Build 198 – The DERRK Station: Visual Effects Workstation

The DERRK Station is a visual effects workstation.


The DERRK Station is a visual effects workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 24-core i9-13900K processor and an RTX 4090 24GB video card.


Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload that would last a long time. This build was designed for animation, visual effects, video production, and gaming.

This system is designed in particular for Blender, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and some games (in order of importance to the client).

This customer previously purchased Blenderizer.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-13900K

CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Celsius S36

Motherboard: Asus Z790-A Prime WIFI

Memory: Kingston Fury Beast 4x32GB DDR5-4800

Storage (SSD): Kingston KC3000 512GB

Storage (SSD): Kingston KC3000 4TB

Video Card (GPU): MSI GeForce RTX 4090 24GB SUPRIM LIQUID X

Power Supply (PSU): be quiet! Straight Power 11 1200W

Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow Black

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120T30

OS: Windows 11 Pro

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Design Rationale

  • The i9-13900K 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, liquid cooling with a 360mm AIO is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted to max the build out with 128GB of RAM, and didn’t want last-gen tech.
  • After a phone call explaining storage technology and how various drives are best used, the customer upgraded the main drive from a 1TB NVME to a 4TB. They also elected to not use HDDs in the new build.
  • We recommended a single RTX 4090 for editing and rendering performance. The hybrid-cooled design allows for a much smaller case, which was very important to the customer.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1200W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a regular mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our highest-end fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

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