Chemical Brother

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Roman Llorente
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Freelance IT specialist / system builder
Moscow, Russia
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Chemical Brother

This is a work in progress - a system ordered to crunch numbers in a university somewhere, numbers that will help to create data sets for supercomputers for further processing, in the area of chemistry and pharmaceuticals.
Or so I'm told, I'm not an expert in that.

There was a single objective here - stick to a somewhat limited budget of ~RUR200000 (~USD3071) and cram the most processor cores into the build as possible.
So this whole massive thing is centered around Threadripper 2870WX, massive TR4-specific AIO and the power delivery system to feed this hungry beast.
Processor cores, yes. Because the software it will run is thread-intensive, but is not designed for GPU calculations (excluding maybe nVidia Tesla, but who owns that).

So this is a 24-core massive monstrosity - paired with an old-as-hell nVidia GT240 graphics card (because a), no onboard graphics and b), the cheapest card I could find supporting UEFI GOP, a GT710, did NOT work well with this mobo).

Even though this is an AIO build with decent overclocking headroom, the client specifically requested no overclocking, so there is none.

For those who want to experiment with ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha - be warned. System takes forever to boot (50 seconds from power on to windows desktop), I expect it to get better with time as better firmware revisions are released, but its is still a far cry from 13 to 20 seconds I'm already used to. If you manage to make it boot faster, drop me a note on how you accomplish this.
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Theme: none
Size: E-ATX
Type: General Build

Build Updates

Build end: RTC

Cooling fans reworked

Video card problems - SOLVED... but W.T.F????

BIOS 0405

Graphics problems

Added crappy case fans

Some notes

Hardware

CPU
$ 799.99
AMD - Threadripper 2970WX
Socket: TR4
Cores: 24
Motherboard
$ 699.00
ASUS - ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha
Chipset: X399
CPU Socket: TR4
Size: E-ATX
Memory
$ 362.99
Corsair - Vengeance LPX (2666MHz) (Black)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 64 GB
Graphics
$ 69.00
Palit - GeForce GT 2048Mb Silent
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 710
Storage
Samsung - 970 EVO NVMe
Form Factor: M.2
Capacity: 250 GB
Storage
$ 41.98
Western Digital - WD Blue Desktop (WD10EZEX)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
PSU
Chieftec - GPS-1000C
Wattage: 450
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 65.85
DeepCool - MATREXX 55
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 21.90
Case Fan
$ 13.90
Noctua - NF-P12 redux-1300
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
NZXT - FX V2
Size: 140 mm
Cooling
$ 329.99
Enermax - LIQTECH TR4 II 360
Type: AIO
Size (WxHxD): 394 mm
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