After asking around the office why I couldn't get my home PC that I have been playing games with to boot from M.2, and being shamed for owning such a dinosaur, I've decided it may finally be time for an upgrade.
Apparently my z77 architecture cannot boot off of M.2, which is a shame because I happen to have a pair of 512gb M.2's just laying around.
So should I go 1150 or 1151? People are saying both and giving the same reasons for each so i'm lost.
Right now I have a i5-3550 on a MSI Z77A-G45 with a GTX660, so anything is probibly better.
Im not sure how relevant this still is, but as a new guy on these forum grounds, I would like to be as helpful as I can, so I would recommend a i7-6700k or i5-6600k, depending on budget paired with a z170 motherboard (that has the necessary PCIe lanes to handle a GPU and 2 m.2 SSDs and, once again depending on budget, either a GTX1070, GTX1060 or RX480. These specs are based off your old rig, so I don't know if you are looking for just good mid range or ultra high (in which case you would want a GTX1080). RAM? Wel, I'd go for a pair of 8GB's to add up to 16GB or 4 sticks of 4GB to also add up to 16GB. Personally I'd go for the former, as it is more budget friendly in the long run, as adding 2 more 8GB RAM sticks is easy enough, but having to get rid of 4 4GB sticks and then also having to buy 4 more 8GB sticks can be be quite the hassle.
Hope this is still relevant and helps out,
z170 is likely the best bet because buying into z97 and being stuck with DDR3 is probably a poor decision. While I bought a z97 Haswell system in 2014 (i7 4790k) and it's still a great system, I would definitely go with x99 or z170 today because of DDR4. Also, I would wait a bit for the new Kabylake Intel CPUs that are just around the corner. I believe z170 boards will support them and they look like they have a nice performance bump over Skylake chips.