- Jun 8, 2011
- 13,601 (3.24/day)
- Somerset, UK
|System Name||Not so complete or overkill - There are others!! Just no room to put! :D|
|Processor||Ryzen Threadripper 3970X|
|Motherboard||Asus Zenith 2 Extreme Alpha|
|Cooling||Lots!! Dual GTX 560 rads with D5 pumps for each rad. One rad for each component|
|Memory||Viper Steel 4 x 16GB DDR4 3600MHz not sure on the timings... Probably still at 2667!! :(|
|Video Card(s)||Asus Strix 3090 with front and rear active full cover water blocks|
|Storage||I'm bound to forget something here - 250GB OS, 2 x 1TB NVME, 2 x 1TB SSD, 4TB SSD, 2 x 8TB HD etc...|
|Display(s)||3 x Dell 27" S2721DGFA @ 7680 x 1440P @ 144Hz or 165Hz - working on it!!|
|Case||The big Thermaltake that looks like a Case Mods|
|Power Supply||EVGA 1600W T2|
|Keyboard||Razer something or other....|
|VR HMD||No headset yet|
|Software||Windows 11 OS... Not a fan!!|
|Benchmark Scores||I've actually never benched it!! Too busy with WCG and FAH and not gaming! :( :( Not OC'd it!! :(|
Well may I suggest rather than worrying about a few pennies, grabbing something that might well be overkill for the uses (but not so overkill like it costs £1000....) but grabbing something decent and making sure it'll cope with anything you throw at it. As I mentioned, all of my Ryzen CPUs are all under top end boards and yes I know, I'm overkill Phill for a reason.I have two ideas
1) Just get a replacement board for my daily driver.
I already have quite an investment around my 011D case so getting something with that is my best option to spend the least amount of cash.
If my 5950x is toast I can still fall back to my 3950x and just wait for the AM5 platform to mature a bit and reconsider my options.
Thinking about the following options more and what fits best for my current setup.
a) - https://www.newegg.com/asrock-x570-steel-legend-wifi-ax/p/N82E16813157894
not a fan of some of the color scheme for the shrouds but some spray paint can fix that
does not have USBC header for 011D ( I didn't have one for the Master SLI/ac so not much of a loss )
this is reasonably priced and seems basically a matching replacement feature for feature (or even a bit better) for what I had plus better VRM
Still considering this
b) - https://www.newegg.com/asrock-x570-taichi/p/N82E16813157883?Item=N82E16813157883
USBC header likely unusable because of conflicting position with graphics card
older and perhaps a more proven and reliable series, but also priced a bit higher
has more layers than steel legend, higher quality PCB?
I am heavy leaning in this direction as a replacement
c) - https://www.newegg.com/asus-prime-x570-pro/p/N82E16813119196R
I might consider this Asus board.
c) - https://www.newegg.com/asrock-x570-pg-velocita/p/N82E16813157969?Item=N82E16813157969
unsure about the quality of the Killer E3100G 2.5GB LAN, I've seen some complaints, nice on paper and good a nice to have if it really works well, if junk then worst case scenario get addin card for LAN
nahimic audio, my ITX board has this and it broke with windows update so non-working feature I don't want to pay for
a bit cheaper than Tiachi, the chipset fan is unobstructed so also easy to clean too
2) Take my home server ASRock B450m Pro4 (rev1) R5-2700 and swap in the 5950x/3950x into that and repurpose that as my daily driver.
It's basically setup and all ready to go other than swapping out the CPU, I have to wait for my CPU waterblock to arrive for that.
According to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...qVxdCR9daIVNyMatydkpFA/htmlview#gid=639584818
this should be doable with 3950x (no PBO or overclocking of course) but I will have some all core workloads so I worry if that is really feasible with this board.
I kind of don't want to bother with this option but at the same time have been eyeing this board in the below link off and on as a home server board.
Get this board to possibly replace home server (b450m) this since the price is back down but it lacks of rear USB is a bit of problem.
I already have one PCIe slot adding 8 sata ports might have to get a USB3 card.
I also created a support ticket with ASRock although I have no expectations of anything happening.
Doing a lot of crunching with the CPUs I have, 1700X's all the way to 5950X's and even a couple Threadrippers now and that's just a few new ones from AMD (quick side track... Wanna see the madness that is me?? Check the project link in the bottom of my sig... That is all!) but still one thing that I have always learnt from all of the hardware I have, do it right the first time and get something that will over do what you need it too. When I was reading up on motherboards to buy and such, I wanted the VRMs to be cool and I needed decent power delivery because I was putting the CPUs under a constant 24/7 load and yes I do undervolt/downclock but just knowing that all things being equal I've paid out for my £300 + CPU, now I have the motherboard to actually cope with it.
If you buy cheap, its kinda like buying that Lambo engine for a BMW Mini chassis... Its just stupid and a waste. I mean you have got two very nice and high end CPUs, why not spend the extra and do the same for the motherboard/s?? I'm no different when it comes to the PSUs I put in the systems I build, even the ones for my daughters (one of which is 3 and prefers bashing keys on a keyboard rather than doing anything and who can blame her at that age lol Well, sometimes lol) but use quality kit... The amount of hardware you have in there and then you buy a £50 PSU and a £100 motherboard, couldn't be a worse combo and I know @Mussels has done some amazing things when its comes to putting all the wrong kit in a build (the project log of it was flipping amazing!!) but if its not worth the extra then don't have the higher end kit and use something middle line...
I mean, when I said high end for the Ryzen CPUs I have, I mean motherboards like these -
Bottom line for me, spend out the right money for the right hardware the first time, don't have to waste time and more money having to replace it and all sorts of everything else if anything was to go wrong.