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    Hello there fellow Linux geeks.

    I just secured myself a job(Yae!).
    At the end of month, if all goes well with this new job(its very challenging, but finally very Linux relevant/related) I will have some cabbage in my pocket.

    So I will donate something to Phoronix, because I love and visit this site for over several years now. I suggest you do too.

    And also I consider upgrade to following components:
    GPU, CPU, Monitor, cooling for CPU.
    With CPU I will go for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.
    Because it's best CPU my Mobo can support.(upgrade from Ryzen 5 1500)

    So I need advices, especially from people who already own those things.

    About video card: rx5700, Radeon, is it good investment longer term? It does not have Ray Tracing in hardware. Should I wait a little longer? Is anything else coming out soon worth considering longer term, especially from AMD? I'd rather get Radeons, because of open source drivers. But I currently own 780TI from Nvidia, which is obsolete and absolutely needs replacement. I understand Ray Tracing is not on AMD radars yet for another generation of video cards at least. Is that correct marek ?

    Apart from Tomb Raider series, are there any games on Linux, existing or coming that will have ray tracing?

    And I need a BIG advice on screen.
    1. Should I invest more into 4K screen? I am occasional/semi gamer. I love FPS and play them online to score some frags. My 1080p seems obsolete and its 60Hz. I will be using monitor most of my spare time, so it's kind of important, for both semi professional purposes(very seldom working from home on company laptop). I see screen as long term investment, hence I may consider getting more expensive one.(it may survive video card replacement, so probably 5-6 years minimum)
    2. Should I go ultra wide instead with somewhat higher resolution than 1080p but smaller than 4K?
    3. How is the support of ultrawide screens on Linux? How is the 4K support?(i especially value advices from those who own such equipment)
    4. Or should I just get non ultra wide, but bigger screen and couple two screens together?(existing and new one)
    5. If we talk about ultrawide screens, i want to be able to play 1080p resolution game and watch a video same time, is it possible? How difficult is it to set up?(i understand Ultrawide can act like 2 screens same time if I use HDMI instead of Display Port). Guessing with Nvidia it's going to be simple, but does AMD has nice GUI tool to configure things?
    6. How bad is situation with two monitors currently, especially if they are different models/refresh rate/resolution/etc? How does gaming work on them? What about playing game and watching video same time? Will I still have 144 frame rate on one screen and 60 on other or it goes to least common denominator?
    7. Does HDR play any role in Linux yet or do you see it becoming a thing? marek , from AMD, could you shed some light please?
    8. Does open source AMD driver support Freesync well?
    9. How bad is the situation between switching proprietary/kernel drivers?(i am gentoo guy, 'modprobe -r amd_driver' does not scare me)

    I will gladly read all and every reply.
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