Hi everyone. I'm considering building myself a Threadripper system, but it's been a long time since I've built a computer.
(I think the last computer I built was an Athlon XP 2400+ with an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe nForce2 motherboard and a Radeon 9500 Pro. That would have been around 2002.)
Since then, I haven't had the money to buy a desktop *and* a laptop, so I've been using laptops since then. Now, I finally have the money to build a desktop again. But since it's been so long, I want to make sure I'm not forgetting something.
Use case: mostly word processing and light gaming. (I currently have a laptop with a dual core Core i7-7500U and a Geforce GTX 950M. I can run most of my games on medium settings.) But I occasionally run statistical regressions that take about 5 hours on my 4 core desktop computer at work. My statistical software is highly parallelizable, so it ought to scale almost linearly with core count. I probably don't really need a Threadripper, and this is mostly just for a wow factor. But a Ryzen 2700 with an X470 isn't so much cheaper, so I say heck, let's have fun. YOLO!
(I could save about $170 by going with an X470 and $400 by going with a Ryzen 1700. That would drop the total price from $2805 to $2235. To me, that's not enough of a difference to justify cutting the core count in half.)
Here's my parts list so far, with commentary:
Gigabyte X399 Designare EX (rev. 1.0)
There's no such thing as a low-end Threadripper motherboard, so the differences among motherboards are small, and this was a hard choice. But I chose this motherboard because reviews say it is designed for reliability and stability, not overclocking. The metal reinforcing backplate and the active-cooled VRMs, for example, are nice touches. One review noted it has more thermal sensors than almost any other motherboard.
Threadripper 1950X 16-Core
32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) 2Rx8 (dual-rank) ECC Unbuffered by NEMIX RAM
The fastest unbuffered ECC DDR4 I can find. If anyone knows of anything faster, tell me. The motherboard supports up to DDR4 3600.
Seasonic Prime Ultra 1000W 80+ Titanium power supply
Enermax Liqtech TR4 II 280 Addressable RGB AIO liquid CPU cooler
Samsung 970 EVO 2 TB
ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 570
be quiet! DARK BASE 900 ATX Full Tower
I wanted a case with noise dampening insulation. And I didn't want a tempered glass window because I suspect that doesn't dampen noise as well. So that limited me to this case and the Fractal Design Define R6. It was a tough choice between the two of them, but I went with the be quiet! because its side panel can accept a fan aimed at the graphics card.
The case comes preinstalled with two 140 mm intake fans and one 140 mm exhaust fan. Combined with the two exhaust fans on the CPU cooler's radiator, and I figure that's probably enough cooling. Especially since I'm not overclocking. But maybe I should install some extra intake fans in order to create positive pressure and prevent ingress of dust? (The case has filters.)
I also own several sets of screwdrivers and bits in just about every size, from jeweler's on up. I'll also buy some ESD tweezers, an ESD wrist strap, an ESD mat, and a headlamp.
I'll probably buy a 2 TB mechanical hard drive as a backup drive.
I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Anything I'm forgetting?