When the budget isn’t an issue, the primary desire of any creative professional and computer enthusiast alike is to build a system that not only looks like a beast but also performs like one. In other words, you’ll need the best processor, the best chassis, the best cooling solution, and the best graphics solution possible.
In the video below, tech guru Dom Esposito shows off his $7,500 RGB Water Cooled Threadripper-based PC which he uses primarily for video editing purposes. This build has it all: from top-notch gaming and editing performance to a sexy RGB covered interior/exterior meant to bring awe.
Before we take a closer look at the machine itself, here are all the bits and pieces you will need to put this beast together on your own.
The heart of the build is an AMD Threadripper 1950X 3.4GHz 16-Core Processor. Since last year, AMD’s popularity has grown exponentially with the Threadripper processor architecture, as it delivers performance beyond compare, even at a lower price from Intel’s i9 offering.
The processor is connected to the system with the Gigabyte X399 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard. Also on the motherboard, you will find 128GB of Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Graphics Card, all of which contribute to the amazing compute performance of the machine.
For storage, Esposito goes all out with several SSDs implemented into the system. This includes a Samsung 960 EVO 1TB SSD and two Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe 480GB SSDs for the ultimate read and write performance.
To ensure proper performance output from the components, Dom spared no expense when it came to cooling and powering the computer. The entire system is powered by the Corsair HX Platinum 1200W Power Supply, a reliable and energy efficient monster of a component.
The cooling for this system is a complex hardline water cooling rig built by Esposito himself. The cooling solution consisted of radiators, fans, and water blocks from XSPC, Corsair, and Black Ice Nemesis.
Esposito’s sweet, yet speedy build is all enclosed in a Corsair Crystal 570X with various LED strips from Corsair lining the interior and exterior of the build. To add to the build’s complexity, Esposito even opted to use Corsair’s Lighting Node Pro to manage all the various LED strips in the unit.
If you’re wondering how this system performs, note that the word “beast” wasn’t used for nothing. 3DMark Fire Strike tests on the build resumed with a score of 25,668. An impressive Cinebench score of 3369 was also obtained, in addition to the 4,566 and 32,205 point scores received in the Single and Multi-Core Geekbench tests respectively.
When looking at real-world performance, this custom PC is a pleasure to edit on, according to Esposito. For his line of work, he experienced no frame dropping when playing back ultra high-resolution media and was even able to render a three-minute 4K edit in two minutes inside of Premiere Pro CC.
This build, as you may already guess, is not for everyone, though. In fact, not everyone may be able to afford a system like this, nor will they need it depending on the specific video production needs.
Nonetheless, it’s nice to see the advancements in computer technology through this over-the-top build, signifying how far hardware development has come in terms of processing power and efficiency which finally makes tackling 4K workflows and beyond in post a breeze.