Originally Posted by tknight
Before answering your questions, what are you intending to use your system for, will it be for gaming, or productivity software, or for overclocking/benching?
Knowing this, will help in assisting you as to what is the best/ recommended memory, cooling, etc that will be required for your needs.
A few games here and there. I have the Tom Clancy game that came with my GTX 1070, but haven't played it much just yet.
Definitely heavy web-browsing and some productivity items like Excel pivot tables and large PPT decks.
I also do a decent amount of Handbrake conversions of movies and TV shows. Currently using this machine as a Plex server because it allows me to use higher bandwidth files even if transcoding is needed, but Plex is doing a Beta of hardware transcoding (which can use the GPU), and I'm either planning to fully convert my library using Handbrake, get hardware transcoding working, or build a dedicated Plex server. Have also looked at using Plex Cloud so that this machine won't be jammed up with Plex.
So,I'd say my uses are web browsing and productivity, Handbrake and video transcoding and watching, and some light gaming.
I do, however, very much enjoy benchmarking and OCing, but to a limit. I'm not going to use liquid nitrogen or spend hundreds on a custom loop or water block. Nothing wrong with someone doing so, and I think it is amazing, but it doesn't currently fit my time and financial budget.
1. Web browsing (sometimes as many as 50 tabs going) and productivity software like Excel and PowerPoint. No photoshop or CAD.
2. Video encoding and reencoding using Handbrake. Plex transcoding (hopefully temporary).
3. Benchmarking, tweaking, and OCing, but not to an insane level (maybe one day with the time and $$$ budget).
4. Light gaming. Haven't been much of a gamer due to time constraints. Would love to find some strategy heavy games and a FPS shooter or two to give a few hours to each week. Played a lot of original Doom. First love was games like Colonization and Civilization
Thanks for the response. Hope this helps clarify. My tech level is not quite expert (especially due to being out of the OC scene for so long), but. I've worked in IT, and I enjoy projects and challenges. Just wired my home with 22 CAT6 runs going to a Ubiquiti USG, 24 port switch, multiple APs, etc.
One thing I forgot about motherboards is I'd really prefer dual NICs like the Fatal1ty so that I can do NIC teaming. I have a 1GBPS connection at home.