I would go for the Ryzen 9 7950x or Ryzen 9 7900 instead of 5950x. Those processors have an integrated GPU that is decent and should be plenty for poker and driving 4K screens (even for Aurora on Stars). The 7950x would be good for all out performance and solving, but it is a 170w part and the Ryzen 9 7900 only uses 65w ... and you get just over 75% of the performance with a lot less power usage. The 7900 is slightly more powerful than the 5950x as well. According to Passmark the iGPU has a bit more oomph than a 1050 Ti, which is by no means a powerhouse but I used one (the 1050ti) and it ran Stars smoothly while multi tabling up to 12 tables. I'm actually about to do a rebuild myself and upgrade from the 5900x to the 7900 ... after I sell all my current PC parts it will only cost me a little
That would save the cost of buying a graphics card, although you would need DDR5 RAM which might offset those savings. Still, I think it's a better deal even if you have to spend (slightly) more compared to the 5950x, but I think it will actually cost the same or maybe a little less. Plus, Zen 5 is supposed to use the AM5 socket when it comes out, so you could upgrade 1 more time if you wanted without having to buy a new motherboard (assuming AMD sticks to that plan...)
+1 on just buying a cheap Windows key
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