on any of my recommendations as others, look at your games/programs you use, than start looking at which side and what processor. Chances are one side is beating the other, even with lesser cores. On the plug and play, I had no issues with my X470/X570 when I researched what memory to buy. My 32GB and 16GB kits ran at advertised speeds by second reboot. However, I will not dismiss that X370 had growing pains, but most of those are ironed out by now. Also, Intel plug and play? Early adopters of the X99 platforms also had issues, to assume one is problem free and the other is not is a bit dishonest. Stability was the wrong word, smoother is what I should have said. Sure you can say toss more cores from the intel side to, but let me know how many 6-8 code intel parts with hyper threading are $200 or less. That’s why I said no budget buy a 9900K/2080 Ti and on budget look up upgrading to a newer Ryzen that is supported by his motherboard. About VR, since it is my demo system I take to fundraisers/work down days, or when I have to clean my loop I can still game without rushing. It really does not need an upgrade, however, if I could ever find a VR review for the 5700 XT it might make the purchase easier.