We set out to build our new office Video Editing PC. Instead of spending $15,000 on a Mac Pro, we thought we’d build 2 – one for Video work, one for gaming reviews.
Turns out, the specifications involved aren’t dissimilar – so we went for one big EPIC PC.
When all the parts arrived – I ran you through them:
And then the process of building it began, not something I’ve done in a very long time, so John came in to help.
And here’s our run at putting this beast together:
It’s done, it’s working, gaming is great, video production is great – and I’m writing this article on it. Overkill – for sure.
But one thing I’ve been asked a lot is for the parts list – so, here goes.
And these are linked to the same place we purchased them from – PC Case Gear:
I’m not sure any photo or video does this justice – it’s enormous, but it’s perfect.
Lights around it controlled with buttons on the top outside, glass side door and handles at the top for sitting it in place.
I love it – not cheap at $569, just the first of many excesses here.
John loves ROG, so we’ve gone all ROG crazy. This Maximus XI has all the slots we need to make this work – and it looks good.
In retrospect, it doesn’t support Thunderbot or Thunderbolt 3 so that’s been on regret thus far.
The most important part of it all? $519.
Just look at the packaging! Looks great, goes great – all the power you should need. We paid $819.
This is epic, like a car radiator for your CPU. Love it, a challenge to install for a newbie, but well worth it. $255 – great value I reckon.
IT LIGHTS UP folks! Two sticks, $289 each – they glow as I work:)
For the operating system and main software – this Gigabyte SSD is $109.
Work working files and documents, this Samsung 1TB was $169.
And for our working archive on the PC – this Seagate SSD is just $122 and is 3TB.
Ahh, this is a bit epic, and is the bulk of the PC price! $2199 – I’m yet to really appreciate it frankly. But by gosh it is the goods.
More than we need – that 1200W on the side there is actually a digital display, showing you in real-time what power usage is going on. This one was $349.
I was impressed by how easy it was to install a fresh build of Windows – straight of a USB stick, $189 done and dusted.
So, start saving, get building folks.
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.