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Help me to customize best 4K Video Editing Computer with 3,000-5,000$ budget, please.

Dear Tom's Hardware Members,
Thanks for checking up my thread and helping out!.

I want to build the best 4k video editing computer, with 3-5k$ budget, the problem is that I have no idea what is the best and why and for my limited prize :(...

I would like you guys to build for me the best customized pc you can think of that won't pass the budget, and I will apriciate an explanation of why you picked each part, please take into concentration:
- Case Fan
- Power supply
- Graphic cards
- Memory
- CPUs
- Case
- Storage
- Mother board
- And CPU coolers.

I will have 2 screens connected to it which are: 25inch and 50inch, both support 4K, and I might add another screen in the future but for now those are the 2 I will work with... I won't to be able to render huge projects in top speed, I'm just really poor with hardware knowledge and that's why I ask your help guys!

Those are the main programs I am working with:
- Davinci
- Adobe primere
- After effects
- Avid

I really appreciate any help from you guys! thanks a lot.
and I hope you can help me <3\
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($999.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI X99A SLI PLUS ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($222.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($181.95 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($308.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($154.95 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($154.95 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ B&H)
    Power Supply: Corsair 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($188.49 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($87.95 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $4005.08
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-04 14:07 EST-0500
    I don't have loads of time but I will try to give a simple explanation as requested.
    CPU- Quite simply the best non-server chip out there today, especially for heavily threaded editing. (Keep in mind Broadwell-E is supposed to bring a ten core i7 that will probably be faster. But it is still a few months away)
    RAM- Editing chows through a lot of RAM and 32GB lets you use Quad channel in that configuration.
    Motherboard- decent 2011-3 board with all required features.
    GPU- Two of the practically most powerful individual GPUs out there (the Titan is overpriced and overrated.)
    Storage- a fast M.2 SSD for boot and frequently used stuff, a larger and slower SATA SSD for less frequently used files and a pair of 3TB hard drives to be used in RAID for mass storage.
    That about sums up the critical components. Hope this helps!
  2. Wow, thanks for the fast response and for the time on helping me out, but I have a few questions if you can answer to me on your free time:

    1. Isn't there a technology for 2 CPUs like the SLI solution for the GPUs? that might cost the same with lower performance each but both together can give better performance then the one you gave? just wondering if I can improve it..

    2. Someone told me that cheap cooler budget aren't worth the time because of the amount of noise they do and because they aren't really that good, should I raise my budget on the liquid cooler for the CPU/other parts in the computer?

    3. About the RAM, after I get it the way you said (4*8), do I need to configure something for the Quad channel or it will work automatically since it was build like that?

    4. GPU: Shouldn't I get a quadro GPU? can explain the difference? because people told me this is the best for media and video editing..

    5. When I buy the 3TB hard drives, I need to ask the place where I build the pc to build them as RAID? or I need to make some configurations on my own?

    Again thanks for your time man.

    I would like to hear more opinions as well, I really appreciate any help, thanks everyone.
  3. I'd recommend reading and watching two Dugdale builds to get a greater understanding of the build
    ComputerSecurityGuy whipped up for you:

    http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/computer-for-video-editing-and-post-production/ - ala 2013

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpREXiGjsyA - circa 2014

    Dual CPU motherboards abound for the dedicated workstation and server environment. When you get
    into Dual CPU's you are moving to Xeon processors. The cost goes up as well. What you are talking
    about when you ask for that configuration is less speed but an increase in threads per core. This is
    a clear win when you have multi-threaded application that can use them efficiently.

    As for GPU choice, what are you using now? Are you someone that is starting to expand their
    practice beyond smaller projects looking to scale up or a recently graduated aspirant finding that
    your equipment is too limiting. Continuous deadlines and heavy workloads call for a different
    machine from a, freelance, by project situation. If there is a steady paycheque then a leased
    workstation like Dell or HP would be indicated to handle the load. For a freelance situation you
    want enough personal power to be able to accomplish things quickly and efficiently. Quadro's
    usually imply a heavy workload and cost accordingly. The 980 Ti option would be sufficient in

    The water cooling is for silence. It's a single self contained unit. The RAM auto-configures.

    The raid setting is in the bios.

    Again, watch a few videos and maybe hang in the forums where your choices of software are
    discussed.
  4. I don't think that you need SLI. The Quadro cards are for 10 bit color, but you have to maintain a 10 bit workflow throughout your entire system for it to be beneficial, including a 10 bit monitor. Read here, including any recommended reading for your specific software:

    https://www.pugetsystems.com/workstation.php

    You will also need to calibrate your monitors with something like a xrite i1 Display Pro.
  5. slavasla said:
    Dear Tom's Hardware Members,
    Thanks for checking up my thread and helping out!.

    I want to build the best 4k video editing computer, with 3-5k$ budget, the problem is that I have no idea what is the best and why and for my limited prize :(...

    I would like you guys to build for me the best customized pc you can think of that won't pass the budget, and I will apriciate an explanation of why you picked each part, please take into concentration:
    - Case Fan
    - Power supply
    - Graphic cards
    - Memory
    - CPUs
    - Case
    - Storage
    - Mother board
    - And CPU coolers.

    I will have 2 screens connected to it which are: 25inch and 50inch, both support 4K, and I might add another screen in the future but for now those are the 2 I will work with... I won't to be able to render huge projects in top speed, I'm just really poor with hardware knowledge and that's why I ask your help guys!

    Those are the main programs I am working with:
    - Davinci
    - Adobe primere
    - After effects
    - Avid

    I really appreciate any help from you guys! thanks a lot.
    and I hope you can help me <3\




    slavalsa,

    My attitude with workstations 1s to direct the system configuration to the most demanding application and provide residual capacity for at least four years' use.

    For your proposed system, a dual Xeon is going to have the focus and reserve capacity as applications move more towards fully multi-threaded processing.

    The following concept is based on a Supermicro Superworkstation. This provides a case, dual LGA2011 motherboard, CPU coolers, and power supply such that the user need only plug in the CPU's, RAM, GPU, and drives. This simplifies the hardware decisions and makes configuration very fast. the cooling is designed for server-level use and these systems are rated to be very quiet.

    The key to this idea too is employing used CPU's. By using depreciated CPU's, a much higher specification is possible and funds are released for other purposes. There are tests that indicate that in some applications, including Premiere and After Effects, additional cores do not contribute to processing efficiency, but on the other hand, Solidworks is so well-multi-threaded that every core added improves performance, so the full utilization is on the horizon. I've purchased quite a number of used Xeons that were used up to five years and never had a failure. The CPU selected is two Xeon E5-2680 > 8-core @ 2.7 / 3.5Ghz:

    http://ark.intel.com/products/64583/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E5-2680-20M-Cache-2_70-GHz-8_00-GTs-Intel-QPI

    In my view, in your uses, a Quadro workstation GPU is essential, as it has viewport, 10-bit color, high OpenGL performance, and very high anti-aliasing support. In this use, a Quadro M4000 8GB is proposed, which has performance surpassing the previous K5200 costing $1,800

    BambiBoom Pixel Cannon Videorendereffectographilicious iWork TurboSignature Extreme ModelBlast 9800 ®©$$™®£™©™_3.5.15

    Case /Motherboard /Power supply : Supermicro SuperWorkstation SYS-7037A-I Dual Socket LGA2011 Xeon 900W Mid-Tower Workstation Barebone System (Black) > $721

    http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/tower/7038/SYS-7038A-i.cfm
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=SY-7038AI

    CPU: 2X Intel Xeon E5-2680 Eight-Core Haswell Processor 2.7 /3.5GHz, 20MB LGA 2011 CPU, 130W > used about $400 ($200 each)

    http://ark.intel.com/products/64583/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E5-2680-20M-Cache-2_70-GHz-8_00-GTs-Intel-QPI

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-SR0KH-Xeon-E5-2680-2-7GHz-8-Cores-Socket-2011-CPU-Processors-USA-TESTED-/191770882001?hash=item2ca66f6fd1%3Ag%3A9TkAAOSwCQNWhBsk&nma=true&si=bKkcIBSFWFwXM%252Bjp2IbFzHJFj9Y%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

    Memory: 64GB (8x 8GB) Crucial 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Memory Model CT102472BA186D > $480 ($60ea.)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=12K-00WZ-00010&cm_re=8GB_DDR3-1866_ECC_unbuffered-_-12K-00WZ-00010-_-Product

    GPU: PNY Quadro M4000 VCQM4000-PB 8GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Full Height Workstation Video Card > $859.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G3RH4362&cm_re=quadro_M4000-_-14-132-051-_-Product

    RAID Controller : Future:

    Disk 1: SAMSUNG 850 PRO 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7KE1T0BW> $430.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147362&cm_re=samsung_850_pro-_-20-147-361-_-Product

    Disks 2, 3: 2X Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST3000NM0023 3TB 7200RPM SAS3/SAS 6.0 GB/s 128MB Enterprise Hard Drive (3.5 inch)> $364 ($183 each) (Files, Backup, System Image)

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=ST3000NM23

    Optical Disk: SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - OEM > $18

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151266

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit English (1-Pack), OEM > $139.

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MSFQC08289
    _______________________________________

    TOTAL = $3,413

    Monitors:

    2X BenQ BL2711U UHD 4K Designer Monitor for CAD and Animation Design > $1,200 ($600 each)

    http://www.amazon.com/BenQ-BL2711U-Designer-Monitor-Animation/dp/B00RORBPEW

    _______________________________________

    TOTAL = $4,613.

    Sound:

    With video editing, besides the image quality, the sound quality is important as well and I recommend considering a good duplex recording card. The onboard sound today is quite good, but in direct comparison, a sound card can be much, much better. I continue to have very good results with M-Audio "Audiophile 192" cards which are duplex and have MIDI I/O. I've bought used and new ones and they seems to last forever and there is really no appreciable improvement unless going to professional USB or Firewire interfaces such as MOTU or RME. The M-Audio 192 is no longer made, but new ones are regularly on Ebay for $60-$80. Also, the sound monitoring system is important and I've also had very good results with a Logitech z2300 2.1 system. The grea fueature of these is the wired remote with on/off. volume, subwoofer, and a headphone jack Logitech still makes 2.0, 2.1, 5.1, and 7.1 computer sound systems and I recommend having a look.


    Cheers,

    BambiBoom

    Modeling:

    1. HP z420 (2015) > Xeon E5-1660 v2 (6-core @ 3.7 / 4.0GHz) > 32GB DDR3 1866 ECC RAM > Quadro K4200 (4GB) > Intel 730 480GB (9SSDSC2BP480G4R5) > Western Digital Black WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > 600W PSU> > Windows 7 Professional 64-bit > Logitech z2300 speakers > 2X Dell Ultrasharp U2715H (2560 X 1440)>
    [ Passmark Rating = 5064 > CPU= 13989 / 2D= 819 / 3D= 4596 / Mem= 2772 / Disk= 4555] [Cinebench R15 > CPU = 1014 OpenGL= 126.59 FPS] 7.8.15

    Pending upgrade: HP /LSI 9212-4i PCIe SAS /SATA HBA RAID controller, 2X Seagate Constellation ES.3 1TB (RAID 1)

    Rendering:

    2. Dell Precision T5500 (2011) (Revised) > 2X Xeon X5680 (6 -core @ 3.33 / 3.6GHz), 48GB DDR3 1333 ECC Reg. > Quadro K2200 (4GB ) > PERC H310 / Samsung 840 250GB / WD RE4 Enterprise 1TB > M-Audio 192 sound card > Logitech z313 > 875W PSU > Windows 7 Professional 64> HP 2711x (27", 1920 X 1080)
    [ Passmark system rating = 3844 / CPU = 15047 / 2D= 662 / 3D= 3500 / Mem= 1785 / Disk= 2649] (12.30.15)
  6. I'm very thankful for all the suggestions, I will investigate all you guys told me so far and if I'll have a question I'll make sure to post it here, I really appreciate the help guys!, thanks and regards for now :).
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