It's unlikely you will ever upgrade the CPU or RAM on your X99 motherboard. You're spending a lot of money up front on purely hypothetical savings several years from now with little benefit to no benefit to the applications you will actually be running. That doesn't ring like sound logic to me. You'd get more out of your money by optimizing your computer for the tasks you want to do now (i.e., downgrade the CPU, motherboard and RAM, and upgrade the GPU), and keeping any leftovers for a future upgrade that'll also really benefit you.
Why is it unlikely? I upgraded the ram on my last system, and always considered upgrading the CPU.
I'm not sure, but the upgrade options for my current system were not that great, the last time I checked.
It is also the current raw power that I am considering, as well as the longevity, due to potential upgrade paths. Am I wrong in thinking that this new platform will have more scope for upgrades in the future?
I do all sorts of stuff with my PC, Photo/Video editing, 3D rendering, so not just gaming. But I do not do any of that professionally or even that regularly. I am an enthusiast, and a tinkerer, and to have the power there would be nice.
As for leftover money going towards future upgrades, that won't really happen. If I have the money at the time, I'll buy something, if I don't (which is most of the time), then I don't.
I don't want to sound like I'm just flat out ignoring your advice, otherwise what was the point of me asking for it? I'm just trying to battle it out in my own mind.
You do make some valid points, but I like shiny new things, but it is large chunk of change. Urgh