With help from a friend, I was able to build a new computer that I've named teletran3 :-) (not sure what to do with Teletran2 just yet)
I admit I was often scared I had broken something when things didn't work, but it wasn't ever my fault, whew! Difficult parts included putting the CPU fan on and figuring out my first motherboard was dead.
I went with Ubuntu as the OS, but I think the jewel is the hard drive. At 10,000rpms, it makes the computer 'feel' fast. Applications load up fast and the system is always responsive! In the end, it's a sub-$1000 system that's more reliable and enjoyable to use than something twice its price from a vendor.
The last piece of the puzzle is a video card ... I tried to go fanless and I think it was just too hot in the mini-case I chose. I spent weeks figuring that out and along the way I learned a bit about the linux community. Basically, it's true what they say ... if you need help, you can just jump into an IRC channel and get some answers, it's quite remarkable.
Here are some key specs:
- 1.86Ghz Intel Core2Duo
- 2Gb of DDR2 667Mhz RAM
- 10,000 RPM 150Gb Hard drive
- Antec NSK1380 Case
Last summer, heat prevailed in the system and disks died -- replaced by less exciting 7200rpm 500GB drives. Teletran3 now has as new case: Antec Three Hundred
it comes with a couple of fans and there are slots for more. And I believe I'll be filling them soon. The fan on the video card died and it's currently operating at 60°C-70°C!
Finally diagnosed random reboots as a failed motherboard. Good-bye: P4M900T-M, hello: 671T-M. While we're keeping track, the main drive is a Hitachi 1TB, and the backup is a Seagate 500Gb.
It's essentially a new comptuer, but I'm sticking with Teletran3. i5-3570K @ 3.4Ghz, a SSD for the OS, a 4TB for my home dir, and a MSI Z77A-G43 motherboard. At some point, I upgraded to 8GB of RAM.