PC Build

I’m almost 35 and I’ve never built a PC. We’re going to fix that. Also it’s going to be a real monster of a computer.

My main consideration is being able to safely reverse engineer malware samples. I’m currently following the not so wise practice of doing malware analysis on my primary computer. While I haven’t screwed up yet, I really need change that. Especially if I’m going to espouse to others that they shouldn’t be playing with malware on the same computer that they do everything else on.

To address the malware problem I’m going to be doing a dual boot of Windows and Linux. Windows will be my everyday operating system. Linux will be my malware playground. Each OS is getting a dedicated, 2 TB solid state drive.

My second consideration was performance.

I do some HD video editing and my current computer just doesn’t have the compute, graphics, or memory to support it. When I work on videos everything runs painfully slow and has a tendency to crash.

In addition to video editing, I do a lot of virtualization. This is especially true when playing with malware samples. My current setup just can’t gracefully handle a small VLAN with multiple virtual hosts any longer.

Now, I must admit I’ve probably gone a little overboard here… but I figure you only live once! With that in mind I bought a 32-core processor, 128 GB of memory, and two really nice graphics cards.

Here are build details:

  • CPU: AMD – Threadripper 2990WX 3 GHz 32-Core Processor
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master – MasterLiquid ML360 RGB TR4 Edition 66.7 CFM Liquid
  • Motherboard: ASRock – Fatal1ty X399 Professional Gaming ATX TR4
  • Memory: Corsair – Dominator Platinum 128 GB (8 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200
  • Storage: Two x Samsung – 860 Evo 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
  • Video Card: Two x EVGA – GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB XC2 ULTRA GAMING (2-Way SLI)
  • Case: CORSAIR – Obsidian 750D Full-Tower
  • Power Supply: EVGA – SuperNOVA T2 1600 W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully Modular ATX