So this is the first build that I have done in several years. I have always wanted to do a no-holds barred build with price not being a huge option. Here is what I came up with based on currently available parts. Big fan of the Winter Soldier, hence the theme for the build. I had a great time with this build and spent a long time getting the wiring squared away. I hope that you all enjoy.
Some may say, why didn't you go all out full custom loop? The plan for this rig is work (animation & game design), so I wanted water cooling without the extra maintenance required. The AIO solution works great and keeps the temperatures at a reasonable level without the hassle of draining and cleaning on a regular basis. Some say lazy, I say efficient. Gives me more time to do other things.
Since this is primarily a work computer, I geared the parts selection less towards gaming and more towards working in a multi-thread environment. The ASRock X399 Taichi is a excellent board with a lot of capability. It has the sTR4 socket capable of handling first and second generation Threadripper with just a BIOS update. With the G.Skill Trident Z already optimized for the X399 boards, it just took a simple BIOS change to recognize the DDR-3200 memory, currently situated in quad-channel setup. There is absolutely no bottleneck currently and if I start to notice any, I will bump up to 64GB. Other items I like: Dual LAN, built in WiFi, 4-way SLI, built in audio, 8 SATA, and 3 Ultra M.2 slots. Lots of room for expansion as I need it.
The Threadripper 1950X is a crazy huge chip with the 16 cores and 32 threads, the biggest non-commercial chip I have ever handled. Installation was straight forward and the Corsair 100i keeps it cool, only 55C under prime95 full load. I wanted a 280mm radiator but the motherboard chipset heat sink interfered, but the 240mm is more than capable. When the pricing comes down on the second generations and more programs move to make use of the multi-threads, I plan to move up to the 2970WX or 2990WX.
My big concession to gaming was the GeForce GTX 1080Ti. It works amazing, I get well over 100fps on any game I have thrown at it on ultra settings. If I find that the video starts to degrade to much while rendering, I will have to move to the Quadro. Work pays the bills, so time will tell. I could run four gpu's, but sure I really need that many. Maybe if I finally set up the four+ monitors I want, maybe.
Not normally a RGB fan, but so many options, I figured why not. It would be nice if you didn't have to deal with three different programs to set all the lights, but the Commander Pro certainly helps. The Corsair HD120 fans and the Commander Pro work together flawlessly and the Link4 program makes it all easy to set up. It pulls in all the fan speeds, temperatures (cpu, gpu, & mb) and lets you assign each fan to control a given component. I have never used the Commander Pro, but would recommend to anyone that wants one component to integrate all the fans and temperatures. As mentioned, wish I could control the G.Skill RAM and ASRock RBG with the Link program too. No such luck.
I did spend some time to try and coordinate the Winter Soldier theme throughout. Probably spent way to much money, but I thought it turned out pretty good. I went with the Winter Soldier color pallet and carried it through the entire build - White case, black/grey/silver board, sleeved cables, custom glass etching, and of course Bucky Barnes rounds it out. Taking pictures of the glass is tough, so many reflections. I had to take a bunch, but hopefully you all can get the idea.
Thanks for looking!
The biggest CPU I have ever worked with so far. Installed easily and takes everything that I have thrown at it with ease.
Plug and play, no issues. My only con is that you need to run the G.Skill software to change the RGB pattern. I wish that all the RGB could be controlled from a single app instead of three.
I loved this case, great airflow, plenty of room to work in, and decent layout that allowed me to run my wiring with ease. It is a big case but worth it.
Super easy to install and use. With the Corsair Link app, it pulls in all the fans and temperatures in the case. Will also pull in Corsair fan RGB and Corsair RGB strips. Great for controlling all the fans and being able to assign each fan to a corresponding temperature. Again, my only con is not being able to control all of the RBG in the case with the Link app.
Simple install on the GTX 1080 Ti. Works as advertised and keeps the GPU very cool.