I need to replace my PC I built 10 years ago, it was loaded at the time, even got an IPS monitor from Dell (same as the Apple Cinemas), used only the best parts and it still runs Win7 and PS CC 2014 (I even did a 120 layer edit on this machine with 2GB ram LOL).
But it's served it's time. Last autumn I tried to go mac, but ended up going back, to PC, as all 3 iMacs I bought had defective screens (dead pixels, then colour grading (blue to yellow), then a huge smudge inside). The OS is elegant, but after being a Windows user for 18 years it was hard to get used to (limitations especially with video as there are no apps to quickly cut/edit avi,wmv, mp4's for the mac, my go to is AviDemux but the mac version was buggy has hell, I think because it's not supported on Mavericks or newer). Also my go to email for 15 years is through Outlook.com (my ISP moved us over a few years ago keeping same email accounts) and on the PC using Office 2013 I can sync emails, contacts and seamlessly using Exchange Activesync, which is NOT available on a mac, even with the Office for Mac software. (ironically Activesync works with the iPhone, so my email and contacts and calendars work fine).
But to the point, I may just build my own PC again, but unlike when I used to do it all the time 10 years ago, the number of motherboard (and chipset), CPU, and memory options has grown exponentially.
What would be a good start for a high end motherboard with the latest chipset, not overclocking or extreme gaming, but something that is fairly "future proof" as my Asus A8N Deluxe was 10 years ago? And a good 4GB video card that is fast, but not necessarily the fastest 980 (I prefer Nvidia and still don't know why Apple went with the AMD GPU instead of the new much faster, lower power 9xxM's from Nvidia).
I know it's a lot to ask but I figure I would try. I'm having a really hard time spending $4k cdn with tax on a iMac (it's not even maxed out).
I know I can't match the iMac's screen, but even two good 27" 1440p IPS screens would be nice (maybe even 24" 1440p IPS).
Just brainstorming here.
Btw, I kind of like the white cases like Bumgardnern's Prodigy, or the Phantom case (which is much bigger).