This computer will only ever run Linux -> Built for computer programming, setting up server, a crypto master node, machine learning, and other intensive projects. I do some gaming with this on the side.
I hope viewers will learn from my lessons and give some advice in exchange. Overall, I can not say this is my dream build but it will suffice for now.
A lot went wrong with this build because Newegg refused to RMA the mobo despite it being their fault. This wasting a lot of my time. They also ended up taking my brackets and other parts from it, making me replace the I/O shield,... etc, etc.. I will under no circumstances ever buy from Newegg again. Asus ended up exchanging the mobo at no fee. I really respect them for this and will be buying a new laptop from them soon enough for on the go projects.
Because of this issue with Newegg, instead of my build taking at tops a week, it dragged onto a project management nightmare of about 3 months-ish. Despite this, it is about 95% done.
In the near future, I will be adding a 2nd 2080ti with NVlink for projects. I am hoping I can disable this during gaming sessions because of the poor optimization. I will be switching out the ram for the mobo top limit (3200 Mhz I think) with RGB. Right now, I am using an old monitor but will be buying a good one soon.
Thoughts on parts:
-I really like the Threadripper. I got it on a super discount from Amazon. Well worth it. Although, the third gen just came out and the Ryzen 3950x (I think) is the same specs but eats less electricity ( $900 tho, I think). I am pretty happy with AMD.
The motherboard is pretty sweet. In hindsight, I would have bought the more expensive ROG version. Common complaints are the screws over the M.2 port are impossible to get out (Blue glue holds the screws in place and strip easily -> RMA if this happens.). Howver, it works very well, and was easy to install, and looks pretty good overall. The Wifi card is in a weird spot though-> I elected for the AC-88 with the rods instead of the hud right thing and any monitors cords will knock those over everytime. That is why I would get the ROG ones, as they have wifi cards in the I/O shield area.
The Samsung M.2 NvME stuff is pretty good as well as the Crucial 2.5 SSDs. I'll add that I still need to install the 2nd M.2 -> I could, but I want to protect it with the Bracket since it stands perpendicular to the mother-board.
I suggest people should generally try to have between 1-3 brands. Else, you are installing a bunch of bloatware (although I think MSI and maybe another program can bridge the gap) and it is annoying to work with multiple ecosystems. I made another with equal parts that is basically Corsair and Asus.
I like the EVGA GPU but in the future I will shy away from GPUs with AIO as they are hard to deal with by yourself. Because of this project dragging on for three months, the radiator on it got ever so slightly scrapped (the kraken too). Personally, I would have good with an EVGA AMD GPU, but their is no good hardware machine learning libraries for it, so I am kind of screwed with Nvidia. Nvidia's recent bahavior with cards is odd too: The super series and the 16xx series are odd. I would not be surprised if AMD overtook Nvidia despite having a lot less money in GPUs. Nvidia will probably release a great card soon to retake the market (like what happened with the 1080ti), so wait to buy a nice card for a while; although the trump tariffs take place in December, complicating things.
I absolutely love the visuals on the NZXT kraken X62 AIO. THAT BEING SAID, NZXT recently reorganized as a data computer (not a computer part company), and CAM is known to be processing gigabytes of data. I went ahead and replaced their CAM software with open source software with the same functionality found on Github.
At first, I liked the AER 2's. NZXT was nice enough to switch the 140s for 120s for me (see case section) and were pretty cool to deal with. However, they are not as cool as full RGB fans. Also, they do not seem to have full RGB range (a complaint I saw of a lot of NZXT RGB products online from others.), although since I replaced their software, I can not weigh in. THAT BEING SAID, to use the AER 2's you have to buy the Hue 2 and usually NZXT USB internal hub. The internal hub has been known to really mess up people's computer. Also, they both use molex connectors and take up way too much space. The magnetic holders on them are pretty weak (read useless).
-I also really like the EVGA T2 PSU with its smart eco mode. Also, I thought the chords being braided was cool ,However, the braids make it hard to do cable management as they are inflexible. Also, some of the chords are super long like the GPU power chords. In addition, the power cable on the back does not sit snuggly and could fall out unlike the corsair PSU plugs which have some stick.
The Logitech peripherals are all pretty good. I really like the mouse. It has 6 different DPI speeds. I wish the mouse had a little more RGB lights. The keyboard comes with a hand rest and makes satisfying clacky sounds when I press keys. I like its sleek grey-silver finish.
And finally, probably my biggest issue: the case. The phanteks enthoo pro case is not bad. Not at all, and for its price, it can not really be beat. It is just how my parts came together. Which is why I hope readers/viewers will do their research...then do some more. I absolutely hate the enthoo pro case: not because the case is bad, built because it does not work well with my parts. The NZXT AER fans on the front do not fully show the RGB. I even had to exchange the AER 2 140MM with AER 2 120MM with NZXT (reducing airflow) to get even some of RGB to show. Also, since the NZXT AER 2 fans have RGB ONLY ON ONE SIDE, I could only really use them as exhaust if I want the RGB showing in the case. So I have 2 120 mm (and a 140mm phanteks intake near the psu) intake and 4 outtake which is iffy under high loads for me. I really messed up on this case. I really want a case with 3 RGB intakes on the front, 3 on top, an exhaust, and only like 3 RGB fans near the front, but in the back-side, that some cases do would be sick (Also no HDD bays please!) However, I can not really find a case like this, and only the corsair 500D appeals to me slightly. This case could easily have 3 RGB fans on front (and I thought you could make it) if the drive bays were gotten rid of. Also, I took out all the HDD bays. The case comes with 2 2.5 SSD mounts on the front, which would be cool if they extended more mounts up the front side. They also, threw two haphazardly on the back (but I guess those aren't showing). Also, the fan hub on the back is literally in the perfectly wrong spot for me to do cable management. Also, this case has so many holes in it, I am surprised they did not call it the Phanteks Swiss Cheese. Especially near the back exhaust. That can not be good for airflow. Then the case comes with filter which is cool; if the case did not already have some honeycombs and hex-type metal that also made sucking air in seem pretty difficult. The case looks cool, and seems to work well, and yet, I hate it. :( Also, this thing has the ports for cables to go through just a little off where they should be, or just smaller than you think they would be. making it hard for me.
Lesson learned: One can never do enough research. - My cable management is decent right now. It looks wayyyy better than the pictures. It still needs some work.
Side note: I run Linux. I will never go back to windows. I can not recommend Linux high enough. However, to use it, generally one has to be tech savvie. Also, a lot of video games do not work on windows. I absolutely love linux though. I have moved to try and always use code/programs I can see the code of and audit. CAM, and the RGB programs are bloatware, eat up resources, and steal your data. Furthermore, a lot of programs can do these same unethical things that are not RGB related. I have made a point of supporting open source software to avoid this. However, it is not without its hurdles. The NZXT Aer has good open source replacement code. The ASUS has a library too but it can takes some setting up. I am told EVGA does not have a way of controlling its RGB :( Also, getting RGB RAM is going to be a task for sure. I am also trying to find a way of controlling the fans but Asus has them locked behind an ISA firmware chip that people scratch their heads about. Technically, doable though. I welcome these challenges.
My future tasks are this: look into the open source software to make this rig look even nicer. Get RGB RAM, buy the other NVME bracket, and buy a couple more 2.5 SSD cables. and hopefully find a sexy sexy case, and make some rad programming projects.
I made another part list I would have done. Although the ROG strix helios case while awesome, should not be $300, and has terrible thermals.
Sorry for no thermals, I can not find them easily in linux even with commands. It seems both stay super low. My video games run in Ultra with no issue. ...Any case recommendations? The air never fews host so.... meh. I still want more intake. I have no boost clocked or overclocked anything, and don't really know if I should while processing big projects.