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Video Editing and Animation Build, Better than Spec'd iMac

c.hanley.
  • 56 months ago

A fully Spec'd 27" iMac goes for about $6500 according to the apple website.

The film industry usually uses Apple products, but personally I'd like to stick to a PC.

These are the specs of if I were to get an iMac...(just copied and pasted from the website)

4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz 32GB 1867MHz DDR3 SDRAM - four 8GB 1TB Flash Storage AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB video memory

Obviously when ordering a Mac, the price of the monitor, mouse and keyboard is included, so I'll subtract $1000 off the $6500 so I can use that to get a couple of ok monitors and a mouse and keyboard.

Can anyone build me a complete PC for under $5500 with either equal or better specs than an iMac?

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

$6500 editing build should look something like this:

20 Haswell cores for maximum performance scaling in parallel workflows of large compute intensive projects (video editing, trans-coding, export rendering with CPU based export renderers like vray, mental ray, keyshot, arnold, etc.. )

64GB ECC system memory, upgradable to 512GB.

10 bit color support via FirePro and Dell IPS displays (very high color accuracy out of the box)

Excellent viewport support for a wide range of 3D modeling applications (advanced openGL viewports, etc) via FirePro.

Strong openCL acceleration for video editors and transcoders

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E5-2660 V3 2.6GHz 10-Core Processor $1359.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Intel Xeon E5-2660 V3 2.6GHz 10-Core Processor $1359.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Silverstone AR02 56.0 CFM CPU Cooler $27.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Silverstone AR02 56.0 CFM CPU Cooler $27.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard SUPERMICRO MBD-X10DAL $293.00
Memory Kingston 16GB (1 x 16GB) Registered DDR4-2133 Memory $116.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston 16GB (1 x 16GB) Registered DDR4-2133 Memory $116.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston 16GB (1 x 16GB) Registered DDR4-2133 Memory $116.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston 16GB (1 x 16GB) Registered DDR4-2133 Memory $116.49 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $184.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate 5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $172.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate 5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $172.99 @ Amazon
Video Card AMD FirePro W8100 8GB Video Card $1004.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Antec P100 ATX Mid Tower Case $72.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $169.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $96.97 @ Amazon
Monitor Dell P2715Q 60Hz 27.0" Monitor $519.99 @ Adorama
Monitor Dell P2715Q 60Hz 27.0" Monitor $519.99 @ Adorama
Keyboard Topre Type Heaven Wired Standard Keyboard $154.83 @ Amazon
Mouse Anker AK-98ANDS2368-BA Wired Laser Mouse $29.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $6635.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-26 03:32 EDT-0400

If you intend to use CUDA based export renderers like octane, vray-RT, iray, etc, then you may want to scale back the above to a pair of E5-2630 V3's, and trim some fat here and there in order to afford a GPU render node packed with GeForce gaming GPU's. For export rendering, gaming GPU's work fine and deliver the most bang-for-buck. For viewport support and working at 10 bit per channel for proper color grading, workstation GPU's should be used.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely... Professional grade build consultant-level paid advice for free.. You really are a boon to the masses dude.. For those who may have meant it & not been able to say it enough - Thanks...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Or, you could do that ^ I have no experience with true business grade cpus and gpus.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for that!

I don't have a deep understanding of what all of it means so please excuse any ignorance, I just know that my store bought PC only handles basic editing, and even crashes on occasion; even though the sales person said it would handle video editing.

What GPU render node would you recommend to go with your above build?

Thanks again for the help!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

A GPU render node could look something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E5-1620 V3 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $276.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Silverstone AR02 56.0 CFM CPU Cooler $27.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Rack EPC612D8A-TB $300.00
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) Registered DDR4-2133 Memory $74.99 @ Adorama
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) Registered DDR4-2133 Memory $74.99 @ Adorama
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) Registered DDR4-2133 Memory $74.99 @ Adorama
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) Registered DDR4-2133 Memory $74.99 @ Adorama
Storage Sandisk X210 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $94.00 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) $629.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) $629.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) $629.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) $629.99 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1600W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $338.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK 82.1 CFM 140mm Fan $15.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK 82.1 CFM 140mm Fan $15.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $3989.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-26 12:22 EDT-0400
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It would be a good idea to take a closer look at what modeling/design software, export render software, and video editing software and transcoding software you intend to use in order to make fine tuning adjustments to your build.

At this time, you may not have an absolute answer to this, in which case, the dual socket machine with a firepro is probably a good start as you can support just about any viewport, get great video editing performance even at high resolution, as well as use the industries most popular export renderers (which are all still CPU based).

Another way to go about this, is to "combine" the functionality of workstation GPU openGL and 10 bit color support with CUDA export rendering support by using quadro + tesla GPU's from Nvidia.

There are many ways to crack this particular egg that can work, Including more "pedestrian/enthusiast" X99 builds.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Easily.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor $999.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i GT 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $127.78 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME/U3 EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $479.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $579.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Black 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $298.91 @ B&H
Storage Western Digital Black 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $298.91 @ B&H
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI) $1029.33 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI) $1029.33 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower Case $142.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $184.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $48.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $5415.88
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $5395.88
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-26 03:18 EDT-0400
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