Charm

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My workstation 'charm' is my primary workstation in my lab. You can read about its disk configuration or my other computers. Next is 'trick'.

This new workstation (as at 2022-03-24) replaces 'tact'.

Config

You can read about the disk configuration.

Most of the build was done at the shop, but I had to pop the lid to install the new dual channel NIC.

In the BIOS I disabled the following components:

  • the onboard Intel NIC
  • the onboard WiFi
  • the onboard Bluetooth

When doing the install I first installed Ubuntu Server 20.04.4 LTS and then upgraded to a "desktop" with an `apt install kde-plasma-desktop`.

I needed to install the Hardware Enablement Kernel (HWE) to support my new NIC.

I did try (very hard!) to follow the instructions for installing Ubuntu 20.04 Root on ZFS but I couldn't make it work. In the end I put the root system on a btrfs file-system on an MD RAID device, and I'm fairly happy with that.

Parts

These are the actual parts I ended up ordering.

Supplier Manufacturer Component Warranty Price Qty Type Total Notes Ordered Arrived
AusPCMarket Intel Intel Core i9-12900KF 16 Core LGA 1700 Unlocked CPU Processor 3 year $929.00 1 CPU $929.00 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair Hydro Series H60 v2 (2018) 120mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $99.00 1 CPU Cooler $99.00 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket ASUS Asus ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WiFi LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard 3 year $589.00 1 Motherboard $589.00 has M.2 heatsinks; Z690 chipset. 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket PNY PNY Performance 16GB (1x 16GB) DDR5 4800MHz UDIMM Memory lifetime $229.00 4 16GB RAM $916.00 64GB RAM; considered Adata 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket PNY PNY CS3140 1TB NVMe Gen4 SSD M.2 7500MB/s 5650MB/s R/W 700TBW 350K/700K 2M hrs MTBF 5 year $259.00 4 1TB M.2 $1,036.00 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket Asus Asus Radeon RX 6600 XT Dual OC Edition 8GB Video Card 3 year $749.00 1 Video Card $749.00 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition Mid-Tower ATX Case $89.00 1 Case $89.00 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair RM Series RM750 — 750 Watt 80 PLUS Gold Fully Modular ATX PSU 2021 10 year $169.00 1 Power Supply $169.00 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket Simplecom Simplecom SC314 Internal 5.25in Bay Mobile Rack 3.5in SATA HDD Backplane $19.00 1 Mobile rack $19.00 these Simplecom racks are shit, but gonna have one fitted anyway, I will replace it 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket ASUS Asus DRW-24D5MT 24x DVD Writer 1 year $29.00 1 DVD drive $29.00 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket Shipping 1 year $42.00 1 Shipping $42.00 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
AusPCMarket AusPCMarket Standard System Build - free - add this when you want us to build a PC System Build 2022-03-15 2022-03-23
Amazon Syba Syba Dual 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet PCI-E Network Expansion Card RJ45 LAN Adapter SD-PEX24066 3 year $80.87 1 NIC $80.87 2022-02-12 2022-02-18
Total: $

Back panel

This is the back panel for my Asus ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WiFi LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard:

Asus ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WiFi LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard back panel.png

Research

Options

These are some options with total costs; note things that have already been ordered are not included in the totals.

    PC Part Picker

    These are some PC Part Picker specs I considered (latest on top)...

    Considered

    These are parts I considered along the way...

    Intel

    This is a newer, cheaper, faster build as an option, but it has fewer CPU cores and less CPU cache. The PNY Performance RAM is ECC RAM, so that's nice.

    Supplier Manufacturer Component Warranty Price Qty Type Total Notes Ordered Arrived
    AusPCMarket Intel Intel Core i9-12900KF 16 Core LGA 1700 Unlocked CPU Processor 3 year $929.00 1 CPU $929.00 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair Hydro Series H60 v2 (2018) 120mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $99.00 1 CPU Cooler $99.00 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WiFi LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard 3 year $589.00 1 Motherboard $589.00 has M.2 heatsinks; Z690 chipset. 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket PNY PNY Performance 16GB (1x 16GB) DDR5 4800MHz UDIMM Memory lifetime $229.00 4 16GB RAM $916.00 64GB RAM; considered Adata 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket PNY PNY CS3140 1TB NVMe Gen4 SSD M.2 7500MB/s 5650MB/s R/W 700TBW 350K/700K 2M hrs MTBF 5 year $259.00 4 1TB M.2 $1,036.00 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket Asus Asus Radeon RX 6600 XT Dual OC Edition 8GB Video Card 3 year $749.00 1 Video Card $749.00 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition Mid-Tower ATX Case $89.00 1 Case $89.00 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair RM Series RM750 — 750 Watt 80 PLUS Gold Fully Modular ATX PSU 2021 10 year $169.00 1 Power Supply $169.00 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket Simplecom Simplecom SC314 Internal 5.25in Bay Mobile Rack 3.5in SATA HDD Backplane $19.00 1 Mobile rack $19.00 these Simplecom racks are shit, but gonna have one fitted anyway, I will replace it 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus DRW-24D5MT 24x DVD Writer 1 year $29.00 1 DVD drive $29.00 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket Shipping 1 year $42.00 1 Shipping $42.00 2022-03-15
    AusPCMarket AusPCMarket Standard System Build - free - add this when you want us to build a PC System Build 2022-03-15
    Total: $

    Sick Threadripper

    This is a more capable (24 core CPU), reliable (ECC RAM), and expensive but slightly slower build (it doesn't have DDR5 RAM) as an option. This build is (was) tricked out with with extra RAM (but I decided I can't afford it).

    Supplier Manufacturer Component Warranty Price Qty Type Total Notes Ordered Arrived
    AusPCMarket AMD AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 24-Core sTRX4 3.80GHz Unlocked CPU Processor 3 year $2,399.00 1 CPU $2,399.00
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus ROG Strix LC II 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 6 year $229.00 1 CPU Cooler $229.00
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus ROG Strix TRX40-XE GAMING sTRX4 ATX Motherboard 3 year $849.00 1 Motherboard $849.00 compare; has M.2 heatsinks;
    AusPCMarket Micron Micron 32GB (1x32GB) DDR4 ECC UDIMM 3200MHz CL22 2Rx8 ECC Unbuffered Server Memory 3yr wty 3 year $309.00 2 32GB RAM $618.00 64GB RAM
    AusPCMarket Kingston Kingston KC3000 2048GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 2280 SSD - SKC3000D/2048G 5 year; 1600 TBW $639.00 2 2TB M.2 $1,278.00 this is faster for writes and more durable than WD Black; 2TB+ models are fastest
    AusPCMarket Western Digital Western Digital WD Black SN850 WDS100T1XHE 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen4 SSD - With Heatsink 5 year; 600 TBW $309.00 1 1TB M.2 $309.00 use vertical CPU slot (Gen4); ZFS cache; swap; temp;
    AusPCMarket Asus Asus Radeon RX 6600 XT Dual OC Edition 8GB Video Card 3 year $809.00 1 Video Card $809.00
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master Mastercase H500M RGB Tempered Glass E-ATX Mid-Tower Case 2 year $259.00 1 Case $259.00
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus ROG Strix 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular Power Supply 10 year $289.00 1 Power Supply $289.00
    AudPCMarket StarTech StarTech USB 3.0 universal HDD Dock - 2.5/3.5in SATA & IDE - UASP 2 year $129.00 1 Drive Dock $129.00
    AusPCMarket AusPCMarket Standard System Build - free - add this when you want us to build a PC System Build
    Total: $

    Sick Upgrades

    When I have money for upgrades...

    Supplier Manufacturer Component Warranty Price Qty Type Total Notes Ordered Arrived
    AusPCMarket StarTech StarTech StarTech.com x8 Dual M.2 PCI Express SSD Adapter - PCIe 3.0 2 year $269.00 1 PCIe M.2 adapter $269.00
    AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair MP400 8TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD 5 year; 1600 TBW $1,979.00 2 8TB M.2 $3,958.00 use PCIe M.2 adapter (Gen3)
    AusPCMarket Western Digital Western Digital WD Ultrastar DC HC550 18TB 3.5in 512e/4Kn SATA 7200RPM 5 year $909.00 4 18TB SATA $3,636.00
    Total: $

    Sick Options

    Some extra storage to round things out, if I can find the money...

    Supplier Manufacturer Component Warranty Price Qty Type Total Notes Ordered Arrived
    AusPCMarket Kingston Kingston KC3000 2048GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 2280 SSD - SKC3000D/2048G 5 year; 1600 TBW $599.00 1 2TB M.2 $599.00 use CPU slot (Gen4); ZFS cache; swap; temp; 2TB or 4TB for best perf, see recommendation
    Total: $

    Threadripper

    This is a more capable (24 core CPU), reliable (ECC RAM), and expensive but slightly slower build (it doesn't have DDR5 RAM) as an option.

    Supplier Manufacturer Component Warranty Price Qty Type Total Notes Ordered Arrived
    AusPCMarket AMD AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 24-Core sTRX4 3.80GHz Unlocked CPU Processor 3 year $2,259.00 1 CPU $2,259.00
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus ROG Strix LC II 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 6 year $229.00 1 CPU Cooler $229.00
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus ROG Strix TRX40-XE GAMING sTRX4 ATX Motherboard 3 year $849.00 1 Motherboard $849.00 compare; has M.2 heatsinks;
    AusPCMarket Micron Micron 32GB (1x32GB) DDR4 ECC UDIMM 3200MHz CL22 2Rx8 ECC Unbuffered Server Memory 3yr wty 3 year $319.00 2 32GB RAM $638.00 64GB RAM
    AusPCMarket Kingston Kingston KC3000 2048GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 2280 SSD - SKC3000D/2048G 5 year; 1600 TBW $599.00 2 2TB M.2 $1,198.00 this is faster for writes and more durable than WD Black; 2TB+ models are fastest
    AusPCMarket Asus Asus Radeon RX 6600 XT Dual OC Edition 8GB Video Card 3 year $879.00 1 Video Card $879.00
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master Mastercase H500M RGB Tempered Glass E-ATX Mid-Tower Case 2 year $279.00 1 Case $279.00
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus ROG Strix 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular Power Supply 10 year $289.00 1 Power Supply $289.00
    AusPCMarket AusPCMarket Standard System Build - free - add this when you want us to build a PC System Build
    Total: $

    Optional

    Some extra storage etc to round things out, if I can find the money...

    Supplier Manufacturer Component Warranty Price Qty Type Total Notes Ordered Arrived
    AusPCMarket Crucial Crucial 32GB (1x 32GB) DDR5 4800MHz Memory lifetime $489.00 2 32GB RAM $978.00 64GB RAM upgrade (Intel build)
    AusPCMarket Kingston Kingston KC3000 2048GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 2280 SSD - SKC3000D/2048G 5 year; 1600 TBW $599.00 1 2TB M.2 $599.00 use CPU slot (Gen4); ZFS cache; swap; temp; 2TB or 4TB for best perf, see recommendation
    AusPCMarket StarTech StarTech StarTech.com x8 Dual M.2 PCI Express SSD Adapter - PCIe 3.0 2 year $269.00 1 PCIe M.2 adapter $269.00 don't need this if I get the MSI MEG Z690 mobo (Intel build)
    AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair MP400 8TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD 5 year; 1600 TBW $1,979.00 2 8TB M.2 $3,958.00 use PCIe M.2 adapter (Gen3)
    AusPCMarket Edimax Edimax EN-9225TX-E 2.5GbE Ethernet PCIe Server Adapter 1 year $49.00 1 Network Card $49.00 For tact not yet
    AusPCMarket StarTech StarTech Dual Port Network Card - PCIe 10G / NBASE-T NIC - Intel X550 2 year $649.00 2 Network Card $1,298.00 For tact and charm not yet
    eBay Alogic Alogic 10M Red Cat6 Crossover Cable $49.95 2 Network Cable $99.90 charm -> tact; charm -> love; not yet
    AudPCMarket StarTech StarTech USB 3.0 universal HDD Dock - 2.5/3.5in SATA & IDE - UASP 2 year $129.00 1 Drive Dock $129.00
    Total: $

    Considered parts

    Supplier Manufacturer Component Warranty Price Qty Type Total Notes
    AusPCMarket Kingston Kingston KC3000 1024GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 2280 SSD - SKC3000S/1024G 5 year $259.00 4 1TB M.2 $1,036.00
    AusPCMarket 3m Premium HDMI Cable - 19 pins Male to Male OD6.0mm Metal $9.00 1 HDMI Cable $9.00
    Mwave Orico Orico 1106SS-BK CD-ROM Space 3.5" SATA HDD Mobile Rack $18.00 5 Mobile rack $90.00 gonna upgrade everything to use these
    AusPCMarket StarTech StarTech 5.25in Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for 3.5in Hard Drive 2 year $39.00 1 Mobile rack $39.00
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master V 650W GOLD Modular V2 Power Supply 10 year $169.00 1 Power Supply $169.00
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master CM 590 III Windowed Mid-Tower ATX Case 1 year $79.00 1 Case $79.00
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB V2 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 2 year $99.00 1 CPU Cooler $99.00
    AusPCMarket Simplecom Simplecom SC314 Internal 5.25in Bay Mobile Rack 3.5in SATA HDD Backplane $19.00 1 Mobile rack $19.00
    AusPCMarket StarTech StarTech 5.25in Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for 3.5in Hard Drive 2 year $39.00 1 Mobile rack $39.00
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus DRW-24D5MT 24x DVD Writer 1 year $29.00 1 DVD drive $29.00
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master Masterbox CM694 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower E-ATX Case - Black 1 year $219.00 1 Case $219.00
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master Mastercase H500M RGB Tempered Glass E-ATX Mid-Tower Case 2 year $259.00 1 Case $259.00
    AusPCMarket MSI MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard 3 year $749.00 1 Motherboard $749.00 has M.2 heatsinks
    AusPCMarket Crucial Crucial 32GB (1x 32GB) DDR5 4800MHz Memory lifetime $489.00 4 32GB RAM $1,956.00 128GB RAM
    AusPCMarket Kingston Kingston KC3000 2048GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 2280 SSD - SKC3000D/2048G 5 year; 1600 TBW $639.00 2 2TB M.2 $1,278.00 this is faster for writes and more durable than WD Black
    AusPCMarket Western Digital Western Digital WD Black SN850 WDS100T1XHE 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen4 SSD - With Heatsink 5 year; 600 TBW $309.00 1 1TB M.2 $309.00 ZFS cache; swap; temp;
    AusPCMarket Adata Adata XPG SX8600 PRO 1TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe M.2 SSD with Heatsink - ASX8600PRO-1T-CS 5 year $227.00 1 1TB M.2 $227.00 ZFS cache; swap; temp;
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master V 850W GOLD Modular V2 Power Supply 10 year $189.00 1 Power Supply $189.00
    AusPCMarket Western Digital Western Digital WD Black SN850 WDS200T1X0E 2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD - Without Heatsink 5 year; 1200 TBW $589.00 2 2TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 $1,178.00 disk config
    AusPCMarket Crucial Crucial 4GB (1x 4GB) DDR4 2666MHz UDIMM Memory lifetime $29.00 1 4GB RAM $29.00 for AusPCMarket build only, throw away
    memory.net Samsung Samsung 16GB DDR4 3200MHz ECC RDIMM Server Memory lifetime $137.30 8 16GB RAM $1,146.73 128GB RAM; USD$98 ea; USD$34.64 shipping.
    AusPCMarket Simplecom Simplecom SC314 Internal 5.25" Bay Mobile Rack 3.5" SATA HDD Backplane $19.00 1 Mobile Rack $19.00 make sure this is installed above the blu-ray drive
    AusPCMarket LG LG BH16NS55 16x Blu-ray BDRW Writer $99.00 1 Optical Drive $99.00 support similar
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master Masterbox CM694 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower E-ATX Case - Black 1 year $219.00 1 Case $219.00
    AusPCMarket Crucial Crucial 16GB (1x 16GB) DDR5 4800MHz Memory lifetime $239.00 4 16GB RAM $956.00 64GB RAM
    AusPCMarket Western Digital Western Digital WD Black SN850 WDS200T1XHE 2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen4 SSD - With Heatsink 5 year; 1200 TBW $639.00 2 2TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 $1,278.00 disk config
    AusPCMarket AMD AMD Radeon PRO W6600 8GB GDDR6 Video Card 3 year $1,099.00 1 Video Card $1,099.00
    AusPCMarket 4Cabling 2m DisplayPort v1.4 Cable Male to Male. 8K @60Hz. Black $29.00 2 Cable $58.00 2022-01-16 jj5 - gonna do cabling differently
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master Masterbox CM694 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower E-ATX Case - Black $219.00 1 Case $219.00 2022-01-16 jj5 - gonna get the H500M instead
    AusPCMarket ASUS Asus Radeon ROG Strix RX 6700 XT OC Gaming 12GB Video Card $1,489.00 1 Video Card $1,489.00 2022-01-26 jj5 - gonna get a different card
    AusPCMarket Samsung Samsung 980 PRO with Heatsink PCIe 4.0 M.2 2TB 5 year; 1200 TBW $619.00 2 2TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 $1,238.00 2022-01-26 jj5 - the Western Digital option (below) has very slightly faster write speed... disk config
    AusPCMarket Samsung Samsung 980 Pro 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD $569.00 2 NVMe 2TB $1,138.00 2021-12-09 jj5 - why wouldn't I get the one with the heatsink? MD RAID mirror 200GB x2 /; ZFS RAID mirror 1.8TB x2 /fast (no compression, no dedup)
    AusPCMarket Samsung Samsung 16GB DDR4 3200MHz ECC RDIMM Server Memory $296.01 8 16GB RAM $2,368.08
    AusPCMarket Samsung Samsung SSD 860 EVO 4TB $899.91 4 SSD 4TB $3,599.64 2020-07-14 jj5 - still thinking about this
    AusPCMarket Logitech Logitech Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth 2.1 Speakers $167.31 1 Speakers $167.31
    AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair Hydro Series H115i PLATINUM RGB 280mm All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler $246.51 1 CPU Cooler $246.51 review
    AusPCMarket Gigabyte Gigabyte Aorus M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4 SSD 2TB $741.51 2 NVMe 2TB $1,483.02
    AusPCMarket Gigabyte Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT OC 4GB Video Card $335.61 1 Video Card $335.61 2020-07-14 jj5 - I might be able to find a cheaper one; compare
    AusPCMarket ASUS ASUS ROG Thor 850W Platinum PSU $395.01 1 Power Supply $395.01
    AusPCMarket ASUS ASUS ROG Strix LC 240 RGB AiO Liquid CPU Cooler $226.71 1 CPU Cooler $226.71 2020-07-10 jj5 - Milky Pete said to revise this decision and I found Corsair one instead
    AusPCMarket G.Skill G.Skill Trident Z Neo 128GB (4x32GB) DDR4 3600MHz Memory $1,246.41 1 128GB RAM $1,246.41 2020-07-10 jj5 - I can get ECC RAM, so why wouldn't I..?
    AusPCMarket Samsung Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD 1TB $345.51 2 NVMe 1TB $691.02 2020-07-10 jj5 - switching to WD Black...
    AusPCMarket Western Digital Western Digital WD Black SN750 2TB NVMe M.2 (2280) PCIe 3x4 3D NAND SSD - with Heatsink $791.01 2 NVMe 2TB $1,582.02 2020-07-10 jj5 - the Gigabyte Aorus is faster...
    AusPCMarket Samsung Samsung 860 QVO 2.5in SATA SSD 4TB $711.81 4 SSD 4TB $2,847.24 2020-07-07 jj5 - why get the QVO when you can get the EVO..? :)
    AusPCMarket Western Digital Western Digital WD Blue 4TB 2.5" 3D NAND SATA III SSD WDS400T2B0A $850.41 4 SSD 4TB $3,401.64 2020-07-10 jj5 - the WD blue has 600 TBW but the Samsung has 2,400 TBW
    AusPCMarket Gigabyte Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 5600 XT WINDFORCE OC 6GB Video Card $523.71 1 Video Card $523.71 2020-07-13 jj5 - found something cheaper
    AusPCMarket ASUS ASUS GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Dual EVO OC 8GB Video Card $672.21 1 Video Card $672.21 2020-07-13 jj5 - found something cheaper
    AusPCMarket ASUS ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K UHD 1ms Eye Care LED Monitor $533.61 1 Monitor $533.61 2019-12-14 jj5 - getting 32" instead of this 28"
    Amazon Icy Dock Icy Dock tough armor mb998ip-b - 8x 2.5" (6.4 cm) sas/sata ssd/hdd sff-8643 minisa Mobile Rack 2020-07-10 jj5 - Milky Pete suggestion
    Amazon Icy Dock Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B Hot Swap Cage for 6x 2.5" SATA SSD/HDDs in 1x 5.25" Bay Mobile Rack 2020-07-10 jj5 - Milky Pete suggestion
    AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master 120mm Case Fans 4-Pack $23.76 1 Case Fans $23.76 2019-12-14 jj5 - these won't fit
    AusPCMarket Aten Aten 2 Port USB 2.0 DisplayPort Cable KVM Switch with Audio $123.75 1 KVM $123.75 2020-07-10 jj5 - this doesn't support 4k resolution
    Aten 2-Port USB DisplayPort/Audio KVM Switch (4K Supported and Cables included) 1 KVM 2020-07-12 jj5 - this looks good, but would need to find supplier
    AusPCMarket 2m DisplayPort Cable Male to Male 1.2V: Black $28.71 2 Cable $57.42 2020-07-10 jj5 - Milky Pete says get v1.4 — good catch!
    AusPCMarket Samsung Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD 2TB $419.00 2 NVMe 2TB $838.00
    AusPCMarket StarTech StarTech 2-Port PCIe 10G network adapter with Intel X540 chipset $619.00 1 LAN NIC $619.00 2021-05-07 jj5 - the dual NICs on the Asus ROG Strix TRX40 will do

    Back panels

    Asus ROG Strix TRX40-XE GAMING sTRX4 ATX Motherboard

    Asus ROG Strix TRX40-XE Motherboard back panel.jpeg

    Asus ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha TRX40 sTRX4 E-ATX Motherboard

    Asus ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha TRX40 Motherboard back panel.jpeg

    MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard

    MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard back panel.jpeg

    Notes

    2020-01-05

    I started with:

    But I reigned that in to:

    Based on my spec at pcpartpicker I want these parts from AusPCMarket:

    Item Price Qty Total Manufacturer
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 24-Core sTRX4 3.80 GHz Unlocked CPU Processor $2,384.91 1 $2,384.91 manufacturer
    ASUS ROG Ryujin 240 OLED AIO CPU Cooler $355.41 1 $355.41 manufacturer
    ASUS Prime TRX40 Pro sTRX4 ATX Motherboard $761.31 1 $761.31 manufacturer
    G.Skill Ripjaws V 256GB (8x 32GB) DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Memory - Black $2,305.71 1 $2,305.71 manufacturer
    Samsung 860 QVO 2.5in SATA SSD 2TB $335.61 6 $2,013.66 manufacturer
    Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD 1TB $345.51 2 $691.02 manufacturer
    ASUS GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Dual EVO OC 8GB Video Card $672.21 1 $672.21 manufacturer
    Cooler Master Masterbox CM694 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower E-ATX Case - Black $187.11 1 $187.11 manufacturer
    ASUS ROG Thor 1200W Platinum PSU $642.51 1 $642.51 manufacturer
    LG BH16NS55 16x Blu-ray BDRW Writer $91.08 1 $91.08 support, similar
    Samsung UJ590 32in 4K UHD LED VA FreeSync Monitor $533.61 2 $1,067.22 manufacturer
    2m DisplayPort Cable Male to Male 1.2V: Black $26.00 2 $52.00
    Aten 2 Port USB 2.0 DisplayPort Cable KVM Switch with Audio $99.00 1 $99.00
    Simplecom SC314 Internal 5.25in Bay Mobile Rack 3.5in SATA HDD Backplane $18.81 1 $18.81 manufacturer
    Standard System Build - free - add this when you want us to build a PC
    Total: $11,328.06