Videoguys by Gary Bettan
Our new Techguy Scott Smith has been busy putting the final touches on our new DIY11 build. The goal was to put together a top notch NLE & Streaming machine for around $1,500. We've done all the research and the parts are on the way. Build should be completed and tested by end of January, with complete article coming in early February.
We've chosen the ASUS Z97-PRO motherboard with Thunderbolt II, based on the latest Haswell chipset. There are actually two flavors of this motherboard available. The ASUS Z97-PRO (WiFi ac) or the non WiFi version. We went with the WiFi version because we need the connectivity. If you only use wired networking in your edit suite, you can save around $40 while ASUS is blowing out the non WiFi model. We recommend these two articles which helped us choose our motherboard, along with real user feedback found on Newegg.com
We also had a little hiccup with the graphics card. Initially we were going to go with a GTX760 card. Tried & true and proven performer. Unfortunately this series has reached the end of the line, and we had to find a new replacement. We picked the GTX970 series, packed with 4GB of RAM and 1,664 CUDA cores. We are aware of some memory allocation issues with these motherboards, and we plan on including some optimization tweaks and tips for it in the full article.
Here's the parts list we have on order.
|Videoguys DIY 11
||ASUS Z97-PRO (wiFi ac)
||Intel 4790k i7
||G.SKILL Ripjaw 16GB
||ASUS EVGA GTX970
|SSD Boot Drive
||Crucial M500 120GB
||Antec 302 Upgraded
||Win 7 Pro 64-Bit
Click here to see the completed DIY11