Build 78 – The Beast: Video Editing Workstation

The Beast is a video editing workstation.


The Beast is a video editing workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X processor and an RTX 2070 Super 8GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer was looking to invest in a new workstation for their company.

This system is designed in particular for Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Vimeo Studio, and 3D photogrammetry (in order of importance to the client).

This build influenced Data Dozer.

This order was managed by one of our former tech consultants, now memorialized in The Johnson Process. Builds managed by Chris include HephaestusThe Beast, JangoNautilusData DozerHoudinierThe BebopSilver SurferEl Rey Del Muerto, and The ArkenScripter.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4


Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 2x32GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 1TB NVME

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 2TB NVME

Video Card (GPU): Gigabyte RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC

Power Supply (PSU): Seasonic FOCUS GX-850

Case: Fractal Design Meshify S2

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120MP

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Design Rationale

  • The Ryzen 9 3900X gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for editing, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, air cooling with a dual-tower cooler is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 64GB of RAM, 128GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer upgraded both drives, doubling the capacity of both.
  • We recommended the RTX 2070 Super for editing performance.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 850W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a bigger mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our default fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“Top Flight Computers walked my company through a plan to create a custom workstation based on our livestreaming and 4K+ video editing needs.

They then executed that plan perfectly, with expert guidance and professionalism every step of the way. Thanks very much Chris and the rest of the team!”

Matthew, Raleigh NC

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