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Main Rig: Threadripper Edition

by legendarypoet


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Date Published

Aug. 21, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 21, 2017

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This build log has been replaced click here.

Long overdue new main rig build. Was going to wait for coolers with full coverage cold plates, but after reading/watching all the info out there, I felt pretty good about using a preexisting Asetek solution.

This build went well with two exceptions:

1. The torx based retention required WAAAAAAY more force than I saw in any review video. Thought it was the board at first, but another person on the ROG forums has the same issue. After bracing the board adequately and using a mildly terrifying amount of force, the thread caught and I was able to tighten it normally.

2. My BIOS was corrupted out of the box. Easy enough to fix, but diagnosing the problem was a pain. The OLED screen would hang up on CPU, so that made things confusing. Thankfully BIOS Flashback exists and a few minutes later the Asus logo showed up!

My former main rig used Intel RAID, so I need to move data around before loading up all the drives. That said, it's up and running like a dream! I use it mainly for Adobe Creative Suite and other workstations tasks. Learning Solidworks & Blender.

I wanted to use another case, but the 760T fits everything so perfectly. It was a breeze to build in and I don't regret using it again! Don't hate me for the lack of RGB. I'm just not a big fan.

Old Rig: ~~https://pcpartpicker.com/b/nmD2FT~~

Screen/Desk Setup: ~~https://www.instagram.com/p/BOkNAWXA_GB~~

Just so it doesn't seem like I went out and dropped $10k all at once, here are parts carried over from my previous setups:

4x 8TB Seagates 960 EVO 2x GTX 1080s 3x Ultrawides (accumulated over 3 years, did not buy all at once) Razer & Logitech Peripherals Optimus Maximus Keyboard (Though insanely expensive, it has lasted since 2007/8 and has yet to be dethroned.) APC 1500VA

Update 8/23:

Added two M.2s to the DIMM.2 slot. Whoever at ASUS came up with that is a genius. Definitely didn't want to stick an M.2s underneath hot GPUs.

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Do.mini.ck 20 points 14 months ago

This build is too much. Good thing I have this handy dandy +1 to throw around for overkill builds like these.

Congratulations on spending more on a computer than I would on a car.

dixonerfais 1 Build 7 points 14 months ago

Only $1600 on the keyboard? Come on man, might as well go all out!

dan_vs_machine 3 points 13 months ago

Hey man,

This is a sweet build, great parts and looks suave!

I'm building a new beast and have essentially just copied your entire setup as it's pretty perfect for my use (3D design and motion) Cinema4D, Houdini, Redshift and Octane.

I'm just curious as to what else you might need that's not on the list? Any additional info on how the building process went that you haven't already mentioned? Do you think you could squeeze another 1080 in there?

Any info would be greatly appreciated as it's been a few years since updating my machine and you seem to know what you're doing!

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

If you're buying fresh, get the 1080ti. You'd have to remove the drive cages to get another card in there w/ a rad (if you were asking about 3 cards total). You could always adapt HDDs into the 5.25 bays.

I had to get a USB 3.0 to 2.0 converter + hub to accommodate the corsair USB headers since I like using Corsair Link. You may also want to get some Silent Wings 2/3 fans for the H115i. I order some because my SP140Ls rattle and it drives me nuts.

Other than those things and what I stated in the build log above, it was relatively smooth. If you need any help, feel free to contact.

dan_vs_machine 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!

1080 Ti's still fine with that power supply etc? As I think them instead.

Thanks for the help!

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah. It took a synthetic load of Prime95 & Furmark maxed out to even get the power draw to 769 watts. Even then it was only for a little bit.

jueda38 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Super build! How do you like the threadripper so far? Also, would you recommend the 3.5 HDDs?

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Love it! Coming from a 4930k, this was a much needed upgrade. Already seeing incredible reductions in time for most tasks. I would recommend the IronWolf drives over the Barracuda drives. Or WD Reds.

jueda38 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Good to know thanks!

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Is that single 8-pin PCIe cable enough for not only both of those graphics cards, but the AIOs and fans attached to them as well? Seems like a lot of power draw for just a single connector with a splitter.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Yes. I've had zero issues (the graphics cards in this system are a transplant from my old rig). I do plan on ordering single 8-pin cables (or maybe extensions using 2 separate cables) as I cannot stand the look the split cable.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Just ordered a two pack of sleeved, black cables.

maverickvii 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

What a powerhouse! What is that ROG PCI card, ethernet?

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Yes. It comes w/ 10G Ethernet, which was a nice bonus.

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

awesome build, dude! I honestly think this deserves a feature. water cooled cpu AND GPU's, 64GB RAM, 49TB of storage (why??), and those components, this is a no-nonsense BEAST. And what amazing photography! you have done a very impressive job on this build, I seriously hope this gets featured. Pardon me for saying that so many times

inb4 feature.


legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you!

I don't replace my main system often since it's in heavy use most of the time, so it only made sense to me to build it for the long term and Threadripper is something fresh and new. We don't get that too often these days with how hard its become to shrink silicone. I'm a bit of a data hoarder, lol. I tend to get lots of data and need to deal with it quickly so I need the speed of local storage. I've made the move to upgrade everything to 10 gigabit so I can start to have a more common sense large scale NAS. For now I have another 200TB in networked storage. My goal is to get all the HDDs out in the next year and move to a smaller, LIGHTER case.

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Dude that custom keyboard alone costs more than a midrange build.

hockeyboy1002 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

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

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

2956 stock

hockeyboy1002 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Mine is running 2664 for some reason

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Oh wow. Got a link to a CPU-Z screenshot?

hockeyboy1002 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

I do not, Can't remember how to get one haha, I mean at 4Ghz oc i'm at 3200 score on point.

betterthangpu 1 point 14 months ago

I, too have a build of this power! Looks over at €570 budget build and manages a shaky laugh

Scary_Terry 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Wow! What in the world do you use that keyboard for??

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Honestly, it's just plain cool lol.

I have tons of layouts for it that were useful in all the creative software sets. It's less common for me to look at the keyboard these days as I've memorized a lot of shortcuts, but its taken forever to do so.

It's also cool fun to make layouts for games. http://www.ohgizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/optimus.jpg

jibbo2 1 point 14 months ago

In your Instagram post what's the name of the screen that is displaying the sharks, looks real as hell. Nice build btw

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks! It's a Vizio E-70

Marinho 1 point 14 months ago

I know few people that could make use of all the power of this PC, but I don't think you're one of them. I also agree with you on the RGB, it's useless and ugly. What else to say, it's a 10K build, of course it's great. :)

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

The thing's the price of ***ing car. Have mercy on us peasants, Mr. Stark.

Yahtadi 1 point 14 months ago

Right. Now try to run the universe

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

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 to install

is that really hard?

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

CPU install was a NIGHTMARE! You're like "ok, I'm either going to destroy this $1,000 or this $550 board..." It wasn't that bad labor wise. Just the thought of burning $1550 because you used too much pressure is a lot of... pressure lo1.

35C idle, 60ish under load. Didn't touch voltage. 2933 @ 1.2v

Love it. The 10G Ethernet was such a bonus. Picked up another 10G for $100 and migrated my data (from an intel raid) at between 1GB/800MBs. Took a multi day job down to hours. Only complaint is I had to figure out RAID on my own. And the stuff I mentioned in my build log.

Will try for overclocks after I get some projects done. It's currently at work making back its money lol.

To reiterate... CPU install SUCKED. Mostly due to mental anguish. They at least admitted to it on the ROG forums and will look to make it better for future releases.

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

ah i see

what about the power draw at it current state?

seeing that you should have the Corsair Link controlling the temps and power draw etc.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Waiting for a usb 3 to usb 2 header adapter so I can hook up link. I will let you know as soon as I have that all set. Should be tomorrow.

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago


legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

600 Watts when gaming, 500 when rendering. 200 or so just doing office work.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Add a Zotac GT 710 PCI-E x1, install Fedora 26, and see if you could run Fedora on the GT 710 while running TWO instances of Windows 10 VMs with hardware passthrough on both the 1080 FTWs. (can't be in SLI unfortunately)

Wendell from Level1Techs has a guide here: https://level1techs.com/article/ryzen-gpu-passthrough-setup-guide-fedora-26-windows-gaming-linux

You'll also have to apply an ACS patch to separate your identical graphics cards: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PCI_passthrough_via_OVMF#Bypassing_the_IOMMU_groups_.28ACS_override_patch.29

Report back if you made this possible somehow. Make sure you have the extra keyboards to support this.

tim613 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

how does it do in gaming for you? and what kind of sli bridge is that?

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Does great. I don't game much these days, but it definitely was an improvement over the 4930k. Bridge is Zotac.

soldierboy1812 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

No 1080 ti's? C'mon man, gotta go all out. ;)

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Already had the 1080s. No way I was going to buy new cards, lol.

mproxym 1 point 14 months ago

How is the Corsair - H115i doing on ThreadRipper ?

I am considering buying it. Would you recommend ?

What are the temps under full load and idle ?

Thanks, nice build.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 14 months ago


36C Idle, 45 Gaming, 55-65 rendering. This is with the "Quiet" fan mode.

I like it. I do want to see Corsair come out w/ a full coverage cooler though.

SlackPackSam 1 point 13 months ago

What GPU Bridge is that? Looks really nice!

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

It's a Zotac HB Bridge

SlackPackSam 1 point 13 months ago

Cool, thanks!

SUPerGROVer2.0 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

So, I love the list of components (mostly) that you went with in the build. My only real issue, it's probably just a me thing, but i'm not in love with the way you went about mounting your gpu radiators and the crisscrossing of the tubing. JUST ME, but a build of this magnitude deserves better. Is there a specific reason you went with the hybrid 1080Ti's? Any reason you didn't go with a custom loop for this MONSTROSITY? I'm sure you can play rocket league with max settings at 4k :P but I just think if you put a little more thought into the layout and how everything was going to come together, this could have been a really special build. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your new pc! -ALL HAIL THE MASTER RACE

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I didn't want to learn the ins and outs of custom loops on my money maker. I'm going to do it on my 1800X system first. If that goes well, then I am going to do this one. Went all hybrid because water is worth it, but I don't want to rush into it.

I don't know that I had any other option with the GPU rads. Open to suggestions though.

clayder 1 point 13 months ago

I want to buy this case but i'm worried for some reason. How is the case so far ? i saw some review on youtube showing how flimsy the structure and the side panel. Do you have problem with that? Pls give some review about it. Is that material on side panel easy to catch scratch since it's not like tempered glass, but rather like rubbery plastic type which i'm afraid it will get 'smokey' after 1 year maybe.

Thanks a lot.

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I've used this case twice now. It's super sturdy when assembled. The side panel is flimsy when not attached to the case due to the only metal being on the top and bottom. This is unavoidable. When attached to the case, the panel has no problems. It scratches just like any non-glass panel would. Not really any worse I would say. The older build is from 2013-14 and does not have any sort of smokiness to it. Looks like the day I built it except a few scratches from moving it without taking the door off and it rubbing hard against the wall. That was my own fault though. I think a case this big w/ a glass door would be scary to handle. It is a massive case.

clayder 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks a lot. glad to hear that. I will consider this one among other options like be quiet dark base pro 900, phanteks eclipse P400s etc. This is one of the coolest looking case. I also like the sexy fully glass corsair 570x but i'm afraid doesn't have enough space to fit the zenith.

gb2017 1 point 13 months ago

Nice build !!

How did you connect the internal usb from the liquid cooler, PSU and the desktop case into the motherboard? If I am not mistaken, this motherboard has only one usb 1314 connector.!?

legendarypoet submitter 11 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! It has two usb 3 headers. I adapted one of those which goes into my Corsair Commander Pro. That has a 2x USB hub.