Buying powerful PCs pre built is all so well and good but the fun comes in when you build them yourself!

That’s just what we have done at work with some media suite PCs which use 6 core processors, modular PSUs and all other kinds of fun things – full specs and photos to come after the video.

As far as specifications goes these PCs are quite impressive and as they should be to run intensive media editing – and yes before anyone asks they would run Crysis…. 😉

CPU – AMD FX-6 Six Core 6100 BE 3.30Ghz – Crunching through video editing even with graphics card offload needs CPU power and the best software out there will use as many cores as possible hence the reason for going for such beefy processors.

RAM – Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz – When rendering video applications will tend to keep as much of the video in RAM as possible to act as a high speed buffer – 8GB is quite enough for our needs.

SSD – OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 6Gb/s – The day of the hard drive is gone, plain and simple SSDs are the way forwards. Although the students media will be kept on our servers the fast SSD will be great for quick boot up times and application launch times.

Graphics Card – AMD Radeon HD 6670 2GB – Programs like Adobe Photoshop CS6 can make use of modern graphics cards to speed up the processing of image edits.

Motherboard – ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD 970 – With USB 3.0 and plenty of expansion options this motherboard is ideal for future proofing.

Case – Sharkoon T9 Value Gaming Case – Its important to look the part as well have great internal specifications in a high performance PC and that’s just what this case is. With behind the door cable management, USB 3.0 front panel ports and a transparent side window these cases are just right for our needs.

PSU – OCZ ModXStream Pro 500w Silent SLI Ready – Modular power supplies go a long way to keeping a case tidy and that’s just what this one from OCZ has done for us.

Do feel free to click through the photos below which include extra insights in their captions.

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