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CPU benchmark: https://www.3dmark.com/pcm10/42340125?

GPU benchmark: https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/42464834?

Cinebench R20.060 score: 13412 (peak temperature 72~73C)

Idle temperature hovers around 40C

CPU

I bought a gen3 Threadripper because I wanted the fast compilation time for code. The 3970x didn't give much benefit in the benchmarks I saw for code compilation so I didn't spend the extra money.

Cooling

The Gen3 Threadripper requires 280 TDP for cooling (NOTE: This is different than gen2 that only required 250!!! Do NOT get a gen2 threadripper cooler like the Dark Pro TR4). Very few air cooling solutions and very few water cooling solutions give you 280. Do not be tricked into thinking any water cooling will do the trick! Check the TDP! Additionally, since the CPU is bigger than average, most water coolers physically can't cover the CPU.

The Thermalright SilverArrow TR4 has a TDP of 320 an does a great job of cooling my CPU while being easy to install (compared to a lot of online complaints you see about water cooling). On top of that, I love the way it looks (see screenshots of my build)

Motherboard

Motherboards are one of the most tedious things to replace so I really want something future proof. AMD has said that they plan to use the sTRX4 design for some time so it makes sense to invest in a better motherboard (can replace upgrade the CPU independently in the future). Based on the benchmarks I saw, the MSI Creator was also the board the remained the coolest which is also important for Threadripper performance Warning: do NOT buy a threadripper gen 2 motherboard. They are NOT compatible

Memory

Threadripper gen3 officially supports 3200 ddr4. People have managed to get some good boosts out of higher frequency RAM but figuring out which higher frequencies gives stable higher performance seems hard to say and I don't really want to spend the time testing it out. C14 was easy to find and cheaper than other options with higher frequencies. I couldn't find them in 16GB sticks though so I went with 8GBs instead. 32GBs is cutting it close for some tasks but since my motherboard has 8 slots, I can still upgrade to 64GBs in the future so I should be okay for some time. Warning: Threadripper is meant to run on quad configurations so make sure your RAM set is approved for quad channel usage. Warning: Make sure your motherboard is on the QVL for the RAM you get

Storage

I got an NVME gen4 since my motherboard supports it and it gives higher speeds than other SSDs for a fairly low price. I only got 1TB since this technology is moving fast so I think by the time I run out of space I will be able to get a better SSD to replace it (or add to it.

Warning: the Gigabyte AORUS is kind of weird to get working with the MSI Creator board because the MSI creator comes with heat protection for you (which you have to remove to install the AORUS). Probably easier to just get an SSD that doesn't come with a case then use the MSI Creator's provided solution.

Video card

I really like VR and I wanted something that could run any VR game that comes out smoothly for some time. There some 2080TIs by other manufacturers that (in benchmarks I've seen) get better scores but they cost more and this seemed more than enough for me already so I went with the lower price (with good reviews)

Case

This case is actually not meant to support 2080 TI (card is too big) but in practice it fits. The clearance only means you have to insert the card diagonally through the opening but once inside it fits (but it's literally less than 1cm away from your case's fan). This case was easily available where I live so that was the main reason for getting it but it also looks good and I didn't want one of those pointlessly huge cases. It also has good reviews for air-cooling solutions which I need to properly cool the CPU. I kind of wish the case has a USB-C port at the front though.

Power supply

The power supply is a 1000W in case I ever decide to get a 2nd graphic card for SLI in the future. SLI would take ~940 watts and power supplies provide less power when temperatures go up so you need a certain margin of error.

Monitor

I had a hard time deciding between this and a nice 4K monitor but I often find myself wanting more code side-by-side than more vertical lines when programming so I think 5120x1440 is a good tradeoff. The monitor has HDR support and 120HZ which is nice if I ever find game to play on it (but I expect most games I play will be through VR so monitor refresh may end up not having been worth the money).

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't seen a new build in the Air 540 in a while. Nice to see it still in use.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. More pics? Also don’t get sli it is a waste of money.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried SLI in like a decade and last time it was only to support 3 monitors. No plans for SLI unless something else ends up requiring it.

I added a 3rd pic from when I was still putting the build together. Let me know if there's any angle in particular you'd like to see.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice 24 core CPU build. Congratulations. I too would like to see more pics, esp. close-ups. Enjoy the fast compile times and consider returning that ultra wide $$$ monitor. Thumbs up from me. Enjoy!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I have only been using this monitor for a week (took longer to get here than the other parts) but I have been absolutely in love with it. It suffers some expected drawbacks of a VA panels that I didn't care too much about and having one single monitor that I can split up with virtual desktops feels way better than two monitors side-by-side. I don't really think I will be able to go back after this. The price tag for this monitor in particular was in the same ballpark as the other 49'' displays

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, i am planning on building same kinda pc but i am wondering bout getting the corsair 1000D case for dual pc. but i think now with this cpu that i don't need it and just can connect a capture card in it without dual pc and much problems, right? idk if it is needed. and also i would love to see a pic of the things inside the case just to know where u have placed the things and how it looks etc. 3 pics from different angles would be fine. also if i get the corsair mp600 instead of this ssd do i need to remove the heatsink??? And do u think there is a cpu cooler (air) that preforms better than your current one, if yes then wich one? i want it to be quite and powerful and bout the money idc much bcs i want the best performance for c4d and motion design stuff.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't know much about capture cards or dual PC setups, sorry.

The Corsair mp600 looks like it comes with its own heatsink so I would assume you need to remove the heatsink on the mobo just like I did. It's not hard to remove -- it just means you have to ignore what the manual tells you.

The air cooler I got is the only air cooler I could find that is rated at a TDP of >=280 (this one in particular is 320). Maybe there is another one that exists but I couldn't find it in any website I looked.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thank you so much bro for taking your time to reply.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I'm about to do a very similar build with 3970x. I was looking to the Thermalright Silver Arrow but it's very difficult to find temperature data online. What temperatures are you getting under full sustained load?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I added the Cinebench peak temperature to my build info. Hope this helps.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps under normal load and what are your temps when gaming?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I added the Cinebench peak temperature and idle temperature to my build info. Hope this helps.

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