Someplace to stash my stuff
the threadRipper rebuild
Published on January 28, 2020 By starkers In Personal Computing

After moving interstate from Queensland to Tasmania, it came to pass that my primary PC wouldn't start.  I tried all sorts of things and no go, it was dead in the water.... or so I thought.  Upon removing some of the components to make way for a new build, I inadvertently touched the Start button on the motherboard and the machine started.  Turns out it was a faulty hard-drive, that once removed the machine started without issue.  Thing is, I had already set my heart on an AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper rebuild and I'd already begun to order the components; hence, this new thread.

Anyway, here's a rundown of the components going into this rebuild of the CoolerMaster Cosmos II case, some from the previous build and those that I recently ordered:

Motherboard: MSI X399 SLI PLUS.

CPU: AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper 2920X.

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster MasterLiquid ML280 RGB TR4 Edition.

PSU: Corsair HX1200i Platinum.

RAM: 64GB Patriot Viper Gaming DDR4 3200Ghz.

GPU: AMD Radeon RX570.

SoundCard: Creative Soundblaster ZxR.

OS SSD: Intel 760p 512GB M.2 SSD.

SSD: x 2 500GB Crucial P1 M.2 PCIe SSD.

HDD: x 4 WD 4TB Greens;

That's all the main stuff but there's various bits 'n pieces going in to expand the PCIe slots; the SATA3 ports; the rear USB3.1 slots.  I may also up the 64GB [4 x 16] RAM with another 64GB some time down the track... it would come in handy for music and video editing.

Some would say that this thread is useless without piccies, so here's some to start with:

Still in their Boxes

Some of the Other Stuff

WWell that's it for now... more later when I've made some progress.





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on Feb 04, 2020

Quoting starkers,

2000 grand

And I thought my 10 grand was a lot...

Yeah, dead set tired and I effed up. It was supposed to be either $2000 or 2 grand, not a bit of both.  Oh well, that'll teach me to stay up 'til gone 3.00am working on it, then getting up around six.  I tried going back to bed for a bit of kip around 10 but no luck there.  I still have so much to set up on this beastie and I just laid there with all that going through my mind, unable to switch off.

As I recall, your limited edition Level 10 case was around 3 grand on its own, and your mobo and CPU were high end [price-wise as well], and you'd spent the best part of 6 grand on those 3 items alone.  Add to that the PSU; the GPU; the CPU cooler; HDDs and SSDs, other knick knacks, yeah, 10 grand don't go far. 

My cost was kept down because I already had the PSU; GPU; HDDs and SSDs; Sound card and other bits n' pieces to go into this build.  Had I not had those components I reckon the total cost would have been closer to 4 - 4 1/2 grand.

on Feb 04, 2020

Anyhow, here's the final pics of the finished product:

Again, not the best pics but they're not that bad you can't see what's what.


on Feb 05, 2020

Sweet Beastie Mate!    

on Feb 05, 2020


As I recall, your limited edition Level 10 case was around 3 grand on its own, and your mobo and CPU were high end [price-wise as well], and you'd spent the best part of 6 grand on those 3 items alone. 

At the time they were the 'best you could get'...the case was 1299, the mobo was 529 and the cpu was about 3k for all 3...

on Feb 05, 2020

the case was 1299

I recently saw a Level 10 Titanium like/similar to yours and it was going for $2899, which is why I said around 3 grand earlier.  I was going to link to it for you to see, but by the time I went back to the site the page was gone, apparently all sold out.  They had 10 and were all gone in the under an hour or so.  Would have liked one [before they sold out, that is] but then I would not have been able to get all the components as well. 

Still, I quite like this case and what I've put into it.... overall cost [including the components I already had] a tad under 5 grand.  I have 3 Crucial 500gb M.2s [one I had before] and I counted all 3 at $99 each, but when I looked back at the invoice for the original 1 that went into the Cosmos II case, it was $375.  My how they have come down in price.

on Feb 05, 2020

I wouldn't have thought there were any left in's been 3 or 4 years....and there were only 500 of them. M.2 cost me 611 [512 Samsung] ...

Then again.... 

on Feb 05, 2020

I wouldn't have thought there were any left in's been 3 or 4 years....and there were only 500 of them.

Aha, but there was another release with a few more than that. I believe a 1000.  As I said, they had 10 of them, but soon disappeared.  I think it was Computer Alliance in Qld as I was doing a bit of business with them since they held that MSI X399 mobo for me.  Anyway, I was there around 9.00 one morning to place an order, and by 10.00am when I went back to check on something, there they were, gone.

Anyhow, I just cloned my OS drive over to an M.2.  When I was setting up initially, I had to install Win 8 on a regular 120gb SSD because I couldn't access the M.2s until all the chipset drivers were installed, and none would install due to being incompatible with Win 8.

Everything got sorted out once I'd upgraded to 10, but the 120gb was filling up fast, what with all of my programs, skins and stuff.  I used the free version of Macrium Reflect, but I was so impressed with its great interface, ease of use and operational qualities that I will purchase it when funds are again a bit more fluent.

It has been a task of ups and downs, pitfalls and frustration [it's a wonder you didn't hear me cussing in Balaarat], but it has all been worth it.  This machine is excellent and definitely the best I've ever used.  I'm near the end of setting everything up, with just a few more programs and drivers to load, and then I can just sit back and enjoy it.

on Feb 23, 2020

My main desk is way too big for my room so I had to improvise and come up with a make-do solution to accomodate my PC, monitors and printer the way I wanted.  Some of the stuff I already had here but I still needed to purchase some shelving to create a desktop situation to suit my needs.

So here's what I came up with....


on Apr 04, 2020

After deliberating for a while [in other words procrastinating] I have decided to swap the Threadripper setup into the Cosmos II case where it will get better air circulation.  While the new case is great looking and has a great cabling setup, it does not have great circulation and can get a bit warm inside.  Now Coolermaster makes mesh top and front covers to replace the plastic ones, which would greatly improve internal airflow, but everywhere I've tried thus far to purchase them has no stock and Coolermaster don't sell direct to the public..... hence the swapping of cases.

My AMD Ryzen 1700X setup doesn't generate as much heat as the Threadripper and will go into the new case.  It's a bit of work, but I just want to be able to run the Threadripper setup at full throttle and not experience overheating issues.  Yes, the Threadripper has water cooling, and it's reasonably effective, but it's still drawing warmer air and I'm more concerned about the other components like mobo, SSDs and soundcard, etc.

Besides, the Threadripper setup deserves to be housed in a grand case, and the Cosmos II certainly is that.  Moreover, there is better accommodation for HDDs and various front panel items the new case had no space for.  I should have done this the first time around, but I was so enamoured by the classy appearance of the new case and just went with it.

Oh, and about the graphic card, I purchased an ASrock Radeon RX 5700XT Taichi X 8GB OC X ARGB  card to boost graphics processing when I'm editing or converting videos, etc.  Not sure about when it will arrive due to Covid 19 and various restrictions, but my order has been processed, so hopefully it's not long.

Anyhow, stay safe everyone and avoid the nasties going around.  

on Apr 04, 2020

I wouldn't have thought there were any left in's been 3 or 4 years....and there were only 500 of them. M.2 cost me 611 [512 Samsung] ...

Then again.... 
Not the same Level 10 I had.  wow.

This is the one I had.  


on Apr 05, 2020


Not the same Level 10 I had. wow.

This is the one I had.

Yeah, that's the one I have... the Level 10 GT.  I still have mine and it is still in working order with an AMD setup but rarely gets used these days since I have 3 other working PCs and there's not enough space in my room for a fourth at this time.

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