The Best $5,000 Threadripper Content Creation PC Build – August 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!
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The Pre-Built Option
The Workstation PC –
Empowered PC Sentinel Workstation PC 5950X/RTX 3090$5000
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
AMD Threadripper 3970X$2555 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!
Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS Master$500 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$700 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!
G.Skill Ripjaws V 4x16GB DDR4-3600 Black @Newegg$350 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$360 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.
be quiet! Silent Base 802 Black Window$170 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$150 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$158 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$130 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 will be arriving in early 2022, and it will be a free upgrade for Win10 users!
Sound Card –
Creative Sound Blaster AE-7$180 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$250 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$124 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$160 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$860 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.
Total Cost: $5019
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Threadripper 3970X ($2555)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS Master ($500)
- Video Card – MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6GB ($700)
- Memory – G.Skill Ripjaws V 4x16GB DDR4-3600 Black @Newegg ($350)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 980 Pro 2TB ($360)
- Case – be quiet! Silent Base 802 Black Window ($170)
- Power Supply – SilverStone ST85F-GS v2 ($150)
- CPU Cooler – Silverstone IceGem 360 ($158)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)
- Sound Card – Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 ($180)
- The Typist's Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg ($250)
- The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless ($124)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset ($160)
- The 32-inch Professional 4K Monitor – Dell U3219Q ($860)