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  1. Good point. I guess more research is in order! Matt
  2. The bug factor in the Ryzens bothers me. I would love for them to be more stable. I guess we'll see how patient I can be. Maybe in a month or two some test results will come out that will swing it the other way. I appreciate your feedback! Matt
  3. Thanks, Sam. I'll replace that PSU and go with the 1 TB 960 EVO. I'm unlikely to go to dual video cards. I still like the X99 Deluxe 2 for the Thunderbolt card. I haven't seen any others with that. I had initially been looking at a Ryzen 1800x, but I read that the memory usage is problematic. One review I saw said that they could not get full speed out of the memory, and had to set it at a lower clock speed, tested on multiple boards, and even at lower speeds there were numerous failures. But the same memory worked fine and at advertised speed, (I think it was 3200) in an Intel rig. I can't find the link right now. I think he was testing it on audio processing. Also, this thread discusses some comparisons of the 6850k with a Ryzen 1800x. Makes me think that the extra money will be worth it. When I'm recording and processing audio, I need low latency. Also, at some point I would consider boosting the memory up to 128Gb. The 6850k seems like a good compromise between more cores and faster cores. I'm still not sure whether it wouldn't be better to get a quad core with a faster clock speed.
  4. Hi. I'm a newcomer here. I'm working on building a new desktop pc for creating animations, using Adobe CC and Blender, and also doing audio recording using Cakewalk Sonar. I would like this machine to be as versatile as possible within my budget. The build I have thus far is listed below. I'm really stretching things with this and would love to reduce costs, but I'm not sure if there's any place I can save much. Perhaps I'm skimping someplace that I shouldn't. I have chosen the ASUS X99 Deluxe because it has both M.2 and U.2 connections. I think one of those SSDs will be for OS and programs and the other for swap space. Also, this mobo comes with a Thunderbolt 3 card. One specific question I have is whether I should wait for the Threadripper release and see if it reduces prices of CPUs across the board. Maybe I can save a couple hundred bucks if I wait till the end of August. PCPartpicker says there may be a problem with the motherboard needing a BIOS update for this CPU, but I think that is outdated info. Anyone know for sure? Is there a less expensive alternative to the Intel SSD that I could use in the U.2 connection? Anyone see any other issues or have any suggestions? Any comments are welcome. Thanks in advance! CPU Intel Core i7 6850K 3.6GHz 6 Core Processor $449.89 CPU Cooler Cooler Master MasterAir Pro 4 66.7 CFM CPU Cooler $29.99 Thermal Compound Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut 1g 1g Thermal Paste $11.99 Motherboard Asus X99 DELUXE II ATX LGA2011 3 Motherboard $383.98 Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 Memory $319.98 Storage Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 2280 Solid State Drive $127.88 Storage Intel 750 Series 400GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $429.99 Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $66.89 Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 $169.99 Case be quiet! Pure Base 600 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $77.37 Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi Modular ATX Power Supply $139.40 Optical Drive Pioneer BDR 209DBK Blu Ray/DVD/CD Writer ( @ OutletPC) $58.88 Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64 bit $139.88 Total $2,406.11
  5. Hello! Can anyone tell me if the Cooler Master - MasterAir Pro 4 66.7 CFM and the ASUS PRIME X370-PRO are compatible? I'm working up a build but the parts picker gives me this message: "The Cooler Master - MasterAir Pro 4 66.7 CFM CPU Cooler may require a separately available mounting adapter to fit the Asus - PRIME X370-PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard." I'd prefer not to have to deal with an adapter if possible. Seems I saw this fan recommended for this Mobo/CPU (CPU is a Ryzen 1800x) combination somewhere, but I don't recall where. I've looked all over trying to find a verification of the compatibility but with no luck. It looks like a quiet fan, which is my goal but other fan recommendations are welcome. Thanks in advance. Matt