Also keep in mind the 2x00 are about to drop on the 19th (?) so a 2600 or 2700 might be worth waiting for.
My main computer is usually updated every 2/3 years (running a 5930k +64gb 3200 DDR4 right now), but the graphics and storage will at most be a gen back (currently running one EVGA 1080, up from a last gen Titan X) on a Crossover 404K 4K monitor. My fastest storage is a 500gb Samsung 950 NVME on top of a RAID0 with 4x 1tb Micron 600 SSDs and 2x 3tb Seagates in RAID1 (cold storage).
I think for me my money pit would be laptops ... I get hypnotized when I hear new laptops come out / specs. I just upgraded from my boat anchor Alienware 18 (4940mx 2x980m SLI, 500gb msata + 2x 1tb Samsung 840EVO RAID0) to a much more portable Asus GL502VS ... which I then promptly upgraded the 250gb PCIE m2 to a 500gb PCIE M2 and the 1tb spinner HD to a 1tb M600 SSD. The new 1070 gpu in the laptop is amazing, even compared to the 980 SLIs in the Alienware and the thin size / weight is crazy for just a 1 gen jump.
The only time I would consider this is if I had to drive multiple high rez displays - as of this moment, my 590 is more than enough for my 1x Dell 3011 @2560x1600, even in Crysis 3. I figure I can pick up another 590 or 690 for less once the 700 series and maybe Titan variants take the top crown.
Good read! I have a Corsair H50 on my i7 920 and a Antec Kuhler on my 2600k. Both work great, low temps and volumes, but my Antec has developed a dripping sound since I have my Lanboy Air standing up "tower" style (no leaks just the sound).
SSD reliability I don't think is even an issue anymore - outside of firmware bugs by the manufacturer. Once you get passed initial setup - have everything up and running - it should be all good.
I've run Samsung PM800s (3 x256gb of them) in both single and raid configurations as boot drive. Never a problem. While they weren't the fastest of their generation, they were the best bang for the buck. Now I'm testing out a latest generation Crucial M4 and it is amazingly fast. Faster than two of my 1st Gen Samsungs in RAID 0 and for less money. If you are worried about long term reliability - do like I have done - run a standard SATA HD in parallel and keep all your important data on that (or offload it to a NAS).
It only takes a couple of minutes to reinstall windows on an SSD so I don't even mind having to blank and reinstall the OS anymore - since I normally do it so many times anyway (such as when changing mobos or other major bits of hardware).