This high-end PC build is meant for production and workstation tasks, including video editing (Premiere), 3D modeling, or similar. It’d also do well as a gaming PC build for a secondary task.
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Depending on how you choose the parts below — we’ve provided alternatives to some of the components — you end up between $2150 and $2450 for the build. The motherboard could be cut down in cost a lot (alternatives below) and the RAM could be cut to 16GB, although we wouldn’t recommend it for a production machine. The cooler could also be cut in cost, but then you’d want to buy a bigger case, as the P400A won’t clear a lot of the good air coolers.
AMD R9 3950X PC BUILD PARTS LIST w/ ALTERNATIVES
CPU: AMD R9 3950X (Amazon) – https://geni.us/I2j0va
Motherboard: MSI X570 Unify (Amazon) – https://geni.us/rn6N
ALTERNATIVE BOARD: Gigabyte X570 Elite to cut motherboard price in half (Amazon) – https://geni.us/BAuR
ALTERNATIVE BOARD: ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate (for ‘cheap’ 10-gigabit Ethernet, but no PCIe Gen4 / Amazon) – https://geni.us/OLuksW
ALTERNATIVE BOARD: MSI X570 ACE (Amazon) – https://geni.us/nH99eWH
RAM: GSkill Trident Z Neo 2x8GB [16-32GB] (BUY ONE OR TWO KITS, recommended 32GB total – Amazon) – https://geni.us/tGSh
COOLER: Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 (Amazon) – https://geni.us/GXfyeUl
CASE: Phanteks P400A Non-Digital (Amazon) – https://geni.us/vTqa
NOTE: If you go for an air cooler, you might need a case with more clearance. Check clearance specs.
PSU: Sales keep fluctuating. We originally had a $70 SuperNova 850, but price has gone up now. The Seasonic Focus Gold 650 would be good and is on a bigger sale than the SuperNova was (Newegg) – https://geni.us/PJo7kS7
GPU: RTX 2080 SUPER XC Non-Ultra is a bit cheaper (Amazon) – https://geni.us/K94T0B
SSD: Plenty of options out there. If you’re getting rid of the HDD cage, might want to go 1TB here and use a NAS for the rest. Sabrent 1TB Rocket isn’t bad (Amazon) – https://geni.us/FWju
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