Hello, and thank you for considering reading the following. Hopefully it is understandable.
Intended Usage For New System:
The most basic issue is PCIe lanes. The mainstream platforms are anemic. If I put in a thunderbolt card I’ve used up all my lanes. I had hoped that AMD would create an X680 or something that has more PCIe lanes to fill in the gap between mainstream and TR Pro, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. 44 or 48 would have been enough to keep me relatively happy.
Currently I am using an X58 and an intel i7-960. Over the years I’ve managed to fill it up with AICs to maintain its relevance. It is time to retire the work horse. I’m hoping that my new system can last me a long time, and PCIe lanes are crucial to that happening.
The Asus Sage board is very appealing to me as all the expansion slots have full 16 lanes dedicated to them, it seems to “fit the bill”.
Unfortunately, it seems that WRX80 is a dead platform. (No new processors after the 5000WX due to a socket change.)
I also honestly do not need the Pro features, but there are no 5000 series non-pro CPUs. (I could find another acceptable board if there was.)
So I need to get something up and running. I am on something of a budget, however this is in my pricing range. Unfortunately, I cannot find the 5945WX or 5955WX for sale on the DIY market. I thought I could get a more inexpensive chip now, then change it out as my need goes up, and hopefully prices come down. I was considering getting a 3000 series for now, but a new 3955WX will still set you back $1300. Someone commented that the new ThreadRippers are approximately 100 for the package and 100 for each core, So if the 5945 and 5955 are coming,
soon, waiting would seem to be the best answer since the pricing would be so close. If the CPUs aren’t, well I wasn’t planning on dropping 2500ish for the CPU alone so I need to really think this over.
Does anyone have any clues on if the lower core WX chips are coming to the DIY market? Is buying a 3000 just financially dumb?
Does this plan for a machine make any sense?
Random Aside with bonus question:
I am acquiring an EVGA 3080 new, but have no way to test it really once I have it, until I have a new computer.
I know EVGA is exiting the market, but based on my good experiences with EVGA, over the last 20 years, and terrible experiences with other vendors, I’m choosing to believe their CEO about future support.
That being said does anyone know of any other GPU vendor that is extremely responsive. I’ve had issues with ASUS before, it was like having my teeth pulled. I’m aware of the irony that I may buy their mother board. But I’m hoping that as a serious workstation board they might take better care of it.
I’ve heard that there aren’t any other vendors that have customer service as good as EVGA. Does anyone have suggestions?