Time has come to bite the bullet and build another desktop after my last one died. 3 main issues were; a bad HDD, couple bad SATA ports on the motherboard, and the pump CPU cooler stopped working. Looking to do new build with new motherboard, using as many parts from the old build as possible for cost savings. My price point is 400$. Here are a list of parts I think I can use;
I plan to use the PC for gaming, troubleshooting various technical forums (dual boot for safety?), web browsing/streaming and later might try hosting a website to practice how. The 3 main things I feel I need is a new motherboard, CPU and SDD. I may need a new CPU cooler if I can't get it to work or they don't make a bracket for my needs. I may also get new RAM if OC to motherboard defaults isn't ideal. My questions are:
1. Intel vs AM- IMO Intel is capable of better performance, which makes me want to use it, but is AMD better for my pricepoint? More bang for buck? Intel user reviews are hard to ignore.
2. 1150 vs 1151 - If I use Intel, should I buy a board for 1151 socket and wait for those CPUs to come down in price? Or will 1151 always be aimed price wise at enthusiast? Will 1150 be around for a while?
3. How to SSD - I assume PCI-e is out of my price point, but what is best controller for SATA SSD? Samsung looks like best value, but reviews say short life span. Anyone have suggested reading on current SSD memory tech?
4. Damn Fan - The central fan creates a lot of noise and vibration, which leads to more case noise, and is a pain to clean. Anyone know of any good case mods to take the central duct out without losing case thermal dynamics?