View Full Version : Opinions needed on this pc build

06-24-2015, 08:32 AM
I'm leaving Apple behind, and I want to do it properly. Last time I build my own machine is around 15 years ago, so I had to realise that a lot has happened since then.
So after some "research" and so on I've come up with the following build which I will use for 70% AE / Cinema 4D / Premier Pro / Resolve and 30% Maya / 3DS / Nuke.

Intel Core i7 5820K / 3.3 GHz Processor - LGA2011-v3
ASRock X99 Extreme4 - ATX LGA2011-v3
MSI GTX 980TI 6GD5 - 6GB
Kingston HyperX FURY Black Series - 4x8GB DDR4 2133MHz PC4-17000 CL14
Samsung 850 EVO MZ-75E500 - 2.5″ SATA-600 500GB (OS and Apps)
Samsung 850 EVO MZ-75E1T0 - 2.5″ SATA-600 1TB (proj / render disk)
Cooler Master Hyper 412S CPU cooler - 120mm
CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 850W - 135 mm PSU
Fractal Design Define R5 - ATX Casing

Is this a good starting build?

06-24-2015, 10:37 AM
For industrial strength, I would go with an Intel Xeon processor (or two). Also you might be better served by an nVidia Quadro card with similar specifications and cores. There are a couple of tests that show the Quadro cards do perform better for media related processing over the GTX series, might be anecdotal, might be real.

If the main board will take EEC RAM, the error correction is very useful especially while rendering.

For your render (swap?) disk, have you thought about maybe multiple smaller drives in a RAID 0 (simple stripe), this might improve the speed considerably. I'm assuming that your main board has around 6 to 8 SATA connections, might have a RAID configuration on board or just use Windows to set it up, speed is pretty much the same with most of these integrated (driver based) solutions.

This might help change or confirm your choice:


06-24-2015, 12:12 PM
thanks Greg... I'm thinking of jumping ship to a PC also... one thing I was just thinking about is audio if you want to do some sound mixing stuff on your own...

anyone have some good but not to costly ideas for that...

06-24-2015, 01:48 PM
I know first hand that Audio Science makes great sound cards, but they are not what I would consider cheap. The cheapest is the ASI5211 which is one of their PCM cards, I think around $600. The multi channel Mpeg cards are really nice, but could be $1500 to $2000. We use those in our radio station and a few of our editing computers. Nice professional features and connectors with somewhere in the -100db noise floor range. Really good stuff in my opinion. Behringer X32 mixer (or the Midas version) is also pretty damn good for the money, USB interface to your computer, etc. One of our instructors owns one and it seems to work extremely well for the things he is doing (most theatrical sound but some multi channel recording).

06-24-2015, 11:51 PM
After much deliberation back and forth, talks with some 3d guys, I've ended up asking for an offer on the following system.

The processor is a Xeon family member and will according to various tests perform only slightly worse than the 5960x for the majority of tasks I will throw at it.
I do realise that going both dual cpu and striping several ssd's will boost my speed, but will also boost the amount of cash I have to chip out ;)

Samsung SN-506BB - SATA Intern BDXL
Logitech Illuminated K740 - USB Orange/klassisk black
Cooler Master V Series V700 - 700W 135 mm fan
WD Black WD4003FZEX - 3.5″ SATA-600 4TB
Noctua NH-D15 - 140mm 19.2-24.6dBA
Samsung 850 PRO MZ-7KE512BW - 2.5″ SATA-600 512GB
Samsung 850 PRO MZ-7KE1T0BW - 2.5″ SATA-600 1TB
Intel Core i7 5820K / 3.3 GHz Processor - LGA2011-v3
ASRock X99 Extreme4 - ATX LGA2011-v3 sokkel
Fractal Design Define R5 - ATX Sort
BenQ BL3201PT - 32″ 4ms Sort
TP-LINK Archer T8E - Netværksadapter PCI Express 1750Mbps
Kingston HyperX FURY Black Series - 4x8GB DDR4 2133MHz PC4-17000 CL14
MSI GTX 980TI 6GD5 grafikkort - 6GB

06-25-2015, 05:52 AM
thanks again Greg...

06-25-2015, 07:44 AM
I would up the power supply to 1000w just in case you want to at GPUs in the future.

07-20-2015, 11:12 PM
Finally got it a week ago or so. It's been lovely! I also went on a limb and bought an Asus Thunderbolt Expansioncard II to see if I could match it up with the Asrock mainboard and it worked!
So I'm not missing using my MBP at all, nor will I miss the iMac at work.

Everything is running fine on it (Windows 8.1 pro), haven't had a hitch yet, except for the figuring out how to get ProRes to work and export.
But at this point, I'm getting everything I'm use to on the iMac and then some.