Cotton Candy Threads [2018]

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Cotton Candy Threads [2018]

This is my multi iteration main PC, so you'll notice a lot of different hardware in the pics. It's most current form (last change 5/29/2019) is an Asus Strix 2080 Ti, Cooler Master ML360 TR4 and Asus Hyper Card. I gave up the Enermax RMAs. The Gen I and Gen II each failed twice. Might have stuck with it if I knew I could just refill it, but oh well.

Original build notes from September 25, 2018:

This is iteration #3 of my Threadripper system. The previous build used the 1950X, but I was very impressed with what Precision Boost Overdrive brought to the table after seeing a few reviews. I’ve also cut down from 6 drives to two by moving to a NAS now that everything in my home has been upgraded to 10 gigabit ethernet. This meant I could move to a smaller case. I also had a pump failure on my Gen 1 Enermax AIO, so the cards really just lined up for a rebuild. They were nice enough to send me a 2nd Gen cooler which has RGB, so I didn’t have to theme around white this time.

Things I loved about the build:
  • Options! The first time around, I was limited by my part choice, but it is really nice to see more modern cases with EATX support.
  • Seeing AMD grow! I really do like where AMD is headed. When Intel releases their iterative chips, we’d been forced to just take a minor clock speed bump, but now with real competition comes real upgrades. The performance boost over the 1950X on paper seems like nothing much, but I see many cores boosting higher and single threaded application feel much faster. Precision boost overdrive really makes a difference. There’s only a 250~ point difference between it and my all core (4.275GHz) Cinebench score.
  • Aesthetics! My 760T was good looking and all, but this O11 Dynamic is really a show stopper of a case while maintaining great thermals. Being smaller, I can have it up on my desk to enjoy.
  • Cable management! It’s been great in this case. I used Cablemod extensions with Mod-One shorty cables. It was MUCH cheaper than getting a full set of custom cables and looks just as good. Lots of room to manage in this case… or be a bit messy if you choose.
  • IC Graphite pads! These were quick to install and saved me from having to clean up a mess of paste when I change to the upcoming ROG cooler and 2990WX once the windows bugs are worked out. (This never happened for obvious reasons)

  • As with the first time I used this board, the Zenith Extreme has one of those Foxconn retention brackets that’s is insanely difficult to work with. You end up getting all 3 screws in if you ignore the order listed on the socket, but still have to use way more for than you’re comfortable with on $1400 worth of parts.
  • The diagnostic screen died. A bit of a bummer on a year-old board. I don’t feel like RMAing just for that.

I use this PC for the Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, VMs, deep learning experiments, gaming, and everything things. It’s my main rig. Even when I’m at my office, I use it remotely. I use it more for creative & workstation tasks than gaming.
Color(s): Black Gray Light Blue Pink
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Color
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: E-ATX
Type: General Build


$ 1,075.00
AMD - Threadripper 2950X
Socket: TR4
Cores: 16
ASUS - ROG Zenith Extreme
Chipset: X399
CPU Socket: TR4
Size: E-ATX
$ 3,029.12
Corsair - Vengeance (3000MHz) (Black/RGB) (8x)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
$ 443.33
EVGA - FTW3 Ultra
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080 Ti
$ 463.88
Crucial - P1 (4x)
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 197.99
Samsung - 960 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
$ 197.99
Samsung - 970 PRO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 512 GB
$ 1,197.36
Seagate - IronWolf Pro NAS (2x)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 8 TB
$ 465.00
Corsair - HX1200i
Wattage: 1200
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
$ 194.60
Lian Li - O11 Dynamic
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 702.00
Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML360 (RGB)
Type: AIO
Size (WxHxD): 360 mm (3 x 120 mm)
CableMod - C-Series Kit AXi/HXi/RM
Mode: Custom
Sleeve: PRO ModMesh
Color: Carbon
$ 70.77
$ 148.58
$ 199.99
Dell - P2418D
Size: 24 Inch
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
$ 841.50
LG - 38WK95C-W
Size: 38 Inch
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 75 Hz
$ 139.99
Logitech - MX Master 2S (Gray)
Interface: Wireless
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