Didi #DROOL on your gaming rig. I’ve got an i5 with an R7 240 and 16Gb of Ram at home. My work computer is an i7 with 2 R7 240s and 12Gb Ram. I have 3 of my 4 monitor ports being used as the 4th monitor was mostly to watch bitcointalk.org and bitcoinity and try to hit the highs and lows. For some reason they thought I was less productive… shrugs shoulders The DB and ERP systems are rather intensive and the programming I do for the ERP system (using a mashup of VB and Cobol as some proprietary crabware) uses a lot of resources when I’m testing and compiling.
The home computer though, it’s the one I’m working with Unity3D on, so the graphics card (even a crappy one like the 240) and mad ram…It’s a good thing.
As for your solar powered computers: WAY TO BE! I would love to get a solar panel and hook up my R.Pi to stake with and use free electric, but being that I live in Vermont, we have many cloudy days resulting in some sort of stupid precipitation and only have sunny days 3 or 4 times a year.