Build Advice General High-Spec Build Help - Back again after 8 years

Oct 27, 2020
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Hello! I posted on this forum maybe 8 years ago seeking help on building my first tower. It sort of died yesterday.

I have been accumulating various components over the past several years, originally hoping to build a new tower in a couple months. My current tower dying has sort of forced my hand. I'm hoping you all will be able to help me again on making a true beast of a machine.

I tried to follow the guidelines in the PC Build Advice sticky. Thanks for your help!

Approximate Purchase Date: Immediate

Budget Range: ~$6000 (including monitors and excluding pre-purchased parts)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3D modeling, data modeling, etc

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (3)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 10 Pro)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg, other

Location: Southwest USA - only using digital vendors

Parts Preferences: No preference. Currently eyeing the AMD Threadripper processors and already have an EVGA 3090, along with other parts.

Overclocking: Yes / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1440 or 3840 x 2160 on three monitors

Additional Comments: Software used: Meshmixer, Blender, Minitab, JMP, various 3D printing related softwares, AutoCAD software, Photoshop software, various games.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Ran into some software/OS upgrades on my current tower that bricked it. Considering it is ~7 years old at this point, I think it's time. I need something to last me another 6-8 years that can handle some heavier computational work and heavy gaming.

I have a couple of specific questions/topics that I'm hoping you all can help me with.
- I want to fill up all of the RAM slots on the motherboard (8). I already have 4 sticks of Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3466 CL16 Memory. Should I grab an additional 4 sticks of this or opt for an entirely different RAM? It is slightly older memory, but reviews still say it is decent. The goal is a minimum of 64gb of RAM.
- I am lost on cases. I may eventually create a custom cooling loop, but that's not a priority right now because I am currently tower-less. I want to make sure the 3090 will fit, and that there is enough room for adding a custom water loop at some point. In the meantime I will be opting for a standard Corsair/Kraken CPU water cooling system. I did not include it in the pcpartpicker list because I am unsure about fan/radiator sizes. I do not need a case that allows for a computer-within-a-computer. That's a bit too much room and will not fit where the tower needs to go...
- I have been gaming on 1440p and have had my current monitors for ~7 years now. Shifting to 4k has me anxious. I haven't kept up much on different monitor companies, so I took a stab at both 1440p and 4k monitors below. Is 4k on 27" monitors worth it/noticeable? I remember the shift from 1080 to 1440 being very nice, but I would probably be content with consistent, blazing performance on 1440p monitors.
- I'm not sure how overkill to go on power supply. Keeping in line with the mindset of future-proofing, I'm leaning between a 1200 and a 1600 watt in case piece-meal upgrades are needed along the way. Does anyone have any positions for/against either? Is a 1600 watt really necessary?
- Any other wisdom or things I should think about?

This is about what I have so far:

All items with a price of $0 are items that I already have (graphics card, storage, some RAM). As mentioned above, I'm willing to buy new RAM, as I think 32 more gigs of my current RAM costs as much as 64 gigs of a newer RAM...

PCPartPicker Part List: [url=https://pcpartpicker.com/list/24DCbh]https://pcpartpicker.com/list/24DCbh


CPU: AMD Threadripper 3970X 3.7 GHz 32-Core Processor ($1971.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus ROG ZENITH II EXTREME ALPHA EATX sTRX4 Motherboard ($819.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3466 CL16 Memory ($0.00)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3466 CL16 Memory ($0.00)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3466 CL16 Memory ($262.52 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3466 CL16 Memory ($262.52 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 4 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($0.00) (for work)
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 4 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($0.00) (for play)
Storage: Seagate EXOS Enterprise 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($0.00) (for storage)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 24 GB FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($0.00)
Sound Card: Asus Essence STX II 24-bit 192 kHz Sound Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
EITHER
Monitor: LG 27GL850-B 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor ($496.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: LG 27GL850-B 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor ($496.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: LG 27GL850-B 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor ($496.99 @ B&H)
OR
Monitor: LG 27GN950-B 27.0" 3840x2160 144 Hz Monitor ($796.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: LG 27GN950-B 27.0" 3840x2160 144 Hz Monitor ($796.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: LG 27GN950-B 27.0" 3840x2160 144 Hz Monitor ($796.99 @ B&H)
Total: $7498.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-27 18:39 EDT-0400
 
Oct 27, 2020
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I never even considered a curved monitor! All of the ones I've been using have been flat. I'll have to do some research on those. It definitely looks like it would be cool for gaming. Do the curved monitors take a while to get used to?

Thanks!
 
Oct 27, 2020
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Well, this is about where I'm at now: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/XpK8Mv
Found a case, some additional/replacement fans, a power supply, and some other things. Still figuring out what to do with the monitors. Almost thinking the widescreen monitor and then two flatscreens on swivels/arms or something.
 

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