SSDs are excellent for your OS especially. They really improve the responsiveness and snappiness of your entire computing experience. Really a big jump from mechanical HDDs, especially if you are using older ones. As for what my choice will be I have a couple ways of approaching it but here's the basic rundown. My motherboard is Z97 which was one of the first generations to support NVMe SSDs. Basically PCI Express SSDs through the M.2 slot. The normal standard is 4x PCIe lanes for an SSD, however my older Z97 board only supports 2x. This is still about 3x faster than my 850 Pro using SATA. I know I can use modern 4x drives just fine, a friend with an identical board uses a Samsung 950 Pro. All that being said, I can actually go to a cheaper drive then. https://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-FORCE-MP300-120GB-Storage/dp/B07D98DZ38/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=corsair+SSD&qid=1551008126&s=electronics&sr=1-7&th=1 Released last year with the odd choice of being only a 2x drive, the Corsair MP300 seems like a pretty solid product. It's gotten a surprising amount of good reviews, and the underlying hardware is said to be tried and true. I can save some money because the extra performance from higher end SSDs isn't really usable. It's more than capable of saturating the 2x bus no problem and dirt cheap for 240GB. I'll be throwing in a new WD 4TB Blue HDD to fill all the bays in my main PC case. I am currently at 2TB for game installs, and 2 x 2TB plus 1 x 4TB for storage. Add to that 6TB of storage in my other PC. All of my storage drives on both PCs are totally full, lol. I have a lot of files to remux, compile, re-encode, or otherwise finish up and get off my drives. Some breathing space will work wonders. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As far as re-doing the fans in my case I have a lot of options and a lot of good ideas. My favorite so far is a pretty interesting one. The NZXT H440 can either fit 3 x 120mm fans in front or 2 x 140mm fans. Since the front airflow is very restrictive, it's a good idea to use radiator fans at high RPM that are designed to produce a lot of air pressure. This helps overcome the restriction. Well the pair of fans left over from my Corsair H115i AiO liquid cooler are Corsair SP140Ls. They're basically the highest performance, highest static pressure 140mm fan you can get, period. There's maybe one other model that matches them in outright performance. Corsair SP140L 140mm(H115i Fans) Speed: 2000+ RPM Airflow: 104.65+ CFM Noise Level: 40+ dBA Static Pressure: 3.99 mm-H2O For a 140mm fan these are monster specs. Corsair is understating their power as well from what I've been told. They really spin well over 2000RPM, possibly up to 2500, and approach 120CFM of airflow. But that 40dB+ of noise, ouch. So I'll hook these up to the fan hub and let them auto throttle with the CPU temperature. That will ensure plenty of strong airflow when things get toasty, but keep them at a lower speed at all other times. Considering the ultra high performance and static pressure of the front fans, I can mount basically anything for exhaust and still end up with positive pressure. I have many other fans hanging around, and am experimenting with other combos. I still want 2 x 140mms in the top for exhaust, but I'm not sure what to do with the rear. I might remove the fan there entirely, because the Noctua CPU cooler's rear fan is already very close to the rear fan slot. The Thermaltake Riing 14 140mms are all in good shape. Despite dying LEDs, the fans themselves work fine and are quite nice as multi-purpose fans. They have anti-vibration rubber mounts, and are a damn sight quieter than the Corsair fans. I have a set of three working fans, all matched just with dead LEDs. Thermaltake Riing 14 140mm Speed: 1400 RPM Airflow: 51.15 CFM Noise Level: 28 dBA Static Pressure: 1.58 mm-H2O Using the three of these as top and rear exhaust in combination with the two high performance fans would just about guarantee positive pressure for my case. Their overall specs aren't great but they produce decent pressure and are much quieter for the given performance than the Corsairs. When I get around to mounting fans, I'll take a look and see what can be done. It seems like the two high performance Corsairs and the three current 140mm Thermaltakes might be a good setup. It's already going to get a rebuild as I reconfigure my drives and re-route my cabling, so experimentation will be easy. Positive pressure will be the main goal to reduce dust build up on the chassis and air filter. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As for video cards, yes the GTX1070 comes standard with 8GB of memory. It's quite a good card, and more than up to the task of 1080p and 1440p gaming. My Samsung 32" 1440p monitor has continued to deteriorate. There are waves in the display where the separation of layers has gotten much worse. I fully intend to replace this monitor and very soon. I kind of want to stick with 32" as it fits my desk and my viewing needs quite well. However 32" 1440p displays are expensive and I am growing weary of the extra demand 1440p places on my video card. Also DSR works much better with a 1080p display. When using 4 x DSR, 1080p monitors will work out to 4K, but 1440p will work out to about 5K. Much more demanding. Some games I could DSR fine with a 1080p display are hard to run on this 1440 display. UI scaling is also much better at 1080p. Other games, such as Ghost Recon Wildlands, require video settings sacrifices to run well at 1440p. Well there's really only one 32" 1080p panel around that's not monstrously expensive, and it's used in a few displays. This Dell is pretty much universally considered the best of the bunch. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07767YLNC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 The overall specs aren't great and reviews rate it as mediocre. That said it's a good deal and comes recommended by many. It's using IPS and LED lighting so at its worst it can't be too bad. I need it as an entertainment display more than as a professional or graphics display. With a little calibration I imagine it will be better than the many cheap TVs I've used. It will be a nice performance upgrade, and a nice change from the blotchy/streaky image I see now. The Samsung is also using a different color temperature than other displays, which I'm not particularly fond of for accuracy reasons. The worst caveat of the Dell is that the stand is quite lame. I'll replace it with a universal VESA stand. Worst case scenario the monitor is quite cheap so I'm not out much. If I wanted UltraWide or 1440p, the pool of choices would be much larger. For 1080p I am very limited. Should be an interesting buy.