The Best $7,500 Threadripper PRO PC Build – November 2021

By Ari Altman | Published October 24, 2021 | Updated October 24, 2021

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If you’re looking for a PC offering professional-level computational performance that goes beyond extreme, then this is the build for you. With a budget of $6,000, you can max out just about everything, without venturing too far into the land of diminishing returns.

This Month’s Build, Featuring AMD and Nvidia

For November 2021, the $7,500 Threadripper PRO PC Build feature the jaw-dropping Threadripper PRO 3975WX workstation-class processor, cooled by a massive 360mm liquid cooler specifically designed for Threadripper’s large size. With the aid of this cooler, the 3975WX can easily push its 32 cores and 64 threads at full load while keeping temperatures in check, and comes with the built-in advantages of the sWRX8 socket, including 8-channel memory support for unmatched bandwidth. We make the most of it here with a mind-blowing 256GB of high-speed DDR4-3600 RAM. If you have serious computational needs, this system won’t let you down!

In the graphics department, we recommend the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060  Ti 8GB, which offers plenty of ultra HD video outputs, and will provide the perfect level of app acceleration. As for storage, we suggest you equip this system with a blazing-fast 4TB 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-quiet Fractal Design Define 7 XL.

Parting Thoughts

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The Pre-Built Option

  • The Workstation PC

    Empowered PC Sentinel Workstation PC 5950X/RTX 3090

    $4900

    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 for video processing, but it has half the CPU cores, and far less RAM and SSD storage, so you'll have to decide which is more critical for your apps.

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX

    $2690

    Oh, how times have changed. AMD owns the productivity crown, and its 3975X opens up a the next-generation of content creation and workstation-class performance to consumers. 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. Plus, the PRO line offers up 128 PCIe lanes and 8-channel RAM support!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Note that while AMD does offer a 64-core Threadripper 3995WX, for most users, it's simply not worth the extra cost, and certainly would use up nearly the the entire budget of this machine!

  • Motherboard

    Asus Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI

    $1000

    Asus offers up a true workstation-class motherboard with its WRX80E-SAGE, supporting Threadripper PRO CPUs on the sWRX8 Socket. It has ten USB ports, including dual Type-C ports, triple PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, WiFi 6, dual Intel 10G LAN ports, and 16 power stages.

    The Guru’s Tip

    AMD's sWRX8 Socket is designed for workstations, and offers robust features for professional users. Note that these systems cannot be overclocked.

  • Video Card

    Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge 8GB

    $910
    The new king-of-the-hill in the midrange segment is the RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, which offers simply exceptional performance per dollar, beating last-gen’s RTX 2080 Super! Sure, you’re going to pay over MSRP for it, but that’s just the going rate!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This card is selling for well over MSRP, but it's also the best all-around choice for adding content-creation or computational acceleration.

  • Memory

    G.Skill 8x32GB Trident Z NEO DDR4-3600 CL18

    $1260

    Offering an insane combination of 256GB of capacity plus a very high frequency of 3600MHz, a RAM kit simply can’t get any better than this!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This kit will take full advantage of Threadripper Pro's eight-channel memory configuration, providing simply unimaginable throughput!

  • Solid-State Drive

    Corsair MP600 Pro XT 4TB

    $1025

    Corsair leverages the most advanced controller and NAND flash in the business with its MP600 Pro XT to hit 7,100MB/sec sequential read and 6,800MB/sec sequential write speeds. All this and the drive offers a whopping 4TB of capacity, putting it in very rare company indeed! And by the way, the chunky heatsink isn’t just for show, it’s required because it would otherwise overheat when hitting those massive transfer speeds!

    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

    Fractal Design Define 7 XL @Newegg

    $226

    This stylish, professional case is the perfect fit for a serious PC, thanks to its cavernous interior, multiple configuration options, and classy aluminum and glass exterior. It includes three 140mm fans for cooling and eight hard drive mounts, with the option to add 10 more!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This case offers full support for the 12"x13" SSI-EEB motherboard used in this system.

  • Power Supply

    Corsair HX1000 Platinum

    $220

    Featuring 1000W of Platinum-rated power, a fully-modular cable design, a zero-fan mode for near-silent operation, and a 10-year warranty, this is an exceptional choice for a premium PC build!

    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

    $162
    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 PRO contact area precisely, unlike any other AIO on the market!

  • Operating System

    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Flash Drive @Newegg

    $200
    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 has launched, and will be a free upgrade to all Win10 owners.

Optional Products

  • The 38-inch Ultra-Wide Productivity Monitor

    Acer XR382CQK 37.5″ Ultra Wide Curved

    $900

    With a massive resolution of 3840×1600 and a highly-curved 38″ panel, this ultra-wide from Acer is the perfect professional monitor. It can easily support viewing three standard-sized windows side-by-side. We prefer this monitor to 4K models for serious productivity work, as running a typical 32″ 4K (3840×2160) monitor at native resolution will make charts and documents unreadable. You’re much better off going with an ultra-wide model with slightly lower resolution, as it will actually provide more usable space on screen.

    The Guru’s Tip

    While there many form factors for big monitors out there, we think this 38" ultra-wide model will suit a Threadripper Pro PC best.

  • The Typist's Gaming Keyboard

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg

    $250
    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

    $124

    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

    $170
    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.

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