Description

This is my 1st attempt in several years to build my own desktop. I use it primarily for photo (Lightroom and Photoshop) & video editing (Corel's VideoStudio) and Excel work. The only 'gaming' I've done with it is Freecell :) It has made photo editing a real pleasure. I will often shoot sporting events and generate 1000 image files. After doing a quick run thru edit I usually batch process them all and convert from RAW to JPEG on the lot. With my previous PC, an I7, This could take an hour or more. Now It's about 4 minutes. The 1st image above is from ver 1 with the Wraith Ripper cooler. Sorry it was shot with my phone. Hopefully I'll get a chance shoot it with a real camera.

My 1st iteration used the Wraith Ripper air cooler. it did an ok job but I wanted to drop the temps more. The Cooler Master AIO did drop the temps almost 10C under load. The second & 3rd images have the AIO installed.

The Gigabyte MB just exudes quality. Built very well and I have no complaints there. The Gigabyte software was a nightmare. I could never get it to work an their helpline's best suggestion was do a clean reinstall of Windows and start over :( I chose other MB's for my next 2 builds just to avoid their software.

I originally used Ballistix 3000 memory but could never get it to clock that high. With the Trident's I just enabled XMP and am happily at 3200.

The Corsair case is pretty much utilitarian but it does the job well of keeping everything cool. I am running 2 140mm fans in the front (intake) and one in the rear (exhaust) plus the 3 120mm on the cooler.

I manually OC to 3.975 with no issues and have no need to try to go higher.

Part Reviews

CPU

Superfast - needs cooling

CPU Cooler

Looks great. Built well and keeps the Threadripper cool.

Motherboard

The board itself is built well and has plenty of interconnect points. The Gigabyte software was a loser.

Memory

What to say? Looks pretty and runs at 3200 by just enabling XMP. With 64gb of memory I created a ramdisk of 12gb and use that for all programs that need temporary storage.

Storage

Moved this over from another build. Certainly faster than mechanical drives but gets blown away by NVME.

Storage

1st NVME I've used. Lives up to the hype, its fast.

Storage

They are what they are. I moved them over from another build and they are still chugging away.

Video Card

More than what I need but should be good for years to come for my needs. I have 1 4K and 1 HD monitor on it with no issues.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Okay wow that is a lot of money!

I don't know what other people think but I know that from this website: https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-Ryzen-TR-2950X-vs-AMD-Ryzen-9-3900X/m569025vs4044

it actually rates the Ryzen 9 slightly higher and it would of saved you a bit of money. Idk one website probably doesn't write the rules.

I guess you got the threadripper for the four extra cores?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I started this project in 1/19. I'm not sure if that processor was available then. I don't delude myself into thinking I have the fastest computer (or the fastest car, best camera etc). At the time it was the decision I went with for a variety of reasons. YMMV. I expect software down the road to take advantage of the extra cores. Right now my Adobe programs seem to utilize it well.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

okay that makes sense. I just saw this posted recently and thought it was built that recently too.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I think this build needs far more pictures considering it price point! this is pretty spectacular! How are you liking the air cooled cpu heat sink?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment - I do intend to take a few shots to publish. I'm kind of embarrassed to have used my phone on this shot. I changed to the Cooler Master AIO shortly after finishing. I wasn't satisfied with the temps I was getting under load - mid 70's. Changing to the AIO dropped them about 10C. I'm sure mid 70's was no big deal, but... Initially I had very little RGB. Now I'm kinda hooked :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

looks great those temps are awesome considering you are air cooling a threadripper! Dude if you have a setup this good u got to game!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

lol, no changed to water cooling to get that