Synergy | Animation Workstation

Short System Description, Long System Description, Hardware Selection Reasons

Short System Description

Synergy is a liquid cooled multipurpose workstation built for Clip Studio Paint, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Maya, and Zbrush. This build is designed around a 6-core i7-8700K processor and an RTX 2070 8GB video card.

 
 

Long System Description

Synergy was our 31st build, several years into running the business. At this point, I’d gained a good handle on lead generation and overall marketing.

Sarah and I connected on LinkedIn in Summer 2018. About 9 months later, she contacted me again to discuss a new workstation build.

Over the next few days, we figured out what she needed in the PC performance-wise and catered to her personal wishes.

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

“I commissioned Chris to build Synergy to fit my video editing and illustration needs. Chris was able to come up with a great build. He was very knowledgeable, professional, and all around great to work with.

I would recommend him to anyone looking to build a computer, especially if you want a custom build and you don’t know where to start. I will definitely be using Top Flight Computers for all my future PC needs!”

- Sarah, Raleigh NC

Hardware Selection Reasons

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-8700K

I chose this processor for the high single-core and multi-core performance, especially for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Maya, and ZBrush.

While AMD was more budget-friendly, Sarah preferred the higher performance of Intel.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB

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

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

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO

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

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

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x16GB DDR4-2133

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

Sarah needed 32GB of memory for her workflow, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): Crucial MX500 500GB

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Synergy was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 500GB model for OS, programs, and application cache. Crucial is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Sarah understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): Crucial MX500 1TB

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Synergy was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 1TB model for general storage. Crucial is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Sarah didn’t need more SSD space, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Blue 1TB

I chose this HDD for robust design, high capacity, and low cost. Western Digital is also one of my preferred HDD manufacturers.

Sarah didn’t need more space for archival storage, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Video Card (GPU): EVGA RTX 2070 8GB XC Gaming

I chose this GPU for long-term performance and robust design.

Sarah understood my explanation of the build quality.

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA 650W GQ

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

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

Case: NZXT H500 White

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

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

Fans: 4x Phanteks PH-F120MP

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

Sarah 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.