I posted on these forums nearly eight years ago and received help on a custom built desktop that has been fabulous over the period of time and still works well to this date.
The previous thread can be found here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/180461/big-newb-buying-a-gaming-comp/
Eight years is quite a long time and I am now in the market to build my own desktop.
My use for the computer is primarily educational purposes (to get through 2 more years of undergraduate mathematics and physics, as well as some intense calculation based research) and for further use in graduate studies. I do not see this desktop being used for gaming, but having that option for future use isn't a bad idea.
Other important information: I need to be able to have dual-monitor output. I've never done this before, so I have to make sure I build a desktop capable of dual-monitor setup. Also, I am going to be using a linux based operating system.
My First Build
**Prices are current to August 2016, hoping to get slightly better prices on many of the items**
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K ($360.00)
OR Intel Core i5-6600K ($245.00)
MOBO: MSI Z170-A Pro ($115.00)
MEMORY: G Skill Ripjaws V 32GB ($113.00)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 480 4GB ($200.00)
OR EVGA GeForce GTX 950 ($130.00)
Memory (SSD): Samsung 850 EVO 500GB ($160.00)
Optical Drive: ASUS DRW ($20.00)
Case: Some case ($60.00)
PSU: EVGA Supernova G2 550W ($90.00)
Coolers: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO ($30.00)
Optional: Soundcard Asus Xonar DSX ($54.00)
Overall, that is a $1100.00 build, roughly, depending on what options I take.
Most notably, the graphics card situation is likely to change. I realize that there are a new set of graphics cards on the market for the $200.00 sweet spot range of price performance. I'm looking to 'cash in' on this part and go for the Sapphire Radeon 480 card. I think this would give me a beastly system compared to what I had in mind initially of not getting any remarkable GPU.
Also, I would like to go for the future-proof i7-6700K compared to i5-6600k even tho there is a +$100 price difference.
What do we think of this build?
Thank you for any help.