I asked a question here and I was told to create another question asking for a mainboard recommendation.

So far the parts I have in my Amazon Cart are the following:

Anyways though if there's a Mainboard recommendation that fits my required needs it'd be amazing to get some help, thanks!

The requirements:

  • Must feature one sTR4 (the threadripper-) socket
  • Support for 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 is required
  • Support for at least 2 SATA-3 drives and an PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Support for at least 4 RAM sticks and at least 32GB total
  • Price should be 300 USD or less on amazon.com
  • The mainboard should also not feature known spacing issues with 3rd-party coolers (don't need to research hard on that one)
  • As the case isn't picked (yet) any standard desktop format is acceptable

It is preferable to make good use of the budget and get a durable mainboard over the cheapest possible fitting the requirements.

  • Logically, the next component after the mainboard, could either be a) the RAM b) the graphics card(s) or c) the persistent / long-term storage.
    – SEJPM
    Sep 17 '17 at 19:09

The CPU cooler that is available for bundling on amazon is the Corsair H115i, which is a water cooler with 2x 140mm fans (for cooling the hot water coming from the CPU). This is the most powerful of Corsair liquid coolers and would have been my recommendation indeed. However one needs to see first whether such a 280mm radiator fits in the case first.

Right now, there are exactly 6 Threadripper-compatible mainboards on the market, of which the following 3 are avaible on Amazon.com:

All of which satisfy the following:

  • They have 8 RAM slots for a total maximum of 128GB of RAM
  • They have at least 2 full-speed PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • They have at least 2 M.2 slots with a PCIe 3.0 x4 connection
  • They have at least 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
  • They have at least 6 SATA-3 ports
  • They have at least 4 Fan headers (the PSU will likely have some as well)

Form-factor wise the ASUS is EATX and the other two are standard ATX sized. Connectivity-wise all but the Gigabyte one have Intel GBit Ethernet (the Gigabyte one has a RivetNetworks controler) and all but the ASUS one have WiFi capabilities.

So given they all satisfy all relevant constraints I could think of, I think the MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC, despite its ridiculous name, is the best pick out of the three because it has the most standard form-factor and sits at the cheapest price-point.

  • Man I'm so grateful for all this help you're providing, thank you. I'm still kind of lost within all of this and am just looking at your recommendations and adding them on Amazon. Someone told me that it's best to get like 6 or 7 different memory slots in the computer so in the future I don't have to buy a different one and can just put in more memory. I have no idea what's going on man I really need some help. Sep 24 '17 at 20:35
  • Can you explain it like you're explaining it to an 8 year old? Thanks man. Sep 24 '17 at 21:01
  • @GodzillaDude ok, the non-technical explanation can be summarized as: There are 6 mainboards compatible with the CPU you picked. Of those 6, three of which are available with your favorite reseller Amazon. All these three cost 350-400USD and have all the high-end features you could possibly wish for. My recommendation fell onto the MSI board because of details (such as size, wifi and price). As for the RAM slots, because you'd have to get the exact same RAM sticks again for a later upgrade, more often than not, one will just get a new set at which point >4 slots is nice but pointless.
    – SEJPM
    Sep 24 '17 at 21:07
  • As for the grand scheme of things: About 1350USD are planned now and I would recommend you make three distinct questions for the three components listed in the comment under the question.
    – SEJPM
    Sep 24 '17 at 21:10
  • My head is gonna explode i have no idea what to do. This is my list of what I have: For the CPU I can either get the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950x or the Intel Core I9-7900x Processor (I don't know which of the two I need to get. Which one is better for 3D Rendering? I hear intel is better but I'd like your opinion for clarification.) For the Motherboard, there is either MSI Gaming AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper DDR4 VR Ready HDMI USB 3 SLI CFX Extended-ATX Motherboard (X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC) that one or Sep 24 '17 at 21:17

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