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DVC Broadwell-E Avid system

The 2011 Pin system is the best choice for using Avid Media Composer.  It is not the cheapest option, although if you use the quad core version of the processor it is very close to the price of our Skylake system.  The advantage of this system over the Skylake system listed below is that it can take more RAM and has more internal expansion capability than the Skylake.  the Skylake will work very well, but the 2011 Pin is more "future proof" in that you can expand the system more easily. 

The name 2011 Pin refers to how many pins are on the processor, not the year in which it was released.   These processors are also known as Broadwell-E processors although we tend to refer to them as 2011 pin to avoid confusion with the regular Skylake processors

These motherboards can also use a single Xeon processor which means you can have a 10 or even a 16 core processor installed.  Please email or phone for more details.


The 2011 pin systems main advantages over the "Skylake" processors are:

  • The motherboard can use more RAM so it is easy to install 128GB RAM which the 64 bit Avid application will use. 
  • The motherboard is more expandable in terms of the number of extra PCIe cards you can install.  In a standard Skylake system you could have a graphic card, MXO2, and maybe one other card happily working.  In the 2011 PIN there is room for these plus a RAID card, and possible extra FireWire sockets, as well as other interface card.  This means the 2011 pin is more expandable.  In practice a standard Skylake computer has the things you need already built in, but if you want a machine which allows for more extra cards then consider the 2011 pin system.
  • More hard drive connections.  The 2011 pin boards have 10 SATA connections internally where as the Skylake only has 6.
  • The USB3 chipset used in this motherboard has had some issues with some external drives, Blackmagic devices and some RAID boxes. We recommend adding in another USB3 controller (as listed in the configuration).  The Skylake motherboard has a good USB3 controller built-in.

Enthoo Pro Quiet case

We have a choice of two Quiet cases for our 2011 Pin systems.  The most commonly chosen is the Enthoo Pro case. This is a larger than average case which gives the powerful 2011 pin processors plenty room for cooling whilst letting you have several hard drives and, if needed, two graphic cards inside the system.

The alternative case is standard Antec case used in our Skylake systems. The Antec is smaller so may run noisier than the Enthoo because it may need the fans to run faster to keep the processor cool.

Enthoo case
Drive Bays: 6 x 2.5" Internal, 1 x 3.5" External, 9 x 3.5" Internal. 4 x 5.25" External
Case dimensions :
235 mm wide
480 mm high
500 mm deep

Antec P100 The Antec P100 Case

This case is designed to run as quietly as possible, whilst having as many drive bays as you can for reasonable expansion.  The door can be opened and left completely flat against the side of the case if preferred and doing so does not increase the noise level too much.

The case includes 2 drive bays which face the outside world - so you can have two optical drives or one optical drive and a card reader, as well as 6 internal drive bays.  It has two USB 3 and 2 USB 2 sockets on the top of the machine as well as a headphone and microphone socket.  More USB sockets are available at the back of the machine and another USB3 socket will be available on the card reader which is normally mounted inside the case.  We use a USB3 card reader is all our system specifications, unless you have asked us to remove it for some reason.

Case dimensions:
Height: 484 mm
Width: 220 mm
Depth: 523 mm 

Please allow some extra space around the sides of the case to allow proper air flow.  Monitor cables and USB wires will require slightly more space at the back of the computer.  For example, the depth listed is the physical size of the case itself so there will be extra cables hanging out of the back that will need some room.  The case is a fairly normal size and actually slightly smaller than other quiet cases we have used.

The USB3 card reader includes compact flash, SD card, Micro SD cards, Memory Stick Pro and 1 USB3 connection. Being USB3, transfer of footage off cards is as fast as possible.

The back panel of the standard 2011 Pin motherboard 4xUSB2, 4xUSB3 and a Gigabit network socket. The built-in sound card can output surround sound through programs like Power DVD.

You cannot use the on-board sound to output Surround sound with Avid Media Composer, however. You will need a proper ASIO sound card for this. Thankfully, a decent ASIO sound card is not too expensive. However, with most Avid systems you will also have some additional i/o hardware like a Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K. Blackmagic cards are meant to output surround sound through HDMI although this does not work with many HDMI amplifiers. Avid will not let you play sound from the sound card whilst watching picture through the Blackmagic so this is a problem if you want edit surround sound in Avid. Please call for advice if you need to do this.

(Please note that the configuration of motherboards changes rapidly and this picture may not exactly match a 2011 system if ordered. The general number of sockets will be the same.)

Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1

This motherboard has a socket which works as a Thunderbolt 3 socket and a USB3.1 socket. This means you can connect Thunderbolt hard drives and video i/o devices. In most cases it is simpler to have an i/o device inside the computer, although the one exception is the Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K Extreme, as there is no PCIe equivalent of this device. The Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K Extreme is also available as the Avid Artist DNxIO.

Choose from the various options below to customise your system. The price shown will update automatically as you do so.

If you have any questions or would like some advice on why you would choose one option over another please give us a ring or email and we will be happy to discuss options with you.


A delivery charge will be added to the system price depending on the location to which the system is being delivered. The average cost for delivery in the UK is 40. If you would like to come to our premises in Brighton to pick up the system the delivery will be removed. We will also spend and hour or two with you helping to familiarise you with the system when you pick it up.

If paying by credit card then the system must be delivered to the address of the card.


The webshop will only allow you to pay for the system by PAYPAL or credit/debit card. Payment for the full amount will be deducted from your account immediately. We normally take between 5 and 10 working days for build and testing. We will ring you before despatch to advise the system is on the way.

If you would like to pay by a different method - BACS transfer for cheque, for example, contact us to discuss your options.

Avid 2011 Pin Broadwell-E i7 system

Basic system

You can choose from one of two quiet cases. The major difference between the two the the physical size of the case. The larger case offers better cooling and more expansion options.

Broadwell-E 2011 Pin system, Intel X99, S 2011 (supports 8 RAM sticks up to 128GB) in an Enthoo Pro quiet case, with a 750W power supply (489.19 + VAT)
Broadwell-E 2011 Pin system - Intel X99, S 2011 (supports 8 RAM sticks up to 128GB) in a standard quiet case with 750W PSU. (450.04 + VAT)


These systems used either Haswell-E processors, or for more power, a single Xeon processor. Generally more cores = faster processor, even if the clock speed is slower. For 4K editing we recommend the 8 core processor.

3.4GHz Intel Core i7 6800K, Broadwell-E 2011 pin processor - Six Core with HyperThreading. (15MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz) (28 Bus lanes) (472.97 + VAT)
3.6GHz Intel Core i7 6850K, Broadwell-E 2011 pin processor - Six Core with HyperThreading. (15MB Cache, up to 4GHz) (40 Bus lanes) (662.16 + VAT)
3.2GHz Intel Core i7 6900K, Broadwell-E 2011 pin processor - Eight Core with HyperThreading., (20MB Cache, up to 4GHz) (40 Bus lanes) (976.47 + VAT)
3GHz Intel Core i7 6950X, Broadwell-E 2011 pin processor - ten Core with HyperThreading. (25MB Cache, up to 4GHz) (40 Bus lanes) (1,541.17 + VAT)

Cooling fan for processor

The water cooling option will let you overclock some of the processors. The water cooling unit is self contained and does not require maintainance. It will only fit in the larger Enthoo Pro case.

Quiet fan for 2011 Pin Broadwell-E system. (28.37 + VAT)
Water cooled fan for Kaby Lake & 2011 pin Broadwell-E CPU (127.02 + VAT)


How much memory do you want in your computer? For optimum performance memory is added in sets of 4 chips. 16GB RAM is fine for most editing programs. 32GB or more is recommened for editing 4K footage..

16GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM (4x4GB) +158.76 Excluding VAT
32GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM (4x8GB) +266.72 Excluding VAT
64GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM (4x16GB) +508.08 Excluding VAT
128GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM (8x16GB) +1,016.16 Excluding VAT

Main Windows drive

A solid state drive (SSD) will make Windows run faster, and start quicker. 120GB is easily enough for Windows and many programs. If you choose a regular drive instead then we would normally partition the drive.

240GB Solid State Drive (87.83 + VAT)
1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA drive (67.56 + VAT)
500GB Solid State Drive (171.44 + VAT)

Video Drives

How many video drives would you like in the system and of what size. These can be in a RAID if required - either email us or add your comments when finalising your order.

1x2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+66.21 + VAT)
2 x 2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+132.42 + VAT)
3x2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+198.63 + VAT)
4x2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+264.84 + VAT)
1x3TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+81.08 + VAT)
2x3TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+162.16 + VAT)
3x3TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+243.24 + VAT)
4x3TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+324.32 + VAT)
1x4TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+152.70 + VAT)
2x4TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+305.40 + VAT)
3x4TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+458.10 + VAT)
1x1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA drive (+44.59 + VAT)
1 x 6TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+216.21 + VAT)
2 x 6TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (+432.42 + VAT)
1 x 8TB 7200RPM 128MB Cache SATA drive (+425.67 + VAT)
2 x 8TB 7200RPM 128MB Cache SATA drive (+851.34 + VAT)
1TB Solid State Drive (+290.00 + VAT)
2x1TB Solid State Drives (+380.00 + VAT)
2TB Solid State Drive (+521.97 + VAT)
2x2TB Solid State Drives (+1,043.94 + VAT)

Graphics card

Versions of Avid earlier then 8.6 need a Quadro card. After 8.6 ANY decent graphics card can accelerate Avid's GPU effects. The more powerful the more realtime effects you can achieve.

nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 RAM (640 Cores) (141.89 + VAT)
nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5 RAM (768 Cores) (175.67 + VAT)
nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5 RAM (1152 Cores) (216.21 + VAT)
nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 RAM (1280 Cores) (270.27 + VAT)
nVidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 RAM (1920 Cores) (432.43 + VAT)
nVidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X RAM (2560 Cores) (625.00 + VAT)
nVidia Quadro M2000 (4GB RAM, 768 CUDA Cores) (506.75 + VAT)
nVidia Quadro M4000 (8GB RAM, 1664 CUDA Cores) (809.41 + VAT)
nVidia Quadro P5000 (16GB GDDR5X RAM, 2560 CUDA Cores) (1,788.23 + VAT)
nVidia Quadro P6000 (24GB GDDR5X RAM, 3840 CUDA Cores) (4,717.64 + VAT)


We prefer to use two computer screens rather than 1. The price includes better quality connection cables than are shipped with the bare monitor. You may choose to use screens you already own.

None (0.00 + VAT)
2 x BenQ 21.5" LED backlit 1920x1080 screen, including DVI cable (216.24 + VAT)
1 x BenQ 21.5" LED backlit 1920x1080 screen including DVI cable (108.12 + VAT)
1 x BenQ 24" LED backlit 1920x1080 screen, including DVI cable (143.25 + VAT)
2 x BenQ 24" LED backlit 1920x1080 screen, including DVI cable (286.50 + VAT)
1 x BenQ 27" LED backlit 1920x1080 screen, including DVI cable (195.95 + VAT)
2 x BenQ 27" LED backlit 1920x1080 screen, including DVI cable (383.78 + VAT)
1 x 28" Acer CB280HK 4K Pro Display with DP/miniDP/HDMI/DVI 3840x2160 (305.88 + VAT)
2 x 28" Acer CB280HK 4K Pro Display with DP/miniDP/HDMI/DVI 3840x2160 (611.76 + VAT)

Video monitor

If you are using a device like a Blackmagic Intensity Pro to get a proper HD output from the system you may want a decent video monitor as well. The screens listed have been chosen as decent quality output screens

None (+0.00 + VAT)
LG 21.5" LED backlit 1920 x1080 TV (+150.58 + VAT)
Samsung U28D590D 71.1 cm (28") LED LCD UHD Monitor (+399.00 + VAT)

Optical drive

Choose between a Blu-ray writer or a DVD writer. Blu-ray drives will write CDs and DVDs, dual and single layer, DVD+ and DVD -

Blu-ray writer - also writes CDs and DVDs, single layer & dual layer (78.14 + VAT)
DVD writer - uses Windows Media Player to play DVD video discs. (19.31 + VAT)


Choose from a good quality set of stereo speakers with Sub woofer, a surround sound set or, for the best quality some M-AUDIO speakers.

2.1 subwoofer speaker set (+36.48 + VAT)
5.1 Surround sound speaker set (+53.18 + VAT)
M-Audio AV32 Powered Reference Speaker system (+77.64 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)


Choose between a simple standard Windows keyboard and either of our dedicated editing keyboards with the major AVID shortcuts listed

Standard Windows Keyboard (Black) (+8.00 + VAT)
Backlit Astra Avid Media Composer keyboard for PC (+89.00 + VAT)
Silver LOGIC Avid Media Composer PC keyboard with USB hub UK (+79.00 + VAT)
Black LOGIC Avid Media Composer PC keyboard with USB hub UK (+89.00 + VAT)
Logitech Wireless Keyboard (+33.78 + VAT)
Editors Keys Avid Media Composer Backlit keyboard (+83.00 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)


Choose a mouse for your computer. You can use one you already own, although a USB mouse is preferred.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
USB Optical Wheel Mouse (+6.00 + VAT)
USB Optical Wireless mouse (+18.91 + VAT)
5 button Optical wheel Mouse (+12.16 + VAT)

Card reader

We include a USB3 card reader as default which will read most of the common types of card and transfer them as quickly as possible to your PC

USB3 card reader - reads SD, Micro SD, Memory Stick Pro and compact Flash. Also adds another USB3 socket on the front of the computer (+26.62 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

Avid Software

Choose which version of Avid you would like installed, or choose none and we can install a version you already own.

None (0.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer Permanent licence (999.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer with dongle (1,399.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer 1 year support contract (220.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer 1 year subscription (468.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer 1 year subscription crossgrade from MC6.5 or above (348.00 + VAT)
Use a version of Media Composer I already own (we will install and test for you) (0.00 + VAT)

Avid FX upgrade

Upgrade from Avid FX to the latest version of Boris RED. Avid FX no longer ships with Avid, but you can upgrade to Boris Red 5.5. Old Avid FX projects will open in Boris RED

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Boris Red Upgrade from previous versions of RED or Avid FX (+204.25 + VAT)

I.O. Hardware

Add a card that lets you input or output video, or both. Choose either Avid or Blackmagic devices.
To use a Thunderbolt device you must choose the Thunderbolt 2-3 adaptor below..

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Avid DNxIO hardware only (+3,099.00 + VAT)
Avid DNxIO with MC8 permanent licence (+3,899.00 + VAT)
Avid DNxIO with MC8 two year subscription (+3,899.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Mini Monitor - HDMI & SDI out only. Sound through HDMI/SDI (+145.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Mini Monitor 4K - SDI & HDMI out only, no analogue audio so you need to listen to the sound through SDI/HDMI. Up to UHD @25/30P (+145.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Mini Recorder 4K - HDMI & SDI capture ONLY (+145.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K - the most popular card - HDMI, composite, component & SVIDEO in and out (+159.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Decklink SDI 4K (+219.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Decklink Studio 4K (+449.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Decklink Extreme 4K - up to 4K output, all the connections you need. (+2,099.00 + VAT)
Decklink 4K Extreme 12G - 8xPCIe card which supports resolutions up to UHD 50/60P, with every socket you could want. (+1,099.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle Thunderbolt - ONLY availalbe if you choose the Thunderbolt motherboard above- HDMI, component, compiste & SVIDEO in and out, HD & SD resolutions (+179.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio Express Thunderbolt - SDI, HDMI & analogue, SD & HD resolutions ONLY. (+369.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K Thunderbolt - every connection you may need. Up to UHD @50/60P, resttircted colour space through HDMI using UHD 50P. (+739.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K Extreme - Thunderbolt. H.265 capture and resolutions up to UHD@50/60P. Almost the same as Avid DNxIO, but without the DNX codec on board. (+2,099.00 + VAT)

Which version of Windows do you want?

Avid MC8.5 is validated for Windows 10, as well as Windows 7. Windows 7 is only available while stocks last.

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)
Windows 10 Home 64 bit (101.35 + VAT)
None use my copy which I am no longer using on another machine (0.00 + VAT)

Thunderbolt 2-Thunderbolt 3 adaptor

This motherboard has Thunderbolt 3 built-in. To use Thunderbolt 2 devices you will need to add this adaptor. We have tested this with all Blackmagic cards listed above.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
PCIe Thunderbolt card for 2011 pin systems (+62.16 + VAT)

FireWire card

FireWire is essential for capture of DV and HDV material. If you do not use these kinds of cameras you do not need FireWire, so it is now optional on our systems.

PCIe FireWire card -suitable for capture and playback of DV and HDV footage with one 6 pin FireWire 400 socket and two FireWire 800 sockets (+41.89 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

DVD & Blu-ray authoring program

Avid no longer comes with a DVD & Blu-ray Authoring program. Two options are presented below - Sony DVD Architect being the most obvious choice. .

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Magix DVD Architect Pro 6 (in a bundle with Magix Vegas Pro 14) (+430.03 + VAT)
CC For Teams Premiere Pro CC 1 year subscription (+266.76 + VAT)

Extra USB3 card

The USB3 ports on the motherboard have been found not to work with some external hard drives. We recommend adding an extra USB3 card, which is more versatile.

PCI USB3 card with better USB chipset (+21.62 + VAT)
None- use the USB3 built into the motherboard (+0.00 + VAT)

Antivirus program

If your machine is connected to the Internet you should be using an Anti-virus program. Many interfere with editing programs; in our tests Panda does not cause any problems.

Panda Global Security 2016 - 1 year licence

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