Hey so I am a first time builder with a bit of cash to spend and am looking to make a machine that will be good for 1440p 144mhz gaming and at least 1080p60 mostly CPU-encoded streaming plus some extra workload. My initial goals were to get a solid CPU system and leave myself some room to upgrade in the coming years. I decided that it might be more worth holding off on anything fancy as far as GPU's go with how inflated the market is but still wanted to invest a bit which is why I initally chose the 1070 ti. My initial build feature the AMD 2700x and like this PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/P4JBHh CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($304.87 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: Asus - ROG Crosshair VII Hero ATX AM4 Motherboard ($254.91 @ B&H) Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($119.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($134.89 @ OutletPC) Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB Titanium Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg) Case: NZXT - H500 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon) Power Supply: BitFenix - Whisper M 450 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon) Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.89 @ OutletPC) Total: $1433.52 but was also considering an Intel build that someone helped me find pieces for PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8DQwnH CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($538.90 @ OutletPC) CPU Cooler: Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler ($52.39 @ SuperBiiz) Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($181.10 @ Amazon) Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($96.99 @ Newegg Business) Storage: Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($134.89 @ OutletPC) Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB ARMOR Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg) Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($93.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: BitFenix - Whisper M 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.31 @ Amazon) Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($98.89 @ OutletPC) Case Fan: be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 PWM 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan ($12.49 @ SuperBiiz) Total: $1688.93 So my biggest questions that still linger are: Is it worth it to just get a 2070 even though the whole ray tracing technology was sort of irreverent and perhaps the next gen of GPU's will bring prices dow? Are there better PSU's out there? I don't mind spending a bit of money on a PSU as I don't want any complications in that area. I've done a bit of research on cases but am definitely open to recommendations since I am new to the market. Is investing in the newest Intel gen worth it at the moment? And am I packing the best MOBOs in both builds? I have been going between the taichi and the hero in the AMD build but am still uncertain, and am a bit less familiar with solid MOBOs for Intel systems. Also am I being inefficient in my part spending anywhere? Also a bit of extra information, I'm not really planning to overclock at the moment but perhaps plan to in the future. I know its not worth doing to a 2700x, so I will let you know that OC'ing isn't my initial goal when purchasing a system. And I'm capping my budget at 2000 but the less money that I absolutely need to spend the better I suppose. Appreciate any feedback!