@prophetik music I'm looking at ordering parts for a new rig very soon! My company has a program which refunds 20% of nearly all purchases that will go into an employee's personal build. However, I recently discovered that this program is ending August 31st. Now that I'm timeboxed, I lack the ability to take my normal approach of reading Every Review of Everything Ever. I'm seeking guidance so I don't do something stupid and preventable.
I built my current PC about 5 years ago. i5-2500k, ASUS P8Z77-V, 8GB DDR3, EVGA GTX 550Ti, 3TB HDD from WD in a mid tower (Corsair Carbide 300R). It's going in the basement to serve as a media box/arcade/stepmania machine
Please pick holes in this as much as you can, especially if you have choices that would be better (or would better take advantage of that 20% discount). I've been out of the game and I don't know what brands are solid any more.
i5-6500, Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3HP, Corsair Vengence LPX (2x8), EVGA GTX 1070, EVGA G2 @ 550W, Samsung 850 EVO, WD Black 2TB @7200
CPU: The processor has been a toss-up between the 6500/6600/6600k. To be honest, I'm having a hard time believing anything can measure up to the performance and value I've gotten from the 2500k. I figure I might not need to OC on the new rig, so skipping over the unlocked cpu might save a few bucks. Then again, OC has made the 2500k competitive even now, so maybe it would be worth it down the line? Hard for me to say.
Mobo: I know what to expect with Gigabyte. Without OC, the H170M-D3HP should be good enough. If I end up getting a 6600k, I'd go with a Z170. Probably GA-Z170X-UD3 or MSI's Z170-A Pro. I've never ran a rig with anything other than full ATX. Are there any benefits other than size to using a smaller mobo?
RAM: Pretty sure I'm locked to 2133 unless I end up with a better mobo. I've had Corsair RAM in the past and have had good experiences with their customer service if there is an issue with the sticks.
GPU: Normal use is 2x1080p + 1440p. Gaming use is 1080p@144hz or 1440p@60hz. I think this justifies the 1070. VR down the line would be neat if/when it takes off. EVGA has always treated me well. The GTX 1070 SC ACX 3.0 is $381 on Jet, and my company's 20% rebate program would knock that down to $305ish. I'm happy with that.
SSD: I'm late on the SSD train. Don't know much here. Saw you recommended Mushkin a few pages back?
HDD: WD has had my back for years and years. Unless their drive failure rates are higher than I remember, this works for me.
PSU: G2 line seems crazy good.
Case: If you have any cases that come to mind, I'm all ears haha. Otherwise I'll get something boring and cheap with good airflow.
Misc: Is a PCI/PCIe sound card worth spending cash on nowadays?
EDIT: I can grab a spare optical from another rig; I'll want Win7 on the new build