-Deano wroteA lot of benchmarks show intel beating out Ryzen 7 in a lot of games (I'm guessing that's down to the single core performance) and wouldn't really make a huuuuuge use out of the improvement on productivity that the ryzen cpus offer. I will hold out a bit for the next chipset to release I guess.
Accurate, but it's only going to be noticeable in certain situations, mostly high refresh rate. I just wouldn't feel confident investing in an 8700k right now with 9th gen so close.
-Deano wroteAlso why not keen on the D15? I've been using Noctua NH12 for years now and it's always seemed pretty decent.
Cheaper coolers like the Dark Rock Pro 4 and Cryorig R1 perform similarly but look much nicer.
-Deano wroteOn that note: How do you easily tell if an SSD is nvme or sata besides fully checking the spec?
If you just look at an image of the SSD, most of them say on the sticker "NVMe SSD" or "SATA M.2", other than the Intel one's I think. I'd just stick with Samsung anyway. If you're going with an NVMe SSD, spend the extra fiver for the 500GB 970 EVO. It's newer, faster, and has a better warranty than the 960 EVO. Though, the 860 EVO is a great SSD if you're not really going to be making proper use of the speeds with an NVMe SSD.
-Deano wroteAnother question: thoughts on holding out to get a 2070 instead of 2080? Apparently they should be releasing in october.
That's what I'm waiting for, but I think we'll see RTX 2070 benchmarks around the same time as 2080 and 2080Ti benchmarks(hopefully), so you'll be able to make a decision once you see benchmarks.
Even if we don't see 2070 benchmarks, we should be able to get a rough idea of 2070 performance from 2080 benchmarks.