Due to the recent AGESA 18.104.22.168 update on the AM5 platform, there is now support for high density RAM modules (24 GB and 48 GB modules). This means that it is now possible to run a kit of 2x48GB or 4x48GB RAM, for either 96GB or 192GB total RAM. For the purpose of this build, we will use a kit of 2x48GB RAM. The reason for this is that at the time of writing a 2x48GB RAM kit will run faster and is better suited to the type of workload users will typically run on the AM5 platform. That is primarily intraday computations, as opposed to computations that may run for longer periods of time and to which other platforms, such as AMD EPYC, may be better suited. The estimate cost of this build in US price and at the time of writing is $2,237.
AMD’s latest Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU with 3D V-Cache technology. AMD’s flagship desktop CPU still comes with 16 cores, but this time with a base clock of 4.2GHz and boost clock of up to 5.7GHz. It is noteworthy that it runs at a relatively low TDP of 120w by default.
The Noctua NH-D15 is still our recommended cooler for most users. This time we are recommending the chromax.black edition. It provides sufficient cooling for the power efficient 7950X3D CPU, whilst being easy to install and maintain.
The Asrock B650e Taichi is great out of the box and offers good support for overclocking due to it’s external clock generator.
The G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB is one of the fastest DDR5, 2x48GB kits currently available on the market. If you would like to configure your system with 192GB RAM, we recommend this Corsair Vengeance DDR5 kit (CMK192GX5M4B5200C38). As a disclaimer, using a 192GB RAM kit at the time of writing may not be a simple plug-and-play process and some tinkering may be required.
Solidigm is a new company from the well established flash memory producer SK Hynix. The Solidigm P44 Pro 2 TB is a high performing NVMe GEN 4 SSD drive at a relatively low price. Consider doubling up on this drive for either more storage or to create a RAID 0 drive configuration for faster storage access.
The Asrock Phantom Gaming RX 550 GPU is a basic GPU that will cover basic output to multiple monitors and is appropriate for most workstation workloads that do not require a GPU to perform operations. However, if you are running any graphic intensive workloads or workloads that can utilise GPU compute, we recommend upgrading to the Asrock Challenger RX 6700 XT. The Asrock Challenger RX 6700 XT features 12GB of VRAM.
Lian Li is a brand we have recommended in the past with the O11-Dynamic case. The Lian Li Liancool III Mid Tower offers plenty of space. With 4 fans in it’s stock configuration, airflow is also not a consideration.
Seasonic is a very well respected manufacturer in the overclocking scene. The Seasonic Focus Gold 750w provides reliable power to power all parts in this build. There is power overhead should you choose to expand the build at a later point. For example with additional storage. The power supply is also fully modular, which should facilitate a clean build.
This is build is very powerful for the cost, especially now with the added speed at 96GB RAM. There is room to add additional drives and even RAM, though as I mentioned your mileage may vary at higher RAM capacities at the time of writing. We believe it’s better to run just two sticks of faster high density RAM than to try to run four.
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