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Kevin Gonzales
Good 4k build for AE and Premiere
on Sep 18, 2014 at 8:25:31 pm

Hi All:

I've never built a system before and after reading all the stuff out there I feel like my head is about to spin around and pop off. So here is what I need the system to do:
  • Run creative cloud (specifically premiere and after effects)
  • edit 4k files from any dslr, Red, and the like
  • Output to JPEG2000, ProRes 422, mp4/h2.64 and render relatively well (not looking for light speed but decent)
  • Have thunderbolt ports (at least two)
  • Handle three monitors (not necessary but wanted. Must handle at least two 27" monitors)
  • expandable

    I have a Drobo Raid system that is set up with 10tb and is thunderbolt and USB 3 compatible. The drives in the Drobo spin at 7200 and the system is set at Raid 5. I'd like to connect to the Drobo via thunderbolt.

    Looking to keep the price about $3500.00. Any suggestions?


    Kevin Gonzales

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    Matjaz Molnar
    Re: Good 4k build for AE and Premiere
    on Sep 19, 2014 at 12:01:14 pm

    I would start with:
    X99 motherboard
    5820K CPU - OC to at least 4.0GHz
    at least 32gb quad channel ddr4 ram
    GTX 970 or 970SLI
    Seasonic MII power supply around 620W or more.
    Corsair H105 cooling
    MX100 SSD with 512gb are best buy at the moment or 2TB HDD's.

    There is only one problem. I can't find Thunderbolt with socket 2011-3
    Thunderbolt is on only 6 motherboards with socket 1150.

    If thunderbold is unavoidable, u have to go with 4790 and 1150 etc.

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    Kevin Gonzales
    Re: Good 4k build for AE and Premiere
    on Sep 20, 2014 at 7:32:30 pm

    Thanks so much. I put this together on pcpartpicker. Would love your feedback.


    Kevin Gonzales

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    Matjaz Molnar
    Re: Good 4k build for AE and Premiere
    on Sep 21, 2014 at 3:16:47 pm
    Last Edited By Matjaz Molnar on Sep 21, 2014 at 3:22:14 pm

    If you plan tu buy 2011-3 socket and to OC then I would recommend the following corrections to your parts:
    5820K - it's a lot cheaper and the same as 5930k. Both are designed from the same chip and can reach the same clocks.

    The motherboard can stay the same.

    Memory can stay the same, but the g.skills have coolers.

    Grašhic card: EVGA GTX 980 (register and get 5 year warranty)
    It was just released, consumes a lot less power and has a lot more computing power than 780ti, with the same price.

    Computercase. If you are buying corsair hidro cooling, than buy a corsair Case for best compatibility.

    SSD can stay the same.

    So buy something like this and it will be perfecto:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($384.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($381.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($479.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($209.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card ($555.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($469.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($469.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $3437.79

    Power supply: Buy a Seasonic MII-750 or 620W, because you computer is not going to use more than 450W under full load and OCed and there is no point buying a gold, because the seasonic has already best quality and efficiency.

    Why do you need network card?
    Why do you need sound card?

    Those on the motherboard are the same or even better.

    The money U save, from what I have told you, use for 2 monitors with 2560x1440.

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    Jordan Warman
    Re: Good 4k build for AE and Premiere
    on Dec 20, 2014 at 8:11:49 pm


    I just came across this thread. It's a few months old now. For someone doing regular After Effects work, would you say your hardware list is still valid?

    My current system is using a GTX680 w/2GB, i7-3770 w/16 GB DDR3, and just bought some new Samsung Pro 850's (which really sped things up). I was thinking about the possibility of using the GTX680 in the new build for now. Would a newer graphics card like the 980 make a huge difference to ram preview times? Will the new motherboard/CPU/DDR4 make a big difference if I'm already using the fast Samsung 850's? Thanks for any help.


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