Dec 27, 2019

New Video Editing Rig Build - Ryzen 7 2700X

Another year, another desktop computer build.

This time around, I'm building a new video editing rig for my wife.

Her existing computer is almost 10 years old and, while it works fine for her (heavy) web browsing duties, its broken power button and super loud PSU fans have bothered me for far too long.

2019's Black Friday season has been pretty good for computer components so I took advantage and built this new computer.

*Note: This is an early picture so plastic wraps are still on and colors are all over the place. Final product will look better. 

Here's what the front-end of this rig looks like:

Build goal: For video editing, you need fast, multi-core CPU, a lot of memory, fast temporary storage, and tons of traditional storage. No need for fast 3D video card but something decent enough to drive multiple high resolution monitors. Also overclocking is discouraged in favor of stability.

Current config:
Motherboard: MSI X470 Gaming Plus ($80 with CPU purchase) 
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x ($130)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro - 64GB DDR4-3200. ($130 x 2)
Videocard: XFX RX580 GTS Black Edition 8GB ($160)
  1. ADATA SX 8200 Pro 1TB NVMe SSD ($106)
  2. WD 10TB WD100EMAZ SATA hard drive ($160)
  3. WD 5TB WD50EZRZ SATA hard drive ($90)
Case: Deepcool Matrexx 70 case ($40)
Cooling: AMD Wraith LED cooler (comes with CPU)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G1+ ($50)
Other items: Deepcool MF120S fans ($72) + 1 x 140mm + 1 x 120mm fan

Total system cost (before tax): $988

Most people don't need 16TB of storage, 64GB RAM, and fancy RGB fans. If you take those out, total system price is only $466!

This little amount gets you a killer system with 1TB NVMe SSD and 16GB RAM.
I love Black Friday.

Benchmark numbers

Minimal overclocked (w/o new video card):
PassMark Rating

PassMark Rating

Here's a link to last year's Ryzen 5 2600 build for comparison.

Somethings I learned with this build:

  1. The new memory modules are rated to run at 3200Mhz but I couldn't reach that speed no matter what I tried. 2800Mhz was the best I got. I checked Thaiphoon Burner and verified that this memory kit is using Samsung B-die, which is one of the most overclock-able RAM on the market (it should exceed stated speeds). Yet, I can't even reach the stated speed.
    After searching for 2 days, I came across a post from someone having a similar issue (but on Intel platform). He tried moving his RAM to the second 2 memory slots (from the CPU) and it worked. I tried this and bam! Problem solved.
    Historically you always install RAM in slots 1 and 3 from CPU (for dual channel) but it looks like modern board manufacturers do things differently now. I checked the manual and sure enough, they recommended you install in these 2nd slots first. This is a rare instance where you should read the manual.
  2. Apparently the old 9800GT video card from 8 years ago really suck at 3D rendering vs today's video cards. This was a semi-high-end video card back in the days.
    Also, even though it says it supports up to 2560x1600 resolution, it doesn't support 2560 x 1440 (commonly known as 1440P). Most decent monitors nowadays are 1440P. Gah! Time to fork out another $200 for a decent video card I guess...
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  1. About RAM bus, read manual carefully before run haha. There is a new problem with the RAM bus: cannot run 4pcs with same high speed. We can only run over 3000MHz with 2 slots, another 2 slots are run under 3000MHz. Then if you want more RAM with high speed, you only can buy another big size RAMs

    1. Yeah, I looked at it and these sticks are rated for 3200Mhz. I just want to run them at 3000Mhz, which should be good with 4 sticks. 64GB man!