Thanks for all the help guys!
I’ll respond as best I can to all of this wonderful help.
Directly to a few of @Adrock 's questions:
System usage: Primarily gaming and other than work stuff (Adobe suite/Office) I dabble in some 3D modelling and tinkering with game engines on occasion. No video editing, crypto or really anything more demanding than games. I’m going for Ultra settings and longevity.
Peripherals: Nothing special, keyboard/mouse/wireless 360 controller and a Dell 24" monitor with a native res of 1920x1200 and a 59.9999hz refresh rate. @Jester is trying to convince me to buy a new monitor further down though!
Overclocking: I’ve said I would for years and probably should on my current chip but just never get around to it even though it is essentially just clicking a button these days on a decent board (There is also the fact that my current board is fucked so I don’t want to chance it)
RAM: 16gb still feels excessive for me, especially being gimped down to 8gb and not really noticing a huge difference.
In terms of dividing the budget, with the price of the 2000 series, the biggest portion is going to have to go on a card, then the CPU, then mobo/ram, then everything else. I’d like decent drives but I’m not looking to push any limits on transfer speeds, just give myself a nice quick boot drive and a nice big SSD for loading games on to.
d) I’ve never purchased a ROG or Maximus board - but it is worth noting different chipsets decide things like how many PCI lanes are actually available to the CPU.
@Jester yeah I’m aware of this - the Strix board I’ve posted has a big fat asterix over the second M2 slot which I had to find out from a review meant it was a half speed slot that I could bump to a double speed slot at the expense of a PCIE lane or some SATA ports - two of which I already lose for having two M2s. I’m not really sure what features I want aside from the relevant chipset and NVME M2 support.
@BlackRaven nice shout on the 3200mhz, I hadn’t checked the pricing over 3000. The reason for the CPU choice is that I’m interested in sticking with Intel, the 9900k is silly expensive and the 8700k comes in as the default recommendation for high end gaming - bit of a sheeple choice really.
@RoGuE my default would be to look at Samsung given my experiences and the general positive opinion of their drives on the sites I read.
@Hammy I’m tempted, but I was really underwhelmed with Kate’s Bulldozer (Piledrive? 8320…) build given what it was hyped up to be and it felt like a repeat performance from back when I bought an Athlon XP chip instead of the Intel offer only to find it really didn’t measure up. I’m hearing good things from you guys, but I’ve had fewer disappointing experiences with Intel overall.
@NaloaC those drives are pretty much bang on what I had in mind! I’m really stuck with PSUs these days, touching on what @DM501 has said, I’ve heard from you guys and read elsewhere about how many of the PSUs are manufactured by 3rd parties and then branded by whichever company. I don’t know who to trust in terms of manufacturer - can the Gold/Silve/Bronze label be trusted if I just went with someone like Corsair, Antec or BeQuiet?
On the GPU, I’ve been wondering if it might be worth looking in to a 1080ti instead of a 2000 series? Those 2000s are seriously pricey and I’ve mostly heard ‘meh’ things about the performance jump from the 1000 series - how has yours faired @NaloaC ?
OS-wise, I’ve heard the main differences between editions is the amount of telemetry going on - this is a huge bugbear for me and one of the main reasons I’ve not moved on to Windows 10 already. I understand all of the arguments about the amount I’m already followed around by having Facebook, an Android phone, etc, but the telemetry on Windows 10 just seems wanton. As I understand it, I can either get a copy of enterprise which doesn’t have all that shite or I need to spend a bit of time on a fresh install neutering all of the bullshit - any informed opinions on this for a casual tinfoil hat wearer?
@Jester you dirty AMD fan boy you! I have one of the dual fan noctuas and absolutely love the gigantic thing - I looks like an important part of a Gundam or something! In the current mounting (Flipped and roated like this ) the thing is silent even under load, but I realise moving to a case with a more traditional mounting/arrangement might see me having those accoustic issues - honestly, it cools so well I’m willing to take the risk.
I’d thought about a new monitor since mine is getting on a bit, its only 1920x1080 and the refresh rate is some mutant 59.9999hz thing. The absolutely insane price of monitors these days is what puts me off - I need to get my arse down to the Scan showroom and have a look at these monitors in person to change my mind on sticking with my U2412m, I think.
As I summarised above, overall I’m looking for Ultra settings for a couple of years and an overall system life of 6+ years with a possible GPU/Drive upgrade somewhere around 3/4 years before I hit 6 and look at where the system is at before I think about gutting it and getting a new chip/DDR5 (or 6 or 7 or whatever is out).