Onyx | Video Production Workstation

Short System Description, Long System Description, Hardware Selection Reasons

Short System Description

Onyx is a liquid-cooled workstation designed for a wide range of software, including Premiere, After Effects, Resolve, as well as gaming and streaming. This build is designed around an 8-core i9 9900K processor and an RTX 2080 8GB video card.

 
 

Long System Description

Onyx was our 46th build, several years into running the business. At this point, I’d gained a good handle on lead generation and overall marketing.

Nate and I connected at East Coast Game Conference in early 2019 and had a nice initial conversation about what he was needing. I also ended up talking to his colleague at the event as well.

A few months later, he contacted me to discuss a new workstation build. This ended up being quite a deep conversation, as he had a complex workflow and had some technical questions about the hardware.

A month or so later, he ended up approving the quote (had been very busy with work).

I have no doubt Nate will return to us when he needs a new high-end workstation.

Hardware Selection Reasons

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900K

I chose this processor for the high single-core and multi-core performance.

The 9900K represented the most powerful modeling/editing CPU that was available at the time.

While Skylake X has more threads for faster heavy rendering, the rendering softwares he used were not a high load at the time, and Skylake X was not in the budget. Additionally, while Ryzen 3000 does have a more attractive ratio between speed, threads, and price, it had not been released yet.

Nate preferred the immediate stronger editing/modeling performance with Intel, and understood that needing more CPU threads down the road would require a new motherboard as well.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro RGB

I chose this CPU cooler for the excellent cooling performance of water. While air is more reliable, water cools better and typically runs quieter.

This cooler also looks nice in the case, making for a very sleek interior. Nate agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the reliability of high-end water coolers.

Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

I chose this motherboard for socket compatibility, visual theme, and robust design. MSI is also one of my preferred motherboard manufacturers.

Nate agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 4x16GB DDR4-2666

I chose this memory kit for motherboard compatibility, RGB integration, and robust design. Corsair is also one of my preferred memory manufacturers.

Nate needed 64GB of memory for his workflow, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 1TB NVME

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Onyx was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 1TB model for OS, programs, work, and application cache. HP is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Nate understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): Intel 660p 2TB NVME

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Onyx was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 2TB model for general work storage. HP is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Nate understood my explanation of the build quality.

Video Card (GPU): Gigabyte RTX 2080 8GB (blower)

I chose this GPU for long-term performance, performance in a multi-GPU setup such as DaVinci Resolve, and robust design.

Nate understood my explanation of the build quality.

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA SuperNOVA G3 1000

I chose this PSU for wattage, robust design, and long-term stability.

Nate wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Tempered Glass

I chose this case for robust design, visual appeal, airflow, and long-term stability.

Nate wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Fans: 6x Corsair ML120 Pro RGB

I chose these fans for robust design, airflow, static pressure, controllable RGB theme, low-noise operation, and long-term stability.

Nate wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Accessories: Elgato HD60 Pro

I chose this capture card for robust design, PCI-based integration, and long-term stability.

Nate wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.


About Top Flight Computers

Top Flight Computers designs high-performance custom-built computers. We specialize in workstations, gaming computers, and water cooling.

We are based in Cary, North Carolina, and we ship across the USA. Check out our previous builds and our page on Facebook.