Howdy folks. I'm new here but I am looking to replace an aging rig sometime in the next few months and am in need of some suggestions as it has been 2+ years since I've even looked at what is out there.
My budget is flexible, but I'm trying not to spend too much money. In the past, I tend to average ~$1k-1.5k for full system builds.
I live in Denver, CO.
I already have a perfectly serviceable PSU, Case, and all other peripherals.
Typical usage :
Gaming - I am a gamer, so I need a rig which can play any game I throw at it. However, I have NO need for the top end hyper resolution settings in games. I'm quite content knocking down the settings in-game to make the game run smoothly, even if I appreciate a pretty game. I tend to play strategy games predominantly with a sprinkling of MMO and RPGs. My monitor is a 1920x1080. Not getting a 4k or 24"+ monitor for years yet.
Streaming - I do some moderate streaming and recording. To that end, I need a rig with enough grunt power to handle the rendering of the games as well as the recording process.
Rendering - I work in the architecture / city planning fields. I generally don't use my main rig for these projects, but I need to have the option to do so on occasion. I work with CAD, Adobe, and GIS software. To this end, I know that I need a good solid state drive for working files locations and programs as well as a ton of ram to float the larger files. Generally speaking, I'm expecting to run 64 gigs of ram. The speeds, though, are outside my scope of understanding, these days.
Processor - I'm an Intel man. Simply put, they've served me so well for so long that I would be hard pressed to look elsewhere. I don't need or want the top-end super expensive processor. I will NOT be doing any overclocking of any kind. I need a steady workhorse of a processor without a ton of frills and which is sufficient in power without breaking the bank.
Video Card - I am hoping that my current R9 270 will be salvageable and turn out to not be one of the factors in my rig's recent slow-downs and crashes. If it needs replacing, though, I'm open to suggestions within the high performance for the price with an eye on being used for at least 3 to 5 years into the future. It also needs to have the capacity to run 3 monitors / TVs.
RAM - I will be looking to do 64 gigs in this rig. I have no clue where the speeds and types are at these days. I need this to be stable and powerful, but not super fast. It needs to have multiple programs running constantly and be able to float multi-gig files through Adobe and GIS platforms.
Hard Drives - I need a VERY stable main hard drive for this rig. It should be solid state and be something which, though not lightning fast, will never give me cause for concern on lost files or getting bogged down. 256 gigs seems like a moderate place to start, but I will happily go larger if the price is right.
Motherboard - Okay, now here we get to the piece which I have always had the most trouble picking out. So many extra bells and whistles and labels and lights tend to come on modern MBs that the price can vary hundreds of dollars without giving me any appreciable increase in performance / usage. I need this thing to be stable (catching the trend?) and simply work. I want it to have native 5.1 surrounds sound or better. It needs to have at least 4+ USB 3.x ports. It needs to be able to hold the processor, ram, and video cards mentioned above, as well as have at least 2-3+ slots for expansions (sound cards, capture cards, wireless cards, etc). Generally speaking, I'm looking for a simple, functional MB that holds the parts and doesn't come with $100 of extras for triple video cards and overlcocking madness, etc.
Extras - Things which I will be looking to add at a later time include a high-end sound card with the capacity to split audio so 1 program has a different output from another, a capture card to potentially replace OBS sometime in the next year or two, and a wireless card to give potential mobility options.