I’m new to the forums here, and i got interested in RISC-V by SiFive’s anouncement of “The first RISC-V PC” in October last year. So far i’ve been experimenting with RISC-V in Qemu, my favorite disto (Gentoo) seems to work nice. I’ve also tried a bit of assembly programming, and i mostly like it.
I’m now in the process of actually finding all the bits and pieces I need to actually build a PC based on the Unmatched. I’ll share my thoughts here, any feedback or additions are more than welcome. I actually wrote the posts with links to all the parts, bit the forums only allows me to use two links in a post. For now I removed them all, if needed i can post them later.
The first thing I need is a case. Because I understand the hardware is all new and a bit experimental I thought easy access to the hardware might be a good thing. That gave me these options:
- Streacom BC1 Mini
- Raijintek Paean M
- Thermaltake core p1 tg
I like the BC1 Mini because it’s open and compact, unfortunately it’s quite hard to find a local reseller.
Assuming the BC1 Mini case, I need a SFF format PSU. The Corsair SF450 seems to be a high-quality option.
Video seems to be a difficult one. I don’t need anything special (usually the intel integrated graphics are more than enough). On the forums here i saw some posts about the Sapphire R5 230 card which seems to be a nice low cost option.
For storage i’ll go with the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB specified in the GSG. I couldn’t find the actual meaning of the “Plus” in the name, does anyone know?
A desktop also needs sound so I guess USB Audio is the only option, maybe with an adapter to fit the M.2 slot?
I did find some very-low cost (and presumably low quality) options and some expensive HiFi ones offering only audio output. Does anyone a know a decent quality USB audio device with audio in and out? (usually line out/headphones and mic.)
Last but not least, I’d like to replace the CPU fan with something passive, I hate fans . Do we have any information on the power that needs to be dissipated? Note that using Gentoo means it will often be working at maximum load for hours when compiling updates.
So what are your plans? Do you have any suggestions for my ideas?
Thanks in advance!