My current build runs the famous Intel Gulftown i7-980x Processor
Here is a link to my current RIG
I can still run almost every game and application on maximum settings without any problems whatsoever. (I can also run numerous VM's simultaneously, without any problems.)
However, since Windows 7 is coming to End of Life, at the end of this year, I am being forced to upgrade to Windows 10. (January 2020)
Windows 10 does not officially support Gulftown
, so its time for a new build.
Therefore, I am looking for suggestions on starting a new Build.
When I build a rig, I build them to last ~10 years. My current build is from 2010!
The only things that usually get upgraded are RAM, Hardrives and Videocoards.
I am willing to spend about $4000 (or a bit more if necessary)
This isn't just some "overkill" gaming computer, but will be used for work to simulate networks and user environements using VmWare Workstation, test pre-production applications, and a large manner of other tasks.
I will need it to support at least 32 gigs of RAM to start, and may upgrade it to 64 gigs at a later date.
I also need it to support enough SATA connectors for 5-6 Hardrives and a DVD drive. (Yes, I still use these things called CDs/DVDs...)
I was also looking at using a PCI-E SSD as my primary hardrive, however I have heard that doing Data Recovery on these are a real pain, should something happen.
(And yes, I do keep backups.)
I need a minimum of 6 USB ports on the I/O.
What motherboards to you suggest if I go with the Intel Core i9-9980XE (Skylake) processor?
(If there is a newerprocessor, thats better, feel free to chime in.)