I'd been wanting to build a Desktop for a while, but just never had the time. In the summer of 2017 I was editing some video on my System 76 Serval Pro 6 when I read about AMD's release of the Threadripper series. The laptop was struggling with editing 1080 60p video. Openshot kept crashing. It was very frustrating. I'd already replaced a couple components and doubled the ram. When I purchased the Serp Pro back in 2009 it was quite the beast of a laptop. It had a quad core desktop processor and a 3gb NVIDIA desktop GPU, 8gb of ram, and a speedy Intel SSD. After reading some more about the Threadripper, I was sold. I started doing research that summer then I got incredibly busy with work and renovating my new place.
Fast forward to a little over a year later and my laptop wouldn't turn on. No surprise there. I had been expecting it's demise for quite some time, as it's performance had been steadily deteriorating over the last year. That was my cue to finish research on the new Threadripper build. I videoed the assembly sometime in October or November. Still need to edit so I can upload to youtube.
All the components work flawlessly.
I spent quite a bit of time researching the ram. Even though it wasn't on the compatible list I took a gamble with the G. Skill Ripjaws 4 series 32GB (4 x 8) DDR 3000. It works fine with an XMP profile up to 2933MHZ. Going with the 3000MHZ profile throws a kernel panic. It saved me a couple hundred dollars at the time over purchasing the gskill rgb 3000. Been maxing out the ram a lot lately so just grabbed what looks like the last package from Newegg.
Arch Linux resides on the Evo Nvme M.2 as does an Ubuntu 18.10 VM. I also run a Windows 10 Pro VM for dev testing purposes and to print from a Primera LX900.
I use this machine for graphic design, CAD, 3D Modeling, software development, videography, and a host of other things.
More to come if/when I have time.