Yes, you are right. The 3900X would be able to fit inside the budget in that case as well. Here is an updated list of components, no idea how expensive it would be but should be similar budget, changed items are bold:
Yeah but just don’t do that.
Because that particular board isn’t really capable of handling a 3900X properly at all.
Non of the B450 boards have a decent enough vrm implementation to handle a 3900X well.
There are of course reasons why X570 boards have had a significant vrm upgrade.
over the previous gen am4 boards right?
Well my point generally aside from crap vrm implementations,
is simply limitations on expendability with a B450 board.
X470 is of course a different story, if you don’t generally care much for pci-e4.0,
or you don’t particulary use ultra fast storage that could utilize it.
Then X470 is also decent option.
But B450 isn’t really a great option i think.
Only maybe for a Ryzen 3 or 5.
I have no idea about how sensitive audio stuff might be about clockspeed, I’d think it’s more about general single thread performance. The IPC gains of third gen Ryzen are hefty. So a 9900k might not make any difference in terms of that.
Latency in audio software, again … not using that, so can’t say for sure. Still, without actual tests I wouldn’t count Ryzen out that fast.
Stability… I call BS! I’ve got … (countingonfingers) seven Ryzen systems now, plus a laptop (that thing was a pain for a while) and all of those (desktops) are running perfectly fine. My router is Ryzen, my SSD NAS is Ryzen … those are always on. No problems.
I also would go with a tower fan like the one I picked out above; noise will be lower than the AIO, temps won’t be different enough to matter (5 deg difference or so) and you probably don’t really need to squeeze every little last percent out of your poor system, the slack is there for a reason (stability). Water cooling is addictive and can get expensive fast… Even without leaks!
@MisteryAngel; I’ll happily discuss that in a new thread, would the mods be kind enough to split this one?