Question i9 9900K only $249.99 @ Microcenter

I trust you to pair this cpu with the proper cpu cooler and motherboard though.

The average Joe, or someone who will cut corners with either cooler or mobo, not so much.
Where I certainly wouldn't pair this with the cheapest mobo out there, even if it might work, I feel like the thermal protections in place would have it work with almost any add on cooler probably at the expense of clock speed and thermal headroom.

I am seriously of the consideration to buy this myself just to screw around with. They have some (semi cruddy) Z chipset Gigabytes available cheap (open box) to go along with and I happen to have everything else sans a case to trim it out with....
 
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my friend got T-boned and got a 30k insurance payout, and spent 6k making a custom loop rig.
now I have a burning desire to get a new case, new AIO, new mobo and new PSU, when I really don't need to

what is this feeling of FOMO
 
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler | $59.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard | MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $136.65 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $196.60
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-03-11 17:23 EST-0500 |

Would be around $200 for a decent board and cooler that can run the 9900k adaquately.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU Cooler | ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports CPU Cooler | $39.07 @ Amazon
Motherboard | ASRock Z390 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $99.00 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $138.07
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-03-11 17:25 EST-0500 |
You could cut costs and end up with this. It would probably not be the best choice, but It shouldn't throttle under any reasonable workload.
 
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