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Hi all

So right now my parents are using an old XPS prebuilt from dell. It has an i7 2600, 16GB of DDR3 memory and a Radeon HD5780 1GB I belive. It doesn't have an SSD and has been getting rather slow and has been showing its age. My dad showed more and more interest in a new PC and since I built mine almost two years ago he wanted a custom built one too. I started looking around for parts. My dad usually buys a rather expensive PC but keeps it 6+ years and here he wanted to do the same. After Threadripper 2 came out I saw the 1920X on sale for 390 bucks. I always was kinda interested in HEDT hardware but it was pricewise always out of the question. But not this time. With a 100 CHF giftcard (1 CHF is roughly 1$) we had lying around we only payed 290 bucks after tax for the 1920X. I know that eventhough my dad does the occasional photoediting and 3D renderings the 1920X is complete overkill but I just couldn't resist. I started building the prt list around the CPU until I was happy with it. We bought the memory, PSU, SSD and HDDs on sale. We thought about getting a NVME SSD but in the end we settled for the samsung 860 EVO since in our situation the NVME would make little sense. I know the HDDs are only 5400 Rpm but we both wanted to go with WD since its our go to brand for HDDs and they will be used for storage only anyways. I absolutely love Seasonic so when the 850W focus plus was on sale we ordered it quickly. The memory was a no brainer too. The LPX kit was on the QVL list of the motherboard and It would have been stupid not go the quad channel route. The CPU cooler was a gift from me to my dad since he spent several weekends helping me study for my exam at university (I passed the exam and I couldn't have done it without him). The GPU is actually an old one from a buddy of mine. I upgraded his system (Fx 8320 and the R9 270X) to a R7 1700 and 1070 Ti a while back. He gave me the old components as a thank you for helping him. The R9 will not be permanent and will be swapped out later on to a newer GPU. I used an Define R5 for my brothers PC which has an r7 1700X in it and I was really really happy with the case. So when the r6 came out it just was crystal clear which case I was gona use. It has lots of room and ton of HDD expansion slots. It has 2 2.5" slots in the back and 6 3.5"/2.5" combo slots. You can buy more drive trays though which is nice. The Motherboard was also the best choice in our case. X399 Mobos can get crazy expensive but the Taichi one was one of the cheapest and had multiple good reviews praising it for its value and quality. Installation of the CPU was rather scary since I have never used a tr4 socket and I was scared to break a 350.- motherboard. But after watching a couple of how to videos I felt confident I could do it and it went like a breeze. I built the system together with my dad and we ran it no problems at all. The PC posted on the first try. I know the Threadripper is complete overkill but for that price I just couldn't resist convincing my dad to get the 1920X. I'm confident this system will hold a couple of years.

Cheers, Lobster

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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a good deal on a 1920X.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I so wish I got the same stuff that you did to experiment with Linux GPU passthrough.

Speaking of that, you could run their Windows OS on a unRAID VM and do a Plex server at the same time on this thing!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Well my parents already have a nas they want to set up. But since their old computer with a i7 2600 is gona be "useless" soon I just might clean that one up and use the old one as a plex server. Less complicated, no? Although this would mean 2 PCs standing around. On top of that I'll let my dad do the rest I think since from here on he knows what to do. He is quite experienced with software and everything. He just didn't know how to build a PC. I think he already has a couple of ideas what he wants to with the PC

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

If your dad has an inner geek, buy him an unRAID license. He'll soon know he can consolidate most of his stuff into a single machine!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build, definitely overkill, I wonder If your first PCI-e slot under the CPU is still usable though... I'm planning to buy the same cooler but I'm worried about losing my first slot to it.