The Best $5,000 Threadripper Content Creation PC Build – June 2021
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.
For June 2021, the $5,000 Threadripper Content Creation PC Build continues to feature the jaw-dropping Threadripper 3970X processor with a massive 360mm liquid cooler. Featuring the 7nm Zen 2 architecture, the 3970X can 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 3080 10GB, launched in September 2020, but alas, it’s going to be hard to come by for months, so you’ll want to use any older GPU that you have on hand in the interim. 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 a 1000W Platinum-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$6100
This pre-built professional PC is packed with premium components that will get working 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 is really your best option to get a new workstation up and running today!
The DIY Build
AMD Threadripper 3970X$2060 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 –
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra @EVGA$890 The Guru’s Tip
We anticipate that the 3080 will not be available at retail until Fall 2021. In the meantime, we suggest you use any older GPU that you have on hand.
G.Skill Ripjaws V 4x16GB DDR4-3600 Black @Newegg$410 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$430 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 –
be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1000W$219 The Guru’s Tip
Note that high-wattage PSUs have been in short supply for a long time, but be quiet! has worked hard to keep this one in stock, so grab it if you can!
CPU Cooler –
Silverstone IceGem 360$173 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 –
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Flash Drive @Newegg$200 The Guru’s Tip
We recommend the Pro version of Windows for this build thanks to its enhanced security and remote login features.
Sound Card –
Creative Sound Blaster AE-7$210 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$234 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 –
Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed$100 The Guru’s Tip
This mouse will run up to 100 hours on a charge!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset$180 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 –
ViewSonic VP3268-4K PRO$736 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: $5043
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Threadripper 3970X ($2060)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS Master ($500)
- Video Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra @EVGA ($890)
- Memory – G.Skill Ripjaws V 4x16GB DDR4-3600 Black @Newegg ($410)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 980 Pro 2TB ($430)
- Case – be quiet! Silent Base 802 Black Window ($170)
- Power Supply – be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1000W ($219)
- CPU Cooler – Silverstone IceGem 360 ($173)
- Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Flash Drive @Newegg ($200)
- Sound Card – Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 ($210)
- The Typist's Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg ($234)
- The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed ($100)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset ($180)
- The 32-inch Professional 4K Monitor – ViewSonic VP3268-4K PRO ($736)