Question Recommended components for new A MD Ryzen Threadripper 3 3970X system

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I've chosen the RR3 3970X 32 core for my new chess analysis system. All physical cores will be used for chess analysis. I would appreciate recommendations for mobo, case, RAM, NVME SSD, SATA SSD, cooling for an O/C system, and PS.
 

ScrewySqrl

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given that I assume money is no object when taking a $1800 CPU, here's what I suggest:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Threadripper 3970X 3.7 GHz 32-Core Processor ($1899.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX sTRX4 Motherboard ($399.00 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 256 GB (8 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($999.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 2.048 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($249.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 2.048 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($249.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB Phoenix OC Video Card ($144.99 @ B&H)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.89 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($169.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($142.88 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $4400.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-16 16:26 EDT-0400

I maxxed out the RAM and include 2 NVMe 2TB SSDs. Case is simply a random nice model. As displaying a chess board isn't a graphically intensive option, I assumed you only need a basic GPU, so a GTX 1650 will suffice.

The 256 GB RAM and Threadripper CPU are most of the $4400 cost.
 
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given that I assume money is no object when taking a $1800 CPU, here's what I suggest:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Threadripper 3970X 3.7 GHz 32-Core Processor ($1899.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX sTRX4 Motherboard ($399.00 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 256 GB (8 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($999.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 2.048 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($249.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 2.048 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($249.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB Phoenix OC Video Card ($144.99 @ B&H)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.89 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($169.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($142.88 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $4400.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-16 16:26 EDT-0400


I maxxed out the RAM and include 2 NVMe 2TB SSDs. Case is simply a random nice model. As displaying a chess board isn't a graphically intensive option, I assumed you only need a basic GPU, so a GTX 1650 will suffice.

The 256 GB RAM and Threadripper CPU are most of the $4400 cost.
Screwy:
This is an extremely valuable starting point and may well be the ending point as it looks to be a perfect list. Like almost everyone else, cost is relevant. So there are two parts which I may hope could provide savings.
  1. What about buying on eBay what is described as "new AMD Threadripper 3970X 3.7 GHz 32-Core Processor" which might be had for <= $1750 based on recent eBay sales. I had good luck in 2016 in buying on eBay from aTokyo seller a 2 X Intel Xeon-E52685-V3 chips deeply discounted price.
  2. 128 GB of G.Skill Trident Z RGB 256 GB (8 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory. Is there a reason that you went for 256 GB of RAM?
3) You don't feel that water cooling is necessary?

Thanks, cma
 

ScrewySqrl

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0) since cost is an object, what is your budget?

1) Ebay can be fine, just be war of used parts

2) just went with 'max it out' as most chess programs want as much as they can handle. if you only need 128, then that's a cost savings

3) you aren't going for a heavy overclock. big air is sufficient, with no chance of a costly leak shorting things out.
 

ScrewySqrl

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here you go, reduced to about $3400:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Threadripper 3970X 3.7 GHz 32-Core Processor ($1899.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3 46.44 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI TRX40 PRO WIFI ATX sTRX4 Motherboard ($389.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 128 GB (4 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($102.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital RE 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB Phoenix OC Video Card ($144.99 @ B&H)
Case: DIYPC Solo-T2-BK Black USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.96 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($142.88 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $3396.68
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-20 16:23 EDT-0400

In order to trim about $1000 from the previous build:

Cheap case, but workable with 2 120mm fans 1 front, 1 back.
slightly cheaper motherboard
"only" 128 GB RAM 4x 32 GB sticks, instead of 8
1 TB SSD and a 3TB spinny HDD instead of 2x 2 TB SSD
a smaller PSU (still very powerful at 750W. System uses 561W, so this is plenty.
 

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