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spockmitchell 2 months ago

As I'm getting deeper into video editing, my 2013 MBP is no longer capable of keeping up with me. I'd like to go PC because I want more for my money, and I use the Adobe suite, so I'm not tied to Mac. I haven't built a computer in about 15 years, so I'm feeling a bit rusty picking components and I'd love some advice. I hate buying on credit, so I've got $2k saved (with a little wiggle room) and will do some upgrades (more RAM, new monitors, etc) over the summer as I save $.

Budget: $2,000 (with a little wiggle room if it's worth it - very hard stop at $2500, but prefer to be on the $2,000 side)

Location: US

Use: Mainly 4k Video Editing, I use the Adobe Suite and will have more than 1 Adobe app running at a time. Will also be working with archival footage, but that is usually 480-720p, so not resource intensive.

Peripherals required: None

OS required: Windows 10 Pro (unless Home is OK, but I've always had the Pro version of Windows Products)

Other:

-I want an i9 9900k, unless it's a total waste - but I'd like this setup to last me 5 years

-I'd like to have 32Gigs of Ram and upgrade to 64 over the summer

-I have a single monitor now, but would like to upgrade to dual monitors in the future (if you've got a recommendation, I'd appreciate it - I'm used to the super high resolution on Macs)

-If this has any impact on the build - in the future (once I learn the ins/outs) I'd like to set up a server at home for storage and will have multiple devices that would need to access it (and I'd want it to connect directly to this device for the fastest data transfer)

-A recommendation for a sound system setup would also be appreciated

Thanks for your help!

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Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Have a look at the article below to see if it triggers any specific change in requirements. Otherwise the build below will offer a good grounding for expansion, usb c front and back of pc for fast transfer between compatible devices, sound insulated case, ability to add a TB3 add in card if this is a route you wish to take for an external storage array or for a tb display, good latency ram, fastest GPU before you reach diminishing returns in Adobe products, very capable and quiet CPU cooler, nvme drive (whilst saving for ram or maybe for future overhead, partition in two to use one partition as a project drive and other partition as software and os drive), 4tb starting point for completed project storage. Any questions happy to help.

https://www.pugetsystems.com/recommended/Recommended-Systems-for-Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-143/Hardware-Recommendations

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $499.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $89.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - PRIME Z390-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $171.87 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $199.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $127.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda Compute 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card $479.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Design Define R6 USB-C Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case $159.55 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $129.95 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2039.26
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-09 10:39 EST-0500
spockmitchell submitter 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you for the article - hugely helpful - and brings some new questions!

No R3D, so CPU is good. Only 4k video, so GPU us good.

Looks like the 64GB of RAM upgrade will be a priority.

I like the 3-drive configuration they are recommending, and do have a little wiggle room in funds. Would getting a smaller SSD or M.2 like this 250GB one to put the OS & Software on, and then an M.2 like this 1TB one make sense?

The one thing I was a bit confused on was the Audio comment regarding onbaord audio

"The quality of onboard audio that comes on most motherboards has improved dramatically over the years. However, since the audio chip is on the same PCB as the rest of the motherboard, there can sometimes be issues with signal noise which can degrade the audio quality. This is not a factor if you use digital outputs for stereo or 5.1, but if you use headphones or analog speakers the quality may not be as good as what other dedicated audio devices can provide."

Would a set of speakers like this be OK?

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I would go for a NVME drive as your project/scratch drive at 250GB then a 500GB SATA M.2 SSD for operating system software and a few games. You shouldn`t need a pricey NVME drive like the Samsung EVO 970 for software, NVME comes in to its own as a scratch drive due to fast read/write speeds. Games will run fine off the HDD if you they start to eat GB's.

Regarding sound, what this means is that since the audio circuitry is on the same circuit board as the other circuits, chips etc driving the pc that you can get electrical noise from the other components. Newer boards have isolated circuits, but you can still do better with a separate DAC fed by digital optical cable or USB.

If you want to save up for it, a pair of studio grade speakers and a decent DAC will offer significant gains over a set of PC/Gaming orientated speakers. Like the 32GB > 64GB ram you can add things if you need or can afford. Depends how important audio quality is to your video editting.

This is a build that offers everything that would offer an entry editting studio performance for a decent price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $499.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $89.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - PRIME Z390-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $171.87 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $404.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Samsung - 970 Evo 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $77.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $67.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda Compute 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card $479.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Design Define R6 USB-C Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case $159.55 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $199.89 @ OutletPC
Monitor Dell - U2718Q 27.0" 3840x2160 60 Hz Monitor $494.00 @ B&H
Speakers PreSonus - Eris E4.5 50 W 2ch Speakers $199.95 @ Amazon
Other Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter $169.00 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3194.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-09 17:03 EST-0500
spockmitchell submitter 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you! This is it. I have a project coming up in the summer that will be focusing on sound quality so this gives me room to grow into that. Same with the monitor - I've got a decent one right now, but that Dell looks awesome and will be a good upgrade in the future.

I really appreciate the link to Puget Systems, I read a lot of their articles and watched some videos and feel like I'm getting a grasp of everything again.

Zerk2012 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I would consider a AMD processor, you would loose a bit of performance while working but gets you 64 GB of memory already. The M.2 drive is only to be used as a scratch drive Google it if you don't know how to use one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $308.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Scythe - Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler $52.39 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $114.99 @ B&H
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $479.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 970 Evo 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $77.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $147.00 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Black 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $177.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB G1 Gaming Video Card $359.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C TG ATX Mid Tower Case $99.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $77.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $124.89 @ My Choice Software
Case Fan Fractal Design - X2 GP-12 (Black) 52.3 CFM 120mm Fan $11.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Fractal Design - X2 GP-12 (Black) 52.3 CFM 120mm Fan $11.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2045.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-09 14:50 EST-0500
spockmitchell submitter 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks. I like the scratch drive - makes perfect sense - and hadn't heard of that before, but it's just like a scratch pad.

Is there any specific reason to use a full tower over a mid tower or vice versa?

Zerk2012 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I been using a scratch drive about 3 years it really speeds things up as long as you got enough memory not to run out.

No reason for a full tower unless you need room for custom water parts really. You could build in a minnie tower if you wished with a motherboard change.

4K IPS monitor.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VV7v6h/dell-u2718q-270-3840x2160-60hz-monitor-u2718q

fredointhecut 1 point 2 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $499.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $138.59 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - Z390 DESIGNARE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $269.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $229.99 @ Newegg
Storage HP - EX920 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $159.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB STRIX Video Card $354.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT - H500 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $76.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply FSP Group - Hydro GE 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $124.89 @ My Choice Software
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1929.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-10 06:03 EST-0500
spockmitchell submitter 1 point 2 months ago

This is what I ended up going with (the prices don't seem to be showing up the right way, it was about $2,300 that I ended up paying).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $529.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $89.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - PRIME Z390-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $171.87 @ Newegg Business
Memory G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $454.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 960 EVO 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $134.90 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $82.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda Compute 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card $498.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design - Design Define R6 USB-C Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case $159.55 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $124.79 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2477.80
Mail-in rebates -$70.00
Total $2407.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-13 20:02 EST-0500

Unforutnately, the G. Skill Ripjaws V 64GB was out of stock, so I had to change the memory.

I am feeling a little overwhelmed as things are arriving - it looks like it's going to be a game of Tetris - the cooler is HUGE. Kind of anxious about dealing with epoxy and getting everything straight. Time for some YouTube videos!

Thanks for the help, everyone!

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