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Watch PCWorld build the ultimate video editing desktop

Watch PCWorld build the ultimate video editing desktop

We can’t build desktop computers here at PCWorld. It doesn’t matter if we make videos. Adam Patrick Murray used his parts bin to create a machine specifically for DaVinci Resolve, along with other tools such as Photoshop. You can see the whole thing from start to finish on YouTube if you have the time.

This build is made up of parts that are specifically designed to maximize CPU-intensive high-end tasks with graphics processing on one side. You get it? The problem is that one is what it is. It is also important to the CPU, so we will get to that later. Adam chose the reliable Fractal Design Meshify2 Compact. This stylish case has enough space for standard ATX, and plenty of cooling room. This motherboard is the MSI MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WI-Fi. It supports the most recent Intel high-end chipsets and many expansion components. One watt of juice equals a powerful EVGA Supernova G6.

What about the funny stuff? This build’s GPU is the Intel Core i9-12900K. It should be able to handle large numbers even if you don’t overclock it. NZXT Kraken Z63, a dual-fan liquid cooling unit with an LCD display on the CPU block, is perfect for displaying your time or your favorite cat GIF. The CPU is an EVGA RTX3080 Ti XC3, and should destroy most 3D programs. This system is powered by 32GB of DDR5 6000mhz multi-speedy DDR5 from G.Skill.

The build includes a pair SK Hynix Platinum M.2 SSDs. These include a 500 GB drive to run the operating system and a 2-TB drive to store all the video files. SK Hynix supported the video and sold its top-of the-line drives, which can read up to 7000 MB/s.

From start to finish, this fairly standard PC takes about two and a quarter hours. Subscribe to PCWorld YouTube if you enjoy watching geeky movies!