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Mid Tower Power Build

This is a major overhaul of my first build (from the days when an i7-5960X was a big deal)

= = = = = = Current target build = = = = = =

Revised December 7, 2020


CASE:              InWin S-Box Titanium*

MOBO:             Asus ROG Strix TRX40-E

CPU:                 AMD Threadripper 3970X

CPU cooling:   Cuplex Kryos NEXT sTRX4 FC, 360mm + 240mm radiators

GPU:                NVidia 3080

RAM:                G. Skill Trident Z 256GB DDR4 3600 MHz

Boot drive:      Samsung 980 Pro 512GB

Data drive:       Samsung 980 Pro 1TB

PSU:                 Seasonic Prime 1300 Platinum 

OS:                   Windows 10 Pro



I'm open to comments in general, except for the case.  It's a true one of a kind and I'm not about to give it up.


I am particularly open to suggestions for the cooling loop.  In my previous build I had a 360mm + 240mm radiator.  That’s a lot to pack into a mid tower.  I want a nice clean interior, so I may dispense with the 240mm for the rebuild.  With 32 cores, I'm not too concerned about major overclocking!🤪


This is a work + play computer.  I need the cores for optical design (ray trace) and Monte Carlo simulations.  I will be starting with 64GB (recycled from the previous build).  Ray trace design is very memory intensive and even 128GB isn't really enough for some simulations.  I would welcome suggestions for good quality ECC RAM.  I will be upgrading up to 256GB in the future.


I'm looking for recommendations on the PSU.  (Platinum+). With a single 3090 1000W should be sufficient, but if I go SLI then I will probably need 1200-1300W.


Updated 16 December 2020

Edited by LED_Guy
Updating build target
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Main PC:


|Ryzen 7 3700x, OC to 4.2ghz @1.3V, 67C, or 4.4ghz @1.456V, 87C || Asus strix 5700 XT, +50 core, +50 memory, +50 power (not a great overclocker) || Asus Strix b550-A || G.skill trident Z Neo rgb 32gb 3600mhz cl16-19-19-19-39, oc to 3733mhz with the same timings || Cooler Master ml360 RGB AIO || Phanteks P500A Digital || Thermaltake ToughPower grand RGB750w 80+gold || Samsung 850 250gb and Adata SX 6000 Lite 500gb || Toshiba 5400rpm 1tb || Asus Rog Theta 7.1 || Asus Rog claymore || Asus Gladius 2 origin gaming mouse || Monitor 1 Asus 1080p 144hz || Monitor 2 AOC 1080p 75hz || 

Test Rig.


Ryzen 5 3400G || Gigabyte b450 S2H || Hyper X fury 2x4gb 2666mhz cl 16 ||Stock cooler || Antec NX100 || Silverstone essential 400w || Transgend SSD 220s 480gb ||

Just Sold


| i3 9100F || Msi Gaming X gtx 1050 TI || MSI Z390 A-Pro || Kingston 1x16gb 2400mhz cl17 || Stock cooler || Kolink Horizon RGB || Corsair CV 550w || Pny CS900 120gb ||


Tier lists for building a PC.


Motherboard tier list. Tier A for overclocking 5950x. Tier B for overclocking 5900x, Tier C for overclocking 5800X. Tier D for overclocking 5600X. Tier F for 4/6 core Cpus at stock. Tier E avoid.

(Also case airflow matter or if you are using Downcraft air cooler)



Gpu tier list. Rtx 3000 and RX 6000 not included since not so many reviews. Tier S for Water cooling. Tier A and B for overcloking. Tier C stock and Tier D avoid.

( You can overclock Tier C just fine, but it can get very loud, that is why it is not recommended for overclocking, same with tier D)



Psu tier List. Tier A for Rtx 3000, Vega and RX 6000. Tier B For anything else. Tier C cheap/IGPU. Tier D and E avoid.

(RTX 3000/ RX 6000 Might run just fine with higher wattage tier B unit, Rtx 3070 runs fine with tier B units)



Cpu cooler tier list. Tier 1&2 for power hungry Cpus with Overclock. Tier 3&4 for overclocking Ryzen 3,5,7 or lower power Intel Cpus. Tier 5 for overclocking low end Cpus or 4/6 core Ryzen. Tier 6&7 for stock. Tier 8&9 Ryzen stock cooler performance. Do not waste your money!



Storage tier List. Tier A for Moving files/  OS. Tier B for OS/Games. Tier C for games. Tier D budget Pcs. Tier E if on sale not the worst but not good.

(With a grain of salt, I use tier C for OS myself)



Case Tier List. Work In Progress. Most Phanteks airflow series cases already done!

Ask me anything :)

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Just now, SupaKomputa said:

I suggest having a couple of RTX 3090 instead, a single one can out perform a RTX6000 by 50+%.

Check this article.




SolidWorks (CAD) and Flow (CFD) won't play with an RTX 3090.  It's Quadro or run everything through the CPU.


I read the quad RTX 3090 article earlier this evening.  I was shocked at how well everything scaled, but alas that will have to wait for a recreational build.

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I talked to SolidWorks Technical support.  Flow Simulation isn't coded for GPU acceleration.  The only benefit I would get with a Quadro is that I could rotate a rendered image faster.  Absent a Quadro, the rotation uses one thread and the rendering is picked up by additional threads.


Since I don't really have a reason to make videos of rendered parts being rotated and since Flow will benefit from the additional cores in a 3970X, my money would be better spent hunting down a 3090 (or two) or worst case a pair of 3080 cards . . .

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Getting close to being operational.  I am waiting for my PSU to arrive.


The packaging for my CPU is rather impressive, then again for a $2k CPU AMD can afford to do it right.

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