My primary desktop PC is due for a refresh.
I have always built my own, but I might have reached the point where it's worth the extra ~$100 to buy a pre-built machine. The biggest reason I haven't in the past is that I like my machines to run quiet – not silent, just with no rattles or high-speed fans. I ran my latest small tower with the side panel removed at all times.
I'm not an overclocker or gamer. What I had in mind was something like the following:
- i7-6700 (seems to be the sweet spot for price-power-performance right now)
- 16GB RAM expandable to 32GB
- 80+ PSU
- My current monitors are DVI, but I eventually want DP so that I can run 4k monitors. (I don't know if this is integrated in any MBs. If not then just a slot for a suitable graphics card when I decide to upgrade that side of things.)
Whatever I get I'll clean build O/S onto a SSD, and run a 7200rpm secondary drive for data.
Given the "quiet" objective, and given that I can run the case wide open as an alternative to pricey quiet cooling systems, which machine should I buy? (Or should I just build again?)