA 3 SSD
Extended Price: 114.99
Description: ULTRA LSP550 550W ATX POWER
Extended Price: 49.97
Description: ASUS F2A55-M/CSM MICROATX 4DIMM
Extended Price: 79.97
To that, add the stupid bracket to mount an ssd on a 3.5 inch disk rack. (Forgot it first time) - $12
It all went together beautiful. Debian installer screws up the keyboard, so you have to install from Debian Live. The motherboard has all the graphics, which is what I wanted, since I don't play games on that machine.
Now, the A8 APU is a bit weird. It has a lot of graphics built-in, but I haven't checked all the Linux drivers. I only have an old screen. It's slow, but uses very little power. On my 1 year old machine, I have a standard Athlon 6, and I run handbrake on it to convert videos, which uses all processors. When I do a movie, all the emergency fans come on full blast, and the thing heats the room! The A8 is a bit slower on the movie, but doesn't even get warm.
Update: Silly me, the A8 is only quad-core. So my super-hot Athlon 6 core is faster.
Update2: Do not activate the Radeon drivers in a new kernel. This graphics arrangement screws up.