2 months ago
I've been pulling apart hand-me-down machines and building "best of the parts bin" PC for a few years. So I have some hands-on experience, but my kit is pretty dated. Broadly speaking, I'm incrementally progressing towards a small/low power/quiet build (all 3 are equal priority).
The HDD seemed like an obvious and straightforward upgrade, so I did a little "best buy" research. Which is when I learned about NVMe and "went down the rabbit hole"... Sure an SSD is an improvement over a HDD but when the bottleneck is SATA itself, the upgrade becomes more of a "halfgrade".
But if I want NVMe, I'll need a new MoBo. And CPU. And cooler. And RAM. :0
Because of my low power ambitions, I'm sticking with the GTX1050Ti. And because of my low budget reality, I'll stick with my current PSU, at least in the short-term. And although I'll take the opportunity to move to mITX, I won't get a mITX case immediately.
Apart from that, everything is open to suggestions.
I've specced i5-6500, because I read somewhere that it's a good match for my GPU and reviews on here, say that (like my current i5-3570k) it's pretty much the best of that generation. One of the benefits of being such a long way behind the curve, is that hindsight is 20/20. ;)
And LGA1151 seems to coincide with the introduction of NVMe boards.
I'm not wedded to Intel though: as I'll need a new board, I'm quite happy to look at AMD, but I'm not so familiar with their line-up.
There are some ex-office i5-6500/16GB RAM machines on eBay at the moment: provided the price stays good, I plan on bagging one unless you think it's a terrible idea. Either way, I'd buy a 6500 second-hand.
I don't need built-in wifi, but the board I've picked is well reviewed and most importantly for me, has a second NVMe slot: as I don't already have a large data drive, the option to drop SATA storage altogether is very appealing.
TIA for your time and trouble!