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CPU Must beat Intel Core i7-4790K (4c/8t, 4.0G/4.4G, 8MB Cache, 88 W)

AMD x86 CPU microarchitectures
Future: AMD Zen 4 CPUs 5nm (2022?)

AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs (Zen 3) (November 5, 2020) - wikipedia
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X - $799 - 16c/32t, 3.4G/4.9G, 64MB L3 Cache, 105W 7nm - Microcenter
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X - $549 - 12c/24t, 3.7G/4.8G, 64MB L3 Cache, 105W 7nm
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X - $449 - 8c/16t, 3.8G/4.7G, 32MB L3 Cache, 105W 7nm - Microcenter
+ AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - $299 - 6c/12t, 3.7G/4.6G, 32MB L3 Cache, 65W 7nm - Microcenter


Intel Rocket Lake (First Quarter 2021) (14nm)


Intel I5-10600K 6c12t 4.10GHzbase 4.80GHzTurbo 125W 14nm

Intel I7-10700K 8c16t 3.80GHzbase 5.10GHzTurbo 125W 14nm


NOTE: old current CPU: Intel i7-4790K 4c8t 4.00GHzbase 4.40GHzTurbo 88W 22nm


Processor Operation Temperature FAQ - Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool (64-bit) - Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU) (Download)
AnandTech CPU Bench comparison - CPU Benchmarks - CPUBoss

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Wikipedia Intel Core i7 CPUs - Wikipedia Intel Core i5 CPUs - Intel Platform Code Names
Options:
Intel "Ice Lake" Platform CPUs - 10 nm+ process technology - (ETA: 2019?) - Wikipedia
or
Intel Core i7-8086K Processor - ark - Wikipedia
or
i7-8700k - ark - Wikipedia
NOTE: Skylake, Kaby Lake chips have a crash bug with hyperthreading enabled
Intel i5 "Kaby Lake" - Wikipedia
Intel i5-7600K 91W 3.8GHz-4.2GHz 4cores $242 - Micro Center (~$199)
Intel i5-7600 65W 3.5GHz-4.1GHz 4cores $213
Intel i7 "Kaby Lake" - Wikipedia
Intel i7-7700K 91W 4.2GHz-4.5GHz 4cores $339 - Micro Center (~$299)
Intel i7-7700 65W 3.6GHz-4.2GHz 4cores $303
Intel i3 "Kaby Lake" - Wikipedia
Intel i3-7350K 60W 4.20GHz 2cores $168 <- Good efficiency/price/performance - Micro Center (~$130)
CPU Cooling Hardware ?, but some options include:

Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black
Noctua NH-D15S

+ Noctua NH-D15 - Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black - Guru3d review - TechPowerUp review - Overclockers review - TweakTown review - Xbitlabs review - Bit-tech review - OC3D review - Techicize video review - OC3D TV video review - PC Componentes video review (Spanish) - Newegg - Amazon (~$90)

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 - Amazon (~$90)

SilverStone Argon AR07 Cooler - AnandTech review - Amazon (~$35)

Cooler Master EVO 212 - AnandTech - Battle of The CPU Stock Coolers! 7x Intel vs 5x AMD, plus an EVO 212 - Amazon (~$30)

AnandTech - Top Tier CPU Air Coolers Q3 2015: 9-Way Roundup Review - AnandTech - The 140mm Slim Tower CPU Cooler Roundup: Thin & Light Done Just Right - AnandTech CPU Air Coolers - Best Thermal Paste Application Methods - 33-Way TIM Comparison Test
Motherboard ?, but some options include:

AMD AM4 chipsets

Asus TUF

Asus TUF for AMD (X570) - + Asus TUF Gaming X570-PRO (WI-FI) - Microcenter (~$219.99)



Asus TUF for Intel - Asus TUF Z270 Mark 2 - Frys - Microcenter - Amazon (~$156)

ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard - AnandTech review - Newegg - Amazon (~$159)

Quiet Case Options Go Nanoxia Deep Silence 8 - Pro USB 3.1 - techpowerup review

1 - 5.25" bay(s) + 6 - 3.5"/2.5" Universal Drive Bay(s) - all compatible with SSDs, 2 - 2.5" extra SSD positions
Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C Gunmetal Brushed Aluminum/Steel ATX Silent Modular Mid Tower Computer Case FD-CA-DEF-R6C-GY - Newegg - Amazon

2 - 5.25" bays + 8 - 3.5" HDD trays - all compatible with SSDs, 2 - 2.5" extra SSD positions
Fractal Design Define R5 Black - Amazon - Newegg
Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Edition - Amazon - Newegg


3x5.25" + 4xCombo3.5"/2.5"
Corsair Carbide Series 330R Blackout Edition Ultra-Silent Mid-Tower Case 2 year warranty - Amazon - Newegg - Micro Center (~$100)
Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition Silent Mid-Tower Case 2 year warranty - Amazon - Newegg

2x5.25" + 4xCombo3.5"/2.5"
Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition Mid-Tower Case 2 year warranty - Amazon - Newegg - Micro Center

Probably not:
older model: Corsair Carbide Series 330R Quiet Mid-Tower Case 2 year warranty - HardwareCanucks review
Corsair Carbide Series Quiet 400Q Compact Mid-Tower Case - Note: No 5.25" external drive option
Audio Chipset ?
Graphics Video Card NVidia RTX 3090/3080/3070
3080

or

AMD Radeon RX6000
6800
Memory DDR5 memory (when available: AnandTech DDR5 Sub-timings and Latencies - AnanTech DDR5 hynix info)

32GB or 16GB


Case Fans: ?
Power Supply Brands to consider:
Seasonic
Corsair

Seasonic SS-400FL2 - Amazon - Newegg

or

Corsair TX550M 80 Plus Gold PSU - AnandTech review

AnandTech - Best PC Power Supplies: Holiday 2016
Boot Drive 1 - SSD ?

Options:
Western Digital SN850 NVMe SSD M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 x4 (5 year warranty) - Microcenter 1TB (~$199.99)
or
Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSD - AnandTech review - Microcenter 1TB (~$209.99)


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Samsung 960 PRO 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD (5 year warranty) - Amazon
or
Samsung 960 EVO 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD (3 year warranty) - Amazon
or
Samsung PRO 512GB (10 year warranty) - Amazon
or
Samsung EVO 500GB (5 year warranty) - Amazon
Data Drive 1 - HDD 14+ TB

Western Digital
Data Drive 2 - HDD 14+ TB

Western Digital
Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer/Reader (SATA) ?

Mouse ?
Operating System(s) Microsoft Windows 64bit
and
* Fedora Linux
* = Actually owned, used, and recommended.
+ = Most likely to buy

Pre-Built system options:
Falcon Northwest Tiki - AnandTech review

Things to keep an eye on:
Fusion-io

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Page updated: January 21, 2021