Build 88 – Red Guardian: Live Streaming Workstation

Red Guardian is a live streaming workstation.


Red Guardian is a live streaming workstation.

General System Design

This custom water cooled workstation is designed around a 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X processor and an RTX 2080Ti 11GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload that would last a long time. This customer was getting more into gaming and live streaming, while also doing CAD work for their firearm fabrication business.

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System Spec

Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570 Plus WiFi

Memory: GSkill Trident Z RGB 2x32GB DDR4-3600

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 512GB NVME

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 1TB NVME

Storage (HDD): 2x WD Red 8TB (RAID 1)

Video Card (GPU): Asus RTX 2080Ti 11GB ROG Strix Gaming OC

Power Supply (PSU): Corsair RM (2019) 850W

Case: Cougar Conquer

Fans: 5x Corsair ML120 PRO RGB

Accessories: Elgato HD60 Pro, CableMod PRO Cable Kit (Black/Blood Red)

Custom Water Cooling: EK CoolStream SE 360, EK CoolStream SE 240, EK CPU Lignum (Walnut), EK Classic GPU Water Block Strix RTX 2080 Ti D-RGB, EK FC Strix RTX 2080 Ti Backplate Classic (Black), EK-Quantum Inertia D5 PWM D-RGB (Plexi), Bykski Distro Plate COUGAR Conquer V2, Bitspower G1/4″ Flow Indicator (Clear Main Body, Black Blade, Matte Black), EK CryoFuel Solid Scarlet Red, EK Quantum Torque 6-Pack HTC 16 (Black)

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Design Rationale

  • The Ryzen 9 3900X gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for gaming and editing, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • We integrated a custom water loop for the CPU and GPU, using a 360mm radiator and a 240mm radiator.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 64GB of RAM, 128GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer was mostly fine with our default storage setup, only adding 2x8TB HDD RAID1.
  • We recommended the RTX 2080Ti for gaming and streaming performance.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 850W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a special case for the build, one that we heavily weathered to best fit the customer.
  • We used our high-end RGB fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

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