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16 Thread Workstation

by tangytangerine

Description

This is a workstation built for use with CAD and maybe for some light games, but most likely not, since I have an old laptop that runs CS:GO at 50 fps just fine, and I'm easily distracted. :)

I went with a Ryzen 7 1800X - I fully understand that a 1700 can OC to match the 1800X's performance, but I intend to avoid overclocking...anything. OC always introduces some instability to your system. If you think it sucks when you are playing a game and your overclock crashes, it's even worse when you are working on a project and your OC fails.

For the GPU, the 2 WX 7100's are there as a placeholder. I will be getting a Radeon Pro Duo when it comes out in June. That card would be able to provide all the horsepower I will ever need, for less than 2x 7100. Right now, I am using an RX 580.

For storage, I got the Corsair SSD on sale for only $215, and I don't need blazing fast SSD performance. It works well. I got a 6TB mechanical to store parts for assemblies and finished projects that I want to keep around. As for memory, I got some RGBLED DIMMs, just for fun. I may upgrade to 64GB down the line. Note in pictures the other 16GBs have not been installed yet. They have not arrived at the time of these pictures.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for workstation use, no need to overclock to get great performance.

CPU Cooler

Good cooler in theory, but my AM4 bracket has yet to arrive, so I'm stuck with stock.

Motherboard

It's an X370 motherboard...looks great. Enough expandability.

Memory

Works well, colorful. Not sure if it's using Samsung/Micron/Hynix/Kingston DIMMs, but I don't think that matters much.

Storage

Fast enough. If you can find it on sale, it's a good value.

Storage

Pretty fast, good warranty on it.

Monitor

Good monitor, curve looks great, and the curve doesn't really bother me when I'm doing work. VA though...but expected for price range.

Other

I strongly recommend this. For gamers, the switches are super fast. They can pretty much never break - it's light that's doing the switching. These switches feel great.

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mike9409 7 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

Overclocking doesn't induce instability: the wrong OC settings do, but if you overclock properly, it's rock stable forever.
The 1800X is basically a 1700 overclocked from factory (with XFR enabled, which automatically overclocks you a bit further).

That said, if you're not comfortable overclocking yourself, it's alright. That's the whole reason those chips exist.

RazeTastic414 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

My thoughts as well, almost word for word.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

On my build called "Ryzen Stealth" I also have the 1800x cpu but I use a Dark rock pro 3 cooler. O have it overclocked to 4.0 GHz on all cores with a voltage of 1.381v. I had a goal to stay at or below 1.4v at the highest stable OC. It was not stable at 1.4v at 4.025 GHz so after testing at 4.0 it was stable at a bit lower voltage.

I can imagine with your build you should be easily able to hit 4.0 instead of 3.7 stock and still get great temps on an AIO cooler as my CPU only hits 63c on full load with lowering my case fans to 5v and much lower temps if I do 12v case fans.

As long as full load temps are under 80c and voltage is 1.4 or lower I don't believe there will be any issues with CPU degradation from overclocking. If you have the ability to to overclock (great motherboard VRMs+high end cooler) then why not accept the extra performance?

tangytangerine submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

You have a point. I may try to OC to 4.0 once I get my AM4 bracket on the CLC.

mike9409 7 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Where did you get the stock Wraith Spire cooler if you bought an 1800X ?? O.o

cbjunior94 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I think you can buy them separately. I know some people sell their stock coolers online once they get an aftermarket.

tangytangerine submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I got one from my friend who bought a 1600. He's using aftermarket cooling so I asked him if I could borrow his Spire.

mikeyc38 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Hi Tangy An impressive CAD build - especially with the twin WX7100!!. I completely agree with your approach to overclocking - stability and component life are more important in CAD work. I took the 6-core route in my CAD build https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/KRTBD3 , knowing that next year or the year after I could upgrade to the 8 core processor and not have to swap my motherboard. BTW what CAD software are you using and what performance are you getting with it? I'm using TurboCAD Pro Platinum and the rendering is much better. With my photo work, the software multi-threads in batch mode and performance is super. If you are UK based and upgrading your cards and want to sell, then pm me - I might in the market to upgrade from my W4100 :-)

tangytangerine submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

I do Solidworks, Inventor, and AutoCAD. I do simulations in the Inventor & Solidworks suites, so I decided I wanted a robust graphics solution.

RN I'm actually using an RX 580 actually. I'm waiting for the Polaris Pro Duo to come out to have a dual-GPU solution in one PCI-E x16 slot. I'm just using the WX7100s in the part list so I would have a GPU in the list. The octa-core CPU is a beast but some features aren't supported right now on my GPU until I get my Pro Duo, but those are not things I use extremely often.

If you are looking for a single-GPU solution, then I recommend the Quadro P4000. It's better at CAD applications than the current offerings from AMD.

mikeyc38 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks Tangy for the information. I guess when Ryzen gets more uptake in the market place, the CAD software manufacturers will do some optimizations for it, to get better performance. I'm really pleased with my build at the moment and know that AMD won't leave me high and dry in 2 years time when the new Ryzen processors are released.

rumholt 1 point 7 months ago

Hey man great build! One question:are these RAM modules the non AMD version? Did you encounter any problems getting them to full speed?