I built this PC late Nov. 2018 to replace my 6 year old Dell XPS 8100 PC, which I purchased so I could produce HD videos and share on-line and/or burn to blue-ray. 3 years ago I installed a bootable SSD, 8 GB of RAM and a GTX 750 GPU, which made it seem new again. I produced 100's of videos using that PC and it worked well with the HD video cameras I purchased for filming weddings, social and business events using Pinnacle Studio and Power Director. I closed the business after 3 years and produced a few videos after, mostly as a hobby. This is my first solo PC build. Yay!
I got the itch to build this PC two years ago when helping my 16 yr. young nephew build his first PC, which he uses mostly for gaming. After two years of waiting I finally got the resources to select the parts and purchase them. In hind site, I'm glad that I waited because the price of the components got better and the price for them dropped quite a bit. I now have a PC that I can edit 4K video on and produce videos to share on-line using Davinci Resolve 15. I have not yet bought into the Fusion product but will consider it if it goes on sale. I also subscribed to PowerDirector 17 for non-professional video production.
CPU: Getting an 8 core CPU for $305 seemed like a bargain. The reviews I read showed it sustained a 4 GHz or better frequency when running in boost mode. I'm going to try running in at stock frequency for starters to see how well it performs. Some reviewers claimed it performed well with Davinci Resolve which was a bonus. It's not as fast as Intel CPUs for gaming, but that's not my primary use.
Motherboard: I love the look and quality of Asus MBs for years and am glad I found one that fits this build at a great price. I used the auto OC feature once to get 10% more speed, but the CPU ran hot and the fan was somewhat loud, so I reverted back to the setting to clock the memory at 3200 (stock speed).
Memory: I got 32 GB because most video editing programs recommend that when editing 4K video. I doubt I will ever have to increase this (famous last words). The white matched my B&W color theme quite well.
GPU: My nephews PC gamed well with his GTX 1070 GPU so I found a nice B&W one from Asus. A few days prior to purchase the Asus GPU was $380. When I was ready to purchase, it shot up to $440. WTF? Hence, I ordered a RTX 2070 card to future proof it. About a week later the 1070 went on sale for $380 and included a $60 game (Monster Hunter). That's when I purchased the 1070 and returned the 2070 back to NewEgg for a full refund. It should serve me well for video editing and 1080p gaming. Perhaps in a few years I will replace it with a 3070 or better.
Case: I always wanted a mid size white case with side glass, not plastic. This one seemed to fit the bill and the reviews were mostly positive. As you can see from the parts list I added 2 HS corsair fans to increase the air flow when needed.
SSD Storage: I had a spare 265 Samsung 850 EVO that I bought three years ago in case my primary one failed. Hence, it was practically new and works well as a boot/OS/app drive. I bought the 1 TB 860 EVO to store project files on. I bought the 970 EVO to use as a high speed working drive while editing and producing videos.
Keyboard & headphone: I bought these items as an after thought. I was going to use the wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse but quickly determined it was a pain to keep moving the USB receivers from my old PC to my new one. Plus the new keyboard has a touch pad so I won't need a mouse and can use it comfortably on my lap while working from my couch. I purchased the headset because it was on sale and would make the family happy when gaming when they are home. It might also work with the TV for late-night viewing. I'm an early sleeper/riser and will rarely use it for that purpose.
Monitor: I have the PC hooked up to the HDMI hub on the Samsung 50" MU8000 TV, which is 4K/HDR and has a decent response time for gaming. Hence, there was no need to purchase a new monitor. Regardless, I got the bug to buy a Dell UPD2716D monitor because of the price $389 before tax and the true color support, which will come in handy when editing videos and pictures. It also games quite well at 2K averaging 50 fps, which is fine for me because I don't play shoot-em-up type games. I play Monster Hunter, Query, Eyes of Ara and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Bling: I saw how nice other people's PCs looked with custom cables and back-plates. Hence, the added expense and time to install & configure it all. I hope you like it. I will match colors during the holidays and leave in B&W all other times.
The Build: I built this PC over the course of several afternoons. The first post attempt failed because I had the power pin connected to the wrong pins on the MD. Once I corrected this it booted w/out issue. I was then able to update the BIOS, install the OS, drivers and utilities. A shout out to Tech Deals YT channel for their excellent videos on this subject.
Benchmark Overview: My main reasons for running BMs were to 1) create a baseline in case I felt performance dropping later on and 2) compare the speed with my old PC. To do the latter I had to install PowerDirector 17 on both machines. I have seen a lot of BMs for other builds on this channel. Viewers often request comparisons between older PCs and newer ones with apps like PD. This is for you! The NEW PC speed is stock, 3.7 MHz on all cores.
CineBench 15 Benchmarks: Old PC Single core: OpenGL 62 fps, CPU: 110 cb Old PC Multi (4) core: OpenGL 314 fps, CPU: 314 cb New PC Single core: OpenGL: 113 fps, CPU: 179 cb New PC Multi (8) core: OpenGL: 124 fps, CPU: 1803 cb
PCMark 10 Benchmarks: Old PC Multi (4) core: Essentials: 6438, Productivity: 3996, Dig. Content Creation: 1939 New PC Multi (8) core: Essentials: 8165, Productivity: 6580, Dig. Content Creation: 7494
PCMark 10 Dig. Content Creation Benchmarks: Old PC Multi (4) core: Photo Editing: 1 573, Rendering & Visualization: 2 328, Video Editing: 1 990 New PC Multi (8) core: Photo Editing: 8 506, Rendering & Visualization: 10 324, Video Editing: 4 794
PowerDirector 17: I'm seeing anywhere from a 2x to 5x speed improvement depending on the tasks I'm doing.
Summary: Overall I'm really happy with the result and hope I can get at least 3-4 years of enjoyment out of it before upgrading parts or replacing it. I will be retiring the old PC to the basement Christmas week and using the new one full time.
I bought this Dec. 2018 at 50% off list for video and photo editing. I was not disappointed. I'm not a pro in this field, but more of an armature/hobbyist. I have another full time job! I love the add'l USB ports that come with it. They allow me to hookup all my peripherals and alternate between them with my laptop and PC. I just had to purchase 2 USB A/B cables and I was in business! If you don't need the prof. colors you can purchase the UD2717D, which is discounted 60% off now at Dell.com, just $269. It has the same USB options and size. Totally worth it IMO.