Originally Posted by Athena
Ugh... if I don't OC - and I won't on this one until it someday becomes a non-work machine, I hope I don't need
to delid? I'm guessing shipping from the UK would be even worse than from the east coast.
I read all the crap about Skylake/LavaLake-X and heat and paste instead of solder, etc. It was rather disconcerting, but then I remember people trying to fry eggs (unsuccessfully) on 980X's when they first came out. I buy OC-worthy mobos for the future and in hopes of getting better spec'd components, etc. I post here because you guys are are very detail oriented and at least 7 years ago, seemed to be the place with the most and best info. But I'm not OC'ing this build straight out of the gate. If I get really good performance out of this new box maybe I'll OC my old 980X.
It's toastier than normal but if you won't be overclocking I would try to undervolt the thing anyway for power savings.
Anything higher than i9-7900X and I would say you should look into watercooling it if you're going to use AVX (let alone AVX2 or AVX 512) workloads. Cinebench doesn't seem to use AVX so it shouldn't be a major concern.
I'd use CyberpowerPC (similar to ibuypower) as a baseline since their pricing seems to typically be the lowest as a larger retailer. A system with a true liquid cooler from XSPC or Swiftech , i9-7920X or i9-7940X, 4x8GB RAM, and a GTX 1080Ti costs about $3.5K.
Make sure whichever prebuilt manufacturer you choose they don't use the MSI X299 Tomahawk , X299 SLI ,or X299 Raider with an i9. Even a boutique maker such as Origin , Maingear, or Digital Storm will do that.
I'd probably price it out like:
X299 motherboard such as Asus X299 Strix XE, Asrock X299 Taichi XE / OC Formula (ideal 2 boards), Gigabyte x299 Gaming 7 Pro, etc
4x8GB RAM or 4x16GB
Samsung 960 Evo SSD 500GB or larger
PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RqdywV
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RqdywV/by_merchant/
CPU: *Intel - Core i9-7920X 2.9GHz 12-Core Processor ($1089.49 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: *Alphacool - Eisbaer 240 63.9 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: *ASRock - X299 Taichi XE ATX LGA2066 Motherboard ($315.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: *Corsair - Vengeance LED 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($354.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($236.91 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($299.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: *Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Mini Video Card ($712.88 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower Case ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($136.88 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: *Phanteks - PH-F140SP_BBK 82.1 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Seems there's a couple hundred dollars premium on the Falcon NW.