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Hi Guys/Gals,

I wanted to talk about my first AMD build in over a decade with the new 1950X Threadripper from AMD and the TR4 Socket. Let me start by saying I have a very love/hate relationship with the new AMD TR4 socket, if you look up any of the tech YouTubers, and watch them install this processor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyik-vSfvwo , it’s roughly 2-4 minutes video and looks relatively simple right? Well, sadly, my experience was anything but…. This processor was a nightmare to get to seat correctly in socket. I found (with some use of a flashlight) that Screw 1 wasn’t hitting the hole (giggity) and thus the screw wouldn’t start. The solution was to gently pull forward on the bracket while pressing down to hold the bracket in place, and then start the screw. However, DO NOT tighten Screw 1 all the way down as 2 and 3 will then be difficult to start, simply get Screw 1 started, then 2, then 3, and then go around in a circle to apply even pressure. Once this was finished, I didn’t run into any additional issues.

Now let’s get to the good stuff… Processor: 1950X 16 core 32 Thread Processor CPU Cooler: Kraken X62 AIO Liquid Cooler Motherboard: x399 Asus ROG Zenith Extreme RAM: 32 GB of G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4 3600 Mhz Storage: Samsung Evo 960 1 TB PCIE NVM-E SSD M.2 Video Card: Titan X(p) not the newest Titan XP but the first Pascal one…don’t get me started on this. Case: Phantek Enthoo Luxe w/ Tempered Glass Sound Card: Asus – Essence STX II Sound Card Keyboard: Razer Chroma V2 Blackwidow Mouse: Razer Diamondback wired mouse Extra: HTC Vive

EDIT: I should give a huge shout out to my friend Anthony who helped me with this build. Thanks man!

I have some pictures attached as a build montage of the progress I made during various stages of my build. I’m extremely pleased with how it came out. If anyone has any questions you can hit me up on Twitter @Vendetta1337x.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 17 points

congrats on the first threadripper build ever on all of PCPP! +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 8 points

+1 For that mousepad

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

<3 tacocat spelled backwards is tacocat <3

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  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Did you just submit the very first TR build on this site? Congrats! It does appear that the socket installation is a bit of a chore, rather than the simplistic endeavor it's shown to be across YouTube...

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I didn't know that but that's exciting :D.

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Overkill but that’s whats great about Threadripper.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Always depending on usage.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow you must do some serious work to need a 16-core beast!

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Glad to see a Threadripper build on here. What do you expect to use it for? Also, doesn't that motherboard have a sound card built into it?

  • 28 months ago
  • 4 points

It does have a sound card built in, I had purchased that card about two years ago for my Sennheiser HD 700's and moved it over from my old build. I am planning to not only use it for gaming but also some virtualization tasks to set up my home lab (I am actually an IT professional).

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I gotcha. Have you used the built in sound card?

Let us know how the cpu performs in the long run, yeah?

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  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

So far so good, no issues with running any kind of programs.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn! The first Threadripper build on pcpp and then its such a sexy one!!!

1+! amazing build!

Have fun ripping those threads

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I appreciate it.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

you are welcome!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

100% agree on seating the processor. Building my 1950x build now and that was a ***** to get seated!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It took me more than 2 hours to figure out what the hell was going on with that processor and WHY it wasn't lining up.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I think I was pretty close to that as well, youtube guys must've included the best cuts, there's no way anyone had a single drop and screw, and the amount of pressure required to get my screws to hook up was intense.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

For me it was pulling the damn bracket forward while keeping the correct downward pressure. I was super nervous to apply any kind of hard force considering the cost of the components I was trying to work on.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

I had the pulling forward issue, but screws 2 and 3 required an insane amount of force to torque down.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

jelly but hats off for the first few guys who have the treadripper build

what was your average power draw for the system?

average temps?

stock voltages it is running

whats was the RAM speed which was stable? I know 3200MHz is not possible ATM only at best i heard its only 2933MHz

any complains about the board?

will we see OC results?

i saw the other Treadripper builds and most complain the CPU install was the hardest that it took 20 mins?

is that really hard?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning a build using this CPU and similar components. I will use it as a server platform. My pricing was similar but a bit more mostly due to 128GB of memory and the addition of a 6 TB HDD along with the 1TB SDD. I have started shopping for parts and received some. I am just wondering about your thoughts on using this as a server platform. Thanks

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

go with AMD's Epyc platform for a server. it runs more as a server CPU

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I''ll check it out.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that it would be a fantastic platform for a server as the price for performance when you're talking about virtualization applications (Hyper-V or VMware) it's going to be fantastic. I haven't installed VMware workstation on it yet and I'm not sure if it's supported just yet. I do know that it's Hyper-V compatible. It also includes a DIM 2 expansion slot for additional PCIE NVME SSD if you have the coin for it. I can tell you the speed difference between PCIE and traditional SATA is extreme so if you're doing latency based applications (such as SQL) that are sensitive to that the higher storage speeds will help with performance.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man ! Would love to go with threadripper but i'd have to put half of my remaining budget haha ! One little question: Does this case have a good airflow ? I really can't decide on a case and wether to go with 7700k or 1700 so you could at least give some help with one of these subject :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

I totally understand, I know I went a bit extreme with this build but I would definitely classify myself as an enthusiast :). I am LOVING this case, it's my first experience with Phantek products and I cannot tell you how happy I am with it. They include 4 140mm fans (two in front, one up top, and one at the rear.) They do all of the basic cable management for you (see above). As for your processor question, the 7700k has great gaming performance, however depending on how much you want to overclock the 1700 may be a better choice. It's tough to answer but I don't think either is a "bad" choice. I hope this helps!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I don'T really plan on overclocking for now because I know nothing about it ! I will actually not game at all on this computer ! Only everyday task, photo editing and statistics analysis !

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

You might not want an 8 core processor then; photo editing could probably benefit from 8 cores, but it's not really that noticeable if you have 6 cores. Pardon me for sorta butting in on your choices, but you actually might be better off using a Ryzen 5 1600 (or the 1600X if you can afford a beefy cooler and don't really feel like overclocking) rather than either the 7700k or the 1700.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

One last question : Which header did you use to plug the can controller ?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to say it was CPU_OPT connector (I think). I'm kinda forgetting but I'm pretty sure it was that one.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Great. Now run the universe man!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I strongly advise you to get tr4 waterblock and 280/360mm rad for that 1950X, hence the contact area on the nzxt gets around 60% heat dissipation efficiency.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm going to keep an eye on the temps but so far everything has been running very cool. I'll let you know if I end up changing it out.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

What are the ideal or safe temperatures one should aim for? I plan to build on the same thing but want to save some money on corsair h100i v2...

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the the light strip on the outside of the case. I just want to know one thing is threadripper really worth it. Cause I seen alot of youtube videos where threadripper won't even let you use all of its cores.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that's going to depend on the particular use case of the processor. Is it overkill? Yes, absolutely, but that was the point of my build. I know that some games and programs won't play nice with all of the cores enabled and you will have to use the Ryzen Master software to run compatibility mode to turn off part of the processor. While that particular part is kind of annoying, as we move forward with software development hopefully it won't be as big of an issue. I think AMD bringing this kind of core count to mainstream is a huge positive for the PC industry as a whole and the entire ecosystem stands to gain the benefit. /Step off soapbox.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! Threadripper! Great job! +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww yeaahhh. Awesome build, man. That thing is a beast.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bud! :D

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

First threadripper build, congratz and +1

How's that case?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely love this case, it was easy to work with, cable mgmt was super easy and I'm really digging the tempered glass.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

hell ye! 1st thread ripping build. Nice one, well done.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build. I am thinking about doing a similar one. I am having a hard time deciding between the TR and a Ryzen 7. Never done a build before and I will be using it mainly for machine learning/training models (and gaming but that's not my priority for the build). As the only TR builder is there any wisdom you can part on this peon builder?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

If you end up going the TR route make sure you get a case that can fit an EATX form mobo as it's extra large. Also if you happen to get a zenith extreme mobo my above post about the TR4 socket being a bit quirky is another thing. Make sure you have enough cooling in the system as at 180 TDP this thing can get toasty.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Newegg.com -> Sort by : Highest Price. Add to cart.

+1 for parts list alone.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Quagmire! Lol.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice threadripper build! Was wondering if we were going to get to see one of these.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I DEMAND FEATURED BUILD! very nice! +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for those kind words! I appreciate it!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

YOU Must CUSTOM LOOP a BEAST LIKE THS XD ,i am looking at getting a 1800x or a 1900x for my first pc build this december but am waiting to see how good itll be and how good Coffee lake will be. what do u think of the 1900x so far?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm loving it so far! It does everything I want it to and more! I am curious once I can experiment more and see what kind of OC I may be able to get out of it.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I HAVE THAT DOGE MOUSEPAD

+1 my friend

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you even dared attempt overclocking it yet? I've seen plenty of Ryzen Threadripper videos, but I've never seen a Threadripper at a constant 4 GHz yet. I'm curious how the thermals would be with a Kraken. +1 on it by the way! Gz on being the first Threadripper build on here yet. :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

I gave this a little try for you as the Asus Zenith Extreme comes with a built in 4 Ghz OC profile but I didn't find it to be very stable. I am going to do some more research with this and I'm sure I will be able to get some decent OC out of this beast!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

please stop, I can only get so errect. +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Where you able to put windoes on your M.2 and boot ?? +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes sir, I had 0 issues installing Windows 10 Pro on my M.2.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build +1

What GPU issues did you have?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

With that many cores, you could passthrough the Titan X to a Windows 10 VM, still have 8 hyperthreaded cores for that, and have 8 hyperthreaded cores for your Linux Host OS. Who knows, you could get a 1080 to run Linux and the Titan to run Windows at the same time with a beefy enough PSU.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Man your monitor is corny. How you have a Bomb as computer with a ****** *** monitor?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe he spent all his money on his computer and is now saving up for a souped up awesome Monitor :P

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the correction in terminology I have made that edit. I appreciate the positive feedback as well. Thought I was in way over my head about half way through but it all came together well. I wanted to keep it as much Corsair for aesthetics and consistency as possible but nearly broke suit by grabbing the NZXT Kraken X62 that you chose. Great AMD Threadripper build bud!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I also have a 1950x, except my cinebench scores are unusually low when not overclocked. What scores are you running while on stock clocks?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

cant you remove that big drive holder that's blocking off the right side?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it does come out, I kept it in there for future expansion if I needed it but would have probably been safe to remove it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

ok i was looking into phanteks cases and a few have that, i thought i saw screws so i figured you could ditch it

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I have same CPU, MOBO, and Storage. How was your windows install?, I am having issues. Windows installed but not booting from Storage. Have to hit CMOS to get to BIOS.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I had literally 0 issues with installation. Popped in a flash drive, installed windows and that was it. Took less than 20 minutes to install.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

automatic up for the same mouse as I have.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I am trying to build a similar rig myself. How did you connect the the usb 2.0 from the case, NZXT Kraken x62, and possibly the PSU into the one socket in the motherboard!?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a USB header on the mobo that you connect the pump to. It wasn't hard to hook up once you find the pins.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing Build man! I have been reading alot of reviews that say the Zenith Extreme still has tons of bugs and is not very stable. So I was wondering.. How stable is your system? and why did you not over clock it to 4Ghz? and does the RGB software work properly?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I am on BIOS 503 and I have notice two random reboots while gaming and before it didn't do that. I haven't had any additional stability issues. I couldn't get a stable overclock so I'm going to let the BIOS work themselves out.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers thanks for the reply! :D I think im gonna go for the 1920X CPU myself the 1950 is just a little too pricey for me and I reckon 12 cores is more than enough. Planning to build a dream rig for Music Production and Gaming. Except I want the speed of M.2! lol so thats mainly why i want the 1920X the extra PCIE lanes and the extra cores will be helpful for sure too! I might wait until October though before I pull the trigger on buying parts.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. I love the case. I'm not sure if you're familiar with the nzxt hue or not but I was wondering if you see any possibility of mounting that box anywhere within that case with out pretty much making your own holes. Seriously congrats on this build it's insane.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

wow :P... fantastic! i love that case.. i think i will buy that case, i saw also other cases like the 780t, the enthoo evolv atx tg and the h500p, but this is fantastic and the price isn't too high

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your Kraken X62 holdin up? I see a lot of people with broken pumps after 5-6 months of use.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems from the pictures that you've put the CPU cooler on the top inside the case, is that correct? If yes, did you have to remove the pre-installed 140mm fan on top or did you manage to keep all 3 of them there?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I did mount it in the top, and I managed to keep all 3 fans in.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet. I'm getting an H115i to put on the top of my case & i dont want to remove the Phantek fan in order to put my cooler there. Thanks!

  • 28 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice job as first Threadripper build on PCPP.

+1

  • 28 months ago
  • 0 points

First Threadripper Build On PCPartPicker!!!! +1

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  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

I am pretty happy with it thus far, it's quite easy to install, with threadripper you rotate the bracket off and install the one that comes in the box with your processor. I'd say hardest part is mounting the radiator and figuring out spacing issues.

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