The Best $5,000 Threadripper Content Creation PC Build – August 2021

By Ari Altman | Published August 13, 2021 | Updated August 13, 2021

Create Content at the Speed of Light!

If you’re looking for a PC offering content creation performance that goes beyond extreme, then this is the build for you. With a budget of $5,000, you can max out just about everything, without venturing too far into the land of diminishing returns. And when your work is done for the day, it offers plenty of gaming muscle to sneak a whole lot of fun in too.

This Month’s Build, Featuring AMD and Nvidia

For August 2021, the $5,000 Threadripper Content Creation PC Build continues to feature the jaw-dropping Threadripper 3970X processor, cooled by a massive 360mm liquid cooler specifically designed for Threadripper’s large size. With the aid of this cooler, the 3970X can easily push its 32 cores and 64 threads up to 4.5GHz, and comes with the built-in advantages of the workstation-class TRX40 platform. Do you want to encode, while simultaneously gaming, streaming, and decompressing? No problem, Threadripper has you covered! That’s in part due to its quad-channel memory layout, and we make the most of it here with a mind-blowing 64GB of ultra-high-speed DDR4-3600 RAM.

In the graphics department, you’ll want the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, which offers the perfect level of app acceleration, and happens to be one of the few GeForce cards actually available for sale. As for storage, we suggest you equip this system with a blazing-fast 2TB PCIe 4.0 drive, which will keep up with any workflow. Powering the system is an 850W Gold-rated power supply, and for the chassis, we go with the professionally-styled, ultra-high-airflow Silent Base 802 from be quiet!. Learn more about this amazing case in our YouTube review!

Parting Thoughts

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The Pre-Built Option

  • The Workstation PC

    Empowered PC Sentinel Workstation PC 5950X/RTX 3090


    This pre-built professional PC is packed with premium components that will get you working (or gaming) at warp speed! These include an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core, 32-thread processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB video card, and 64GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. In terms of storage, you’ll get a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive plus a 3TB hard drive for file storage. The system is anchored by an 850W Gold-rated power supply, and is pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro x64.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Given that ultra-high-end GeForce GPUs are completely unavailable at retail, this system has a big leg up versus the DIY build we spec below, but it has half the CPU cores, so you'll have to decide which is more critical for your apps.

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    AMD Threadripper 3970X

    Oh, how times have changed. AMD owns the productivity crown, and its 3970X opens up a the next-generation of content creation performance. Offering up 32 cores, 64 threads, and per-core efficiency that beats Intel, it’s simply way ahead of anything else that’s come before it.
    The Guru’s Tip

    Note that while AMD does offer a 64-core Threadripper 3990X, for most users, it's simply not worth the extra cost, and certainly wouldn't fit within the $5000 budget of this machine!

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS Master

    This TRX40 board is a truly premium offering, with great looks, tons of features, and immense power-handling capability. It has Eight USB ports, including a Type-C port, triple PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, WiFi 6, Aquantia 5GbE LAN, and 16+3-phase power.
    The Guru’s Tip

    The TRX40 platform will have plenty of upgrade potential in the coming years - it's always great to build a PC on a new high-end platform!

  • Video Card

    MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6GB


    The GeForce RTX 2060 6GB offers excellent performance and efficiency in a compact package. This dual-fan model runs cool and quiet, while keeping up with the latest games.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This is currently selling for over MSRP, but given that we've been waiting since Sept. 2020 for GeForce GPUs to restock at MSRP, well, it's time to pull the trigger!

  • Memory

    G.Skill Ripjaws V 4x16GB DDR4-3600 Black @Newegg

    This 4x16GB kit features a blazing-fast 3600MHz frequency, plus very tight 16-19-19 timings, meaning it’s the real deal! No rebadged lower-end RAM here!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This kit will take full advantage of Threadripper's quad-channel memory configuration, while leaving four free slots for an eventual upgrade to 128GB, should you want it!

  • Solid-State Drive

    Samsung 980 Pro 2TB

    For primary storage, you don’t just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going for the 980 Pro PCIe 4.0. It offers mind-blowing performance, up to 7,000MB/s, along with tremendous capacity, in a single package!
    The Guru’s Tip

    If you feel strongly about splitting your app and swap files, feel free to get two 1TB drives instead. They'll cost the same.

  • Case

    be quiet! Silent Base 802 Black Window

    The Silent Base 802 is by far the classiest case you’ll find in its price range, and is among the best all-around cases every released. It just oozes quality, as is typical of be quiet! cases, and it also provides plenty of configuration options. Plus, the three 140mm Pure Wings 2 fans do a great job keeping the interior cool.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This case includes three Pure Wings 2 140mm fans pre-installed, which is all you'll need!

  • Power Supply

    SilverStone ST85F-GS v2


    Many power supplies from reputable manufacturers have been completely sold out since early 2020 (yes, that long). But this unit, a high-end 850W Gold-rated model, can actually be ordered, and offers a fully-modular cable design, quiet operation, and an ultra-compact layout that makes it easier to install that older, bulkier models.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This PSU has plenty of headroom to power upgrades you might make, including higher-wattage GPUs.

  • CPU Cooler

    Silverstone IceGem 360

    If you want to push your CPU to the limit, you absolutely need serious cooling capability, and that means nothing less than high-end liquid. This cooler is equipped with a huge 360mm radiator and three powerful but quiet 120mm fans, meaning it’s more than a match for even a beast of a CPU! It also has sweet looking RGB lighting that can be sync’d with your motherboard’s ARGB controls! While it includes thermal paste, we recommend you get the most out of this cooler by using Noctua’s NT-H2 Thermal Paste Kit!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This cooler is custom-designed with a huge coldplate to fit the Threadripper contact area precisely, unlike any other AIO on the market!

  • Operating System

    Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive

    Windows 10 was a big step up from Windows 8.1, and Microsoft continues to support Windows 10 users not only with regular security updates, but with major content releases every six months. And the USB version installs in under 5 minutes, meaning you can get right into using your system!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Windows 11 will be arriving in early 2022, and it will be a free upgrade for Win10 users!

Optional Products

  • Sound Card

    Creative Sound Blaster AE-7

    If you’re serious about audio, you’ll want to add a dedicated sound card to your system. The AE-7 from Sound Blaster features an astounding 127db signal-to-noise ratio, an ESS SABRE-class 9018 DAC, along with an Audio Control Module (ACM) that incorporates a built-in microphone array and mic/headphone I/O connections, plus a control knob to adjust the headphone levels.
    The Guru’s Tip

    While older Creative cards have been criticized for weak Windows 10 drivers, this new model was designed around W10 from the start!

  • The Typist's Gaming Keyboard

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg

    Best. Keyboard. Ever. And the only wireless mechanical keyboard with full RGB lighting on the market. This thing is a dream come true, so sleek, so responsive. Honestly, it’s in a class of its own.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This keyboard is available with three different types of switches: linear, tactile, and clicky. Depending on your region, one or all may be sold out.

  • The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse

    Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless


    Logitech designed the G502 Lightspeed Wireless to be the ultimate technological tour de force in the gaming mouse industry. Featuring a mesmerizing 25K Hero sensor, tunable weights, RGB lighting, and the best wireless connectivity, it is impossible to beat. And you can even upgrade it to ultra-elite status with the optional PowerPlay charging mat, which allows you to use it forever without stopping to charge thanks to the exclusive wireless charging capability!

    The Guru’s Tip

    We've used this mouse since its debut, and it's been flawless!

  • The Deluxe PC Headset

    Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset

    Combining ultra-high-end performance with incredible comfort, this wireless headset from Corsair is the ideal all-day companion for listening to the latest market news. This headset also has an audiophile-grade microphone, perfect for teleconferencing.
    The Guru’s Tip

    The microphone on this headset is better than what you'll find on any other wireless headset, period.

  • The 32-inch Professional 4K Monitor

    Dell U3219Q

    Want to pair your productivity rig with a stunning monitor? Look no further than the awesome Dell U3219Q, a 32″ 4K IPS  monitor that achieves 99%  sRGB color space, while also offering HDR10 certification!
    The Guru’s Tip

    We're specifically recommending a true 4K monitor here, rather than a lower-resolution ultra-wide, as editing 4K video is of course a main use case for this system.

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