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Gandalf The White

by instigator24



Date Published

Dec. 5, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 1, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.41 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C


I really needed a new machine for work (and play!). I run several VMs at once for work and got tired of having to shut one or two down on my old Skylake i7.

I was pleasantly surprised how easy the threadripper installs. It retrospect, it's a much better install process into the motherboard. The only thing that beats it is the old Pentium 3 cartridge style install.

I'm running the Samsung 970 in Raid 0. I may or may not change that in the near future. Running the system in RAID mode doesn't allow the SSD utils like Samsung Magician to work and I'm not sure I'm getting much real world benefit.

The Lian Li case is spectacular! The 360 RAD sits sloped into the second compartment. This keeps it out of the way AND lets it pull cold air directly from the side of the case. It's a great design.

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Ploof1012 2 points 2 months ago

The 360 AIO is actually pushing air outside the case and passively pulling air in from the bottom. What you have is a negative pressure airflow setup. It favors your RTX card temps but I would probably flip those corsair fans to get some fresh air in from the top.

Clean build tho +1

instigator24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks, I actually have another one of these Corsair 120's and might put it with 2 shown in the pic on the bottom for intake and put 2x140 on top for exhaust

xamishmanx 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Looks great, you should top it off with some sleeved cables!

DerpHero 1 point 2 months ago

Hey I'm gonna build my very first pc in february and I'm kind of concern with the new RTX cards having issues, have you gotten any of them? Is the RTX 2070 good? Do you think it's safe to buy it? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kT4WCb

gamestrqfs 1 point 2 months ago

The RTX cards are reliable of course (depending on who you get it from, don’t buy a card because it’s $100 cheaper (unless is a different rtx (e.g. 2070, 2080, 2080 TI))) but Nvidia makes great graphics cards.

EDIT: Btw that’s a nice speced build have fun with it once you get ;)

DerpHero 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks for the reassurance! And yeah I'm excited on getting the PC.

z1CHSR 1 point 1 month ago

is the ram playing nice with TR?

manodzit 1 point 1 month ago


i am thinking seriously about that CPU/ Mobo Combo.... but not so confident of the OClocing performance over the long runs... and suggestions...did you try pushing OCing it?


Jay_castro21 1 point 1 month ago

Isn’t the graphics card in the way of the cpu cooler fans? I am going the same route but I am very scared of having fitting problems.. let me know!