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Old 07-22-2020, 11:29 PM   #1
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So I finally get to build a new computer...with my teenage son
This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. He gets an upgrade and my wife gets his 2 y/o Alienware beast.

So here are the specs:

Case: Lian Li O11D XL-W ATX Full Tower Case
PSU: Corsair HX Platinum 1200 W 80+ Platinum
MoBo: Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTER AM4
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor
Cooler: (AIR) Noctua NH-D15 CHROMAX.BLACK 82.52 CFM
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Founders Edition
Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 128GB (4 x 32GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 MHz
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(2) @ Samsung 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
(1) @ Samsung 870 EVO 2 TB Solid State Drive
(1) @ 6TB WD BLACK HDD 7200 RPM
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Parts are arriving daily now. We will build it next week. I'm the silent camera guy.....he'll be the builder/narrator. This is going to be a father/son geek fest!
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Old 07-22-2020, 11:31 PM   #2
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So I finally get to build a new computer...with my teenage son
This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. He gets an upgrade and my wife gets his 2 y/o Alienware beast.

So here are the specs:

Case: Lian Li O11D XL-W ATX Full Tower Case
PSU: Corsair HX Platinum 1200 W 80+ Platinum
MoBo: Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTER AM4
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor
Cooler: (AIR) Noctua NH-D15 CHROMAX.BLACK 82.52 CFM
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Founders Edition
Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 128GB (4 x 32GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 MHz
Drives:
(2) @ Samsung 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
(1) @ Samsung 870 EVO 2 TB Solid State Drive
(1) @ 6TB WD BLACK HDD 7200 RPM
WIN 10 PRO

Parts are arriving daily now. We will build it next week. I'm the silent camera guy.....he'll be the builder/narrator. This is going to be a father/son geek fest!
After watching 15 youtube videos, I found that www.pcpartpicker.com was a breeze to use.

I'll update as things progress...we are hoping it's only a couple hour build.

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That is going to be a kick-ass 'puter.

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Nothing bitchener than a blowtorch 'puter.......


How much approximately is that monster going to cost?
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How much approximately is that monster going to cost?
So far around $5500 for all the parts.

Good thing my wife is fully on board. We’re using this to expand his homeschooling experience.
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So far around $5500 for all the parts.

Good thing my wife is fully on board. Were using this to expand his homeschooling experience.
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Too funny.

I use Siri quite often and fail to proofread what she thinks I’m saying before hitting send. It gives me a reason to make up wild stories about where and who I think Siri really is.
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Why so much RAM? Are you going to doing a lot of 3d rendering or video work?
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You can never have too much ram.
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Why so much RAM? Are you going to doing a lot of 3d rendering or video work?
Simple answer, why not?

If we were ever going to upgrade, I decided we’d do it up front.

He is into After Effects and I’ve also seen how he will often have 30 or more Firefox tabs open. It hasn’t been an issue with his current computer, 32 GB of memory, but I thought it might be fun to max some things out.

I will load Chief Architect on it to see how 16 cores burns through ray tracing a 3D model......maybe I “need” a new machine....
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Damn, that puts the one I just had to build/ rebuild to shame! I went with a Ryzen 7, 32 gig ram, and a 6 GB video card. I reused the tower, ssd and blue ray player

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Stuff is arriving. I want to open everything.......b-u-u-u-t it’s not mine.
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Fun. I've been rebuilding/upgrading my build for years. Nice rig.
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Have a good time with the build!
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Man you gonna turn that thing on and my lights are gonna go dim
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Simple answer, why not?

If we were ever going to upgrade, I decided we’d do it up front.

He is into After Effects and I’ve also seen how he will often have 30 or more Firefox tabs open. It hasn’t been an issue with his current computer, 32 GB of memory, but I thought it might be fun to max some things out.

I will load Chief Architect on it to see how 16 cores burns through ray tracing a 3D model......maybe I “need” a new machine....
The Chief Architect ray trace is run through the video card so the CPU will not have too much to with that.
The good thing is that you are getting a kick-ass RTX video card also. You will be liking that.

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Success!

What a process!


Some of the cabling requirements were not very specific and I assume that’s because there are so many different combination options available. Most of the YouTube experts don’t actually give you a 100% tutorial. I guess some people assume that there are some things that you should understand as a baseline. With all that being said, my son did an excellent job at using logic to make assumptions.

It was about two in the morning and we both started to think we were ready to connect a display and power it on.

He pressed the power button and then began tapping the delete key, which he referred to as spamming delete. Boom. We were into the BIOS. Surprising to me, he knew his way around the bios rather naturally which means that is something he has learned on his own.

He adjusted the speed of the ram which are 3600 MHz but showed as 2667 MHz and then make sure that we could see the attached USB drive that had the most recent bios update (F 20) from gigabyte.

Then I connected another USB drive with the windows 10/2004 installer and we were able to install windows in mere minutes as opposed to how long it typically takes using an optical disk.

We followed the steps of a video we had seen earlier where the presenter (a CDN dude) does not like to have the computer connected to the Internet until he has completely updated the bios and installed the operating system. It is his way of ensuring that Microsoft doesn’t add bloatware and also cause you to have to sign in to continue. Great call.

I think I am responsible for the only issue that we have run into so far. It came with some temperature cables which I made the assumption it would be good to have them located where it gets hot so I plugged it into the motherboard and then coiled it in between the top of the graphics card and underneath the Noctua fins. It seems like his fans come on awful early and stay on and with eight fans going, it’s rather loud. I think I should have done more research on where is the optimal placement of that thermal cable. We are doing testing now to see what can be done and what happens to the CPU under load with different fan settings. HW info is a great app for tracking process information per item.

I have now set myself a goal that I will build one for myself probably next year. It wasn’t that hard.

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