This build was more of a curiosity experiment rather than a necessity. Always wanted a Threadripper so I could RAID 0 the hell out of 4 or 8 NVMe drives using an "ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 PCIe V2 Supports 4 NVMe M.2 (2242/2260/2280/22110) Up to 128 Gbps"
It all started when Amazon put the 1920x for sale @ $199. Hmm...need to find an X399 MB. Oh hell naw!, These things are expensive. *Let check out eBay. Oh look...lets bid on this one. An open box. Woke up the next morning to see that I actually won it for $177.50.
Guess who is building a new computer? Yep..."Honey, uh....Im building YOU a computer dear."
Lets do this on the "thrifty" side. No RGB. NO AIOs. Middle-ish GPU.
I was away on buisness so I had my 15 yr old son build this. He initially put the CPU air cooler in upside down and covered slot 1. *Heatsink is offset to prevent this. Thus he put the GPU into slot 3. Worked fine.
Nothing really unique about the build at this point.
Ordered the ASUS NVME expansion card. Now time to wait for cheap 1Tb NVMe drives. I was able to pick up (4) ADATA SX8100 drives for $79 each on New Egg. For some reason, they are not listed on pcpartpicker.
In order to install the adapter into a "Bifurcation compatble" PCIe slot, we had to move the GPU to slot 1 (Rotate the CPU cooler by 180 degrees.) and change slot 3 from x16 to x4x4x4x4 in the bios. This gives each NVMe drive in the riser their own PCI land directly to the CPU. Still in the process of getting this to RAID 0. All drives show up thou.
No reason to explain benchmarks on CPU nor GPU, plenty of YouTube reviews for that.
Only weird thing that happened was, after we updated the BIOS, CPU temps rose significantly. "AUTO" voltage was going as high as 1.47 V. . Set it manually to 1.275V and overclocked all cores to 4.1 Ghz. Temps 77-83 degrees during extreme testing.
After turning the CPU cooler to correct direction, the top 140mm fan was in the way. Installed a slim 120mm Noctura.