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  1. rodolfo's post in Which board for me? was marked as the answer   
    The small arm boards are wonderful for games, entertainment and hand-crafted appliances of all sorts. Pick one supported by excellent Armbian or use a recent Raspi. The boards you own are just fine for that.
    There is no such thing as "General PC" but you state requirements as
    - truly silent and very, very low power
    - desktop for my research/writing.
    - DTP and graphics
    - fixed to the rear of a monitor
    - accelerated video and reliable sound
    - cost IS a consideration
    Your OPI PC is cheap, silent, low power with accelerated video and reliable sound when hooked up to HDMI-monitor with speakers. You can also use it for research/writing (even DTP and graphics) , but don't expect stellar performance.
    You do get quite pleasing performance by using OPI PC ( tested on smaller sibling OPI ONE ) as a capable thinclient accessing a physical (cheap old linux-converted notebook or PC ) or virtual ( virtual private server possibly living in the clowd ) linux server running suitable powerful software, keeping vital data centralized and universally accessible. Does this sound like what you want ?
    The recipe for your "general PC" is explained at  http://forum.armbian.com/index.php/topic/1044-remote-desktop-fun-with-armbian-505-on-opi-one/
    Enjoy !
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