Needed a personal workstation that wouldn't completely break the bank, while having potential for upgrades over time.
Rubber ducky for reference.
A few of the parts here took a long time for me to decide on over their competitors. For example, the Enermax LIQTECH TR4 II AIO had horrible quality control issues in the first revision. Apparently most of these first-gen failures were recalled. I saw a review on newegg that said something similar but pulled the trigger on the second gen 360mm RGB version, and hasn't had problems. I took that advice and haven't been disappointed so far. Will update if this changes.
The Gigabyte Designare X399 motherboard was another choice that I made after a lot of thought. So far, every Gigabyte product that I have bought has been great. Also, the memory support according to their list seemed sufficient. I was surprised when I got it in the mail to be honest. The packaging was very nice, and the build quality of the motherboard is incredible.
The rubber ducky took a long time to decide on. First, I wondered, "Will this ducky provide enough FPS for demanding AAA titles such as battletoads and minecraft?" - If you are trying to decide on whether to add to your build, stop thinking, and do it.
In my previous build, I purchased a Corsair K70 RGB, Corsair ST100 RGB Headset Stand, and Corsair Scimitar (RGB). So, logically, I got the corsair Vengeance RGB pro memory, and LL120 RGB fans to integrate into iCue. Works as expected.
Overclocked the memory to 4466MHz, and CPU to 4.225 GHz. Haven't done much to the 2080, 2080ti's were all sold out :'(
I plan to add more memory, storage, a custom loop, NVLink, and RGB fans. Memory will come first. Mostly since it's RGB, but also since 32 GB is just barely (not) enough for my work.
Edit: Added a 1TB Samsung 970 EVO to the second M.2 Slot. I absolutely love not having any SATA connections (Data & Power). Not to mention, having all of my storage in M.2 slots is incredibly nice as it saves the build visually as well as in terms of cable management. Could not recommend going full M.2 enough. Also, Threadripper gets 64 PCI Lanes. This should allow for all M.2 and PCIE storage while still having the option to do NVLink.
Amazing multi-thread performance. Single performance is impressive too, considering that it isn't the highlight of this CPU. easily overclocked to 4.2GHz. ~3500 cinebench R15
I had really wanted this cooler for Threadripper 2. However, due to negative reviews and quality control, I almost didn't. This AIO seems good so far and keeps my 2950x in the high 20's at idle (4.2Ghz), and 50-65 under load.
Incredible build quality. I was skeptical to buy this motherboard over the MSI and Asus boards. I do not regret my purchase. It overclocks stable and easy.
Zoom :) @3466MHz
Why wouldn't you buy this ssd? Super speedy, reliable, M.2!
Runs crysis, confirmed.
Amazing airflow, space, and aesthetic. <3 Der8auer
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Some of the cable combs broke their teeth. :( They look nice and are cheap-ish. Cablemod probably looks better, but for a simple color this is easy enough. Matched my rubber ducky's bill.
:) Buying these for the "Performance" hehe
+70 FPS average when Rubber Ducky is introduced to PC build.
"I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am the batteries that are not included."