1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc Yes. (no, really, all of the above, see details below) 2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included? $3Kish 3) Which country do you live in? If the U.S, please tell us the state and city if possible. Just outside Philly - have a microcenter nearby 4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. The word "Everything" is not a valid answer. The list is below. 5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model. Reusing monitor/keyboard/mouse/storage drives 6) Will you be overclocking? Mildly 7) What is the max resolution of your monitor? What size is it? 4K, 27" 8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Next 2 weeks 9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Crossfire or SLI support? eSATA? Onboard video (as a backup or main GPU)? etc. Nothing special - plenty of USB ports would be nice 10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit? Yes, Win 64 license via my MSDN subscription. =========================================== So, it's time. My 6 year old rig is being passed down to my son to take to school. i 2700K, 1070 - and he'll be gaming at 1080 This gives you some idea of why I'm okay with the threadripper as a gaming machine. I was/am quite satisfied gaming at 4K on this 1070...so, I'm not afraid of turning down features to get a good frame rate. I don't need/want an all out gaming rig, and plan to utilize the extra cores via photo editing/video rendering/software development. Here's my list so far: CPU: AMD - Threadripper 1950X 3.4GHz 16-Core Processor ($749.99 @ Newegg) [ $699+tax at microcenter ] CPU Cooler: Enermax - LiqTech TR4 360 102.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($132.48 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI - X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX TR4 Motherboard ($289.89 @ OutletPC) Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory [F4-3200C14Q-32GVK] ($460.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung - 970 Pro 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($229.99 @ Amazon) Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB AMP Extreme Video Card ($798.99 @ B&H) Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon) Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Platinum 850W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.51 @ Newegg) Total: $2871.82 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available ============================================ Questions: 1) Is this cooler right? Will it fit in this case with this MB and memory? Any clearance issues to be aware of? 2) I can't see a large difference in x399 MBs...am I wrong? 3) I'm looking for CL14 DDR4-3200 memory. Is this the right stuff? Any reason to pick something else? 4) I'm not strictly stuck on M.2 for a boot drive, nor the 970 pro specifically. But it seemed like at this total price, it might be justified to get the best? 5) 1080ti was picked somewhat randomly. Fast core clock, 3 fans. Better alternatives in the same price range? 6) The case - I'm not AT ALL interested in fancy cases to show off my computer. It's an appliance. I just want everything to fit, stay cool, and give me a bunch of accessible USB ports on the top/front [not even sure this case has that?] Any good recommendations? 7) Power Supply - I think 850W is justified here? Should I pick another modular PS for any good reason? 8) What type of TIM should I be using nowadays? I considered just getting everything at Microcenter, since nowadays you pay tax on almost everything online anyway. B & H photo still ships to me tax free...but they don't have enough of the parts to really justify that. But, in the end, aside from the threadripper itself, Microcenter isn't competitive on price. Thanks in advance for any and all hints/tips/pointers you can give me!