Recently when I moved, I made the mistake of letting my movers "handle" my previous build. When I set up my old PC at my new apt, I had problem after problem. So, a new build!
Previous builds were semi-custom, online retailers, didn't really check compatibility etc...This time I did and found PCPartPicker. 100% built PC myself from scratch, much research...
What I wanted... Intel RAID 10 6G 2 more sata 6G ports for SSD and ODD. Cost of previous 4th gen vs 5th gen. SLI for future...maybe Semi-compact case QUIET!!!!!!!!! Should this be #1?
Older parts: SSD - Samsung EVO 840 500 GB...What to say, is this the standard(ish) these days?
HDD - So, I have been a bit of a hoarder of media for quite some time. 8 TB Raid 10 array back online after rebuild! So good! Say hello to PLEX!
PS - Seems a bit of an overkill now, but had 2x much more power hungry Video Cards in the previous PC.
ODD - BD-RW - Listed BD burner is actually 10x, not 16x.
New Parts: Case - This case is so amazing! The cable management is nothing I really considered previously. But this case makes it soooooo pretty! Plenty of future room for cooling and/or more HDD space! Love it! CPU - I7-5820k...really, do i need say more? Debated on I7-4xxx or i-5xxx builds (cost difference around $100-$150 for equal parts including mobo!)
MB - Really like MSI right now. RAID 10 and AHCI on the same mobo at the same time on different ports? SOLD!! Holy smokes! Noticed the performance improvements right away!. Previously have everything in RAID mode, even SSD.
RAM - Looked at many things, timings are like 13-15 right now, picked mine being that it is in middle, good cost ATM and can add more in future if needed (think blk-red-blk-red...etc)!!!
Vid - Kept low to mid grade for now. I know next gen is coming soon. Perhaps will upgrade in the future and add Water cooling here too!?!?
CPU Cooler - Case dictated 140mm, so went push-pull water cooler on CPU and 2x140mm intake fans on front...perhaps suggestions?
Currently testing HDD cage placement and front fans for optimal cooling. What is best placement of 4x fans and HDD cage?