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  1. My motherboard only supports PCIe 3.0. Because PCIe 4.0 is backwards compatible with PCIe 3.0 (at least this particular drive I'm looking at) my plan is to buy a PCIe 4.0 M.2 drive for future proofing as an incremental upgrade. When I eventually upgrade my motherboard (and other components) a couple of years down the line, I already have an M.2 drive that supports PCIe 4.0 speeds. I have an Asus Z170-A that supports NVMe M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2280 (up to 32Gbit/s). Here are some other relevant components: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hjm7Cz For example a Samsu
  2. This is continuation of this thread: I got my new case (Define R5) and now I'm going for a component upgrade. See the other thread for more info on what I plan to use the computer for. I've received a gift card for a particular store so my component choices are somewhat limited. My budged is ~600€ and the goal is to purchase a new motherboard, CPU + cooler, and RAM. I've gone over the components in the store and picked out the best ones as far as I'm concerned. My selection is most limited with the motherboard and cooler but I don't think there are any issues with those. I would like to
  3. Thanks for the suggestions. I checked out some other cases as well but the Fractal Design Define R5 had everything I wanted and things I didn't even realize I did. I ended up buying it and I'm very happy that I did. I spent a whole day transferring and cleaning all my old components and messing with the fan placement to eliminate some weird noises. I even managed to tuck away all the cables behind the back wall, which surprised me. I didn't realize how useful the removable HDD and ODD cages are, the case really is just an empty box and you can probably fit any components in there.
  4. To keep it brief I'm moving to an incremental upgrade strategy because I can no longer afford (and also no longer need) 1000+ € complete tower upgrades. At the moment I'm looking to buy a new case to reduce the fan noise, which brings along some issues because I want as many of my old components to fit into it while still keeping the possibility of doing future upgrades with modern components. I'm pretty happy with my current setup even though it is a few years old but I foresee some upgrades over the course of the next 4 years. I don't feel to need to upgrade very often. In addition to the ex