I built this around Christmas of last year and I apologize for now finally getting around to uploading it here. I've added a few things since then of course, such as the amazing heatkiller waterblock IV and an additional radiator (480mm) up from just a single 560mm. I also took away the blood red dye I had in the loop. It looked awesome flowing into the punisher skull but with all my watercool builds I got sick of cleaning them more often due to dyes so none of them have dyes anymore. I added a Photo of the STH10 next to a standard mid size case so you can see a decent comparison for size reference. But anywho sorry if this is long winded, onto the build!
Reasoning: After my old build the "Punisher" I wanted to create a new one that was sort of a do-it-all PC since I still game very occasionally but I dabble a lot in 3ds MAX, Blender, Unity, etc, so I wanted to be able to just get the most out of those programs. While the Ryzen 1700x was a very capable processor, upon hearing of the threadripper series I couldn't wait to get my hands on the fancy new 1950x! For what it's worth, despite people trying their hardest to downplay its gaming capabilities I not once ran into any issues during gaming of any sort (MMOs, FPSs, etc). Overall, having used for CPU for just shy of a year now I have nothing but the best to say about it, and soon once I upgrade to their new 2990 Threadripper Im hoping for the same outcome.
CASE: This computer started off in my old Dark base Pro 900 case, and like I said in my last build, I was very disappointed with it. While I was overall satisfied with my build, of course I had my eyes on the prowl for any excuse to find a new case, and find a new case I did! The STH10 has everything you could hope for in a case, it allows unmatched amounts of creativity to flow and basically shape your computer into anything you would like. The case itself is expensive of course, and the base price comes with hardly anything you'd want for extras so yes it does get quite spendy, especially for a case, but I feel as though in the end it was justified. With all the extra mounts, brackets, filters I desired I finally got the case shipped and was ready to start the build!
MOBO: The motherboard to me was a no brainer, while yes now I would have bought the "designare," that wasn't an option so I went the same route as usual and got a Gigabyte AORUS again because not only is their customer service phenomenal, their products are top notch as well. To date, just shy of a year I have had nothing but great things to say about this motherboard. As a side note, I sold my old 1700x and x370 AORUS motherboard to a friend, the motherboard died on him after about 7 months of use (over a year since its purchase) and not only did they send him a new one to replace his bricked mobo, they did it all within a week! Talk about awesome customer service. That, combined with their amazing products is why I certainly continue to purchase from Gigabyte.
Watercooling P1: For cooling, I pretty much always go with EKWB, because they certainly have amazing customer service and of course their products are top notch... generally. If you followed the Threadripper series for watercooling, then of course you know about the big flop that was EKWB's Gen1 waterblocks. While two of my other computers are still running strong with their Monoblocks I had a change of heart and decided to try something new, and again, I was not disappointed. WaterCool already had a solid reputation for their waterblocks and after seeing their HeatKiller IV for the TR4 socket I instantly knew I needed to have it. Not only does it perform top of its class, the Copper/Nickel looks phenomenal, I wish the pictures gave it justice!
Watercooling P2: For a GPU block I got a solid deal on an EKWB 1080ti FE block so of course that was a no brainer, it performs very well so there was no reason to not get it despite wanting to try out a WaterCool GPU block to match my cpu block. Pumps of course are a no brainer, with a case this size there is no reason not to be using D5s and EKWB again makes phenomenal pump tops so the XTOP revo of course is the way to go in my opinion. I was using two of them for a little while in the build but cut back to a single since I like the cleaner look with just one. For radiators Im using a 560mm PE EKWB and a 480mm XE from EKWB, they both perform very well and combined keep temps about as low as they can possibly get.
RAM: The ram I took from my old build. I can't really find a reason to upgrade and or change my ram. The Tridentz 3333 4x16gb performs astounding yet again and while I have thought about making the leap to 128gbs of ram, the 64gbs has yet to meet its match!
PSU: As for a power supply, Seasonic Titanium is a no brainer. With a 12 year warranty and the top parts in the industry why would you get anything else? I purchased an EVGA titanium power supply once, before I bought this 850 watt Seasonic, and no joke, it fried my motherboard, cpu and ram when I booted it up. Luckily it was my test bench so I didn't lose anything compared to my main computers, but still It was about all the reasoning I needed to stick with Seasonic. Now, don't take that as me bashing EVGA. They of course make phenomenal titanium psu's as well and of course I had the 1-in-a-million that was faulty, but, it was the nail in the coffin so to speak for me to never leave Seasonic.
I think that about covers the main parts in the build, peripherals are kinda meh since everyone has their own liking and storage isn't really worth noting as it's generally obvious which is best and would probably be one of the first things I'd go lower on if budget mattered. If I forgot anything please let me know and I'd be more than happy to add it!
CPU = TR4 1950x, would recommend
MOBO = GA X399 AORUS, would recommend
GPU = EVGA 1080ti FE, Solid product but not the best 1080ti I've used, would still recommend
RAM = Tridentz 3333 4x16gb, would recommend
PSU = Seasonic Titanium 850watt, would recommend
Watercooling parts = EKWB/WaterCool, would recommend
Case = Caselabs STH10, would recommend
*Any questions, comments, or concerns would be greatly appreciated! Please let me know what you think, what you like, and what you don't like or how I could improve this, or a future build! Thanks for your time and have a wonderful day/evening!