BACKSTORY I started using MAC's when I first started film school back in 1999. MAC's always worked for me for video editing. That was until 2013 when I switched my editing software from Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) to Premiere CS6. Premiere has never worked very well because it is not optimized for MAC's. So for the past few years I dealt with the slow editing process. Even more so now that 80% of all my film work is shot in 4k.
My last MAC (that I just sold) was the: Mac Pro 6 core Intel Xeon E5-1650 v2 Processor (Hexa-Core, 3.5GHz, 12MB Cache) 16GB DDR3 System Memory 256GB Solid State Drive Dedicated Dual AMD FirePro D500 Graphics (6.0GB Dedicated Video Memory) The Mac Pro while it was a beast in FCPX (which I only used once when I had it because I really don't like FCPX) was always sluggish in my editing software of choice Premiere CS6 and now Premiere CC. So a month ago I decided to once again try to give Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) a try and start playing around with it.
So I just purchased the:
new 2018 15" Mackbook Pro (for video editing in FCPX)
2.6GHz 6-core, Intel Core i7 processor, with Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz
512GB SSD and Radeon Pro 560X graphics
Of course the Macbook pro edits pretty well in FCPX (which makes sense as it is optimized and created for Mac's). And while I have learned to use FCPX again in the last month I still don't really like it. HOW THIS BUILD CAME ABOUT I recently completed a build last week for my wife who is a graphic designer *https://pcpartpicker.com/b/JnKBD3* . After testing out her system with Premiere CC and some 4k footage from one of my shoots I was really impressed (and a little jealous lol) of how smooth and fast it edited! So I decided to somewhat duplicate her build. However, I did make a few changes.
HIS and HERS
MB and CPU We both have the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E and the Intel i7 8700K side-note: I originally ordered the x470 and Ryzen 7 2700x. I was really interested in the Ryzen 7's 8 cores and I was curious to see if it would preform better than the i7 8700k. Unfortunately the x470 was DOA (wouldn't boot at all and I tried everything) So I returned that processor and motherboard.
THE CASE: I love my wife's Nzxt S340VR Elite Case. As I mentioned in her build for a small case it is very easy to build in and organize the cables. However, I went with the HUGE Corsair 750D Airflow Edition. For me coming from my little Mac Pro trash can it is a large monster of a case! I have 7 fans in it. Of course, at this size it was extremely easy to build in. I have it sitting right on my desk so if I ever need to make any modifications I can just open it up right there without having to move it.
GPU'S: My wife has 2 GTX 1070's (EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition and the ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 OC ROG Strix 8GB) and I have 2 GTX 1080's (Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB WINDFORCE OC 8G and the Asus TURBO-GTX1080-8G GeForce GTX 10). I wanted to see if I could boost my power even further than I did with my wifes build. However, her benchmark test still blew me out of the water! I can't figure that one out. So spending more won't always get you a better result so my wife for the win.
MEMORY: My wife has the G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 2400 64GB and I went with the Kingston HyperX Fury 2400 64GB. My decision was purely based on price. Again my wife benchmark test out performed mine however I haven't updated my bios or set my Ram to XMP.
MONITORS: I have the LG - 29 UltraWide FreeSync Monitor - Not 4k. I know, I know. I built a 4k video editing beast and I don't have a 4k Monitor. After the macbook pro and this build I'm going to have to build up the funds again before I invest in a 4k monitor. However, my wife does have a 4k monitor (she has more money than me lol. ). Her monitor is the LG - 27" IPS LED 4K UHD FreeSync Monitor. Well that pretty much it for the major differences between our two PC's. If you guys have a suggestion for a 4k monitor I should go with down the road please let me know I would love to know what you guys are using.
STORAGE Our internal Storage is basically identical. However I have a few G-Tech Raid drive's. The drive storing my editing projects is set to Raid 0 (For optimal performance) and the drive storing all of my footage is set to Raid 1 (so that all of my data is mirrored as data loss is unacceptable!). (1) four Terabyte's (TB) and (1) 2 TB Drive for this PC. For my Macbook Pro I have (2) 8 TB drives. 1 is set to Raid 0 for speed and the other is set to Raid 1 for redundancy.
Regarding the Macbook Pro that I just purchased I will use that for editing (In FCPX) while traveling and for my YouTube videos. This PC will be use for my Wedding and Corporate Film edits (In Premiere CC).
I just finished this build today 10/3/2018 so I will give an update once I edit a full 4k project in premiere cc from start to finish later this week. Thanks for checking out my build I am really proud as these are my first two builds from scratch and I am a little addicted now.
I can't wait to build another one down the line. Maybe a small media room pc after I refill the piggy bank.
UserBenchmarks: Game 126%, Desk 133%, Work 124% CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K - 108.2% GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 - 143.8% SSD: Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB - 235.7% SSD: Sandisk S3512G 512GB - 99.8% SSD: SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB - 102.3% HDD: G-RAID 4TB - 23.9% HDD: G-RAID 2TB - 23.7% RAM: Kingston HyperX 2400 C15 4x16GB - 81.5% MBD: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING