This build was a long time coming for me. I have used standard desktop parts over the past several years, and I have finally stepped up into the expensive world that is HEDT. Also, this is my first time experimenting with custom watercooling, so 2 birds with 1 stone, as they say.
Many of the parts in this build have been carried over from previous builds. The only new parts were the following: - 1900x - Mobo - Samsung 960 SSD - Asus PCE-AC88 - All of the watercooling gear
The primary purpose of choosing the 1900x over the Ryzen 7 counterparts was for the extra PCIe lanes. Like I mentioned in the comments below:
"I do a lot of folding@home (Go team 37726!), and I will sometimes have 2 or 3 GPUs in my primary system. When you add on the 2 NVMe drives, you quickly fill up those available lanes.
Also, I anticipate this system lasting me a few years. I expect AMD to revise the threadripper platform over the coming months, so with that information, I feel confident that I will be able to do a simple CPU swap moving forward, if I ever buy a revised CPU."
This computer is my daily driver, and I anticipate giving it a lot of use over the next several years.
Solid CPU. Great entry level CPU for the X399 platform. Mine clocked up to 4.1 GHz with no modification to the voltage.
Great motherboard. Primary reason for purchasing this was for the aesthetic, and the built-in U.2 port.
Fantastic case. In most ways, it is the true big brother of the Air 540. The additional fan mounts in the bottom of the front chamber in a great touch. The 3.5" drive cage is located in the rear of the case, and can be removed. The sidepanel window is on a hinge, similar to the Corsair 760T.
My biggest complaint is the lack of 5.25" bays. I still use optical drives and other accessories that fit into the ODD bays, so I find this to be very disappointing.