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Enchantment Under the RGB - $5000 RGB ultimate/watercooled build

Gaming, content creation, editing/creative build. 32 Cores of Threadripper maddness with full watercooled loop (CPU + GPU) and RGB lighting on fans, blocks, reservoir; managed by NZXT RGB controller



PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Threadripper 2990WX 3 GHz 32-Core Processor ($1617.11 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - X399 Taichi ATX TR4 Motherboard ($324.50 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - IronWolf 10 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($279.69 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - IronWolf 10 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($279.69 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Black Video Card ($629.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Platinum 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($138.99 @ Amazon)
** Watercooling pump: EKWB EK-XRES 100 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump) ($170.99 @ Amazon)
Watercooling TR4 waterblock: EKWB EK-Velocity sTR4 CPU Waterblock for AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU, RGB/Nickel/Plexi ($129.99 @ Amazon)
** Watercooling radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper Radiator (For 3 x 120mm Fans) ($99.99 @ Amazon)
** Watercooling tubing: EKWB EK-DuraClear Soft Tubing, 10/13mm (3/8" ID, 1/2" OD), 3 Meter, Clear ($22.95 @ Amazon)
EKWB EK-Vector RTX 2080 reference RGB nickel waterblock ($175.99 @ Amazon)
** Watercooling Fittings: EKWB EK-ACF Compression Fitting for Soft Tubing, 10/13mm (3/8"ID, 1/2" OD), nickel 4-pack ($27.95 @ Amazon)
EKWB EK-ACF Compression Fitting for Soft Tubing, 10/13mm (3/8"ID, 1/2" OD), nickel 4-pack ($27.95 @ Amazon)
** Fan Controller: Aerocool Fan and Temperature Controller with USB 2.0, eSATA and Audio/Mic Ports (Touch2000) ($43.07 @ Amazon)
** RGB Lighting Controller: NZXT HUE2 RGB Lighting Kit - Four Magnetic LED Strips - Quad-Channel Support - Advanced PC Lighting System (69.99 @ Amazon)
** Extra RGB case fans: EK-Vardar EVO 120ER RGB (500-2200 rpm) 2 Pack ($56.95 @ Amazon)

Total: $4994.74
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-22 11:56 EDT-0400

Some parts (indicated by **) were itemized separately from PCPartpicker
 

tennis2

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Amazon's prices fluctuate wildly though.
The real problem here is that most people submitting builds aren't spending the extra few minutes to click the PCPartpicker links they're using. There was an enormous number of submissions (most of them) in the last competition that didn't follow the pricing rules partially/mostly because of this lack of effort.
 
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Is this just a theoretical build, or a system we've actually built? I just finished building a PC for my daughter who rarely games for more than 23 hours a day.
 

tennis2

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TH Article said:
So why the change? Well, in the past few competitions we noticed the prices provided by PCPartPicker builder don't necessarily reflect actual availability. Given that and the confusion in regards to the list of available vendors
Dubious reason at best. A better idea would be to outlaw PCPartpicker since they are the source of the problem.....except then users wouldn't be able to find diddly on Amazon since their website SUCKS. Jack of all trades, master of none.
Amazon probably pays more ad fees.
 

bloodroses

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Would someone please explain what the problem is with Newegg?
My guess is that NewEgg offers 3rd party resellers now that isn't as easily identifiable with pcpartpicker. It could just be to make things simpler for themselves by only having one outlet source though. It would be interesting what Tom's has to say for the reason.
 

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