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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-2018, 12:13 PM - Thread Starter
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Advice on coming back to AMD... with a 1950X

Long story short, I got lucky at work and got the following components for free:

AMD Threadripper 1950X
2 x Reference AMD 7950 3GB
1 TB M.2 PCI-E SSD

I was planning to build a PC for my daughters who are budding gamers, and was originally planning to go SFF with a Ryzen 5... but now obviously plans have changed. I wanted to get some thoughts on my build. Yes, I realize the GPU's are a bit dated, but would prefer to not sink a ton of cash in immediately - especially since the TR4 boards are not cheap. Here is what I was thinking for now... red themed for the girls:

Mobo https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16813157785
Ram https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16820164017
Case https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16811146240
CPU Cooler https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16835181138

PSU - something fully modular, probably from Corsair, EVGA, or Seasonic... but how much is safe going forward? Currently I don't really have the time to donate to heavy OC work, so the setup will stay mostly stock clocks for now.

Other thoughts - how is the Sound on these higher end boards? Is it still considered necessary to get a discrete Sound Card for decent sound?
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Discrete sound is overkill unless you're an audiophile.

The m2 is a luxury item, so if you're looking to limit cash, go with a SATA SSD. There is little real world gain over a cheaper SATA III SSD for most wirkloads (next to zero in games). Only get it if you're future proofing for heavy I/O loads.

Power supply is up to you. 1000 watts would be advisable for twin 7950's and a 1950X. If you seek the 7950's for a more efficient card, you could go down to 750-800W.

Given insane GPU prices, you can probably sell the 7950's for around 300 bucks and use that money towards a placeholder GTX 1050 non-ti. In 4-6 months 580's and 1070's may well become plentiful, and you'll maximize performance per dollar while GPUs from 2012 command a price premium.
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My advice:

Sell the Threadripper and buy the system you were planning before. You will save electricity and the CPU won't be totally wasted like Threadripper will be. RAM will be cheaper (dual channel versus quad channel), you won't need a big power supply, etc.

If you do keep the Threadripper, get an Enermax LiqTech 240 or 360 which is actually designed to cool Threadripper.

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Quote: Originally Posted by MNMadman View Post
My advice:

Sell the Threadripper and buy the system you were planning before. You will save electricity and the CPU won't be totally wasted like Threadripper will be. RAM will be cheaper (dual channel versus quad channel), you won't need a big power supply, etc.

If you do keep the Threadripper, get an Enermax LiqTech 240 or 360 which is actually designed to cool Threadripper.
^this. Then build two R5 1600 systems pair each with a HD7950. One for you and for your daughter. Splurge on the G.Skill FlareX 3200. I recommend the Asus B350-F Strix motherboard.

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