[SOLVED] Build a workstation ready for EPYC 2

Feb 11, 2019
In a nutshell: I want to build a workstation for statistical analysis. I have funding from work but half of it expires in May, likely before the EPYC 2 processors are out. My plan is to use the part that expires in May to buy everything but the motherboard and CPU, and then use the rest of the funding once the EPYC 2 processors come out. My main questions are: Is my strategy making any sense? Am I looking at the right parts?

Approximate Purchase Date: Some of the parts in May, the other parts when the EPYC 2 processors come out.

Budget Range: $8,000-10,000.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Scientific computing, statistical analysis. Using R, Python, and Julia.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything. Will be using some hard drives and RAM sticks from an older system.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Windows Server 2019, Standard Edition ($972).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No strong preference. Newegg.com/Amazon.com/BestBuy.com work for me.

Location: Chicago, Illinois.

Parts Preferences: AMD for processors. ASUS for motherboards. Western Digital for hard disks. Samsung for SSD.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 3440X1440

Additional Comments: Looking to have a lot of RAM, not necessarily the fastest. For the system to be upgradable and expandable over time, and for it to be very quiet. Several people will need to be able to log in to the system and work simultaneously.

Parts I am considering:


Thermaltake Core X9 Snow Edition E-ATX Stackable Tt LCS Certified Cube Computer Chassis ($162)

Power supply

Not really sure for what I should be aiming here.


Will need to wait for the EPYC 2 processors to come out. Ideally, a motherboard that can house two chips, although I will only start with one of them.

One of the AMD EPYC 2 "Rome" variants.


Dell Original 64GB (4 x16GB) PowerEdge R320 R420 R520 R610 R620 R710 R820 Memory ($378 * 5 = $1,890)
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAH9B8K76738&Description=64gb ram ddr3&cm_re=64gb_ram_ddr3-_-9SIAH9B8K76738-_-Product
I have 64GB of DDR3 RAM from a Dell PowerEdge Server that I want to cannibalize. DDR4 is just too expensive to build a system with 384 GB of RAM.

Samsung 970 EVO 1TB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD (MZ-V7E1T0BW) ($250)

Hard Drives
WD Red 2TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD20EFRX ($82 * 3 = $246)
I have 3 more of these from a NAS I will cannibalize as well.

Cooling? How do I keep this system cool and quiet even under intense workloads?

Thank you for your time and advice!
Feb 11, 2019
Oh that's bad news about the RAM. Thank you for pointing that out.

And that does like a good cooling solution. Thank you again!