I design skateparks for a living. It's basically landscape architecture. I use my equipment to 3d model for construction and render photorealistic-ish images for sales (sometimes fly-throughs). I use a variety of programs including 3ds Max, V-Ray, AutoCAD, Photoshop etc.
My work can take advantage of the most powerful CPUs and GPUs available and the more, the better.
I bought my first two computers from a small custom builder. They were both almost identical Xeon E5 2699 v4's (22core) with 64Gb Dominator Platinum RAM and Titan Maxwells (3 per computer). As newer Graphics cards and m.2 nvme's came out I started selling older parts and upgrading/ tinkering with computers and thus began my foray into getting hands on with my equipment. I found this really enjoyable and I got bitten by the bug.
When the I9-7980 was released I decided to build my own computer based around this powerful 18 core processor and some Titan Xp's. I seized it as an opportunity to go pretty deep into custom PC building by doing it from the ground up with a custom water loop with rigid acrylic tubing. I've posted this computer on PC PartPicker. While challenging, it was pretty gratifying to end with up a computer that not only fired up but is a real beast. I had a huge learning curve to contend with from figuring out what parts worked best with each other to bending acrylic and overclocking. I was too nervous at that point to delid a $2000 cpu so I sent it to Silicon Lottery but I would definitely do that now if I had the need.
So all of this brings me to this latest build. Along came the Threadripper 2990WX with 32 cores and the 2080 Ti and I knew what I had to do. In my line of work time is most definitely money and the 2990 is basically built almost specifically for my type of work.
So now I have 4 computers with 94 cores or 188 threads of CPU rendering power plus 3 1080 Ti's, 2 Titan Xp's, and 2080 Ti for GPU rendering. I'm pretty pleased.
A few build notes:
The Evolve X is mid tower and, while a pretty well thought out case, the MSI MEG Creation is a big E-ATX mother board and the EVGA Ultra Gaming 2080 Ti is a pretty big card so I had to be conservative with the water cooling stuff - specifically the reservoir and radiators. Because I really wanted to use the fill and drain ports that are engineered into the case I found it best to go with 2 thin 360 radiators.
The Phanteks Evolve X was really, really hyped and it seems a lot of people now bag on it a bit but I think it lived up to my expectations. I have another one sitting on a shelf for another build or a Xeon system transplant. Two of my other computers are in Entoo Luxe TG's and I have to say I'm a fan of Phanteks.
The In Win fans are most certainly not the best performing fans, particularly for static pressure scenarios, but I just dug the look of the aluminum and styling. They're also too expensive.
I wanted to use the Heatkiller Threadripper CPU block and actually ordered it but it just wouldn't come. I had to finally cancel the order after months of waiting and get the next best thing.
I love all of Singularity Computers' stuff and always use it. I also really like to support someone like Daniel who is truly passionate and gives some much back to the custom PC world.
I did not watercool my 2080 Ti because I may swap it out just as soon as the next gen comes out. Then again I may add a waterblock because it's hot and so is everything else in this tempered glass case. I am not using the dust screens to help keep things cooler but I clean my computers frequently. I have a very clean work environment and a computer vaccuum :)
Bitspower fittings scream quality and they have so many different part options.
I'm not going to lie.., I bought the T-Force Deltas because of the rgb.
I was going to use 2 Samsung 970 Pro 512Gb's in RAID 0 for the boot drive but did some research and found that for my usage this may actually be slower and it is certainly less reliable. My understanding is that a 1Tb is actually a little faster than a 512Gb so I used that for boot instead. Truth be told I probably wouldn't have noticed the difference but, short of messing with Optane or RAM drive, I decided to go all out. I'm not educated about those things at this point.
Thus far, with all of the Dimm slots full with 128Gb of RAM, I can only run the G. Skill B die 3200 at 2933. If someone has gotten 3200 I'd like to hear how to do it.
The build is brand spanking new so I have not tinkered much with BIOS or any overclocking. I don't have bench marks to post at this point but maybe I'll come back and add them. It's hard to do a build like this while meeting my heavy workload and fulfilling my familiar duties. Between those things and waiting for parts this has taken months and has happened in fits and spurts.
I couldn't find the Phanteks riser cable for the Evolve X for sale anywhere. It's always out of stock. I was able to mount the EDZIY riser cable to the case using the existing screw holes but the card did not line up with vertical expansion slot correctly so I bailed. I like the way standard card mounting looks anyway and the card is probably cooler in this position anyway. Who knows if can ever find one I might try it.
I'm one of those people who've stayed away from Windows 10 as best as I could. All of my other computers are currently running Windows 7 Pro. For this configuration though I decided to make the jump to Windows 10 Pro for it's optimization for high core CPU's and RTX. I've disabled all of the telemetrics and MS b.s. though.
Sorry about the crappy photos. My 3 year old broke the glass over the lens on my phone.
Update I overclocked the CPU to 4.1GHz on all cores today. It was the easiest overclock I've ever done. After the holidays I'll try for 4.2 and work on the RAM. It might be impossible to 3200MHz with 128Gb. Maybe a BIOS will come out to help that situation.