Like almost every other radio ham, I use a computer for log keeping, digital modes and other tasks. For the majority of computing processes in the shack I employ the use of a home built Windows PC. The hardware was originally based around an ECS GF8100vm-m5 motherboard with 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive.
This machine started showing a problem with one of the SATA channels. At very infrequent random periods data would get corrupted – not good. Therefore, I replaced the motherboard before I lost any crucial data. A nice new Asus M5A78L-M is now installed as the replacement for the ECS motherboard.
Upon replacing the motherboard, I also installed a new larger hard drive and decided that due to the amount of use the machine had seen a new PSU would be in order.
A few more upgrades later, the system now comprises of:
- Asus M5A 78L-M motherboard
- AMD Quad Core FX-4300 Black Edition Processor
- Corsair CX-650, 650W PSU
- 32GB RAM
- Samsung 500 GB SSD (drive C)
- WD 2TB hard drive (drives D, and E)
- Seagate 2TB hard drive (drives F, and G)
- Nvidia GTX-1650 graphics card – 3x HDMI version
- 2 x HP 24FW widescreen LCD monitors
- Logitech wireless keyboard and multi-function mouse
- Windows 10 Professional
Originally installed on this machine was Windows 7 professional. I took advantage of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to get a fully licenced version of Windows 10 Pro. Admittedly, I didn’t really like the initial version of Windows 10 and went back to Windows 7.
Running under Windows 10 Pro is Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD), and a couple of other radio related applications. HRD has grown in popularity, the original version was written by a radio amateur who distributed it for free. It is now a paid-for commercial product.
Details of radio related software in use can be found here.
Even though this machine is described as the “secondary computer”, it’s still quite important in my shack. This computer is a DEll OptiPlex 755 SFF (Small Form Factor).
Almost unaltered from it’s original configuration of an Intel dual core E4600 processor running at 2.4GHz. I have added an extra 4GB RAM I had laying around to bring it up to 6GB. Also changed the original 160GB hard drive for a 1TB Seagate drive.
UPDATE I no longer run a secondary PC in the shack as after several upgrades, the main PC is now more than capable for my needs. My decision to upgrade was taken after the secondary machine PSU failed, being a SFF machine, I decided that upgrading my main machine would be more cost effective.