This is my very first official workstation. The result of many months of research and of course a lot of money it is finally complete. It has been a great experience however and I would never trade it for just straight up purchasing a finished computer.
The total price of this build does not include the taxes and of course the shipping. it adds up to alot more when you go into those details. Everything I bought was on sale so I was also able to save money that way. To give you an idea of how much this computer could have cost If I had bought everything at full price was around $3300 Canadian. That is including all the taxes and shipping costs.
Lets put the cost aside though and get into why I decided to build this computer. I decided to move away from mac and head toward PC. I am a video editor and was looking at building something that was not only stronger but also optimized for my software. I spent months reading every article and watching every video I could to put together a machine that was on budget but also very powerful.
The new 8th gen Intel core i7 6 core was a perfect processor for adobe and avid media composer. A good amount of cores as well as very fast core speeds. 2 things editing software loves very much. but when it came to the graphics card I cut back a little for cost as the newest edition of adobe has actually taken more away from what it would have traditionally relied on the GPU for and moved it to the CPU. So I went with a smaller 1060 3gb geforce. This is something I will eventually upgrade as I will be moving more heavily into color grading in Davinci Resolve which will require a much stronger card. The only question though is weather or not go with a Quadro or stick with Geforce.
I will be expanding the drives and adding 2 more SSD's to create a multi drive workflow. I am thinking of doing one of them as a M.2 SSD around 500gb. I will also be adding another Hard drive for old projects and source media. Probably around 10TB. The biggest problem with editing is storage, it is a never ending battle that just sucks up all your money. Good thing traditional Hard drives are getting much cheaper unlike SSD's.
In the coming months there will be many updates and expansions on this computer. The initial parts list was just everything i needed to get this computer operational and ready to go. the 16gb of RAM will turn into 32gb. The graphics card will be updated, and I will be adding a second 27" 4k monitor, Speakers, and of course cant forget that 40" TV to sit over top for viewing.
I have loved every part of this process. I love that I put this together myself and of course with help of many a youtube video. It is an amazing feeling to think I created this computer step by step and when I hit that power button for the first time and it turned on I almost cried I was so happy.
I want to give a special shout out to PC Part Picker for making it so much easier to look for the parts needed and thanks to that compatibility filter It was not nearly as frustrating as it could have been.
Thanks for reading and checking out my New Computer. This will be continually updated as i Update my computer and work space.