So…I made the mistake of looking too hard at some new cases.
At first I was drooling over the Fractal Design Vector RS. https://www.fractal-design.com/products/cases/vector/vector-rs-tempered-glass/blackout/
Then… Due to inventory shortages and still in the looking mindset, I started looking at the Lian li O11 Dynamic… https://lian-li.com/product/pc-o11-dynamic/
Yet as I looked deeper, one thing bothered me…I kept my computer on my left hand side, so I never get to look at my window and this one, being spectacular, really demands it… What if….? They made a case that can be reversed…. Well they did…. The O11 Dynamic Evo https://lian-li.com/product/o11-dynamic-evo/
At the same time I started picking at motherboards and considering the proart line. I was leaving towards the X760e version.. https://www.asus.com/motherboards-components/motherboards/proart/proart-x670e-creator-wifi/
But it’s $500 and while it adds more I/os and the option for pcie5 gpu support over the b650… https://www.asus.com/motherboards-components/motherboards/proart/proart-b650-creator/
I also started looking at the gigabyte aero… The aero adds one huge benefit over every other board. Visionlink support. This really ups the game when using a graphical interface for art. Which I’m much more likely to take advantage of over anything the proart offered. https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B650-AERO-G-rev-10#kf
There are other parallel searches and researching I’m performing while considering cases and motherboards. One of which is processors. Let’s just say this was pretty difficult. So far I’ve only discussed AMD boards but I did consider Intel. Especially the 13600k https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/sku/230493/intel-core-i513600k-processor-24m-cache-up-to-5-10-ghz/specifications.html
Eventually though the lack of ddr5 and likelihood of Intel switching sockets soon, drove me towards the 7700x https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-7-7700x?gclid=Cj0KCQiApKagBhC1ARIsAFc7Mc6P3YQE_FJjjhE82sX3-_IxE9x7rLGXaTiE5wzjmB8Fo-ubYDKMgSIaAryDEALw_wcB
And then a deal popped up and I couldn’t pass on a 7900x for only a few dollars more https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-9-7900x?gclid=Cj0KCQiApKagBhC1ARIsAFc7Mc5TVyYTF8_CGMyS0UZSjoS7yG041ap3PXKegyE6ow3NhDz3pJzA8bAaAgXQEALw_wcB
Enough for now, part two soon!