I've always used Intel CPUs in my computers. AMD has now taking the one last hold Intel has had in the industry, single core performance.
I've always put a lot of stock in single core performance as most Apps & Games are highly affected by it due to poor threading. For the first time, AMD has put out a CPU that not only has more cores, but faster cores.
I've been wanting a CPU with more than 4-cores for a while, and now is the perfect time to make the switch. On November 5th, AMD releases the Zen 3 CPUs and I plan on scooping up at least two of them (more on that later).
While it's hard to plan a computer around a CPU that doesn't exist, here's what I am thinking.
My current system:
Samsung 960 NVME 1TB x 2
Samsung 860 SSD 1TB x 2
Seagate 5TB x 3 (Backup - Only one present at at a time, rest swapped and rotated offsite)
Dual Nvidia 1070 (One sold off)
Fractal Design R5 Case
EVGA 850W Bronze Power Supply
ASUS XG-C100C 10GBit Ethernet (Linked directly to NAS)
CPU - $749
This will be my first "Extreme" grade CPU, I always go for the top consumer CPU at the time, but I believe this system will outlast most others I have built. I hope I can get at least one for day one.
CPU Cooler - $90
Considered the best air cooler in the PC industry, Noctua never fails to deliver. I may switch to an All in One self-contained water cooler for looks and RGB goodness.
Motherboard - $350
The Gigabyte Aorus Master is an absolute beast of a motherboard. I really want the Extreme edition that removes the fan off the motherboard in favor of passive cooling and built-in 10Gbit but $1,300 for a motherboard is insane.
Power Supply - $150
The power supply is not a place to skimp on, and I always recommend checking out the latest "Power Supply Tier list" before purchasing one.
Memory - $360
RGB is the theme for some of the components. These sticks are 16GBx2 RGB 3600 CAS16 DDR. I plan on getting two sets to bring the total ram to 64GB. There are faster 4000+ MHz memroy sticks but from what I hear the best performance is 3600 MHz if you match the speed with the fabric. I am looking for a CAS14 version but I haven't found something better yet.
Case - $140
The Lian Li 011 Dynamic is currently the most popular case for high end PC builds. It's very attractive, supports water cooling, and shows off RGB very well.
Storage - $720
The Corsair MP600 is the fastest PCI-E 4 NVME drive for consumers right now, coming in just shy of 5,000MB/s. I plan on getting two bringing the price up to $720. Drive speed to me is one of the most critical aspects of a PC and I always go for top drive performance.
Nvidia 3080 - $699
The 3080 is the best performance you can get right now without spending a massive premium on the 3090 which is only marginally better for more than twice the price. It's been proving difficult to get my hands on one.
Out of all the 3080 builds, the Asus Tuf has the most high quality capacitors, which has proven to be a big factor in the reliability of the 3080 cards.
This puts the grand total around $3,259 but should last quite a wild before it needs to be replaced.
As mentioned above, I am considering getting a few 5950x CPUs.
My primary reason for a second one is to potentially replace my NAS Build with even faster CPU/Ram so I can use it for virtualization. I have been very happy with my high performance low budget 16 3Ghz Xeon Cores, 64GB Ram, 62TB 16 Drive system for $1,700. So I am not 100% sure I will do this.
The 2nd reason is I want to see what performance I get mining KOIN on it, if I can get at least 30MH/s, I will build a few barebones CPU, motherboard, minimal ram, flash drive systems to mine KOIN.
This is the most extreme build I have built, but I very demanding of my CPU and it is critical to my business operations. I am looking forward to building a system with lots of RGB lighting, will be the first time I built something for fashion.
I am considering skipping the case all together and building a wall mount PC like this.