Build 61 – True Alpha v1: Video Editing Workstation

True Alpha v1 is a video editing workstation, designed around a 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X processor and an RTX 2070 8GB video card.

Description

True Alpha v1 is a video editing workstation, designed around a 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X processor and an RTX 2070 8GB video card.

General System Design

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

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new video editing workstation to handle their growing professional workload. This system is designed in particular for Premiere Pro and After Effects.

This build was followed by True Alpha v2.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 Pro

Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS PRO WIFI

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x16GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 1TB NVME

Storage (SSD): Intel 660p 2TB NVME

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Red 4TB

Video Card (GPU): EVGA RTX 2070 8GB XC Gaming

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA 750 GQ

Case: Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C

Fans: 4x 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.
  • The customer was mostly fine with our recommended storage setup, only adding a 4TB HDD.
  • We recommended the RTX 2070 Super for editing and rendering performance.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 750W 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

“Chris and his team at Top Flight Computers built me a custom PC on a very short timeline. So far, I am thrilled with the results for two main reasons.

First, the machine flies. It’s a huge upgrade from my previous system, and Chris helped me design something that was just for me. He listened to my requests, made his own recommendations based on his expertise, and most importantly, he didn’t try to up-sell me.

Second, I’ve been blown away by the customer service. I was so impressed with his communication, thoroughness and industry knowledge that I made a purchase for a new workstation less than 24 hours of my first conversation with Chris.

If you are looking for a quality custom-built PC and great customer service, go with Chris + Top Flight Computers. 10/10.”

Scott, Raleigh NC

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