The first thing to do is to pick which CPU and chipset, but with not much information released yet, it is hard to decide what to go with. Bottom line is since this is my Dreadnought and mothership of PC’s in my arsenal, I want it to be top of the line. Whatever is the top CPU coming out is what this build needs: AMD Ryzen R7-1800X Summit Ridge paired with the X370 chipset. Next comes the motherboard and as of right now I am leaning toward the CROSSHAIR VI Hero AM4 Motherboard. There really isn’t a decent picture except a slide show pic, but it appears to be feature rich. I also like the MSI board as well so I will make a final decision later. The platinum color may be kicking it in this scheme I am dreaming up.
What house will this heart and soul of a machine get to live in? I have chosen the Corsair Graphite Series 780T case in white. With the LED color scheme I think the white case gives me a nice look and it will be something different than what seems to be the normal black color case. I am going for a red white and blue theme so the front fans will be glowing blue and the inside will glow red. The fans I am using will be Corsair ML140 PRO LED Premium Magnetic Levitation Fans. For the cables I will give Corsair some love and go with the Professional Individually sleeved DC Cable Kit, Type 3 (Generation 2), BLUE.
The case can take two 140mm or three 120mm fans in the front and I am not decided on which configuration to go with. I also have an idea to run red, white and blue fans in front in a three 120mm fan config., but the main thought right now is two 140mm blue fans.
For the CPU cooling I am definitely going with a liquid cooler and I have not decided yet since there is very little out there right now. the case can handle up to a 360mm radiator up top. But, for now we will continue to give Corsair some love and list their Hydro Series™ H115i 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler.
The power supply will need to do some heavy lifting since I plan on outfitting this beefy power hungry video cards. I have heard a lot of issues with Corsair power supplies, but I have not had many problems in my experience so I am picking the AX1200i Digital ATX 1200 Watt 80 PLUS® Platinum Certified Fully-Modular PSU.
What about memory. There is one thing I am disappointed with in my current system is the memory performance only because I want it to be faster than what the FX 8370 can pony up. In the past systems Corsair has always given me the best memory performance consistently over the years so I will continue to love on them with the parts in choosing the VENGEANCE® LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory Kit -BLUE LED. I will most likely buy two of these kits, but really that is total overkill--but this is a Dreadnought build! I was thinking of doing some contrast inside with the color blue on two things: The memory LED and the cabling. All the fans and other inside lights (yet to be determined) will be red. For hard drive memory I will got with a SAMSUNG 960 PRO M.2 1TB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for the OS and two WD Blue 1TB Internal SSD Solid State Drive - SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch running in a RAID configuration. I am pretty sure I will forgo parity and use a stripped array to satisfy the need for speed. I am excited about Intel's new Optane technology. They boast that the drives they have been testing are 7 times faster than any NVMe drive on the planet. I may have to upgrade if possible later.
Why go with the WD blue in this Dreadnought PC build? Well, I will be giving up some speed for leading MTTF (MTBF) rate. Plus it goes with my theme colors. These blue's have an industry leading life cycle and they are not so much slower than other drives that it out weighs picking them in order to get the better MTTF (Mean Time To Failure).
For now, that about sums it up. The estimated total cost of the rig so far is $2,800.00 just for the parts listed here (prices are full retail price and some are estimates since nothing official has been released yet on some). Plus, you notice I have not listed any graphics cards yet. I may have to go low end until Vega is released so I am undecided right now. Quite frankly I would be happy with a pair of R9 Fury cards running this baby. How is that for low end?
I cannot wait!