ijb1989 wroteConsidering i'll likely play Warzone & similar FPS BR games rather than move to intense race or flight sims, do you think i'd need those extra 2 cores?
In Warzone and MS Flight Sim 2020 specifically, no, you won't notice any difference with the extra 2 cores.
There may come a time in the future that you'd be held back by core count, but I think it's rather unlikely since by then, you'll probably have upgraded at least once anyway.
Either way, right now, you are absolutely better off with the increased single core performance of the 5600X, as opposed to the extra 2 cores in a 3700X. If you want to spend the extra £150 for a 5800X, you can, but I'd only do that if you're actually going to make use of the 8 cores right now.
ijb1989 wroteWiFi is preferable, but I'm unsure what the reduction in headers would practically impact - if you could shed some light?
Mainly RGB headers, so cheaper mobo's won't let you plug in as many RGB strips/fans without a splitter or controller of some sort. If you're going to use Wi-Fi anyway, then that B550 Strix is a solid option tbh.
The Prime B550 Plus is just a good cheaper alternative which will perform the same as the Strix, but with less features/niceties.
ijb1989 wroteIs the Sabrent just a better unit/manufacturer?
Yeah, the Sabrent Rocket Q is a faster, more reliable choice than the A-DATA SX8200.
ijb1989 wroteI note you've added an ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 - does it not matter that this isn't made by NVIDIA?
It is an NVidia GPU. All RTX 3070s are NVidia GPU's. I've just included an Asus designed cooler. You do not have to buy NVidia's Founders Edition cooler, and you don't have to buy directly from NVidia. Any RTX 3070 will perform about the same, so long as the cooler isn't terrible. So, just buy the cheapest RTX 3070 that you like the look of, if you end up buying an RTX 3070.
ijb1989 wroteI'm happy to hold off on the GPU - how will I know whether it's a better option once it's out - just by checking back here?
Yeah, RX 6800 and 6800XT will launch on November 18th, so we'll have accurate performance benchmarks and pricing by the 18th, if not earlier.
Once I know actual performance and pricing, I can make a proper recommendation if you want to check back here.
Alternatively, watch out on YouTube for Gamers Nexus and Hardware Unboxed to upload their RX 6800/6800XT reviews.
ijb1989 wroteDo you think it's wise for me to buy everything BUT the GPU now? I'm UK based and am just worried parts will become scarce when people are locked down and have nothing to do but shop online again!
You might want to buy the CPU asap, if you're going for the 5600X. The R5 5600X launches tomorrow and will be pretty popular. Lots of people waiting for one, so Id just get one whenever you can. If you miss the first round of 5600X's though, more will be back in stock, and it shouldn't take too long.
For the rest of the system, doesn't matter. It's unlikely they'll go completely out of stock. IF anything does go out of stock though (like case or PSU), then there are plenty of alternative options anyway