Building A New Editing Rig

Warning: you’re about to witness some serious geeking out.

A question I’m often asked when meeting new people is, “What program do you edit in?”

My standard answer to this question is, “Well, I’m a geek and built my own computer, so by default I’m Adobe Premiere Pro.”

All very true statements, and as you can see by my tagline: Generic name, unique storytelling that I’m one that doesn’t take myself incredibly seriously, however, I do take what I do and my work very seriously. It’s been a few years since my last build, and while I still can edit DSLR footage sufficiently, it’s definitely time for a new build.

Here are the specs of my current (old) system:

  • Intel i7 920, 2.67GHz quad-core processor
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 Graphics Card
  • 6GB RAM
  • Western Digital Black 650GB 7200 HDD
  • Windows 7 Pro

So, as you can see, I can definitely use an upgrade. I originally built the workstation with the intention to continually upgrade, add more drive space, SLI the video cards, all that good stuff. However with the motherboard only having USB 2.0 and advances in technology, it’s definitely best to start from scratch, save the HDD for extra space, the DVD drive, and some fans.

I decided to go for broke with this new system, learning from the past I wanted to build something that was both upgradeable yet can still handle pretty much anything I can throw at it now.

Here’s a quick look at my NEW system, or at least what it will be once I build it:

  • Intel i7 4930 Processor, 3.4GHz Hex Core – It’s a little slower than their top speed, but I can’t pass up having SIX cores, plus according to the Intel site it can be overclocked to 3.9GHz. I may have to play around with that.
  • ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard – I debated long and hard whether to get the Base, Pro, or taking a step up to the Workstation (WS) model. In the end I decided to go with the middle ground. A real good selling point of this line is that they can support 64GB RAM, so it fits my “upgradeable” criteria, plus it has plenty of extra SLI¬†slots for future upgrades.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 780 FTW Edition – This thing looks slick! The FTW edition is factory overclocked, but what I liked was the addition of a 2nd fan on a ball bearing system so it’ll use less juice and be more efficient. I watched a TON of videos comparing the various 780 models and I felt this was the best bang for my buck.
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM – 32GB with the mobo ready to double it up at a moment’s notice. But it’ll be plenty for the time being.
  • Samsung 840 EVO SSD – 250Gb as a bootup and system disc.
  • Seagate Barracuda HDD – 3Tb x 4 HDD’s. I’m planning to RAID 10, so I’ll have 6Tb of usable storage but with the redundancy to keep my mind at ease, especially as projects get larger and more complicated. I was deciding between RAID 10 or a RAID 5, but since the motherboard only has 6 slots, these 4 + boot up SDD + HDD from old system to use for scratch disc/temporary files used up my 6 slots.
  • Corsair Carbide 400R Case – I liked the layout and the port placement on the front.
  • Noctura NH-D14 Heatsink – This thing is a beast. Not only in performance (according to test videos I saw online) but physically it’s pretty giant! I was deciding between this and a liquid cooling system, but decided that air cooling was safer and quieter for my current computer building skill level.


I can’t wait to build this system, it’s all arrived and sitting there teasing me in the corner. I wanted to finish up a couple projects on my current system before transferring everything over to the new rig. So that’ll give me extra motivation to pop out these next projects and get building.

I’m going to end this post with the obligatory geek porn shot of all the gear:

New Computer Components

I’ll do another post once I build it!

Update: check out the post on building the computer!

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  1. Building A New Editing Rig (Part 2) | David M Baker Reply

    […] I finally got around to building the new editing rig, and just in time because I’ve been so busy rocking out projects that I haven’t had time to sit down to blog about building it until now! This blog will be about the actual assembly and performance of the rig, for the full specs of each component, refer to my blog post from March 29th. […]

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