I am in a simular situation (building a pc for music and some light gaming), and this thread is very helpfull. The only thing that remains a bit difficult for me is the choice of motherboard. I would like one with plenty (10+) usb ports, wifi/bluetooth, and good quality overall. But there are so many to choose from and I am having a hard time reading and understaning the specs. Cant even find out the number of usb ports... Anyone who has the perfect motherboard (socket 1151 - That I know) to recommend?
For the Z390 chipset the best motherboards are the Gigabyte Xtreme/Master/Designare/Ultra/Pro.
The Xtreme/Designare have built-in Thunderbolt ports, but they do not like Thunderbolt version 1
audio interfaces, Thunderbolt 2 or 3 = OK. For the other models you can add a TB card later.
I am currently on a 2013 I74770 machine (with internal and external ssd) and really want to experience a boost in speed and performance when working in Cubase 10, Maschine, Adobe creative suite and occasional light gaming. When making music, my track count hardly exceeds 40 tracks, but I do like to use fx and some vsti's that are heavy CPU hitters (Spitfire Glass and Steel, Diva). What do you think? Would the above build make me smile? Or should I wait / is this not the time to upgrade / swap some elements for better ones?
Thanks in advance.