Gurus, First off, hello g3d community. I've been pretty inactive since the mid 2000s; grew up, went off to college, that kinda thing. I last built a PC in Summer 2010 (I7-930, GTX480, 12GB RAM). I used this thing continuously until the last couple months when it started hanging at the Windows logo screen during boot with the infinite dotted circle, even when booting from CD. It'll do it for days if I let it. I believe I eliminated RAM as the issue, neither here nor there, but figured maybe it's time to build new. I have a Dell XPS 15 laptop with an I7-6700hq, 16gb RAM and I like it overall, was a nice upgrade when I got it last year. So, boring backstory aside, I'm looking to build a capable workstation that will likely be primarily for day trading. What does this mean? Likely running mamy instances of charting and stock scanning applications along with a ton of web activity and other applications running on 3+ 4K monitors. I also do VM work, coding, web development, database stuff, etc from time to time. Not too worried about the GPU decision, lookin at a GTX 1060 atm, but AMDs recent offerings throw a wrench in making the CPU decision straightforward like it used to be. I have been looking at the I9-9700 and 9900k based on the past 10 years of Intel dominance, but I find the new AMD Threadrippers interesting. The 2950x would cost me 3-400 extra, but may be a beast for my expected multitasking needs between the cores and quad channel memory. That said, it's tough for me to say for sure I won't appreciate having the I9's IPC advantage since I haven't used either processor. The 2700x is not off the table, though I don't see a strong reason to prefer it over the I9 options or even the 8700k, which is also not ruled out. Essentially, I'm looking for CPU recommendations. Price not necessarily a huge object, but price per dollar is. If I spend more, I want to know I'm getting more performance to justify it. I will likely use this PC for many years to come given that my last one lasted 8 yrs. Feel free to ask me clarifying questions and let me know your experience on higher end workstation pros and cons. Thanks Gurus.