- 55 months ago
I'm looking to build my first PC. I've been around them for ages and done my share of repairs, so I have a pretty good idea of what is in them. My last couple computers have been laptops, but now I'm looking for a desktop to live at home that will mostly always be on acting as my media server, but also as my playground (I'll be installing VMWare to host a number of virtual OS's for my manipulation enjoyment). Gaming will be minimal, but there might be some since a lot of the same components that will allow me to handle many virtualized systems will allow for gaming as well.
Where all of my knowledge grinds to a halt is when it comes time to picking the pieces. I've been tied to the i7 for while now, but not married. I'm seeing plenty of i5 systems coming out now that are claiming the same abilities as former i7s. Even if I was dead set on an i7, I'm not certain which one I want or which of the thousand motherboards would be a good fit for it. Sure, I could grab a random one off Amazon with the same socket and it would work. But since I'm planning on keeping this thing for awhile I want to make sure that I'm making the right choices.
Budget: Ideally under $1,000, but when I factor in HDDs and monitors it will likely end up with $1,500. Location: Minnesota Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Virtualization, general use, media center, music daw Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): Can be purchased later Operating System required: I'm torn between going between a client and a server OS here. I'll have some server VMs that should be able to satisfy any server needs that I have, so I'm thinking Windows 10.
Being that virtualization is my main plan, RAM is a must, 32GB for sure. I haven't seen any motherboards advertising more but it couldn't hurt if it has 4 slots because I could buy 2 sticks of 16GB for now and have 2 slots for expansion.
Thanks in advance for your ideas and help. If you have any questions, just let me know!