Advice1st Tier Gaming PC Build
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I'd be most grateful for some expert advice. I am making a gaming build, and I want to go all out, as it's likely the last computer I will build. Here is what I have in mind for the core components (with which I plan to run an RTX 3090 once prices drop):

Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ULTRA motherboard (LGA 1200)

Intel Core i9-11900K Rocket Lake 8-Core 3.5 GHz

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800)
Model F4-3600C18D-64GTZR

or

G.SKILL Trident Z Neo Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800)
Model F4-3600C16D-64GTZN

or

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
Model CMW64GX4M2E3200C16

Am I making any bad choices here? (I know I don't need the i9 just for gaming, but I want it for other process-intensive video work I also do; also, I used to build with Asus motherboards, but I understand that they now push software on you, and I just don't want to deal with that). Is there one compenent here that would be a "weak link" in the chain, for which I should consider something else? Any recommendation as to which memory would be the best choice? The qaualified vendor list for the motherboard (whcih I got straight from Gigabyte's support site) doesn't list a single memory combination higher than 32GB, even though the specs on the board indicate it can accommodate up to 128GB. Would I be safe with one of the G.Skill combos above?

I would really appreciate any advice someone knowledgeable could give me. Thank you very much!

Xal
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Yeah, the i9 is definitely a bad choice.

If you're building a "top tier" system for "process-intensive video work", buy a Ryzen 9 5900X or 5950X.

If it were me, I'd be buying an Asus motherboard. Gigabyte are perfectly good, if that's what you prefer, but I just personally prefer Asus, especially on the higher end. They're not going to "push software on you" with a motherboard anyway.
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