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Build a monster $5,100 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX desktop PC

Now that AMD's flagship Intel-beating 32-core, 64-thread 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is out, let's take a look at what it takes to build a super desktop system around this silicon. Not included in this build is a case, and the cost of the Windows 10 operating system.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

The first thing we need is an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper2990WX

    - 32 cores/64 threads

    - 4.2GHz boost/3.0GHz base

    - 64MB L3 cache

    - 250W TDP

    - 64 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes

    This sort of processor doesn't come cheap (although it is cheaper than Intel's flagship processor).

    Price: $1,799 | More information

    ASUS X399 Zenith Extreme TR4 E-ATX motherboard
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    ASUS X399 Zenith Extreme TR4 E-ATX motherboard

    High-end silicon demands a high-end motherboard, and they don't come much more high-end than the ASUS X399 Zenith Extreme TR4 E-ATX motherboard.

    This motherboard pretty much has it all:

    - Socket TR4 support for all Threadripper chips

    - Quad-channel DDR 4 support, taking up to 128GB of RAM

    - PCIe 3.0 (x16)

    - 4-way Crossfire/SLI

    - SATA 3 and M.2 support

    - Wireless and wired LAN

    - USB 3.1 Gen2 support

    Price: $429 | More information

    Noctua AMD Threadripper NH-U14S TR4 SP3 cooler
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    Noctua AMD Threadripper NH-U14S TR4 SP3 cooler

    The Noctua NH-U14S is a custom cooler specifically designed for Socket TR4 Threadripper systems.

    - 140mm fan with a fin surface area of more than 6000cm² giving it the power to move the sort of air that's needed to cool a chip lie the Threadripper

    - Anti-vibration fan clips and mounts

    - SecuFirm2 mounting system for Socket TR4 motherboard with is both easy to use, yet robust and secure

    - Professional grade thermal compound

    Price: $180 | More information

    Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 RAM
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    Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 RAM

    I don't see any reason not to put at least 32GB of RAM into this system. Yes, you could supersize even further, but even I question the return on investment here!

    - DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800)

    - Timing 18-19-19-39

    - CAS Latency 18

    - Voltage 1.35V

    - Anodized aluminum heat spreaders

    - 10 ultra-bright RGB LEDs per module

    - Optimized for peak performance on the latest Intel and AMD DDR4 motherboards

    Price: $460 | More information

    SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 2TB drive
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    SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 2TB drive

    Probably overkill, but what isn't about this build!

    - M.2 2280

    - 2TB capacity

    - PCIe Gen3. X4, NVMe 1.3

    - 1,200 TBW (TeraBytes Written) endurance

    - Sequential read/write speeds of 3,500/2,500 MB/s, up to 32 percent faster writes than the previous generation Samsung M.2 drives

    Price: $750 | More information

    WD Black 6TB Performance hard drive
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    WD Black 6TB Performance hard drive

    I've still got a thing for the hard drive, so why not put one in this build (it is, after all, one of the cheaper components).

    - 6TB capacity

    - SATA 6Gb/s

    - 7,200RPM

    - 256MB cache

    - StableTrac and Dynamic Cache Technology increases reliability and optimize performance

      - Designed for creative professionals, gamers and system builders

      Price: $240 | More information

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      ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OC edition 11GB GDDR5X

      An absolute beast of a graphics card. And yes, you could pile another three into this system if your budget allows!

      - Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

      - 11GB 352-Bit GDDR5X RAM

      - Core Clock 1594 MHz (OC mode)/1569 MHz (Gaming mode)

      - Boost Clock 1708 MHz (OC mode)/1683 MHz (Gaming mode)

      - 1 x DVI-D 2 x HDMI 2.0

      - 2 x DisplayPort 1.4

      - 3584 CUDA Cores

      - PCI Express 3.0

      - ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting with additional 4-pin RGB header

      - DirectCU III with patented dual wing-blade 0dB fans

      Price: $830 | More information

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      EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2 1600W PSU

      A PSU can make or break a PC build, and with one using so many high-end, power-hungry components, it's well worth spending the money and getting a decent unit that can deliver consistent power no matter what the load.

      - ATX12V / EPS12V

      - Full Modular

      - 80 PLUS TITANIUM Certified

      - 115 - 240 V 50/60 Hz

      - +3.3V@24A, +5V@24A, +12V@133.3A, +5VSB@3A, -12V@0.5A

      Price: $450 | More information

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