I’ve build dozens of PCs before, but its been several years since the last one and I plan going bigger then I have ever before on this (long overdue) workstation build, so I’m looking for a sanity check. I’ve been living and working off a mbp and haven’t had a proper workstation for years so I really want to build something nice.
The build is going to be centered around Threadripper (leaning towards 2990), and for kicks I’m going to cram it into a Cerberus X case (already purchased).
The primary use for this computer will be software development, and the main OS will be Linux (or possibly BSD). There may be some data pipeline processing research/prototyping done as well as varied other R&D projects.
Gaming will happen on this rig as well but is a secondary concern, I’m usually content with indie games and older games although I wouldn’t mind the option to play an A list game on occasion.
This workstation will be overkill by design, but I don’t want to fall into any traps of spending lots of money on anything that won’t actually provide any noticeably improved experience at all… so please call it out if you think that’s what I might be doing at any point.
I’m not interested posting benchmarks, and as far as overclocking is concerned, I might see if I can get a modest/slight overclock via bios tweaking without effecting stability, but its not the goal.
I want to start with ram since this seems to be the hot topic for threadripper, and I’ve litterally never been afraid of picking the wrong ram before but now I am. Take this kit, seems to be well priced for the clock speed on newegg right now: https://gskill.com/en/product/f4-3333c16q2-128gtzb. I’m not sure if I should be thrown off by the fact that it’s “for intel x99”. I don’t know if it’s b-die, I don’t know if I should care. I’ve read several threads and still I’m not sure if this is a big deal or if the whole internet is overthinking this and I’m not going to notice the difference as long as it works.
The next choice is MB and it seems like there are good options from ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI there
Cooling will require an AIO and the question comes down to whether a 280 will fit at the same time as an EATX motherboard in the ceberus X, which I can’t find a definitive answer too so I may just need to try it. 240 should fit for sure.
GPU will be ATI, thinking something like this https://www.newegg.com/sapphire-radeon-rx-vega-64-100410nt-sr/p/N82E16814202321?Item=N82E16814202321&Description=vega64&cm_re=vega64--14-202-321--Product , but the Radeon vii isn’t out of the question