Description

Update: November 2019 - I have moved from the first-gen Threadripper CPU to an AMD Ryzen 3900x with the Gigabyte Aorus X570 Xtreme board.

Update: July 2019 - I have replaced my GTX 1080 GPU with a RTX 2080ti GPU.

This is my project studio/gaming rig. I do everything on this build from high-end gaming to video editing and music production. I am always swapping out parts and adding on to this setup, so a lot will change over time. Anytime I make changes, I will try and update this completed build list.

I have recorded professional music demos for over 10 years, and one of the latest comes from my own metal band called The Anxiety Effect. Our latest 2 single releases were recorded on this system and can be heard for free at www.theanxietyeffect.net, Spotify, and they can also be purchased on all major music sites (iTunes, Google Play Music, Amazon, ect).

I render and edit video with Vegas Pro and Handbrake, and the footage I use mostly is shot on a Sony NX100 video camera that records in full HD. 60fps @50mbps. I also produce Blu Ray and DVD discs. Most of these are for people who want to transfer their home videos to a digital disc format.

When I'm not editing video or recording music, I do some gaming.

I have been using the AMD Threadripper 1950x CPU since August of 2017. I am running it on the Gigabyte Aorus X399 Gaming 7 motherboard. Temperatures stay nice and cool with NZXT Kraken x62 on the CPU. Staying between 29c and 31c on idle, and 63c to 65c at full load (video rendering pushes high loads for multiple hours at a time).

Thanks for looking at my build.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I keep my Threadripper 1950x CPU cool with this cool. Although the NZXT fans that came with it worked fine for the first year, for cosmetic reasons I changed them out to the Corsair LL140 fans. Threadripper at idle stays around 29c and at full load for extended periods of time it peaks at 62c to 65c depending on ambient temps.

I have heard of some people having issues with their pump dying after a short amount of use; roughly 6 months. I personally have not had an issue thus far (knock on wood). As of this review, I have been running this cooler for a year and a half.

One thing about this cool that leaves a lot to be desired is the Cam software that comes with it to do all the monitoring of your system. Although the most recent updates improved some things, it can be a bit buggy at times. And the whole mobile app download where you can 'check your system status on the cloud' option has not worked in over a year. You can't even get the app to log into the account anymore. And when it did log in, it was never updating or accurate.

Other then the buggy cam software, this cool has done fine by me this past 18 months!

Storage

There isn't a whole lot to say about this fantastic SSD. It's fast, reliable, and has been in my system for over 2 years. I use it as my OS drive in conjunction with 9 other internal drives for media and gaming storage. Fantastic drive!

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Your name describes the exact feelings I have for this rig. Seeing stuff like this gives one a bit of a chub.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thanks?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been a fun build, for sure!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

You talking about the build or the music? Ha.that YouTube link is to an older track. Our website has the info on the newest track 'Lockdown'.

Either way, thanks!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, amazing build and setup. I'm liking that RGB, and seriously diggin the music. Whats the plans on future music because I'm hooked on the music, can't stop listening to it.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Jerkface! I am not sure on the future of the music. Hopefully new tracks will be released soon..The group originally started as a regional touring band in 2011, but disbanded in 2013. We started recording studio tracks in February of this year, and are pretty much just doing studio releases for now, although life has gotten in the way and things have slowed down a bit. So hopefully the new music continues!

Thanks so much for checking it all out! I really appreciate it!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, and hopefully the future is high for the music because that's my kind of music. Can't wait to see whats in stock for the future!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! Best thing to do is follow us on social media, or join our emailing list on the website. I keep things updated when there's new things to tell ha.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh sweet, I'll get to that ASAP.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Good deal! Thanks for the kind words my friend!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated the build losing last night. Added AMD Threadripper 1960x and more RGB goodies with ram and NZXT Kraken Xie cooler.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

This. Is. So. Cool. From content creator to content creator, is there any software that would allow you to make audio tracks from scratch. As an editor wanting to expand their horizon into audio production too it would make life alot easier.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not sure I fully understand what you mean by 'make audio tracks from scratch'. Can you give me an example?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

For example, if I was doing a small film and wanted to correct audio or manage the levels and such I know they're are programs like pro tools and such. I suppose you could input keystrokes from devices such as keyboards and others to make tracks creating music. I was wondering if you knew any such program that is free.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

In relation to Pro Tools, there is a fantastic program I use. I don't know how informed/educated you are on things, so don't take offense to anything I fill you in on if you already know about it. I'm just trying to cover some quick basics in case you don't know about a few key things.

Pro Tools is what they call a Digital Audio Workstation (aka DAW for short). Pro Tools is also known as the 'industry standard' when it comes to higher end recording studios. Pish Posh on that crap! There are plenty of other options that do just as much for way cheaper - even free.

The program I use to do all my music/audio production in is called 'Reaper' and it can be downloaded - for 'free' here: https://www.reaper.fm/

Now I put the word free in quotations, because, it's technically free, even though they discourage free use. What happens is, you get to run a 'trial' version when you first start using it. After a certain amount of time, they want you to buy a copy, (which in all fairness, it is only $60.00), but if you choose not to purchase a license for it, you still have access to the program 100%. If you choose to keep using it without a paid license, every time you start Reaper, a box pops up telling you to get a paid license, but you can simply close the box after 5 seconds. So technically, it's free, but I encourage you to buy a license if you like it, because the group that works on it are great guys and they keep it updated on a regular basis. And, I know it sounds cheap, and it sounds like it can't possibly be as good as Pro Tools if it is only $60, but it is. I have recorded in major studios all around my region, and I have seen Reaper do everything Pro Tools can do in just about any music production situation.

Keep in mind though, if you want to take full advantage of any DAW software of any kind, you will want an audio interface to go with it if you plan on using microphones or other instruments in your recordings.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I went to school but it wasn't for audio production just a short 1 month semester on brief basics like doing a score on a film, or doing voice overs, adding sound effects and stuff like that. We were only given pro tools to work with at the time I know some people have taken quick snips of everyday sounds and made music with them. If I could add say a keyboard and make my own track to play under videos or such so I wouldn't have to buy a track or something like that. Also that I could have separated audio and manually add fx to individual tracks or change levels to make a more clear sound.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Reaper will be a great program for you for making your own music. Adding a keyboard is another step. I am assuming you are talking about a piano style keyboard, and not a typing keyboard, so there are options to go with for that.

A lot of DAWS have built in Midi plugins called Virtual Instruments or VSTi pluigins. VSTi plugins come in a variety of options from pianos, to organs, to string instruments, and drum kits. Midi keyboards can trigger the sounds of the VSTi pliugins, and you can record the midi data in Reaper, then rendering it down into a WAVE or MP3 file to add to your videos.

However, if you are not familiar with VSTi plugs, midi keyboards, or audio interfaces with Midi inputs/outputs, you are going to want to get a lot more educated on them before attempting to use them. You are opening a whole other can of worms as far as options in interfaces and what not go, and they all have needed drivers and appropriate settings to go with them based on your PC hardware.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

You have an amazing setup! THIS MUCH BE FEATURED!!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot Longhorn! Thanks for checking out my build, and thanks for the kind words! Not sure how I'd get featured lol, but I appreciate it!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

That is some amazing parts you chose, it's an excellent gaming/studio rig especially with those RGB rams and CPU cooler! However, I suggest you use braided cables and further tidy your cables!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea, the thought has crossed my mind, but as I replied in an earlier thread, I just have not had time to get to it. I have gotten them routed better, but after dumping the amount of time and money I have already, I'll worry about the last piece of cosmetics later ;)

Thanks for checking out my build!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Super Crazy Build!!!!!!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for checking it out and sharing your thoughts with me! Updated pictures coming soon, as upgrades are coming!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

My knees just buckled

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Listing updated with Threadripper 1950x. Check it out!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for taking the time to check it out! Looking to update it with a n AMD Threadripper 1950x. Have the CPU and Gigabyte x399 AORUS Gaming 7 board pre ordered.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Any build this expensive pretty much deserves to be featured. Is there a reason why you didn't do a custom loop? Or why you didn't just do the new X-Series CPUs?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

This build was put together months ago honestly. I'm looking into upgrading to the Threadripper 1950x with the Gigabyte X399 AORUS Gaming 7 board. I didn't do a custom loop, because I have no experience in doing them.

Thanks for the feedback though!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd make sure the CPU cooler fan pushes air throw the fins and out of the case in a push configuration.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you talking about the earlier pictures when I had the EVO 212 air cooler installed? That's what I had going with it. It was pushing the air right to the rear fan and out of the case.

The current setup has the Corsair H115i AIO cooler, with the radiator mounted at the top and the fans pushing the air out of the case through the top.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

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
  • 2 points

My average power draw is still up in the air, as I just added my 5 HDDs to it last night and assigned their proper dive letters. Didn't have a whole of time after I did that to run more test or monitoring .

I'm using the NZXT cam software to monitor the temps and handle the fans/pumps. I cross reference what Cam tells me with HWMonitor to make sure the temps look the same, as I have heard some not so positive things about Cam. Whether those are from past versions or not, I really don't know.

With the NZXT Kraken x62 being controlled by the cam software and the default settings for the fan being on 'silent mode', my idle temps are between 29c and 32c depending on my ambient temp, which in the summer can be a little warm if I'm not running the central air. Full load while tesetting with Prime95, I saw temps hit 65c to 67c while the fans where in silent mode, and they dropped to 62c roughly while switching the fans/pump too performance mode.

So far, the only issue I have had with Cam is, the cloud sync doesn't work all the time. I was letting my system run idle while at work the other day, and I thought I had crashed or lost power at the studio because the mobile app for cam said the pc was off. Got home, it was still running fine with Cam open, but Cam stopped talking to the cloud server for whatever reason.

Stock voltage, I'll get back to you on. I've been chasing a couple crashing issues the last few days due to drivers. Seems to be worked out and running stable now, but I still have more testing to run this week.

So far, if my last crash was indeed video card driver related (which I believe it was) and not ram related, then I seem to be stable right now. I have XMP profile turned on too push for that 3200mhz, but I still need to dig deeper with some monitoring tools to see where the speeds are officially hitting. I planned on doing that today and tomorrow.

The gigabyte board itself, I have no real complaints with. I guess the only annoying part about the board to me was the placement of the 6 + 4 cpu power ports. They where a pain in the *** to get to while trying to route cables in my case. Not sure if it was more the case or the layout of the board, but it was a little challenging to get the CPU power cables in.

I had the Ethernet cable in while I was installing Windows 10 pro, and Windows fetched some generic drivers for the onboard Wi-Fi. This would cause instant BSOD crashes when I tried to boot into the desktop. Without fail, every time it crashed. I had to boot into safe mode with networking, and download the official gigabyte drivers off the website and install them before booting normally. I highly recommend installing Windows offline, then getting all the official drivers installed for the board AND for whatever graphics card you have, then jump online for Windows updates.

So if you're looking at this board, be sure to download EVERYTHING off gigabyte's website, including the gigabyte app and any app that runs inside that app (like the RGB Fusion app). Don't use the Gigabyte app to find/install these apps, because It does not always download the latest version off their servers like it should. I originally used the gigabyte app to install RGB fusion, and every time I tried to launch RGB fusion, I got a blue screen of death. Uninstalling the gigabyte app and all it's add-ons, then re-downloading the latest versions off the official site fixed this issue.

So other then software and driver bugs, which is expected this early in a release, I so far have no serious complaints with the board. It feels very solid and durable, and has great features on it. Especially the multiple M.2 slots with added heat sinks. The LEDs are bright and gorgeous, and the pictures do not honestly do it any justice. Especially with the added Trident Z ram, and the NZX T cooler.

I do not plan on overclocking this system anytime soon. I want to wait to see what official TR4 socket coolers comeout before I try that. I've never really been an over clocker, but I might with this rig down the road.

I can not fathom anybody saying that the CPU was the hardest thing to install. This was seriously the easiest CPU install I have ever done, and it only took me about 5 minuets to get it in. No idea why others are having a hard time. It was super straight forward.

Hopefully I've helped ya out. Hit me up with anything else you wanna know, and I'll get back to ya as soon as I can.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

wow at the wall of text but yea gotcha on the drivers and BIOS to download first before connecting to the network. Thanks for the headups

I torn between the ROG board or the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon as the choice of motherboard for the 16 cores

but after looking at the M.2 solution on the Asus board like a DIMM slot style, it might be the turning factor as i don't like the idea of a M.2 under the GPUs.

as for the PSU, i have a CoolerMaster 1300W Gold unit which is the one i am using in my QX6800 system.

Once my treadripper system is here, the 1300W PSU will be transferred to the new PC

I right now waiting for the aftermarket AIB partners of the RX Vega if they come in stock.

I have been eyeing on a 38 Inch Freesync LG - 38UC99-W 37.5" which is a 4K Monitor

I may go for dual RX Vega GPU for crossfire but if 2 is not enough, i may pop in the 3rd Vega

Yea I was wondering as well, given than Pauls Hardware and other tech yotubers showing how the CPU is installed

So it puzzles me that some of the other builders in here are having trouble with the hex screws and the mounting when it way easier to just slide the CPU rather than just dropping the CPU with Intel CPUs.

Yea i agree the current cooler be it the air and AIO coolers dont have the surface area to cover the huge IHS of the Treadripper CPU.

I am also waiting to see how the TR4 design cooler be able to cool the monster CPU.

I still prefer the air coolers over the AIO because of the noise and reliability

my current 212X cooler is able to keep my QX6800 temps in check

yea i am looking at the CoolerMaster line up for the TR4

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the 'wall of text' ha. I like to help out where I can and I like to give lots of details so people know what to expect.

Do yourself a HUGE favor, and stay away from MSI boards. I have had many issues with them recently in builds of my own as well as clients. They are solid in GPUs in my experience, but the motherboards are going down hill. The build quality just isn't there. I would go with the Asus or Gigabyte.

As far as the M.2 under GPU on the Gigabyte board, they have included heat sinks for all the M.2 slots. I have not tested temps yet on the M.2 drive I have while gaming,, but again, that was one of the tasks for today. I can report back if you are interested in the numbers. At idle when not putting the GPU under a load, the M.2 drive is at 41c to 43c.

I can't say anything bad about any Cooler Master product I have owned, but I can only speak on Corsair and Sea sonic for PSU choices. Both are solid, and mostly because Sea sonic actually makes the higher end Corsair PSUs from what I have read.

I too saw Paul's video. His was the one I watched while installing mine. I can say though, the 1-2-3 screw order when installing is a little tricky. I tightened screw one all the way down before tightening screws 2 and 3. Didn't work out so well. I had to un-screw the first screw and start screws 2 and 3 so the threads would catch before I re-tightened down the first screw. Once you tighten down that first screw, the bracket lowers towards screw 1 and raises at screw 2 and 3, making it hard for screws 2 and 3 to catch the threads. At least on this board that's what happened. So i would recommended starting all 3 screws to make sure the threads catch, then tighten screw one down, and move on to 2 and 3.

I would HIGHLY recommend going to liquid cooling for Threadripper. And as far as air over AIO, I am not sure where you are coming from on that one. Usually AIO is way quieter then air. I can ramp this Kraken X62 to performance mode at full load and I need to be silent and lean towards the case to even hear it.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm that is a weird situation i have heard of MSI boards for quite a while

given that i have a few systems using MSI board but the most recent MSI board I have used was for my dad's web surfing PC which has the MSI H97M-G43 board with the i5 4460 CPU. Other than the wonky BIOS which i need to flash to a few versions before i got a stable BIOS due to some bugs with the Intel iGPU settings and relating to the boot and shut down issues. the board is OK in general.

Yea Seasonic has been the OEM for a few companies like Corsair. Coolermaster used to have Seasonic as the OEM for the higher wattage units but have started making their own design with the introduction of the Masterwatt series but the price have gone north by quite a lot.

Ok I think i have a good picture of how to screw the hex screws on the bracket. It will be similar to how you mount the AIO coolers with the four posts.

My experience with AIO is prob with the smaller 120mm units and the H100i which was notorious for the pump noise and failure. Those were customer builds and the number of RMA i have to do till i lost count is a nightmare for me and my users who have no PC to play their games or do their work.

Most of my own PC are either running the stock Intel cooler or going for the CoolerMaster 212 series cooler.

Many years i have been buying CoolerMaster products so i know I am getting reliable parts all the time.

OC wise, i not going to go crazy with my CPUs. Because where I live, the average temps are around the 28-30 degrees mark so if i were to go full on OC mode, my load temps will hit over 80 degrees and in some cases the 90 degrees making my room pretty warm as i don't have any air conditioning.

I will prob be aiming for 4GHz on all cores with the 1.375 volts at max and will tone down if the OC is not stable

  • 27 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

On stock clock my Cinibench score was 2781.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I have had this case about a year, and I have no complaints. It's a desktop, so there is no real need to move it around a lot. A little bit of TLC for your gear will prevent anything happening to it.

The doors are some what flimsy, but nothing that is going to break unless you intentionally attempt to do damage to it. I have no issues with the panels, and they are very easy to take off/put on, so it makes upgrading parts or doing general physical maintenance a breeze.

The material can scratch some what easy, but again, a little care will go a long way. I have micro scratches on mine that can only be seen when holding it close to my face for cleaning. Nothing that is noticeable when the lights inside the case are on, ect.

I am not sure what your 'smokey' concern is about, But the pictures you see are from a full year of owning the case. Keep your PC clean, don't smoke around it, keep it away from carpeted floors and furry pets, and you won't have much issues. And do a 'tear down' cleaning once to twice a year. Blow dust out, re-seed cards, ect. I bought a handheld electronic blower on Amazon for $50 to replace the never ending purchases of compressed air. Well worth the money, and it's already paid for itself.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Here I am barley scraping by for a 600$ pc $

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to hear that, man. It sucks pressing for weaker parts on budget builds. I did it for several years. But I do indeed use my setup to make money on the side outside the day job, so believe me when I say, it's not all fun and games ha. Took lots of man hours to get to this point.

Thanks for checking out my biuld though, and good luck getting yours up and running!

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

that cable management is just sadness

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I do appriciate people taking the time to look at my builds and giving feedback. And I have stated in other replies regaurding this matter. When you have 3 to 4 high paying production jobs pending that are in a hold because your system ia torn apart, you are gonna just make due with what you have. I may or may not grab braded cables for it down the line. Right now, I am just to busy using the rig to worry about how it looks cabke wise right now.

The cables don't block any airflow, and the dark cables are not noticable when I am in recording sessions with the LED lights all aglow. So I am okay with it

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

sorry, it just does not look very good. (no offense)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

None taken. If I was that concerned about it, I would have done something about it right away. Putting it to use and paying it off is far more important then a few cables showing.

  • 24 months ago
  • 0 points

cable ties :)

  • 27 months ago
  • -1 points

Is cable management that hard?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is very easily, actually. If you are referring to the cables that are zipped together off of the graphics card, those cables are to short to run behind the case. Therefor they are tied together inside the case. Airflow is not an issue either way.

  • 27 months ago
  • -1 points

It looks tacky as hell. I would recommend cablemod then

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

You're entitled to your opinion, sir. The thought has crossed my mind, but honestly, I am to busy using the more important performance aspect of it to complete paying projects at the moment to worry about it.

Thank you for checking out my build though.

  • 27 months ago
  • -2 points

It's not my opinion that it looks bad it does. I gave you a +1 and didn't intend to be rude. I have a 1950x as well and do programming/editing which I make very good money doing.. I also produce for fun. But, when spending the price we paid AT LEAST have it looking presentable.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the 1+. I am well aware that it can be an eyesore to the fellow geek. I simply have not had the time to make it more 'presentable' as far as the issue I have with GPU power cables go. I have uploaded newer photos where the cables are not as bundled together. Maybe they will be more to your liking, maybe not. Not to concerned at this point ha.

My clients enjoy it, I enjoy it, and it's fast as hell. That's all that really matters to me. As far as not intending on being rude, I didn't take it as being rude. Snarky? Yea, maybe a little. But it is what it is. I don't get frazzled by strangers on the internet ;)