Description

So for the longest I have wanted to get into the big dog league of computer building. THE ENTHUSIAST! I had seen so many people talk well of the Ryzen Threadripper series of CPU's so I saved up for almost 5 months before big tech sale holidays and long behold this build happened. This will be my first PC with more than 4 or 8 core's. I can confidently say that I regret nothing. I will update my list as we near the end of 2018. Will add more m.2's and some Samsung SSD's. Happy Holidays y'all!

January 2019 UPDATE

Seeing as Be Quiet had made a TR4 cooler for the ThreadRipper series of CPU's I was interested in getting one. I ordered the Dark Rock Pro TR4 back in 11-2-2018. I had to order it from Germany. Took about a month to get here including having to wait about a week while it went through customs.

12-20-2018 List

NZXT - H400 (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case

Motherboard - ASRock - X399M Taichi Micro ATX TR4 Motherboard

CPU - AMD - Threadripper 1950X 3.4 GHz 16-Core Processor

CPU Cooler - Noctua - NH-U9 TR4-SP3 46.44 CFM CPU Cooler

Storage: Samsung 960 EVO M.2 250GB x 2

RAM: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

GPU: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Gaming OC 11G Video Card

Keyboard - Cooler Master - MasterSet MS120 (US) Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse

Headset - SteelSeries Arctis 5 Game

Custom Cable's - CableMod ModMesh E-Series G3, G2, P2 & T2 Cable Kit (Amazon)

1-24-2019 UPDATE

NZXT - H400 (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case

Motherboard - ASRock - X399M Taichi Micro ATX TR4 Motherboard

CPU - AMD - Threadripper 1950X 3.4 GHz 16-Core Processor

CPU Cooler - be quiet! Dark Rock Pro TR4 CPU Cooler

Storage: Samsung 960 EVO M.2 250GB x 2

RAM: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

GPU: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Gaming OC 11G Video Card

Keyboard - Cooler Master - MasterSet MS120 (US) Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse

Headset - SteelSeries Arctis 5 Game

Custom Cable's - CableMod ModMesh E-Series G3, G2, P2 & T2 Cable Kit (Amazon)

Part Reviews

CPU

My first enthusiast CPU. Worth every penny. I can do so many things with this processor. Will probably never use it @ 100% but it's nice knowing that I have it.

CPU Cooler

Seeing as Be Quiet had made a TR4 cooler for the ThreadRipper series of CPU's I was interested in getting one. I ordered the Dark Rock Pro TR4 back in 11-2-2018. I had to order it from Germany. Took about a month to get here including having to wait about a week while it went through customs. Worth the wait. Keeps my 1950x @ 4ghz around lower 50's while utilizing all cores across the board. Excellent and very happy. Beware. This thing is H U G E

Motherboard

This is my third Asrock mobo and I can say that I am a fan of asrock after using them for over 2 years. Plug and play. Easy bios update function and was able to detect everything the first time around. Happy camper.

Memory

I have to say that I have had good luck with this kit of ram. Have had it for about 5 months now and no issues at all. My only complaint is that it doesn't overclock that well.

Storage

Do you like slow boot times? I don't. Get these. Trust. Fast boot and less cable management. What is to hate about that? :)

Storage

Quite mass storage. Excellent performance.

Video Card

Have had this gpu for about 7 months now. I have had no issues with this card. It does tend to get a little hot so make sure you have good airflow into your gpu. No backplate was not an issue for me.

Case

I love this case! Took me about an hour to get everything in and about another hour to cable manage. Very good job nzxt. I was able to route my cables and maintain a very clean look.

Power Supply

It's an evga power supply. Quality.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

Oh the things I could do with a machine like that... beautiful.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you man and I always tell myself this if you want something work hard for it and save up for it before you know it you'll have it in your hands. Keep on brotha

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it. What differences did you see in temps between the noctua and the be quiet? I have been wanting to build a TR system but haven't yet. Now with the zen 3000 series nearing, I may wait to see what their offerings are before making the decision.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello and thank you! I have to do some more intensive testing but so far I have seen about a 7 degree difference. Keep in mind this cooler is massive compared to the sp3. I am excited for the 3000 series coming this year as well! I might stay with my 1950x since it's treated me so good. Won't hurt to peek though! :P

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I had a 1950x in my ebay cart when Newegg had them on sale over the holidays for $450US but never hit purchase. I have a zen 1700 (non-x) now and it has been great. I don't OC, just wanted the threads for distributed computing.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I almost got a 1950x for 250 last year. I do agree with what you're saying though as far as work and gaming I can't tell you how much of a good investment this threadripper has been even for a ryzen 7 1700 it's really good cuz I mean 8-core 16 threads you can't beat that. You can game you can stream you can edit all-in-one machine without being bogged down at all. I love AMD for what they did they really stirred the market. Keep on brotha!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I've had thread ripper in my cart for months now lol way more power then ill ever need but after seeing you're build i just mite have to get the bad boy

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

For me the decision was simple. I wanted a cpu that could handle lot's of multitasking and rendering on demand. Keep in mind I had a 8700k with the same 1080 TI in it. It was a good rig but I payed a lot more for that cpu vs my ryzen tr. What I mean by that is that the 8700 k had only 6 cores and 12 threads. While the clock speeds could go a little higher in comparison to the 1950x I felt that I could do better with how much money I was putting down on the table with going with amd. TR-16c/32t vs Intel-6c/12t. Mind you I could have also waited for the 9900k to come out but seeing as how much the release price was going to be for the 9900k it was a no brainer to go with the 1950x. Simply put TR is future proof and for the price you can't go wrong. Thank you!

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build!

Small question - does the Dark Rock Pro 4 TR4 get in the way of the 1st PCI slot?

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

No. Its been running well but ended up swapping back to the Noctua. Smaller form factor and all. The Dark Rock TR4 was huge lol

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see the CableMod cables listed anywhere but they are in two pictures but not in the build. Did you not like them? I think they would have looked great in there and provided some great contrast with the white. The build looks great even without them but I think that would definitely add some pop to it. Nice clean build though.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I actually bought those off of amazon. I love them! They were easy to route and match my build. I got the all black cables so what I'll probably do when I get home and I'll update the list with the lean that way if you'd like you can get them as well. Sorry about not including it my mistake!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

That's cool. I noticed the black sleeved cables in the build but in image 2 i thought I could see white sleeved cables in the background. I love CableMod cables. I have a set of the royal blue in my gaming/editing rig.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok so it turns out that yes I did get them from Amazon but currently are not listed probably due to shortages. The bent god awful white cables on image 2 you seen are evga cables...a purchase I have regretted since. I got them for $80 and can honestly say without hesitation that they are horrible for routing. They don't bend well and are very stiff. They are now used for decoration purposes. :D

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, I have used the EVGA cables in the past and they look nice but are not great for pliability. I also couldn't find any cable combs that would work well with them. They were to thin and the combs just slid all over the place. Regardless, the build looks great and it's even better since you love it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually got some combs for them and now that you mention it they did slide all over the place. Had to order separate ones from amazon. I wish I could have reviewed some posts on reddit or something before I bought them. Would have saved myself 80 bucks. Cable mod is the king. Thank you so much! It took a little while to save and many hours of research and online price watching.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd heard the dark rock pro cooler was big, but I didn't know it was THAT big!!! Wow, that thing is gigantic. Love the build, it looks fantastic!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Let's just say whenever me and my buddy were putting it together there was a lot of that's what she said jokes LOL but yes it's HUGE I will be posting some of the footage of us mounting it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi

I would like to know if the stock fans in the H400 are loud/inefficient

Thanks

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Decent fans. I would probably invest in some pressure static fans.

  • 7 months ago
  • -3 points

If i was you id look into a liquid cooler for the cpu instead of that huge fan. That leaves like no room between the gpu. And liquid cooler would run cooler. But nice build have fun with it man.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope it wouldn't. All Asetek made AIO's (aka essentially every AIO out there, even the 360mm² monsters) run like garbage on Threadripper due to their terrible IHS coverage (worse than even crappy/small TR4 specific air coolers), & the like one TR4 specific AIO (Enermax) has serious longevity problems. He made the right choice about his cooling without question.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I simply went with the air cooled choice due to potential leaks, fumbling with tubing, etc. I had used AIO's in all my past builds and I had no problems at all just got tired of them. Air coolers work better most of the times. Less worry. Less hassle. Cleaner look. I had the Noctua SP3 on before. It has a relatively small footprint and I had no issues with it. I just got tired of looking at the darkrock and was like welp it's time for you to go in lol :D So far so good though. I have a good wind tunnel due to the orientation of my fans and my performance has not been hindered at all due to it being OC'd to 4ghz. Most AIO's have not come up with a proper solution to PROPERLY cool and dissipate the heat these chips create not to mention all the horror stories online on how their AIO's started leaking or malfunctioned. I wanted reliability and with be quiet! I have got the best and quietest in the industry. Thanks for y'alls comments! :D

  • 7 months ago
  • -1 points

Air coolers definitely dont do a better job cooling over clocked cpu. Aio work better on OC. Second if you think a big square chunk of metal with a fan on it is a cleaner look thats your choice but a aio looks way cleaner. And only aio that leak 99% is custom loops. I have corsair h100vi no problems at all and run my cpu cooler that any air cooler

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