It will be a few weeks before I go in for a build, so... yeah, I think this is a little early to start a thread. Usually it's best to be READY to build before planning things out, but this is more of a question/suggestions thread for me. I've been using my current rig since Feb 2011. In that time I've only replaced the GPU once (to a GTX 580) and the hard drives (to a 250 gb SSD and a 4 tb storage drive). Still running a AMD x4 965 BE. The rig above still does everything it needs to do. It will still be nice to upgrade, however. The plan will be to once again use this rig for around 6 years, upgrading the GPU at around the halfway mark (after 3 years). I wanted to get thoughts on a few things: Ryzen (AMD) versus Kaby Lake (Intel) I lean heavily towards Ryzen here when comparing similar prices (Ryzen 1700 versus Intel 7700k). Gaming is not a priority for me - again, see above how my current POS machine is good enough for the games I play. But in the future I want to try and edge my way into doing more with photoshop, possibly screwing with video rendering, etc. But if both perform well enough for games it's been my impression that Ryzen will edge out Intel in most other areas (leaving Intel as the king for games). What other sorts of shit might I be doing that would benefit from either of those? Granted at the level I use a computer either will be fine, but still. I have no intention to overclock. RAM Planning to get 16gb, but would I notice a genuinely better experience from 32gb? I'll pick up the fastest I can get that will work well with the motherboard, and is a reasonable cost (3200 seems popular). Typical computer set up for me is... 6-8 Word Documents 1-2 Excel Sheets 5-6 GIMP windows 1-2 active games (sometimes I play Catan and Vermintide together, etc) ~30 tabs of Chrome, Firefox, or both yWriter MusicBee / iTunes VideoLAN Other things (MalwareBytes, SpiderOak, Mumble, etc) So I do a lot of multitasking, essentially. I never play games in fullscreen mode b/c I am never /just/ playing a game, I am playing a game in windowed mode while I do other things. Graphics Pretty sure I'll pick up a 1070. I'll likely run 2-3 monitors, all with different resolutions (1920x1200, 1920x1080, 1600x900). I don't see a need/reason for a 1080 instead, given that it's twice as much in terms of cost. Motherboard Probably go with a B350 as opposed to the higher end X370 chipset. I need to look at these in a lot more detail because I haven't checked out the various options from any of them yet. I don't think I need more than 1 PCI slot (for the gpu) but fuck if I know what else I might want one for. I will probably get one with 4 slots for RAM. Probably 4x SATA or w/e for various hard drives. Probably UEFI or w/e for fan management. Dunno what else people are looking for in MoBos these days. Got to read up on this. Hard Drives I want to re-use my hard drives, though I may pick up a second SSD. How does this even work? I assume I can't just install a new version of Windows on a fresh drive then plug the other ones in and expect everything to work just great, right? Do I have to wipe them? How the hell does repurposing drives even work, esp when I would rather keep the information on them? Other Crap Modular PSU, some extra fans. Corsair Obsidian case, probably the 450D but maybe the 750D. I am really tempted to go with a 350D tbh, which is a mATX case, but I doubt I will. I don't really need a suggested build yet - I'll work that out myself in a bit and post it, then ask if anyone thinks there's a good way to tweak it - but I did want to make sure I'm starting with the right ideas. Thanks! P.S. I wrote this halfway to combat boredom while giving an exam, so sorry if it feels like a waste of your time, hah!