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$8,500 Budget Productivity

ThriftStoreRaider

6 months ago

I already made a post about this a while back, however the high end market has changed dramatically from when I posted a few months ago. I'm looking for the best of the best, no compromises machine. I will primarily be using it for productivity (4k video editing/graphic design primarily using Adobe Suite) and some light gaming. I prefer air cooling over liquid cooling, and I don't really care for RGB or anything. No peripherals needed, and I want a large SSD for my boot/adobe suite and tons of HDD storage for my 4k video. I've been eyeballing the 2990WX since the rumors started, and if I had to go with a CPU I would choose that, unless there is some really specific reason why I shouldn't. Thanks in advance.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/4PtDKB

adjust whatever you'd like to fit your tastes, though i picked what i thought was best

no m.2 to help with temps on the motherboard

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the machine, but an m.2 won’t really affect the moherboard temps on a slightly more expensive motherboard. I may go with this but with an m.2. Thanks.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

His workload will not benefit from 2 cards. The other card is not going to be used at all. Its going to be a very expensive paper weight.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think volta would be any good?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You're workload isn't GPU heavy so even a RTX 2080 Ti is massive overkill. Also Volta is a gen old and the only card was the Titan V and the Quadro GV100 .

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

true, i forgot it was adobe stuff

probably would help with rendering complex 3d renders though

but, then again, vagabond, you are right (one card is still good enough for "light" 4k gaming)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably the most powerful thing you can buy without going full server PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Threadripper 2990WX 3 GHz 32-Core Processor $1719.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Fractal Design - Celsius S36 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $113.48 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte - X399 DESIGNARE EX ATX TR4 Motherboard $399.99 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $300.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $300.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $300.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $300.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 970 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $189.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $324.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $549.99 @ B&H
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING AMP Video Card (2-Way SLI) $1334.98 @ Newegg
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING AMP Video Card (2-Way SLI) $1334.98 @ Newegg
Case Lian-Li - PC-O11DW ATX Full Tower Case $138.97 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 1200 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $169.89 @ OutletPC
Wired Network Adapter D-Link - DXE-820T PCI-Express x8 10 Gbit/s Network Adapter $326.10 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $7837.27
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $7807.27
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-13 12:22 EST-0500
  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

For Adobe I suspect you're still better off with one of the multi-core Intel CPU's:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Cooler Thermalright - Le Grand Macho RT 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler $79.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - X299 Taichi ATX LGA2066 Motherboard $283.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill - Sniper X 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $539.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $379.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $379.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - IronWolf 10 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $298.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate - IronWolf 10 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $298.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Dual OC Video Card $1425.00 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Define R6 Black ATX Mid Tower Case $153.05 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - PRIME Ultra Platinum 1000 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $209.90 @ Amazon
Other Intel i9-9960X 16 core $1756.64
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $5806.51
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-13 12:40 EST-0500

Add more memory or storage to suit. I believe only one GPU is needed but if I'm wrong about that, there's room in the budget for another.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend waiting for the 9980XE to see how it faces off against the 2990WX

The 2990WX has some memory bandwidth issues and can be beaten by the 7980XE in some workloads

Also Adobe products don’t scale well with core count, so clock speed is more important

EDIT: Just noticed the NDA is lifted on the 9980XE

It beats the 2990WX is a lot of encoding tests, and can be hit / miss in rendering task. I would definitely wait for some more reviews before making an investment.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You are going to want as much cooling as possible for Threadripper or Skylake-X since both output a lot of heat so you are going to want to get a AIO.

You want may want to go Intel, Threadripper is no slouch but given that Skylake-X is better in photshop and its a toss up in Premiere I would go Skylake-X for that slight edge.

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Photoshop-CC-2018-AMD-Threadripper-2990WX-2950X-Performance-1215/

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Premiere-Pro-CC-2018-AMD-Threadripper-2990WX-2950X-Performance-1218/

In most situations, we would give the edge to the Core i9 7980XE. For live playback, it does lag behind the 2990WX by about 5% if you use RED media, but it is 13% faster if you use any other type of media. For exporting, the 7980XE will be roughly 5% faster than the 2990WX regardless of the codec.

If we had to declare a winner between the Intel X-series and AMD Threadripper CPUs for Premiere Pro, Threadripper definitely takes first place. But the Intel X-series CPU are definitely a close second. Which one you should use is going to come down to the type of media you work with and how important live playback performance is to you. Threadripper has an easy win if you care about performance when exporting or if you use RED footage, but for live playback with non-RED media Intel is going to be faster. Since live playback tends to be the one area that most Premiere Pro users complain about, the ~5% higher performance from Intel (plus the fact that the Intel CPUs will typically be quieter than Threadripper) may be enough to sway many users in that direction.

Threadripper build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Threadripper 2990WX 3 GHz 32-Core Processor $1719.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Enermax - LIQTECH TR4 II 360 102.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $151.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock - X399 Taichi ATX TR4 Motherboard $323.98 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston - HyperX Predator 128 GB (8 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $1226.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $379.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $569.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $569.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $569.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING AMP Video Card $1408.99 @ B&H
Case Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $107.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - PRIME Ultra Gold 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $199.08 @ Newegg Business
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120mm Fan $22.90 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120mm Fan $22.90 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120mm Fan $22.90 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 PWM chromax.black.swap 82.52 CFM 140mm Fan $24.90 @ Amazon
Other SilverStone PWM Fan Hub System Cables, Black (CPF04) $13.79 @ Newegg Business
Other Phanteks PH-HDDKT_02 Modular HDD Bracket Specific for Evolv ATX, Pro M $7.99 @ Newegg Business
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $7344.34
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-13 13:36 EST-0500

Went with a massive AIO that covers the whole die.

The motherboard isn't fancy but it has a great VRM.

It has 128GB of RAM, you should never run out of RAM.

It has a total of 43TB of storage. You can use all 3 HDD's normally or put it in RAID 5 for redundancy which would still leave you with 28TB of HDD storage.

Your workload isn't really GPU heavy and you are only doing light gaming but you have a MASSIVE budget so I added in a RTX 2080 Ti.

Went a Phanteks Pro M. Its a great all around case. Jack of all trades and master of all. It can fit the 360MM AIO up top which will allow you to expand the storage even more if needed. Added a extra bracket for the 3rd HDD. Also I added in a 140mm fan to replace the stock rear one and 3 120mm fans for the front. I would use the fan hub to reduce the number of fan headers you need to use which will make controlling the fans easier to do since the motherboard will see it as just a single fan. Throw the hub in the basement or tape it somewhere on the back.

It has a massive 1000W PSU.

Skylake-X

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-7980XE 2.6 GHz 18-Core Processor $1929.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X72 Liquid CPU Cooler $179.97 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - X299 Taichi ATX LGA2066 Motherboard $273.98 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston - HyperX Predator 128 GB (8 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $1226.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $379.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $569.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $569.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $569.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING AMP Video Card $1408.99 @ B&H
Case Phanteks - Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $107.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - PRIME Ultra Gold 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $199.08 @ Newegg Business
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120mm Fan $22.90 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120mm Fan $22.90 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120mm Fan $22.90 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 PWM chromax.black.swap 82.52 CFM 140mm Fan $24.90 @ Amazon
Other SilverStone PWM Fan Hub System Cables, Black (CPF04) $13.79 @ Newegg Business
Other Phanteks PH-HDDKT_02 Modular HDD Bracket Specific for Evolv ATX, Pro M $7.99 @ Newegg Business
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $7552.32
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $7532.32
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-13 13:40 EST-0500

Went with a different cooler since the other one was TR4 only. You may want to wait to buy a 9980XE instead.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

What games?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Uhh, well I am not going to use this for gaming, however I will probably be playing Rust, GTA V, Rainbow 6. I just want it to be able to run the games lol.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Here’s mine, it was hard to get even close to maxing out the budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Threadripper 2990WX 3 GHz 32-Core Processor $1719.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $145.59 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - X399 DESIGNARE EX ATX TR4 Motherboard $399.99 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $372.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $372.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $372.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $372.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $147.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - IronWolf 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $519.25 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - IronWolf 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $519.25 @ Newegg
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING Triple Fan Video Card $1379.99 @ B&H
Case Lian-Li - PC-O11DX ATX Full Tower Case $111.20 @ Walmart
Power Supply Corsair - 1200 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $299.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan $27.29 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Noctua - NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan $27.29 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.89 CFM 120mm Fan $25.95 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.89 CFM 120mm Fan $25.95 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.89 CFM 120mm Fan $25.95 @ Amazon
Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.89 CFM 120mm Fan $25.95 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $6923.48
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $6893.48
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-13 16:35 EST-0500
  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Very big budget and should be good for the workload PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Threadripper 2990WX 3 GHz 32-Core Processor $1719.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X72 Liquid CPU Cooler $179.97 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - ROG Strix X399-E Gaming EATX TR4 Motherboard $328.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill - Sniper X 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $233.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory G.Skill - Sniper X 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $233.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory G.Skill - Sniper X 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $233.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory G.Skill - Sniper X 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $233.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $147.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 14 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $569.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING Triple Fan Video Card (2-Way SLI) $1379.99 @ B&H
Video Card Zotac - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING Triple Fan Video Card (2-Way SLI) $1379.99 @ B&H
Case Phanteks - Enthoo Elite (Black) ATX Full Tower Case $920.48 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply Corsair - 1000 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $209.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.89 @ OutletPC
Wired Network Adapter D-Link - DXE-820T PCI-Express x8 10 Gbit/s Network Adapter $326.10 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $8238.13
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $8198.13
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-13 22:41 EST-0500

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