Question Help/Advice on Intel Gaming Build

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First time PC building, I am NOT an expert on any of the choices I made. Any advice/criticism is welcome!
Help me to find the best bang for my buck, (budget of $1500, monitor is separate) please. If you can help shave off cost that would be even better.
Also, I was trying to stick with a Micro-ATX motherboard because I did not think I would need more than that, but I am open to ATX ofc.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $364.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | Corsair - H55 57 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $49.89 @ OutletPC
Thermal Compound | Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5 g Thermal Paste | $5.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | MSI - B360M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $90.98 @ Newegg
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory | $119.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Western Digital - Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $114.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Western Digital - Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $114.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card | $469.99 @ Newegg
Case | Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case | $89.99 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply | Corsair - SF 600 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply | $149.99 @ Amazon
Monitor | Asus - ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $519.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $2101.68
| Mail-in rebates | -$10.00
| Total | $2091.68
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-14 15:21 EDT-0400 |
 
Are you in the US? Near a Micro Center? If not, where?
Gaming only, or also video processing, production work, etc.?

Prefer air coolers, but if you want the aesthtics of a liquid cooler, you need to go 240 or 280 at a minimum.
Thermal compound will come with your cooler and its usually good quality.
Motherboard-let me think about it.
16 GB will be fine for gaming-maybe go to 3000.
Storage good.
The 2070 Super is almost the same price. Only get the older 2070 if it's heavily discounted- maybe below $400.
Get a regular ATX PSU and save some money.
 
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I am in the US, but not anywhere near a Micro Center. Why do you prefer air coolers more and any recommendation? Also, I probably will go for the 2070 Super.
 
I am in the US, but not anywhere near a Micro Center. Why do you prefer air coolers more and any recommendation? Also, I probably will go for the 2070 Super.
Better cooling for your $50. No worries about leaks or pump failure. Longer service life due to lack of pump. Frequently quieter in the midrange prices.

The Mugen 5 Rev. B is quiet, comes with an quality fan, and will get you an excellent overclock with a Z390 board (perhaps not maximum, but close.) It is also not difficult to install.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/8GBrxr/scythe-mugen-5-rev-b-512-cfm-cpu-cooler-scmg-5100

That B360M would need a BIOS upgrade to take a 9th gen chip. It only has one M.2 slot and you have two M.2 SSD's. You can't overclock on that board.
This is much better for the same money:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($364.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($539.99 @ B&H)
Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Business)
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus - ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2082.90

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-15 01:02 EDT-0400


I think only the blower type Super's are available currently, but that should change soon.
 
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g-unit1111

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First off you have a small form factor PSU with a full ATX case. You should get a full ATX PSU with a full ATX case. I would do something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($329.00 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($139.42 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - X570 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.87 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB STRIX GAMING Advanced Video Card ($469.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT - H500i ATX Mid Tower Case ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($119.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1695.11
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-15 01:17 EDT-0400
 

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First time PC building, I am NOT an expert on any of the choices I made. Any advice/criticism is welcome!
Help me to find the best bang for my buck, (budget of $1500, monitor is separate) please. If you can help shave off cost that would be even better.
Also, I was trying to stick with a Micro-ATX motherboard because I did not think I would need more than that, but I am open to ATX ofc.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $364.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | Corsair - H55 57 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $49.89 @ OutletPC
Thermal Compound | Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5 g Thermal Paste | $5.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | MSI - B360M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $90.98 @ Newegg
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory | $119.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Western Digital - Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $114.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Western Digital - Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $114.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card | $469.99 @ Newegg
Case | Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case | $89.99 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply | Corsair - SF 600 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply | $149.99 @ Amazon
Monitor | Asus - ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $519.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $2101.68
| Mail-in rebates | -$10.00
| Total | $2091.68
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-14 15:21 EDT-0400 |
If going intel, 9700K is the best choice right now for games. (i guessed that you don´t do any thread heavy work loads, of yes, let us know)
I would also recommend to go for air cooler, it is much safer then AIO, no pump breaking etc, they also perform better in some cases.
Meshify C is great choice, i use one at home and it is probably my favorite case up until now. Also i changed you PSU and memory. 3200hz cl 16 is much better and , i downgraded you from 32 Gb to 16Gb, i don´t think 32 is necessary, i barely use around 20Gb of RAM when i work, and i tend to have open 100+ chrome tabs, excel/word/adobe cs6 etc. I also put in classic SSD+HDD setup, if you are constrained by budget, storage is something you can always upgrade later. Also there was a release of new RTX SUPER cards, tho availability might still be and issue. EVGA XC ULTRA is binned card with great heatsink, though its a 3 slot card so beware of that.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $364.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler | $47.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | ASRock - Z390 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $119.89 @ OutletPC
Memory | G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $129.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $68.87 @ OutletPC
Video Card | EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card | $539.99 @ B&H
Case | Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case | $84.85 @ Walmart
Power Supply | SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $91.89 @ SuperBiiz
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1563.35
| Mail-in rebates | -$15.00
| Total | $1548.35
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-15 03:11 EDT-0400 |
 

g-unit1111

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Building a new gaming PC right now I'd be looking at Zen2 and the Ryzen 7 3700X for sure. Really like g-unit1111 build above. Great bang for buck.
That's how I roll!

If going intel, 9700K is the best choice right now for games. (i guessed that you don´t do any thread heavy work loads, of yes, let us know)
Yeah but you could also go 3700X and then you'll be able to upgrade to Ryzen 4 when available. Can't say the same for Intel.

I would also recommend to go for air cooler, it is much safer then AIO, no pump breaking etc, they also perform better in some cases.
True, but modern AIOs are a lot better than they used to be. Plus it also minimizes having a gigantic air cooler taking up much of the room in your case.
 
First time PC building, I am NOT an expert on any of the choices I made. Any advice/criticism is welcome!
Help me to find the best bang for my buck, (budget of $1500, monitor is separate) please. If you can help shave off cost that would be even better.
Also, I was trying to stick with a Micro-ATX motherboard because I did not think I would need more than that, but I am open to ATX ofc.
Newegg has the i7-9700K for $349.99 for several more hours:

https://www.newegg.com/core-i7-9th-gen-intel-core-i7-9700k/p/N82E16819117958?Item=N82E16819117958&nm_mc=AFC-RAN-COM&cm_mmc=AFC-RAN-COM&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-PCPartPicker&AFFID=2558510&AFFNAME=PCPartPicker&ACRID=1&ASID=https://pcpartpicker.com/product/WtyV3C/intel-core-i7-9700k-36ghz-8-core-processor-bx80684i79700k?history_days=180&ranMID=44583&ranEAID=2558510&ranSiteID=8BacdVP0GFs-SQEcgahS.BOvd411E1pxvw
 
The 3700X doesn't compare to the 9700K for gaming. Here is a review:
Keep in mind, they're pairing these processors with an RTX 2080 Ti, with most of the games running at 1080p medium settings to exaggerate any performance differences. A 2070 Super running at 1440p will tend to manage frame rates comparable to a 2080 Ti running at 4K. Meaning, the graphics card will typically be limiting performance more than anything, and any of these processors should be fast enough to not significantly affect performance in current games...

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/amd-ryzen-7-3700x/17.html

That being said, around this price range, a 9700K might start to become a reasonable option.
 
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Thank you all for your input, some more information I probably should have provided earlier: ultimately this PC would be used for Gaming, and I am also not planning on Overclocking. I took a lot of Bearmann's changes right now and this is what I ended up with:

See below list for more questions.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $349.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler | Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler | $47.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | MSI - B360M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $93.02 @ Amazon
Memory | G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $52.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $94.99 @ Adorama
Storage | Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $94.99 @ Adorama
Video Card | EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card | $549.99 @ B&H
Case | Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case | $89.99 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply | Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $93.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor | Asus - ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $494.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1982.72
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| Total | $1962.72
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-16 20:02 EDT-0400 |

I have a couple of questions/comments:
  1. I have heard in general that if you are not planning on OC-ing then it is fine to just go with fan cooling so that currently is my plan.
  2. I need more help in choosing a good Motherboard. This is the part I was hoping to cut some cost at. I do not need Wifi/Wireless capabilities built in and only need 2 M.2s and 2 SATAs (I am actually bringing over a previous 2.5" SSD with my Windows 10 already on it). Should I be looking at H370 up to Z3s for chipset compatibility?
  3. I dropped down to the 16 GB RAM because like Bob Bobson said, that should be sufficient. If I ever decide to try streaming out would getting 32 GB RAM instead be more valuable or not too impactful?
 
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That's how I roll!



Yeah but you could also go 3700X and then you'll be able to upgrade to Ryzen 4 when available. Can't say the same for Intel.



True, but modern AIOs are a lot better than they used to be. Plus it also minimizes having a gigantic air cooler taking up much of the room in your case.
I actually tried making a quick AMD build as well to see how it would turn out as well (for fun). I also have a couple of questions below the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD - Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9 GHz 8-Core Processor | $399.00 @ B&H
CPU Cooler | Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler | $47.89 @ OutletPC
Thermal Compound | Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5 g Thermal Paste | $5.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | MSI - X570-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard | $159.99 @ B&H
Memory | G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $52.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $94.99 @ Adorama
Storage | Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $94.99 @ Adorama
Video Card | XFX - Radeon RX 5700 8 GB Video Card | $349.99 @ Amazon
Case | Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case | $89.99 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply | SeaSonic - 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor | Asus - ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $494.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $1870.70
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-16 20:33 EDT-0400 |

Questions/comments:
  1. I am not planning on Overclocking so will fan be sufficient (and less of a hassle)?
  2. The highlights of going AMD (even though they perform slightly less when it comes to Gaming only) is usually because it is slightly cheaper and because you say that you can upgrade to Ryzen 4? Can you not also upgrade to new Intel's CPUs whenever they come out? What did you mean by that?
  3. I am not 100% sold on Intel yet (especially since difference only seems to be about 5-10 FPS... I think) so please tell me reasons why you prefer the AMD build more
  4. In hindsight, I did not see the previously mixed AMD Ryzen with the GeForce card. Growing up my father told me generally you go AMD+Radeon together and then Intel+NVIDIA due to compatibility. Can we mix and match safely now for best performance...?
  5. Feel free to edit up the AMD build as well, I will have both around for now and make decision at the end. Sorry to everyone for my bulky posts, ha-ha.
 
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Oh... and if there is any monitor advice feel free to give as well! I have never tried a monitor with a refresh rate over 60 Hz so I really wanted to try 120+. Also, I wanted at least a 24" or 27" with 1440p to match the graphics card (hopefully).
 
Thank you all for your input, some more information I probably should have provided earlier: ultimately this PC would be used for Gaming, and I am also not planning on Overclocking. I took a lot of Bearmann's changes right now and this is what I ended up with:

See below list for more questions.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $349.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler | Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler | $47.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | MSI - B360M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $93.02 @ Amazon
Memory | G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $52.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $94.99 @ Adorama
Storage | Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $94.99 @ Adorama
Video Card | EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card | $549.99 @ B&H
Case | Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case | $89.99 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply | Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $93.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor | Asus - ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor | $494.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1982.72
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| Total | $1962.72
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-16 20:02 EDT-0400 |

I have a couple of questions/comments:
  1. I have heard in general that if you are not planning on OC-ing then it is fine to just go with fan cooling so that currently is my plan.
  2. I need more help in choosing a good Motherboard. This is the part I was hoping to cut some cost at. I do not need Wifi/Wireless capabilities built in and only need 2 M.2s and 2 SATAs (I am actually bringing over a previous 2.5" SSD with my Windows 10 already on it). Should I be looking at H370 up to Z3s for chipset compatibility?
  3. I dropped down to the 16 GB RAM because like Bob Bobson said, that should be sufficient. If I ever decide to try streaming out would getting 32 GB RAM instead be more valuable or not too impactful?
1. There are few All-In-One (AIO) water coolers that can equal or surpass the cooling ability of the Noctua D15 air cooler. Many here, including myself, overclock with an air cooler.

2. I don't understand the fascination with microATX boards. ATX boards have more room to cool all the components and frequently more options than mATX boards and usually for only a little more in cost.
Whatever board you get, make sure it says it is compatible with 9th gen Intel processors. I have to put a beater MB in this fairly high end system. What about this Asrock Extreme 4?

3. 16 GB is plenty, even for streaming.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($549.99 @ B&H)
Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Business)
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($113.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus - ROG SWIFT PG278QR 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor ($494.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2033.88

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-16 22:01 EDT-0400
 
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I don't understand the fascination with microATX boards. ATX boards have more room to cool all the components and frequently more options than mATX boards and usually for only a little more in cost.
Whatever board you get, make sure it says it is compatible with 9th gen Intel processors. I have to put a beater MB in this fairly high end system. What about this Asrock Extreme 4?
I am actually looking at ATX motherboards now. Originally, I wanted mostly everything to be MicroATX size (case, MB, PSU) just for easier portability. I have three separate ATXs I am considering now (mainly due to cheap prices). If I have mid-tower case and matching PSU there really isn't a point to sticking hardcore with microATX MB.
  1. ASRock H370 Pro4 LGA 1151
  2. Gigabyte Z390 UD LGA 1151
  3. ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 4 LGA 1151
Out of these, what would you choose?
 
Questions/comments:
  1. I am not planning on Overclocking so will fan be sufficient (and less of a hassle)?
  2. The highlights of going AMD (even though they perform slightly less when it comes to Gaming only) is usually because it is slightly cheaper and because you say that you can upgrade to Ryzen 4? Can you not also upgrade to new Intel's CPUs whenever they come out? What did you mean by that?
  3. I am not 100% sold on Intel yet (especially since difference only seems to be about 5-10 FPS... I think) so please tell me reasons why you prefer the AMD build more
  4. In hindsight, I did not see the previously mixed AMD Ryzen with the GeForce card. Growing up my father told me generally you go AMD+Radeon together and then Intel+NVIDIA due to compatibility. Can we mix and match safely now for best performance...?
  5. Feel free to edit up the AMD build as well, I will have both around for now and make decision at the end. Sorry to everyone for my bulky posts, ha-ha.
I'm not addressing your AMD build right now, only your questions.

1. See previous.

2 & 3. Both the AMD 3800X and the Intel 9700K will be constrained by your current GPU choices, so they will function fairly equally in 1440p gaming. Intel plans to change their MB chipset with the next major chip update, so the new chip will require a new MB. Lisa Su of AMD says they will use the AM4 chipset until next year- don't know if that's Jan 1 or Dec 31. Its not known by the public if Ryzen 4000 will use the AM4 chipset or not. Most chip updates increase performance by say 5-10%. So the Ryzen 4000 will now equal the Intel 9700K.

4. I think mixing cards is fine.

5. The 2070 Super is a better card than the 5700 and 5700XT.

Here is an estimate:


Because you are primarily limited by your GPU, a Ryzen R5 3600 build would get you close to the same performance with the 2070 Super and save you $200 over the R7 3800X.

 
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Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel - Core i7-9700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler ($28.48 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($66.01 @ Walmart)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB VENTUS OC Video Card ($1049.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design - Define C ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.99 @ Newegg Business)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer - XG270HU 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor ($347.99 @ Walmart)
Total: $2095.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-17 07:48 EDT-0400


Little over budget but will give you best gaming experience even better than combination of unlocked Intel CPU and lower tier GPU. All high quality components no compromise on quality.
That monitor supports G-Sync
 

g-unit1111

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  1. In hindsight, I did not see the previously mixed AMD Ryzen with the GeForce card. Growing up my father told me generally you go AMD+Radeon together and then Intel+NVIDIA due to compatibility. Can we mix and match safely now for best performance...
No that's totally incorrect. You can run NVIDIA cards on AMD machines and AMD cards on Intel builds. GPUs don't favor one CPU over the other. My current build runs a Ryzen 1700 and a RTX 2070 and works perfectly fine.
 

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