Recently lost my high end, custom built PC (2014 build) to a power surge. It was connected to the mains power via a power board with surge protection but that failed and my system is an insurance write-off. 'Stuff' happens!
The brood has fled the nest and the house is really too big for just two of us, we are considering downgrading anyway and a smaller form factor desktop would suit that need.
I study/ research human motion/ human mechanics hence have the need for good performance and high definition. However I'm not a 'gamer', never have been, so I have no use for a higher end gaming computer. If I do need to use a (say) gaming motherboard to achieve a purpose, that's fine. I have spent several days searching the net for sites in search of advice but could not find any sites dedicated to building non-gaming PCs. I'm sure there are many other users/ builders who would appreciate such a source of information.
My previous build was in a Fractal Define R4 case and I could not hear any sound from it, even in mid-summer on the Sunshine Coast, Australia with my ear 2 feet or less from it. I would like to step down to another Fractal case in micro ATX footprint, the Fractal Node 804 is a distinct possibility. If I could achieve what I want in performance and cool, quiet computing I would consider going down another size into mini ATX. I do like the concept of 'cube' cases.
Budget is not a problem as the previous (now blown) PC was heavily insured.
MOTHERBOARD.. Either in Micro ATX or Mini ATX and in the Skylark Z170 chip platform with WiFi and Bluetooth (I hate cords). The Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1151 may be of interest?
CPU.. Probably Intel i5 6600
GPU.. I would prefer to go with the Integrated Graphics if they are HD 530 (or higher, if available). Whatever motherboard/ CPU requirements that will provide the HD 530 and the best available inbuilt audio. Saving on the dedicated GPU allows me to spend more on motherboard and CPU.
RAM.. 16GB DDR4 3200, 3400 high quality.
The rest of the components would be selected to support the needs of the above, at your discretion.