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Threadripper build from various parts, Which threadripper (3960x, 3970x, 3990x) with AORUS Master

Hi all,

I have some parts from everything that I’ve been doing and would like to get some advice on putting them to use in a Threadripper build.

I have the below-listed Case, PSU, Fan, Memory and GPU. Would the below combine well with a 3970x and an AORUS Master ( Would air cooling this be good enough or would I have to drop down to a 3960x? Or is it now possible to get any good results with air cooling with threadripper

Case: Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C - Mid Tower Computer Case - ATX - Optimized for High Airflow and Silent Computing with Moduvent Technology - Modular Interior - Water-Cooling Ready - Gunmetal

PSU: Seasonic Prime 850 Titanium SSR-850TR 850W 80+ Titanium ATX12V & EPS12V Full Modular 135mm FDB Fan Power On Self Tester 12 Year Warranty Power Supply

Fan - NH-U14S TR4-SP3±+NH-U14S+TR4-SP3&qid=1584837912&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExV0NUREtTSlIyT0xVJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTgzODc1RkxXQU1ZMjJIQ1VFJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA2Nzk5NjMxVEMwNzNVT09SNU00JndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

RAM: Trident Z: 3200 16x4

GPU: GeForce 760

Aorus Master uses AM4 socket and wont fit your threadripper’s TR4 socket

Hi, this one looks like a Threadripper one unless everything on that page is wrong ( Gigabyte is also listing it as a Threadripper board (

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What do you plan to use this for

I’d like to get VFIO GPU passthrough for Windows, some gaming, Maya cloth simulations, Blender, various VMWare VMs. The idea is to use the parts I have now and change/upgrade them as I go.

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The Noctua seems to be the best strx4 air cooler there is. Perhaps the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro TR4 might be worth looking into.
And of course, a GTX760 is well beyond it’s lifecycle.

Yes, there is Dark Rock but I already have this Noctua so trying to save some money. Would the boost lost be significant. So far the only answer that I can understand is here (, at around 10:15 saying that Noctua is OK/OKish but better RAM is always great). So there would be boost lost but it depends on the workload. I can upgrade to a liquid cooler later. I just don’t want to get into a custom loop situation.

Grrr, hate these decisions.

Yes it is. I could put a 980 Ti in there as well. I would change the card at some point.

The Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Master also exists. :slight_smile:

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@MisteryAngel, do you think that I can use the Noctua cooler for the 3970x or 3960x?

Technically you could use the Noctua or the Be-quiet Darkrock pro4,
aircoolers for a 3960x / 3970x.
However there are few things to keep in mind with that.

1: You will not really be able to overclock.
2: Ram clearence issues.

Ram clearence issue is one of your main concerns here.
Because Threadipper of course has 8 memory slots to work with.
And those slots sit pretty close to the cpu socket.
So you need some lower profile memory kits to fit.
Because the fan will cover the dimm slots closest to the cpu sockets.
So you basically want memory kits like G.skill TridentZ Neo,
or Crucial balistics or similar kind of lower profile sticks.
High profile sticks like Corsair Dominators for example won´t fit.
So that is something to keep in mind.
The clearence between cpu socket and dimm slot,
could differ a little bit from board to board.

But if you wanne use an aircooler then go with low profile memory sticks.

In regards to a 3990X you pretty much need a liquid cooler.
But i would say in regards to convenience,
an liquid cooler is the easiest to use on any Threadripper system in general.

Hi @MisteryAngel,


Not looking to overlock yet . . . to scared. I got a 2700x on a Tiachi Ultimate which I can replace with 3900x or something and try that first I suppose. But don’t know where to start really. Also afraid that this will lead me down another rabbit hole where I will just start OCing everything . . .

I got the G.SKILL trident memory so that should be OK. Starting with 64GB so have time to change a bit down the line.

Could technically use the Curiciall ECC memory that I have. It is low profile and also 64GB but it is 2666.

OK, so if I can go with Noctua and a 3960x/70x. What kind of Liquid Cooler could I get down the line. I see that Enermax has issues and it does not look like other coolers cover the entire chip.

Maybe one of the NZXT Krakan models.

Will check this out. Thanks! One more question. The specs on the Define R6 9 Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C - Mid Tower Computer Case - ATX - Optimized for High Airflow and Silent Computing with Moduvent Technology - Modular Interior - Water-Cooling Ready - Gunmetal ) say that it supports a E-ATX motherboard. The AORUS is E-ATX. Do you know if there are any issues with that combination?

Yeah it should technically fit.
The Fractal Define R6 USB-C case according to Fractal’s product page,
supports E-atx form factor boards up to 285mm wide.
The Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Master according to Gigabyte’s product page is 269mm wide.