I'm wondering whether this will be on topic. I read the Help page, and a few Meta pages, but I'm not sure.
I'm considering building a Xeon/ECC computer, because ECC sounds attractive: no errors! Perfection! Borg! The computer is intended to be a general-purpose computer, used for gaming, Photoshop, having 200 browser tabs open, running a virtual machine or two, etc. It's supposed to be future proof, as far as medium-budget builds go.
Most people say ECC memory has no effect on gaming. That seems reasonable. And I think I have the disadvantages down: more expensive, less compatible, lower frequency. But what positive effect from ECC memory can I expect in practice, on a general-purpose computer? Fewer programme crashes? Fewer occurrences of those odd little things one half-notices on one's computer as one is performing general tasks? Or what else?
This page talks about the advantages and disadvatages of ECC memory extensively. But I'm having trouble translating what they say into practical computer use. For instance, better system stability: does that mean fewer blue screens? But I never have blue screens anyway. Fewer odd hiccups?
If it should be off topic, do you happen to have a suggestion for a place where I could ask this and get reasonable answers?