Originally Posted by notslow
I decided to go Intel this time round due to their better performance to efficiency ratio for their CPUs and GPUs. They seem to use way less power compared to the AMD stuff that is currently out. This may change in the spring with AMDs new Zen stuff, but I don't think I want to wait that long to build. Plus the current Intel tech has been out long enough to be established.
Here's what I have so far.
Case: My old ZALMAN Black HD160Plus
GPU: GTX 1050 or 1060 (not sure if 1050 will meet my needs)
Ram: 2x16 DDR4 (not sure what model to get yet)
SSD: Digital bpx 240gb
HDD: My old WD 3tb drives and a new 6 or 8tb
PSU: My old Enermax Modu82+ 625W
My biggest issue is the motherboard. There are so many and it seems impossible to sift through the features. I'm leaning towards Gigabyte since they have a reputation for better quality and less issues. I need a z170 chipset board so I can overclock the 6600k a bit. There are like 10 Gigabyte boards to choose from alone and if I consider other brands it really gets confusing. I don't need flashy colors or lights on the board, just reliability and enough ports for all my fans and hard drives. Not sure why some of these boards are in the 2-300 range. They must do something pretty amazing that I probably don't need.
Some of the Gigabyte boards really brag up the audio, but I'm not sure if that even matters if I am running audio through HDMI to by Onkyo. Does anyone know?
A lot depends on what you will be using the computer for. If it's just "HTPC including media server" you don't need anything special and the overclocking won't be worth the effort.
Just yesterday, I pulled the trigger on replacing my aging media server which also doubles a the HTPC front end. I built it in 2009 around an AMD Athlon Kuma (2.7Ghz, dual core) and had upgraded to an ATI/AMD 5670 graphics card and an SSD at some point. It's still chugging along fine, but it's not up to much transcoding and I'm sick of listening to the fans while I watch TV. I had already committed to moving it to "backend server duty" with a silent box (Tronsmart Ara X5 Plus) in the TV room. Now, the old machine will be swapped out and given to the kids to play on, when the parts arrive next week for the new server.
Like you I bought an i5-6600k. I almost didn't buy the "k" as I have no need to mess with overclocking. This processor will do anything I ask for my own needs (recording TV, serving some Emby streams, etc.) while not even stretching it's default capabilities. But the K was available for $10 more, so I popped for it just in case.
For a mobo, I went with an Asus B150M-A / M.2 board. I got a microATX version as that's what will fit the case. Note, for server use, I wanted to make sure I got a board with 6 SATA ports... lots of them come with just 4 these days. Again, I don't plan on overclocking and I got a good deal on this board, and it was recommended by a fellow HTPC guy over on the Emby forum.
I got an M2 (2280 format) drive, RAM, and a Gemini M4 cooler.
My server will be just that... a media server... no games, no other use other than ripping the occasional bluray disc. I don't need anything fancy, but these components should last me the next 6-7 years for my purposes.
Good luck to you, and let us know what you buy!