A few years back I ended up putting our Crush build aside for a new PC. This was a Threadripper based build but sticking with the Case Labs theme, like Crush this build also had a Bullet case, only it used the taller and more water cooling friendly BH8 in an amazing looking blue. This was actually going to be a project build at the time but I ended up not having time to get things out before the first generation Threadripper was outdated (it came long after the launch). It has been a reliable PC but recently I have been seeing slowdowns and issues. Especially when playing Microsoft Flight Sim 2020, which in a lot of ways brought this system to its knees. This has had me thinking about updates, especially with the 10TB hard drive inside which came from the original Crush build that has been making noise. So today I’m going to start things off with a few small changes before I look at bigger changes soon.
Article Title: Project Build Crushed Update - Part 1
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Written by: Wes Compton
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Before diving into updates I thought it might be best to do a breakdown of what components are inside of this build and the history as well because I have changed things around a few times. So the story behind the build, in general, was that I was going to do a counter build to our original Crush build using the almost matching Case Labs Bullet BH8 case, only rather than going with X299 I would do X399 and Threadripper. With Crush being named as a play on the orange theme and its performance at the time. This one was going to be Crushed with its black and blue theme. After getting this one together it started off with a matching Asus GTX 1070 Ti and the Threadripper specific Wraithripper cooler with plans to water cool it all with a custom loop. The problem came when the motherboard in Crush died and I was out a PC to use for work. I swapped the 10TB Seagate hard drive and the Toshiba RD400 to not lose any of my work and kept going. It was so quick that I didn’t even end up putting the top/side panel on and even still it doesn’t have it on.
I eventually did get Crush back up and running with a new motherboard, upgraded to X299 with a new CPU as well. But because this was my main PC I never ended up swapping it back in. Frankly, I only restart when I have to, taking my main PC down is a BIG production. So I have only taken things down for short periods of time to install things as needed and to swap out video cards as things have gotten faster. It had the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition basically from launch other than when I had to test that and after the recent RTX 3080 launch, it went in. The Elgato 4K60 Pro MK2 was added when my USB based Razer Ripsaw stopped working and the 10G card was added in when I started testing NICs above 1GbE. The cooler was eventually changed to the Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 my Threadripper cooler roundup.
Here is a full part list
Case Labs Bullet BH8 Matt Blue
Asus ROG Zenith Extreme
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 12 Core
HyperX Savage 4x8GB 32GB 2800MHz CL14
Seagate Exos 10TB ST10000NM0086
Toshiba RD400 512GB
RTX 3080 Founders Edition
Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3
2x Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM
Cooler Master V750
ROG Areion 10G card
Elgato 4K60 Pro MK2