Upgrading PC for 3rd time in 8 years and need advice

I'm buying parts in the US.

I have an $1800 budget in which $100 must be spent on amazon as it's store credit from gift cards.

What I use the PC for: Plex Media Server, Gaming, and Music Production. I used to build PCs for a living and now I'm a systems admin and haven't kept up with technology so excuse me for anything I currently don't know about.

Here is what I'm keeping from my current build:

Case: Antec nineteen hundred

RAID Controller: AMCC 9650SE-12ML 12-Port SATA PCIe SATA II Raid Controller

External Storage: 3TB x2 2TB x1

OS drive: OCZ Agility4

Internal Storage for Backup:

itunes backup: WD Blue SATA II 350 GB

OS backup and Shadow Copy and plex metadata: WD Green SATA II 1TB

RAID 5 array for plex media: WD Green SATA III 3TB x6.

I am a storage junkie.


Here is what I'd like:

i7 6700k

240mm cpu cooler with radiator.

16 GB of PC4 3000 or higher corsair dominator platinum memory.

Here are my questions:

Choosing between motherboards, I'm picking between Gigabyte G1 EATX board and the ASUS MAXIMUS ROG VIII Extreme motherboard. The Gigabyte has 2 features I really love. Built in DAC and 2 m.2 slots that can be set up in a RAID 0/1 configuration. I am all about future proofing and providing features that allow me to upgrade to newer technology in the future. Buuuuut, I've had bad experiences with Gigabyte motherboards and I'm actually using one currently with 2 bad DIMMs. The ASUS on the other hand has not quite as many features, but very good reviews. I haven't heard anything bad about them yet. Plus I've always wanted a top of the line ASUS board. no built in DAC or dual m.2 slots for setup in RAID 0/1 though. So the question is, which direction should I go? Or should I pick a completely different mobo altogether?

The next question is about Graphics cards. I haven't done any gaming in a while because, well, my graphics card is 5 years old and isn't really suited for newer games. I've been prone to buying NVIDIA cards for a few years now but as prices for higher end NVIDIA cards rise, I'm starting to consider a RADEON R9 390 because they have amazing reviews. I've been looking at a sapphire and the PowerColor Devil series, but I'd like a second opinion.

Next. Power Supply. I have had the same 850 Watt Antec 80+ Bronze computer for 8 years. I've just never replaced it. I thought as long as my computer turns on, why replace it? But now I've thought about how my computer stays on 24/7 and my electric bill. If there's not a way to lower the bill with a new power supply, then I'd like recommendations. Otherwise, I've been thinking about an EVGA 1000 80+ Platinum PSU.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. RAID on the M.2 slots is not a feature I would want. That means you have RAID OS storage. That is usually a bad idea. Just my two cents...
  2. kanewolf said:
    RAID on the M.2 slots is not a feature I would want. That means you have RAID OS storage. That is usually a bad idea. Just my two cents...


    Even in a RAID 1 scenario? Not doubting you. Just wanted to understand.
  3. takeitback86 said:
    kanewolf said:
    RAID on the M.2 slots is not a feature I would want. That means you have RAID OS storage. That is usually a bad idea. Just my two cents...


    Even in a RAID 1 scenario? Not doubting you. Just wanted to understand.


    Even it RAID 1. RAID is not a substitute for backups. RAID will only protect you from a drive failure. Lots of ways to get corrupted data and both copies are corrupt..
    Simpler is always better when it comes to the O/S IMO. M.2 should be plenty fast so don't mess with it.
  4. kanewolf said:
    takeitback86 said:
    kanewolf said:
    RAID on the M.2 slots is not a feature I would want. That means you have RAID OS storage. That is usually a bad idea. Just my two cents...


    Even in a RAID 1 scenario? Not doubting you. Just wanted to understand.


    Even it RAID 1. RAID is not a substitute for backups. RAID will only protect you from a drive failure. Lots of ways to get corrupted data and both copies are corrupt..
    Simpler is always better when it comes to the O/S IMO. M.2 should be plenty fast so don't mess with it.


    Touche sir. I also have backups running during nights along with shadow copy. Does seem a like a little bit of over kill. I will take your advice on that. Thanks for the input.
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