The i7-13700K is slightly faster, has a more mature/stable platform, the down side is that it’s an oven and needs a substantial thermal solution. It’s slightly more expensive, and needs an additional 18USD contact frame, and an additional 10USD for a Retrofit Upgrade Kit for my Corsair AIO.
I wouldn't say it needs a contact frame, it helps but it's not really necessary. It does pull a ton of power though, especially with some motherboards, so if that's a concern the 7900X would make more sense.
10 minutes ago, DarK_HawK said:
So, the ASRock B650E PG RIPTIDE WIFI seems the logical choice, it’s the only board in this price range that has PCI5 on both the PCI and NVME slots, I know that’s not important at the moment, but it’s nice to have. It’s power delivery seems similar to that of X670E boards.
It's a solid board. I'd still personally go for something else since I don't really care about PCIe5 (A 4090 barely utilizes PCIe Gen 3 to the fullest, let alone gen 4, so in 5 years when AM5 gets deprecated it's unlikely that a GPU will make use of Gen 5), though if it's something you really want it's a very solid option. It's power delivery is worse than the X670E boards, but that's not saying a whole lot. It more comes down to the X670E boards don't need the heatsinks they're shipped with, while the B650E PG Riptide does.
13 minutes ago, DarK_HawK said:
RAM: The cheapest 6000MHZ, preferably CL30 available that is supported by the motherboard, if there is a better criteria for choosing, please add your thoughts. I don’t know if there is a difference between SK Hynix chips vs Samsung memory chips.
Find an EXPO rated kit if you want it to just work, there are reports of XMP not enabling properly on AM5 boards. 6000 CL30 is a decent criteria, though the performance over the usually cheaper CL32 kits is immeasurable so throw those into the running.
As for SK Hynix vs. Samsung, the TL;DR is SK Hynix is better overall, Samsung does slightly better tRCD. If you're not doing manual RAM overclocking, this doesn't matter, though if you're looking for 6000 CL30/32 rated kits they're all going to be Hynix based anyway.
18 minutes ago, DarK_HawK said:
GPU: I’m going with either the 6700XT or the 6750XT depending on the price. The 3060ti and 3070 with its 8gb is not an attractive option.
I would look at your specific software to see how these cards would behave. The AMD cards are great for gaming, but in a lot of workstation applications they fall flat mostly because of their lack of CUDA support though sometimes just because the developer didn't optimize for them (Adobe software, for instance, just doesn't like AMD cards). I 100% get not wanting to buy those Nvidia cards, it's just you might not really have the choice.
21 minutes ago, DarK_HawK said:
The NZXT HALE 90 850 W 80+ Gold is old, but it’s still a 850W capable one, I’m planning to disassemble it sometime in the future and replace all the CAPS with new better ones as a means of prolonging its life.
This sounds like a recipe for disaster if you don't know 100% what you're doing. Best case scenario you save ~$100, worst case scenario you're out $1000 because you did something that fried your system when you hooked it up to the PSU or you kill yourself because you accidentally touch the wrong capacitor that still had some charge left in it. You should just buy a new PSU rather than attempting this, it's just not worth the risk.