terry1966, what do you mean by "especially with an os drive bandwidth capability of upto 32GBs for an m2 connection for example"
just the specs of a new motherboard for a new system, you won't find those sort of speeds on older motherboards and chipsets. eg :- http://www.gigabyte....spx?pid=5479#ov
PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2With PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors onboard, GIGABYTE brings to the user PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 32 Gb/s data transfer speed per connector, the dual M.2 provides an ideal storage solution as it also supports RAID modes.
verses the older version :-
M.2 Onboard ConnectorGIGABYTE 9 series motherboards come equipped with an onboard M.2 slot, providing users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 10 Gb/s data transfer speeds, M.2 offers users considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) storage devices.
but is the Xeon better for me then the i7?
not in my opinion but then again neither choice is really better or worse/ right or wrong in my eyes, iammykyl's opinion may be different or have changed now he has a clearer picture on what you need.
here's a link explain the main differences :- https://www.pugetsys...vs-Core-i7-634/
at the moment i don't think there are any new skylake xeon cpu's out so a xeon build will only come with the older cpu architecture and x99 chipset motherboards where as the current skylake i7's will come with the newer z170 chipset.
from my understanding the newer xeon skylake cpu's will also need a motherboard with c232 or c236 chipsets.
some more info :- http://www.anandtech...e31200-v5-xeons
Which is a brand for a good card reader (that I actually already saw in the parts list that iammykyl made) and USB hub?
i'll let iammykyl answer that, personally any brand will do me as long as it can transfer data at the rate the cards being plugged into it will allow.
Edited by terry1966, 23 October 2015 - 05:17 AM.