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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X / RTX 3080 Ti FE System Build

Recently I managed to pick up an AMD Ryzen 5950X CPU for a great price, I bought it on a bit of a whim and didn’t really have any plans for it to begin with. However, a few days later I managed to bag a brand new Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card and instantly thought this CPU/GPU combo would make a nice new editing rig for myself as well as a chilled post-Christmas build video for you guys to enjoy.

Watch via our Vimeo channel (below) or over on YouTube at 2160p HERE

Not long ago I built a new gaming system for a friend of mine, surprisingly I managed to grab a new RTX 3080 Ti for that build. The retailer that I bought the card from sold out of stock within minutes so I didn’t think I would be seeing another RTX 3080 Ti for a while. But lo and behold just a few days later I was notified of a new batch of RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition cards being available, so I couldn’t resist grabbing one of those at MSRP while I had the rare opportunity.

About a week or so before that, I picked up an AMD Ryzen 5950X CPU for a great price, at the time I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity. When the 3080 Ti Founders Edition card arrived, I thought this would be the perfect time to upgrade my own workstation/editing rig as my old 9900K/1080 Ti editing system was starting to feel a bit sluggish. So I picked up a few more new parts, recycled some storage from my old system and cracked on with the build.

System Specification:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme
  • Memory: 32GB kit (4 x 8GB Modules) PNY XLR8 Epic-X DDR4-3200 C16
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition
  • 1st Storage Device: 1TB PNY XLR8 CS3040 PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVME SSD
  • 2nd Storage Device: 4TB Samsung QVO 2.5” SATA SSD
  • CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X73
  • Power Supply: Seasonic TX-1000 80+ Titanium 1000W
  • Case: Corsair 5000D Airflow Black
  • Fans: 7 x be quiet! Silent Wings 3

Since this is a workstation/editing rig, RGB lighting is kept to a minimum. In fact, the last few builds I have created all had a minimal RGB theme and I quite like it. I wanted to keep the system as cool as possible but quiet at the same time which I why I used a 360mm Asetek based AIO (NZXT Kraken X73) but changed all the fans in the system, including the AIO fans to be quiet! Silent Wings 3, which are a good compromise between airflow and noise.

The system turned out looking better than I expected, there’s just something about the minimalist aesthetics of RTX 30 series FE cards that give the system a real polished look to it that you just don’t get with most AIB cards.

Also, the more I build in the Corsair 4000D and 5000D cases the more I love them. The EATX and 5000D airflow combination in this build is a cable management dream as the motherboard tucks in behind the cable management tray perfectly. Since most connections on the X570 Aorus Xtreme are on the right side this means that loads of cables are completely hidden from view which looks very tidy indeed.

KitGuru says: This is my final build of the year, it's definitely on the understated side but I enjoyed building it nonetheless and think it turned out to look pretty slick. What do you guys think?

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