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First Build - Threadripper work station

by dogmatic1723

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Date Published

Nov. 2, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.493 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

33.0° C

Description

I built this as a coming home present for myself after returning from Afghanistan, I'm using it as a workstation with some moderate gaming thrown in.

With the exception of the water cooling loops, everything went together with no issues. I had some difficulties figuring out how to make the monsoon fittings seal well enough to prevent leaks, but it only took me an extra package of tube caps (or two...) and a few feet of extra tube to resolve the issues. I ended up using gel super-glue to get the proper seals on the end caps. This is my first build, and the first water-cooled setup I've owned, so it's not terribly clean. I did have a couple of the monsoon fittings come apart due to user error.

I know that the box is way overcooled. Mostly it's because I could - but I can also throw in a second GPU and memory cooling if I ever want to redo my loops.

The rear fans are high volume intake, and there's a high pressure intake above the hard drive (bottom center, front). Both rads have high pressure push-pull high pressure fans...

RGB! Oh, and RGB!

Idle temps for the CPU are around 24C. After running the GIMPS torture test for 30 minutes (all 16 cores), I was at 54C. I haven't put the GPU through a torture test yet.

http://www.3dmark.com/spy/2661742

http://www.3dmark.com/fsst/612271

Thanks for all of the kind words! I also appreciate the feature!

Comments Sorted by:

legendarypoet 13 Builds 12 points 16 months ago

Nice! I like the use of space here. It's one of the few times I saw this can't and didn't think "3D printer."

Caminon 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

case*

just making sure you noticed that

legendarypoet 13 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Definitely didn't notice, thanks!

inertiaselling 2 Builds 11 points 16 months ago

Upvoted because of "Cthulhu inside".

HydraHunter77 2 points 7 months ago

Me 2.

:}

Adrew24 1 Build 10 points 16 months ago

WOAH! That's one hell of a first build! Congratz!

PotatechG 1 point 15 months ago

I personally would get a cheaper PC and watercool that before I watercooled a threadripper build. Unless it's a 1900x…

LonghornAlamo2040 10 points 16 months ago

LORD GABEN SMIILES UPON YOU!!

+9001

chill15 7 points 16 months ago

Thank you for your service!!!

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 5 points 16 months ago

You are most welcome!

chill15 1 point 16 months ago

Sick build btw! What are the temps looking like?

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I'm around 24C at idle. I got up to 54C after 30 minutes on the GIMPS torture test. I'll be doing some other tests this weekend - I'll post results if they're not embarrassingly poor.

CarCat 4 points 16 months ago

Now THIS deserves a feature!

+1

UnsweetIceTea 1 Build 4 points 16 months ago

WHERE DID YOU GET THAT Cthulu Inside BADGE!!! I MUST HAVE IT!! (Please)

dlanning79 1 point 16 months ago

I want one too!

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I had it made by http://www.case-badges.com

They did good work, but a little on the pricey side for small orders.

dlanning79 1 point 16 months ago

Man, those are spendy!

UnsweetIceTea 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

how much is it? I would love one.

UnsweetIceTea 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

because if you had to over-order for bulk, I would buy one off you.

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I had the minimum order size made that I could. Unfortunately, they're all spoken for.

admiralnorman 4 Builds 3 points 16 months ago

Thank you for your service, and for buying a real power supply to run all of this.

This is one of the best uses of deployment money I've seen in a long time. My brother bought a Harley with his, but it snows so much here he can only ride it for like half a year.

David__ 2 points 16 months ago

Great great build but one question... WHY SO MANY FANS!!!!!

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Good question. The fans I wanted were out of stock when I started the build, so I bought the non-RGB version. Rather than tossing them in the parts bin after I got the RGB versions, I decided to do a push/pull configuration. I had plenty of room and plenty of power, so I figured why not.

It stays nice and cool, though!

David__ 1 point 16 months ago

Oh ok great to know I'm building my own water cooled PC in the same case just in white

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

This case was white, I just painted it.

David__ 1 point 16 months ago

Oh well there's a plain black one

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 3 points 16 months ago

There is, but I was going to paint it bronze anyway, and the white one was cheaper.

wampflerman 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

This is my favorite build i've seen using this case, great job on it your bends look awesome! +1

DedlyFiter 2 points 16 months ago

sick build

gunit1111 4 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

How did you get that monitor inside the case? That's awesome.

HelloPeyton 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Well done, and thank you for your service!

Elt31987 2 points 16 months ago

Thank you for your service

anord419 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

There's.... a tiny screen in the case? Wow!

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Always great to see a dual loop! And the case is awesome!

Do you plan on clocking? 4GHz at 1.25V should be easy with the latest BIOS.

Cheers.

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I do!

wampflerman 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I just noticed you are using the fittings I was planning on getting for my build! how do you like them?

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I like the fittings, but there was a learning curve. Make sure you get a good seal on the end caps when you glue them on - most of the leaks I had were due to glue starved joints. If you use the included colored/black O-rings to seal the gap between the end cap and the fancy coupler, there is very little room to screw it onto the 1/4" base.

wampflerman 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

since when did you need to glue on your fittings?!? that doesn't sound right. How are you going to take it apart?

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

The chain gun hardline fittings have a plastic end cap that you glue to the end of your pipe section. The fancy collar grabs that and snugs it up to the 1/4” threaded section. The fitting comes apart by unscrewing it, but the plastic end cap is permanently mounted. I’d be happy to provide photos.

Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

good work +1

_Numbb 1 point 16 months ago

Wow, just wow.

FTW_guy123 1 point 16 months ago

lmao my parents was born in afganistan

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I was in Kabul.

metakortex 1 point 16 months ago

I was just reminded of the Borg when I saw your build. "You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile".

Great work on this mate, you made the build worthy of Threadripper indeed.

Bakjack 1 point 16 months ago

Very nice! I did notice you show a display inside the case, but I don't see it on the parts list? Where does one find such eye candy?

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

It's a 5" raspberry pi display from Amazon. It's pretty easy to put in, you just need a free HDMI and USB to hook it up.

hi_im_snowman 1 point 16 months ago

Hello sir, would you mind linking to the display on Amazon? I've been looking for ages but all I find are displays without frames (or with massive ones). I would be grateful!

Thanks!! :)

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

jesus

dlanning79 1 point 16 months ago

This is pretty amazing. I wish I had your budget lol.

The_Blue_Dragon 1 point 16 months ago

It looks like a mini nuclear reactor. Have you got proper papers for that?

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Nice work bud, congrats on the first build. I am sure the first of many, it becomes like an infection :/

TheBanditBK 1 point 16 months ago

20 Fans is pretty overkill. Still a great build though. +1

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah, if I do another build, I’ll get my fans out of this box... lol

Taroxi 1 point 16 months ago

Are you sure this is your first pc build? You gotta have massive balls to do something like that for a first build. (or hypothetical balls if your female...)

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 3 points 16 months ago

There was some significant pucker factor involved... That said, I had just come back from Afghanistan, where most of my pucker was used up.

cwuzzell 1 point 16 months ago

I'm so confused about that loop...someone please explain.

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Which part are you confused about? I'm fairly confident that I can explain it. I'll take a stab at the answer: "Because I wanted to use up space, and I thought it looked cool - and it's two loops". The alternate answer is: "Those are my drains, and the U-tube helps siphon the entire loop."

cwuzzell 1 point 16 months ago

It's two loops? well that makes it less confusing, but I guess what I'm saying is that I can't follow the flow. how the water goes. That stuff. I hope my confusion makes at least a little sense.

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I used the same color fluid in both loops, probably adding to the confusion.

GPU loop: Reservoir/pump through inverted U -> 3-way fitting -> 1. drain and -> (through bulkhead lower left) -> 2. inlet to radiator -> radiator outlet -> (bulkhead) -> temp sensor fitting (under start button) -> GPU water block -> top of left reservoir

CPU loop: Reservoir/pump through inverted U -> 3-way fitting -> 1. drain and -> (through bulkhead lower left) -> 2. inlet to radiator -> radiator outlet -> (bulkhead) -> temp sensor fitting (over center fan) -> CPU water block -> top of right reservoir.

Hope that helps!

The bends and all that consume more pipe than necessary in order to satisfy my need to fill space in the case.

Huhhdoe 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you for your service! I love the build! Ugh, quit tempting me to do a custom loop instead of my AiO

pcbuilderman 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

First build?

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yes, this is my first build.

John_Denim 1 point 16 months ago

How many fans? lol

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah, I know. I had a pretty good reason, but I already posted it elsewhere here.

Lager11B 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Random thought...The reservoirs made me think of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Secret of the Ooze.

ians907 5 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

What an excellent build, I love this case and you did a fantastic job with the loop. I have done many builds but never been brave enough to do a water cooled loop!!

FlipLaw 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

That's tight. Pretty unique. I dig it.

_Numbb 1 point 16 months ago

Call it Hulk on Steroids

renjisea 1 point 16 months ago

Some custom made sticker on the glass should make it look even better.

Computers_and_games 1 point 16 months ago

I WAS BUILDING LITERALLY ALMOST THE EXACT SAME THING. (its in on my account)

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

By all means, build it... it's awesome.

rdracerboyd 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Do you think this can run Undertale?

anord419 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Maybe, but Minesweeper is another question

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 4 points 16 months ago

I can only play minesweeper on the tiny monitor in the case...

drogo 1 point 16 months ago

Great Build! What, monitoring software are you using on your case display? +1

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

It's CAM.

drogo 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks

KYOKUN240 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

can I please have this

LostKawz 1 point 16 months ago

One of the most beautiful watercooled builds I've seen. I have done custom builds before but never watercooled (the water and pipe bends scare me, lol).

Was there a particular "how-to" guide you used during your build (if so, could you link), or did you just research and learn to build "on your own".

Again, amazing looking rig. Aside from function, it is a work of art!

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Thanks! I'm afraid I couldn't find any how-to guides. I ended up doing a bunch of research and video watching. The bends were a little intimidating, and I ended up using mandrels from monsoon to do most of them (there's a video). I already had some basic plumbing skills, so that helped.

I read that soft tubing was easier for a first loop, but I was more interested in hard line.

EK has a guide on watercooling that has the basics on how a loop should work, so I recommend taking a look at that.

Monsoon has a variety of fitting that will enable hardy water-tight seals, if applied correctly. I used the chain gun fittings because of the video where he used a 30 pound weight, and it didn't pull the tube out of the fitting.

Leak testing took me awhile. I was learning how to use the fittings by trial and error... I ended up draining the loops a bunch of times (make sure you include drains!).

TheCreativeSide 1 point 16 months ago

This is amazing!

oghairymanchild 1 point 16 months ago

Glorious Build... also Thank You for Your Service.

KingKrys 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you for your service in Afghanistan. Sick first build by the way. Stay safe.

rickman297 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Can i get a link for that tiny monitor please? that thing is ******* sweet

Jojo_Epic_ 1 point 16 months ago

THIS IS THE COOLEST LOOKING AND BEST COOLED COMPUTER I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! Incredible first build! Did you do it all yourself?

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Thanks for your kind words!

I did build it myself - none of my family or friends had built one either. Fortunately, I had several months to research before I started.

Nater650 1 point 14 months ago

For the rgb strips you used, do I only need a motherboard RGB header to make this work? Or does it require the Cablemod addressable LED kit?

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Ostensibly, the addressable LEDs plug into the header. I haven't gotten them to work at all. If you figure it out, let me know.

ksander 1 point 14 months ago

nut

super7474 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks for serving!

super7474 1 point 14 months ago

pc is also awesome too

FuzoCam 1 point 14 months ago

Wow! I LOVE YOUR BUILD! You have used most of the parts I was planning to use, that was until I decided I needed to replace my 3, 24” flat Asus monitors with 2, 32” curved monitors. They have taken a huge chunk of my budget.

I was still looking to try my first DIY cooling setup, but as a disabled vet myself, I’m a bit afraid to try, and can't afford to damage parts. Can you post a list of the pitfalls you ran into, a kind of things to avoid list?

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

No problem!

Most of my system (two loops) went together without a hitch.

The pipe bending was much easier than I thought it would be, but I flubbed a few bends by forgetting to insert the silicone rod (to keep the shape of the tube in the bend - otherwise it flattens out). This resulted in wasting 3 or 4 feet of tubing.

I used Monsoon Chain Gun fittings - these are not standard push fittings, you actually have to glue plastic caps on the end of your tubes, and then the fitting grabs that and seats it on the part of the fitting that goes in your block. I ended up having to use gel super glue to get those caps to seal, and I had to omit the rubber O-ring. They made the fitting too hard to get together and I ended up over-tightening a couple of the fittings, which caused them to fail.

When you get ready to leak test your system, use the 24 pin jumper (you can make one, or buy one) to power your pumps. If it leaks, there's no power to anything else in your system, and you won't ruin your stuff. Use distilled water to leak-test. It's cheap, and if you have a leak you don't end up spilling expensive cooling fluid.

I hope that helps!

FuzoCam 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you so much! It does sound easier than it looks. The bending of the tubes is actually the part that worried me the most. I have an external variable DC power supply, so I can use that to test. Funny, i was an Electronics Technician in the Navy, worked on RADAR systems, I even had to maintain water cooling systems! That seemed much easier compared to this, Lol!

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I was a machinist's mate (a long, long time ago... in a galaxy far, far away), so I'm thinking that helped me with the piping...

FuzoCam 1 point 13 months ago

Lol, I was an ET, but my twin brother was an MM Nuc, lol. He probably could do it easily .... I think I will ask...

michal1296 1 point 14 months ago

Hey, so can Asus Aura sync make use of the addressable nature of the LED strips that you are using? So is it possible to have the color cycle through along the strip as opposed to having the strip change uniformly.

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I have yet to get the addressable LED strips to work... If you get them working, by all means, let me know.

michal1296 1 point 14 months ago

Are they hooked up directly to the AURA addressable header or just a standard rgb header

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

The addressable strips are connected directly to the addressable header, but the Asus Aura software doesn't recognize them at all. It's been a couple of months, so I'll be checking for BIOS and Aura updates soon. If anything is new and makes it work, I'll let you know.

JordanWall 1 point 12 months ago

Secret Of The Ooze

arty667 1 point 12 months ago

+1 for the trees in the background of the first picture. Also, are/were you in the military? If you are/were, thank you for your service. I'm not the brightest light so if my question was dum, go easy with insults if anyone makes any.

M.b17 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you for your service and awesome build it's great

lampbuilder 1 point 10 months ago

Hi, does the G.Skill 64GB RGB RAM works well? The QVL lists up to 32GB so I am not sure if the 64GB version is compatible with the motherboard.

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Yes, 64GB posted for me the first time I booted it up. I haven't updated the BIOS yet, so it only runs at 2133 at the moment. I'll be updating the BIOS in a few weeks, though... I'll let you know how it turns out.

Erok845 1 point 10 months ago

My Mom told me not just to play games but to design them too. Well I think she will take them back after she sees this :)

cheeno 1 point 5 months ago

Are those LED UV strips, or cold cathodes?

dogmatic1723 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Cold cathode

westwandaguys 1 point 5 months ago

How does that RAM run? I want to get this kit for an upcoming 2950x project and I want to know if this RAM is good with threadripper

Keir_C_Yurkiw 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

21 fans... wow

JimmyJimmy 1 point 4 months ago

How did you mount the monitor inside the case?

Nater650 1 point 3 months ago

Why so many case fans????

Krunk443 1 point 2 months ago

I was wondering how the fans sound and the temps with the 140mm, thank you

Splatterlord 0 points 16 months ago

needs to be censored

dannnnnnnn 0 points 16 months ago

Possibly the most beautiful build I've ever seen. Love the water cooling especially!

zfrnz 0 points 16 months ago

More like BATTLEstation...

barely_harmless 0 points 16 months ago

That is a sweet build. And I love how the case wouldn't look out of place on a high tech lab bench.

thews86 0 points 16 months ago

A little time spent on cable management and she is stellar!

Crystalyx 0 points 16 months ago

Love the build, looks very sleek.

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