The motherboard thread.
That one wasn't simple, because the 2 boards(Strix E Gaming and Maximus Hero)were practically the same.
What separated them were their looks, pricing, and if they had any useful features you would even care about. That last one is far from simple: If YOU don't know EVERYTHING you want in a motherboard - throw the overclocking stuff aside for a moment - then others don't know either.
More often than not, users overspend on motherboards on features they never use/need.
Kryonaut, Kryonaut Extreme, Conductonaut, Hydronaut, etc.
Practical: It shouldn't have mattered, except for Conductonaut; if careless, you can go from 100 to 0 REAL quick.
Simple: It wasn't, because they all have applications they excel at, and others they're not so good for.
I remember you mention wanting to do high overclocking, but with a hybrid cooler:
Kryonaut: Yes, but that ~80C caveat though...
Kryonaut Extreme: Yes, but a waste if not LN2 cooling.
Conductonaut: No. Should be used under the IHS, or in direct die applications.
Didn't see the Intel - AMD thread, so IDK.
I'm probably just making this harder... I'll do this then:
Cpu: whatever the kind folks in that thread help you decide on.
Motherboard: Since you don't know exactly what you want in a board beyond overclocking, a board of 200-ish(USD) for AMD, and 300-ish for Intel should have you covered. [Everything's more expensive these days, including mobos...]
See? I tried to simplify the motherboards, but I couldn't...
Maybe I am also making it harder... A resume of some threads:
a) Z490 for i9-10900K >>> probably the Strix E or the Hero XII >>> If doesn't matter, that's fine: OC is important, keeping temperatures low is also important
b) X570 for 5800X or 5900X >>> probably the Strix E or Crossair Hero >> the same important things as before
2) Intel or AMD:
Difficult choice but it will come. I didn't the i9 yesterday, so today it costs 120 euros more. No promotion or I'lll have to wait for the next one.
Ok. Kryonaut probably. Anyway this is a simple point compared with all the others.
After reading some tips here, it seems that cooler master and thermaltake should be avoided. I will go for Corsair. The only question is: 850 or 1000 W? I want to overclock CPU and RAM.
Solved because Corsair dimensions are compatible with Lian Li O11 Dynamic.
M.2 x 2: 500 GB for OS and 2 TB for MSFS. The only question was about Samsung 980 PRO M.2, but I already know that I would need to go to the AMD line to take profit of PCIe 4.0. If not, I will go to Samsung 970 Evo Plus.
7) Cooler and fans:
AIO, probably Kraken Z73 which seems to be one of the best for airflow. Custom loop seems to be more complicated, expensive and maybe not really necessary.
A lot of fans, to be decided later.
The only question was 3200 CL14 versus 3600 CL16. I don't know if they are so different. Someone suggested to pick the second one.
After 2 painful months I got the RTX 3090, which means I already have more than half computer.
After the computer is complete I will be back to this issue.