8 Replies Latest reply on Sep 8, 2014 7:07 AM by usfsilverking

    New Computer Build


      Hey Guys!


      I'm working on my parts list for a new Pc build i'm working on with a budget of $1500.  I already have my OS, a 120GB SSD, and 2 750Gb 7200RPM drives.  I also have ~3 5400RPM drives 500Gb-1Tb which as of now, will not be included in the build unless you guys think I could/should add them to my RAID array.  I have a 36" HD TV to be used for my monitor and have a mouse and keyboard.


      I will be mostly using Davinci Resolve & premiere CC with some Photoshop and After Effects used routinely as well.  The primary footage I will be editing is CinemaDNG RAW from blackmagic camera's, with some 7D and GoPro thrown in every now and then also.


      Here is what I am thinking of doing for the build


      [b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i74790k]Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url]  ($339.94 @ SuperBiiz)

      [b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rls24m24pkr1]Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler[/url]  ($69.99 @ Newegg)

      [b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97extreme4]ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard[/url]  ($128.99 @ Newegg)

      [b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f310666cl9d16gbxl]G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory[/url]  ($159.99 @ Newegg)

      [b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/toshiba-internal-hard-drive-ph3200u1i72]Toshiba  2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url]  ($74.99 @ Micro Center)

      [b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/toshiba-internal-hard-drive-ph3200u1i72]Toshiba  2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url]  ($74.99 @ Micro Center)

      [b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42762kr]EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card[/url]  ($244.98 @ Newegg)

      [b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-phan002gr]NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case[/url]  ($119.99 @ Amazon)

      [b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-rx750sb]Rosewill 750W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply[/url]  ($89.98 @ OutletPC)

      [b]Total:[/b] $1303.84


      I will use my SSD as the OS drive, the 2 2TB drives in RAID 0 for my media/Projects drive and my 2 750GB drives for scratch disks.


      I won't be buying this for another 2 months so if something new may be coming out, I would love to hear, as well as any suggestions/feedback as this is my first build ever.  I really just threw that case up there for completeness, but I am probably going to get another depending on what I think looks the best and has the best features.


      Thank you so much for any feedback!



        • 3. Re: New Computer Build
          JEShort01 Level 4



          Your plans to add $1500 to existing parts for a build for a VERY demanding workflow:

          • Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW media (can I assume 4K?)
          • Davinci Resolve... Premiere CC... After Effects used routinely as well

          sound to me like the start of a painful experience.


          I would offer that you need to either:

          • Increase your budget by about $750 for a x79 6-core system more adequate for your pretty demanding workflow. Think: i7-4930k, ASRock x79 Extreme6, 32GB of 1600 MHz RAM (OK for Premiere) or 64GB (much better for AE work), 3 or 4 7200RPM drives for a motherboard RAID 0 data array, GTX 770 4GB GPU, and 850 watt P/S.
          • Buy a used x58 6-core system


          Don't even think about the sexy new Haswell-E (X99) systems that just came out; you need a lot of RAM, and right now the price of 32 or 64GB of DDR4 RAM is really, really out of your price point.


          And finally, your plan is to purchase something in 2 months. Do yourself a favor and spend at lot of time at PPBM7.com and Googl'ing Blackmagic CenemaDNG RAW hardware. Here's a good link to start with from the PPBM7.com site:



          What kind of PC to use?


          Good luck!



          • 4. Re: New Computer Build
            usfsilverking Level 1

            Actually it will be from the Pocket and standard cinema camera which is 2k and 2.5k respectively.  I was actually considering perhaps downgrading the GPU and going with the 4930k, but the need for the less common motherboards and increased price in ram made the cost go up a lot more than I would have thought.  Would the performance be that much better?  Looking at CPU benchmarks, the 4930k is only marginably better than the 4790k, although I assume with the extra 2 cores it does make a decent improvement.


            EDIT: Here's a edit of that build using the 4930k.  I also dowgraded the PSU as it seemed overpowered. This would increase my performance that significantly? 


            Intel Core i7-4930K, EVGA GeForce GTX 760, NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) - My Custom Build2 - usfsilverking's Saved Part Li…


            CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor  ($569.99 @ NCIX US)

            CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($69.99 @ Newegg)

            Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard  ($213.99 @ SuperBiiz)

            Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($305.98 @ Newegg)

            Storage: Toshiba  2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($74.99 @ Micro Center)

            Storage: Toshiba  2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($74.99 @ Micro Center)

            Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card  ($244.98 @ Newegg)

            Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case  ($119.99 @ Amazon)

            Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($64.99 @ Micro Center)

            Total: $1739.89

            • 5. Re: New Computer Build
              JEShort01 Level 4

              For the couple of hundred $ more than before, that is a much stronger build, and has much more room to grow down the road (8 RAM slots vs 4, 6 core vs 4, etc.). Too, 2/2.5K is way less demanding when you are thinking RAW uncompressed media.


              I would definitely NOT drop back to 600 watts on the p/s. Stick with 750 if you must (I would prefer 850 for more headroom, long life, and quieter when run less than full capacity). I much prefer Corsair p/s over Rosewill. You will want to overclock (at least a bit, think 4.2 for that CPU) and you NEED stability with any system that will be used for work link long renders.


              You could save about $50 by going with a Cooler Master 212 EVO to help offset that difference. And it would probably be just about effective in a well ventilated case .


              Full water loop cooling is awesome, but all-in-one CPU coolers are simply not much more effective than heat-pipe / fan CPU coolers and they are not even that reliable.



              • 6. Re: New Computer Build
                usfsilverking Level 1

                Alright looks like you've convinced me! I'll stick with the new core system.  I have heard the same things about the cpu coolers, so I will go back to a standard aftermarket air cooled system.  I still don't see why I would need any higher of a power supply though,  as the estimated wattage is 461w.  The 600w supply gives it over 100w of leeway.

                • 7. Re: New Computer Build
                  JEShort01 Level 4

                  Power supplies actually "wear out" as capacitors degrade, etc.


                  It is generally best to oversize the p/s for video editing and composting PCs since they rather uniquely can max out CPU, GPU, and I/O all at the same time (unlike most any other application).


                  I learned a LOT from this site:



                  regarding power supplies.


                  And BTW, I chose a Corsair AX1200 p/s for my x58 i7-970 OC build a few years ago and have been so pleased! It is almost dead quiet, and ooooh so stable!



                  • 8. Re: New Computer Build
                    usfsilverking Level 1

                    Oh alright, that makes a lot of sense, I will definitely keep that in mind as I near closer to pulling the trigger on this.  It seems I now have a good idea of what components I need and hopefully will only need to fine tune them in the next couple months when I actually purchase the system.

                    Thanks again for all your help!