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New workstation build

New workstation build. Used for virtualization, software development, and occasional gaming.

Sorry for the boxes. Detailed build log pics will follow very soon.

Overview:

  • Threadripper 3960x
  • Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Xtreme
  • 128gb 3200 CAS14
  • Hypervisor: Proxmox
  • GPU #1: PCIe passthrough to hackintosh VM (development/photoshop/lightroom)
  • GPU #2: PCIe passthrough to windows VM (games)
  • Several VMs for infrastructure mocking (software development)
  • 2x 240gb SSD ZFS mirror for Proxmox + ISOs
  • 2x 1tb 970 EVO NVMe ZFS storage pool for local shares (stripe: 4+gb read/write)
  • 4x 1tb Inland Premium NVMe ZFS storage pool. Ultra fast VM storage (stripe: 10+gb read/write)
  • 4x 3tb WD Red ZFS Z1 for local backups. Z1 is fine as I also have a dedicated multi-pool 50+TB FreeNAS over 10gbe for “safer” backups.

The 5700 GPUs were specifically selected as they are pretty much the best you can get at PCIe 4.0 for the moment, with the bonus that it works OOB for hackintosh. Fully utilizing the 4.0 lanes was quite important as I wanted to maximize the amount of lanes I can dedicate for I/O.

** All of the storage drives are carry over from the last build, so their price shouldn’t be considered for this build list

Type Item Unit Price Qty Total Price
CPU AMD Threadripper 3960X 3.8 GHz 24-Core Processor $1399.00 @ MicroCenter 1 $1399.00
CPU Cooler EKWB EK-Velocity sTR4 CPU Waterblock for AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU, Nickel/Plexi $129.99 @ Amazon 1 $129.99
Motherboard Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS XTREME XL ATX sTRX4 Motherboard $853.98 @ Newegg 1 $853.98
Memory G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $249.99 @ NewEgg 4 $999.96
Storage Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $31.99 @ Amazon 2 $63.98
Storage Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $169.99 @ Amazon 2 $339.98
Storage Inland Premium 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $99.00 @ MicroCenter 4 $396.00
Storage Western Digital Red 3 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $88.62 @ Amazon 4 $354.48
GPU Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB STRIX Gaming OC Video Card $449.99 @ Amazon 2 899.98
GPU Cooler EK-Quantum Vector Strix RX 5700 +XT D-RGB - Nickel + Acetal $149.99 @ EKWB 2 $299.98
GPU Backplate EK-Quantum Vector Strix RX 5700 +XT Backplate - Black $39.99 @ EKWB 2 $79.98
Radiator EKWB EK-CoolStream PE 360 Radiator, Triple, Black $102.99 @ Amazon 3 $308.97
Pump PrimoChill Enhanced D5 Liquid Cooling 12V Pump Motor - PWM Enabled - Single Edition $85.99 @ Amazon 1 $85.99
Pump Cover Singularity Computers D5 Pump Cover, Black $52.00 @ Amazon 1 $52.00
Pump Top Singularity Computers D5 Pump Top, Black Acetal $53.00 @ Amazon 1 $53.00
Pump Res Singularity Computers Protium Reservoir, 200mm, Black/Acetal $64.50 @ Amazon 1 $64.50
Power Supply SeaSonic PRIME Platinum 1300 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $287.00 @ Amazon 1 $287.00
Fans Corsair ML120, 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan (2-Pack) $31.99 @ Amazon 4 $63.98
Fans Corsair QL Series, Ql120 RGB, 120mm RGB LED Fan, Triple Pack with Lighting Node Core $139.99 @ Amazon 2 279.98
Case Lian Li PC-011D XL ROG Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black $199.99 @ MicroCenter 1 $199.99
Total $7212.72
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Literally for the price of a basic bitch mac pro 2019. :+1:

Just make sure that you don’t need 32 bit applications, catalina doesn’t support those and I am not sure if mojave knows navi cards.

for sure going to need more pics!

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Indeed! Luckily I have no reliance on any 32 bit programs. I’ve been running Catalina for a bit now on my current hackintosh and MBP 15” (‘19).

why only 64 GB RAM? TR processors this kind need lots of memory.

Another person I am jealous of. But I am content with my choice in X570. But that storage though.

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? There is 128gb of mem right in the description and part list :slight_smile:

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How are you connecting all 6 of the NVMe drives?

The 4 Inland NVMe’s get connected directly into the motherboards 4 available slots. The 2 EVO NVMe’s get connected via the PCIe AIC that comes with the motherboard. With this configuration, I still have 2 available slots for expansion in the AIC.

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Oh, neat. I didn’t see that was included with the mobo. TRX40 PCIe lanes + two raid 0’s with 8 NVMe’s has me salivating.

I’m dying to get faster storage for a SQL Server project. I’m playing with some machine learning stuff and it’s a PITA to refactor a couple hundred GBs of data.

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Yah, having the AIC be included helped a “little” with stomaching the motherboard price. Here some pics of the card it comes with which also happen to be part of the build log I’m creating.

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Very nice… seems we have similar taste. We chose the same case and motherboard anyway. I put some details for my build here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/fB29TW

I used 4 drives in RAID 0 and just put them all on the card for some reason. Wanted to test it? Then never tried populating directly on the motherboard…

Nice, how are you liking the motherboard and case so far?

I had done the same thing with setting up a 4 wide stripe on the AIC for testing. But since this is water cooled, I decided I would load the slots on the board first, leaving the expansion capability in the AIC. Lot easier than draining/disassembling the loop to add a new drive :slight_smile:

Moar picz

I’m still working on the build log, it draws the process out. I’m also doing 100% custom wiring which isn’t speeding things up, but here’s a few more pics!


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Bonus:

This is how I configure the radiators/fans as a combo unit before install. Each rad receives a PWM hub and each fan on the rad receives a custom wire to the hub. The hub receives a custom shorty wire. Then the single wire from the hub to the motherboard is custom length. This allows me the flexibility to change cases and only have to rebuild a single custom lead from the hub at that time. The hub and wiring is of course done on the non visible side.

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OMG ThreadRipper… Dude.

This is too legit to quit.

Also:

What are you working on? :wink:

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Few more…

you know… stuff :wink:

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Awe-inspiring…:grinning: Thanks so much for taking the time to share this info and these pics! I am looking forward to seeing more pics as your build takes shape–if you are so inclined and can tear yourself away from all of this uber seduction! So many concepts here–I’m already getting wild notions in my head just looking at this mouth-watering gear!

Very nice!

Finally got around to converting the GPUs!

And a few more for fun!

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