Originally Posted by J7SC
Hi AJ -
Your comment 'I am building my system for Flight Simulator (X-Plane and possibly MSFS 2020
when it comes out), Blender 3D modeling
, some video editing
and whatever I am interested in ' is really what caught my eye '
You don't always see folks state even a few specific applications their new system is supposed to perform, though that's a really good way to proceed. The Intel 9900K/K* is still a great and top choice. Just be aware that the 10900K is just around the corner, along with an updated Z490 chipset for it, and the option to go up to a 10c/20t at what looks like another 'Intel official' 200MHz or so. At the very least, if you decide to stick w/ the 9900K/K* series and Z390, just make sure to get a good $ bargain. I am also wondering if you have considered AMD. I only turned to AMD (TR HEDT) myself last year for the first time, but couldn't be happier. I certainly do not consider myself a fan boy for either Intel or AMD (as I run both). Yet the AMD 'Zen2' 3900X (12c/24t) and 3950X (16c/32t) are making a huge impact in the marketplace now, and with apps like Blender would probably serve you just as well if not better. A good and value-driven mobo for those would be the MSI X570 'Unify'...no RGB, but great VRM and features.
On the GPU front, I can only say that personally, I prefer the 2080 Ti (I run two of them in NVLink, partially for work such as machine learning). But a 2080 Super will not ruin your day, either, yet the 2080 Tis are the undisputed heavyweights right now with work and play performance benchmarks to prove it. That said, next-gen GPUs from NVidia ("Ampere') are not far off, so as with the CPU suggestion(s) above, it puts you in a good bargaining position re. price.
Everything else I saw on your list (ie. case, PSU etc) look great, but unless I missed it, I did not see anything about cooling CPU and GPU. Whether Intel, AMD or NVidia, these days getting top performance (for consumers) involves water-cooling, more likely than not. This has to do with new driver algorithms that use temps as one of the determinants. Once you start looking at water-cooling, the next question becomes AIO for closed loop (usually but not always for only one component such as CPU OR GPU)...or custom (sky is the limit) water-cooling setups. Whether Intel 9900K or AMD 3900X / 3950X, whether 2080 Super or ESPECIALLY 2080 Ti, water-cooling will definitely help to get the most out of your soon-to-be-new-build...
Hi J7Sc and thank you for a great reply and comments.
Yes, I thought it would be a good idea to explain what my system is meant to do because gaming systems might have several components in common to get the best results, no doubt about it but X-Plane specifically is transitioning now to Vulcan/Metal and despite searching online on the subject I still can not figure out if it is better to go with Ryzen or Intel.
I only wish I knew the specifics behind the simulator embedded in code what type of processor would be the best for flying in X-Plane.
I also mentioned MSFS2020 because as they advertise it is coming sooner or later in 2020 and everybody knows it will need a good muscle computer but same as with X-Plane I do not know what way is better (Ryzen/Intel)
Please tell me where I can read more about coming up 10900K and Z490, how long are talking about for them to come out?
Since you know from my post I am not in a hurry and I want to just learn and have fun, if the "corner" means 2 months I would probably wait.... you know, it is a hard choice, you want it now but you also know that you could get it better if you wait.
On the other hand if you get the best possible now or 5 months from now, after another 5 months there will be things around corner as well....so I just will read all and think, never hurts. :-)
AMD versus Inter, I will not try to start a war as I expect it has been done probably many times here...
I did my two previous builds with Intel, I like it... AMD, I do not know it.
Second, I have read some reports that X-Plane had some kind of problems with AMD, will need to research more for sure.
I am not absolutely set on Intel, I just like it ...lol,lol,lol.
On the other hand if you would like to comment a bit more why you were so pleased switching, I would sure appreciate it.
GPU... yes, I know there are many choices and my head almost hurts trying to figure out which one.
I know that for X-Plane running two GPUs will not work, it is already asked and proven.
Could you tell me a bit more about NVLink setup and what advantages are you getting from it?
Cooling, I left it for later, did not decide yet.
Definitely closed water cooling for CPU as I know how to install it. :-)
As far as cooling GPU, that one is new, I thought that built in fans are enough considering I am not going crazy OCing....
Please tell me about GPU additional cooling.
Custom water cooling systems ... is a black magic for me at the moment... where do I read about it?
OK, I better stop writing not to make you bored, thank you again for the reply, greatly appreciated.