Question Choosing the right setup CPU for my PC and end user case

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I'm trying to upgrade my current PC build however my use for my pc is varied and somewhat in a niche userbase. I currently run mostly train sims such as Trainz 2019 and TrainSim along with some online games such as World of Tanks and others like Cities:Skylines. As for the workstation part I work with blender alot along with gimp and adobe photoshop for texturing and painting 3D models for said simulators. I want to build a system that will be growable if I need more capacity and to be able to shred anything I throw at it. Currently I have a budget of about 2000 I'm prepared to spend for CPU, MB, RAM, NVME, and CPU cooling. I already have a decent GPU a GTX 1080TI aorus xtreme edition. I have another option with a spare 2000$ I can use if its worth going to the STR4 3970x or 3960x for future proofing but I'm also trying to lower the total wattage draw of my system.

My Current build Sheet:
PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/84dGWD

CPU: AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz 8-Core OEM/Tray Processor ($373.30 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($379.31 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme9 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($107.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 860 Pro 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($296.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($32.59 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($82.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($476.85 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB AORUS Xtreme Edition 11G Video Card ($1100.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($232.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter ($175.34 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell AW3418DW 34.1" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor ($700.16 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse ($49.98 @ Amazon)
Headphones: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum 7.1 Channel Headset ($115.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $4369.70
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-25 11:14 EST-0500

My current options as of now are as far as CPU's are the 2950x, 3950x, or the 3970x from amd for a workstation/gaming rig. Can someone help me with deciding on my upgrade path of which would benefit me more
 

NightHawkRMX

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Have you considered a Ryzen 9 3950x 16 core? it will fit better into your budget and performance often is on par with Intel's 18 core I9 10980xe.

Ryzen 9 3950x example
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor | $749.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard | $183.99 @ Amazon
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $274.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $1207.98
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-26 20:55 EST-0500 |

For example a TR 3970x price
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Threadripper 3970X 3.7 GHz 32-Core Processor | $1944.75 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX sTRX4 Motherboard | $399.00 @ B&H
Memory | G.Skill Aegis 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $129.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $2473.74
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-26 20:53 EST-0500 |

Your current cooler surely will not work with the threadripper. it will work with the Ryzen 9 if you have the correct bracket.
 
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I have considered it along the the 2950x but I am at a crossroads where I have always wanted a threadripper vs being able to have an upgrade path. Not to mention simulation type games and content creation for them is not always fully optimized as far as performance.


Also what AIO's work with the sXTR4 bracket or will cooler built for tr4 still work?
 

Oussebon

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The 3950x basically is a threadripper in terms of raw performance. It's an absurdly powerful CPU for your uses and is the obvious choice here.

It is extremely competitive versus 2nd gen threadripper options, while avoiding the heavy cost of 3rd gen threadripper.
 

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