In my previous article, I discussed setting aside a budget and what were the your needs out of building your first PC. I also briefly touched on the parts needed to build my new edit station. However I really did not go into to much detail, so let’s begin with my assembled laundry list of PC Parts I selected to build my PC.
First, I chose my processor, as this would enviably dictate every other piece of gear that I would need to support it. I chose an Intel i7 3770k. The k in the designation means the processor is unlocked, and I can over-clock the processor to gain even more performance gains. But I will go into that a little later.
Next, I chose a case to fit all my parts. I knew I wanted something large, and that could be easily upgraded with various parts later on. Choosing a case with plenty of room and a great cable management is crucial. There is nothing worse than working with cables in a tight space, or finding out the parts you selected can’t fit in your case due to size. I chose the Cooler Master HAF X case. This case is quiet large and simply very easy to work with, providing me with plenty of options and cable management. I like how I am able to add and remove additional hard drives easily with their tray system. The case also supports USB 3.0 which is a great addition for editing.
Choosing a Mother is where you have to be very careful. First, remember the mother board must support the sockets on your processor. Otherwise it won’t fit, or worse you will break both the mother board and processor’s pins trying to ram them together. For my mother board I also wanted Thunderbolt support. This would give me better flexibility and faster transfer rates when working with large HD files or even RED files. After much research, I decided to go with the Asus P-877V Premium, as it ticked off all right boxes.
Now this has actually changed since making this list, as I have now gone with a water cooling solution. However, I did initially pick an after market fan. I knew I was going to over-clock my processor, thus I would have higher temperatures. This meant an upgraded fan, as the stock Intel fan just wouldn’t be enough. I went with the well-received Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus.
When it comes to power, you can never have too much, especially when you decide to add more powerful graphics cards and additional hard drives. The other thing to remember is if you want a modular design or not. The benefit of a modular design is having everything built into the power supply reducing the amount of cables. The trade off is cost, as they usually cost significantly more. My current power supply is a Seasonic Platinum 1000w.
Choosing graphics cards for some reason has become a very personal thing. People get vicious and are quick to defend their manufacture. At any rate, I chose a card that I could work with Adobe and Avid. This meant Nvidia was my choice in order to take advantage of Cuda , and SLI. I was able to capitalize on the great Boxing day deals, and ended up choosing the Nvidia GTX680 4GB from EVGA. I already had great success with my EVGA GTX 570 on my MacPro, so I figured lets stay keep it in the family.
Well, this is really simple, I picked up an Intel 250GB SSD as my main drive, and a 1TB mechanical drive as my backup. SSD’s really make my PC feel much faster.
For professional editors, there are really 2 choices out there Apple OSX , and Windows 7/8. This is really was my first PC build, and I really did not want to mess with compatibility issues building a hackintosh. Also, I did not want to get involved with Windows 8, as there has not been a ton of support for drivers, and software manufactures as of yet. Therefore my OS of choice is Windows 7 Professional.
After reading that Laundry list of parts, you can see where this PC is starting to come together. In my next posting I will discuss testing the parts and assembling them into the case.