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I've Got the itch (for something new) What to do?

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I've been prowling the web for about a month shopping for a new case to base my next build off of. I have been looking for something innovative, fresh and different but while there are a few new ideas out there since my current build was built in 2013. Nothing really excites me.... so the quest continues.

I really like the side profile layout with internals visible and all drives, i/o ports and switches facing you, but like the current rig I'd have to go custom for that. Other than a few test rigs and wall-mount rigs like the Thermal Take Core P3/P5, there isn't much of interest.

Where is the innovation in case design, I love how things are standardized, but a little more modular-ability would be fun. Maybe a remote back plate, or case with more compartmentalized lay out separating various components in a more aesthetically pleasing design than the Deepcool Tristellar.

My current rig in a Silverstone FT02 can be found below and while I don't think I ever finished the thread, the system has served me well since it finally came together in late 2013.

Fast forward to today and this watercooled Z77, i7-2600K based system has gotten a little long in the tooth. While it was built for gaming and some mild video editing, I haven't played a game in over a year and the video editing has increased, but most days this former beasts of a system is relegated to browsing the web and keeping track financials.

My dilemma is what to do next...I've had the itch to build something new for the last month, I promised my wife I wouldn't start a build until 2018... With the eminent release of X299 I'm more inclined to wait to see what the new chip-set will offer, but can't stop wanting to modify my current rig. I even bid on eBay for a second Hydro 680GTX thinking adding a second in SLI might serve as a stop gap. (stay tuned here)

If I were to do something now, in addition to being placed in the dog house; I would have to settle for a less advanced system and would probably be forced to do an aircooled Z270 with a i7-7600. While nothing to sneeze at, for the first time in my life I have the resources to actually buy the latest and greatest (x299) if I can muster the patience to wait a few more months.

Any thoughts on my maybe reworking the existing rig by upgrading to a slightly newer board and chip with addition of a second 680GTX in SLI, or would I be better to do a new board, CPU and a lessor GPU (possibly a 1060) in a smaller form factor... for some reason I am intrigued about building a compact ITX system that would be faster than what I have now. Ultimately I know I should hold out for X299, but fear like the X99 we will be looking at a stratospheric price tag for a new system once it is released.
Date: Apr 21, 2017   


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