Just build when there's a sale that gives you the kind of performance you want for your money. PLEASE Don't wait your life away, if you enjoy building, go enjoy it! This from someone who's unable to get out on a regular basis due to physical health issues at the 'young' age of almost-40. Enjoy your life my man, enjoy your life. Provided it doesn't put you in financial hardship, go build a nice machine and ENJOY using what you've worked hard to earn. When new stuff comes out you want, sell or donate/give to family member(s) the older stuff. The customers - almost all of us - wanted more clock speed. Well with how much we loved Ryzen 3xxx, a great performing chip for the power it uses (as I sit here not sweating anymore!). The processors without coolers are being offered to us to reduce cost, and reduce wasted material that otherwise would have driven up prices for those who didn't need the heatsink/fan. These are mostly meant for the upgrading crowd, as AM4 socket is reaching the end of it's useful life. You can get the same cooler that comes (lacking the copper base!) with the 3600 CPU for 8.99$ to 12.99$ shipped off of Flea Bay (EBay). Go get it if you need it. You can choose a processor that still comes with the cooler if you wish, but if AMD chose to include a beefy cooler for the XT models, many folks including you and I who likely already have a better or equal cooler would have to pay the extra 20~30$ USD for it. I'm not so much trying to defend AMD (though fact-check I do have stock in them and TSMC), would you rather have a 30$ cheaper CPU where you can buy any 30~50$ cooler you wish for, for your individual build, for only a whopping 0~20$ more? I call that a win, especially now with the air and water cooling market as well rounded as it is now. For contribution to the topic: Delays are due to economy and also TSMC's two biggest customers just did an about-face: Apple sales dropped off sharply as people realized they either don't need an Apple device or can get the same tech from someone else for much, much less (and they did) in a recession. Apple makes lots of I-wants and not as much of the I-needs. So they are affected quite a lot by the economy and how good things are going. This was TSMC's biggest customer and using 5nm IIRC. Huawei is banned from using TSMC (well TSMC is banned from servicing their contract) by USA GOV. They were the second biggest customer of TSMC. AMD was I believe the third biggest customer, and just as early as last fall and holiday season, had customers lining up to buy product they couldn't produce fast enough. Put this all together and what do you get? Lots of capacity on 7nm and 5nm that was previously reserved for others is now completely open to AMD, right when AMD needs it the most (if even a bit after the fact). So this delay/switch-up is the result. No one saw this coming, but it'll be good for all of us when AMD finally brings their A-game to the table again. It's a business, they don't LOVE you, they love profit. They don't make profit, you won't get CPU's, because they if they don't make profit they won't stay in business. They can compete, and that they will, for that is their mission. They just had to fall back a bit and re-organize the play book a bit. These things happen. It will pay off for ALL of US next year. Be patient, and enjoy the fact that yes AMD listened to their customers. We didn't want something that wouldn't work with our motherboards. This is also the result of that. We got given the availability of chips with XT moniker with higher clock speeds for gaming. Go enjoy this. Those chips are available for pre orders (be careful on price!) and coming out 7/7/2020 one year after Ryzen 3xxx. Seriously, I am all for anything that means competition, because where it's there, we all win! Those who still think they can complain, can harken fondly (likely by themselves) back to the days of intel quad-core dominance and little/only barely modest improvement generation after generation. No thanks! None of this is a promise that we won't see Zen 3 4xxx before the holiday season, I'd 100% wait for an official announcement, but you never know. I am thankful for what I am given and will remain that way indefinitely. If and when we get goodies from AMD or Intel, great; if not - life shall still go on. Fine print: Not a fanboy of anything but a good deal on good performing parts that won't be outdated overnight - a hard offer to meet in PC tech, but not impossible. I tried to type this all in a manner that's not offensive, but my apology ahead of time if it is to you (please tell me if it is, via here if you're contributing to the topic or over private message if not, so I can make corrections where needed). Thank-you for reading the fine print, and take pride in your good eye sight.