Big Rig

Having upgraded my camera equipment a few weeks ago it became abundantly clear that my galient little laptop was going to struggle processing the new formats I'd be experimenting with and then implementing into my workflow.I knew that the best option would be to build an editing rig specifically for handling these kinds of tasks. I also knew I'd need to enlist the help of my brother - an IT specialist with an interest in Frankensteining PC components together and overclocking them into oblivion.

I sent him an email and received the following timely and concise response - "I am preparing a spreadsheet. Prepare your face."

After a few weeks of research, face preparation and spreadsheets we settled on a build spec that we were both happy with. I ordered up the following components -

  • Gigabyte Z97P-D3 Motherboard
  • Intel Xeon E3-1230v3
  • GTX 960 4GB Graphics Card
  • 32GB DDR3 HyperX Fury RAM
  • Corsair CXM 600W Power Supply
  • Kingston 240GB SSD
  • Seagate 2TB Barracuda HDD
  • Salman CNPS10X Heatsink & Fan
  • Antec P280 Case
  • Creative Gigaworks T20 Speakers
  • Acer G226HQL LED Monitors x2
  • Cyborg R.A.T Gaming Mouse

So last weekend my brother and I spent a solid 6 hours (not including a 1 hour Indian food & Youtube break) piecing together an electrical jigsaw, you can watch a timelapse of it above.

The setup went well with only one or two speed bumps to overcome. Once the OS was installed and updates updated I got to installing Adobe CC 2015 and can happily say that it runs like a dream. I've worked with some RAW and high frame rate footage to test its mettle and it holds up brilliantly.

As well as having the hefty technical arsenal I believe that having a dedicated workspace has a huge impact on your productivity and creativity, and this has been a big realising factor for me with this project. Laptops are convenient but I never felt like I was able to really knuckle down while working on one. What helps me get into the correct mindset to sit and churn out a heavy editing session is comfort, a neutral and calm environment, having everything you need in one place (hardware, recording media, digital assets, etc) and a cup of coffee and a biscuit or two don't hurt either.  

I'm currently working on a personal project using all of my new technical assets and the workflow has been so much more enjoyable and efficient than my previous set ups.