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Magix Vegas Quad core i7 system



The "Skylake" chip is the latest type of processor from Intel, released in August 2015.  This processor is the replacement for the standard Haswell processor.  The Haswell-E and Xeon processors still continue unchanged and in the right system will be faster than the Skylake and be able to take more "add-in" boards.  However, for most people the Skylake will be the obvious choice.


Computer case

We have two different cases into which we build systems

♦    The BitFenix Shinobi quiet case, with a quiet PSU..
♦    A standard Coolermaster PC case with a 500W PSU.


Both cases has front mounted USB3 sockets as well as audio sockets.  The standard PC case is not designed to specifically suppress the noise generated by the fans on the processor and graphic card, however, it is still not as loud as a typical system would have been 5-6 years ago.  The Quiet system has special sound deadening material, larger cooling fan, which are designed to run slowly (and hence quietly) and yet still give the same amount of cooling as a regular fun and a quiet PSU



We have two choices for the main motherboard:


♦    High spec "Z-series" Skylake motherboard with USB3.1
♦    Standard "H series" Skylake motherboard


The two boards are very similar.  The biggest difference is that the High spec board has USB3.1 on board where as the normal board has USB3 only. USB 3 is the standard we have been using for the last few years and is very fast.  USB3.1 is a new standard which is considerably faster with the right hardware.  Currently no hardware is available to take advantage of this, however, there will undoubtedly be many becoming available of the next few months.  Therefore, if you want a more "future proof" system is makes sense to get the motherboard with USB3.1 for not a great deal of extra money.


The Thunderbolt add-on board

The High spec motherboard can have a Thunderbolt board added to it so that you can take advantage of Thunderbolt devices.  Thunderbolt has been around for some time and there are many Thunderbolt devices available.  It is used more on MACS where there is no way to add any devices inside current Macs and Mac Pros, so they have to be added externally via Thunderbolt.  On a PC there is generally an internal PCIe device which can do the same job as an external Thunderbolt device so Thunderbolt is not essential on a PC. 

The Thunderbolt add-on board for the Skylake systems has not yet been released but there will be one in the next few months. Because the Skylake systems have limited resources compared to the Haswell-E or Xeon systems, if you add the Thunderbolt board you will have to loose something else - for example, you probably cannot have a Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K in the same system as a Thunderbolt board.


The ability to possibly add a Thunderbolt board sometime in the future is nice, but not essential, but it is another thing which is different between the High spec and standard motherboard.


We have chose the High spec motherboard as the default board in this system because we believe that most people will choose this option, given the small price difference.  Obviously it does not quite make sense that the "standard" motherboard is not the default one, but we did not want to call it "low spec motherboard" as that would give the wrong impression.  The standard motherboard is very good. The high spec motherboard is better and not much more money.



Use an M.2 drive for Windows

The Skylake motherboard has 6 connections for hard drives and DVD/Blu-ray writers, plus a new type of hard drive connection for an "M.2 drive".  M.2 drives are made of the same kind of memory as solid state drives but are built into a circuit board and plug directly into the motherboard. They are generally faster than Solid state drives, with the very top models managing speeds of 6GB/s or even more.  The best use for the M.2 is as a drive for Windows as the system will boot faster and programs will open quicker.  This will also leave the other 6 hard drive connections free for you to add whatever combination of hard drives and optical drives you prefer.


You do not have to use an M.2 drive for Windows but there is very little reason not too as they are a very similar price to Solid state drives.  The only reason you may choose to use a different drive is if you want the option to easily swap your main drive - for example you have two different versions of Windows on the same machine and want to easily swap between them, so would want the main drives in caddys as the M.2 drive is screwed into the motherboard and probably obscured by all sorts of things inside the PC case.


Can I have two Blu-ray writers?

Yes.  Many people would like to this so they can copy a disc directly from one drive to another.  In our experience a direct copy like this works well for DVDs, but is not so reliable for copying Blu-ray discs.  If you are copying Blu-ray discs the best option is to make an image on the computer first and then write that to a disc, for which you would only need one drive.


I want 6 6TB drives but that is not an option, why?

We did not add this as an option simply because this page is very long and we did not think it would be an option many people would want.  Please contact us if you want some combination of drives that is not listed.


I want all my drives in caddies, is this possible?

Yes.  The current quiet case only supports 3 drive bays, 2 of which will be used with the card reader and optical drive. If you want 4 or 5 drives in removable bays we can do this but would need a different case as well as the removable bays.  Please contact us to discuss your options.



BitFenix Shinobi Case

This case is designed to run as quietly as possible, whilst having as many drive bays as you can for reasonable expansion.  Unlike previous quiet cases this does not have a door, which makes it more convenient to reach the card reader and optical drive and the case has special sound suppressing material on the sides.

The case includes 3 drive bays which face the outside world - so you can have two optical drives 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: 460 mm
Width: 206 mm
Depth: 490 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.



Regular Cooler Master case

The Coolermaster case is not designed to be a quiet system, although with today's processors and graphic cards it still does not run too noisely.  The case is also quite light, yet still has a lot of internal storage space.  The case has two USB2 sockets and one USB3 socket on the front plus a headphone and microphone socket.

Case dimensions:
Height: 426mm
Width: 190 mm
Depth: 492 mm



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.



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.


Delivery

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 tow with you helping to familiarise you with the system when you pick it up.


Payment

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 pay by credit/debit card the system must be delivered to the address on the card, otherwise the order will be rejected.


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

Sony Vegas i7 system



Basic system

Choose whether you want a Quiet or regular case. Also included in every system is Nero Essentials for copying dics and making basic audio CDs and data discs.

Quiet case and 600W power supply - - has 2 USB3 and 2 USB2 sockets on the front plus a headphone and microphone socket.. (+169.19 + VAT)
Regular case and 500W power supply - has 1 USB3 and 2 USB2 sockets on the front plus a headphone and microphone socket.. Can only fit 2 normal drives and one solid state drive plus Blu-ray writer.. (+98.96 + VAT)


Main Motherboard

The high spec * Z270 motherboards have USB2, USB3 and 2 USB3.1 sockets. The 270 chipset boards are the new versions for Kaby Lake processors. All motherboards will take Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs.

High Spec "Z-series" Skylake motherboard with USB 3.1 - 3 USB3 and 4 USB2 sockets on the back of the system, plus 2 USB 3.1 sockets. (+135.13 + VAT)
Standard "H-series" Skylake motherboard -4 USB3 and 2 USB2 sockets on the back of the system. (+105.40 + VAT)
Z270 chipset motherboard (supports up to 64GB RAM) for Kaby Lake processors with USB 3.1 & option to add a Thunderbolt card (+148.64 + VAT)
H270 chipset motherboard (supports up to 64GB RAM) for Kaby Lake processors, similar to Z270 motherboard but no USB3.1 connection. (+114.86 + VAT)

Processor

The i7 is the fastest processor and has HyperThreading so is seen as having 8 cores. The i5 does not have HyperThreading and is a little slower, although still powerful.

4.0GHz Intel Core i7 6700K Skylake processor, Quad Core with HyperThreading (+351.32 + VAT)
3.5GHz Intel Core i5 6600K Skylake Quad Core processor (no HyperThreading) (+256.75 + VAT)

Cooling fan for processor

We use a quiet fan on all our systems which provides very good cooling.. The water cooling unit is self contained and does not require maintainance.

Quiet CPU fan for Skylake processors (8.78 + VAT)
Water cooled fan for Skylake & 2011 pin Broadwell-E CPU (104.05 + VAT)

Memory

How much memory do you want? For optimum performance memory is added in pairs. EDIUS will use as much RAM as you have in the system. 8GB is OK, 16GB is preferred. 32GB or 64GB is good for very complicated work.

16GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM (2x8GB) (+133.36 + VAT)
8GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM (2x4GB) (+67.56 + VAT)
32GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM (2x16GB) (+254.04 + VAT)
64GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM (4x16GB) (+508.08 + VAT)

Main Windows drive

You can choose from a very fast M.2 drive, which would leave 6 other hard drive connections free for other drives, although this is more expensive than buying a solid state drive (SSD) or a "regular" drive.

240GB Solid State Drive (+72.97 + VAT)
500GB Solid State Drive (+148.64 + VAT)
1x1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA drive (+44.59 + VAT)
128GB M.2 high performance PCI-e drive (+51.76 + VAT)
250GB M.2 (PCI-e) NVME high performance solid state drive (+84.70 + VAT)
500GB (PCI-e) M.2 NVME high performance solid state drive (+160.00 + VAT)
1TB Solid State Drive (+277.02 + VAT)
2TB Solid State Drive (+470.58 + 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 (+277.02 + VAT)
2x1TB Solid State Drives (+567.56 + VAT)
2TB Solid State Drive (+470.58 + VAT)
2x2TB Solid State Drives (+941.16 + VAT)

Graphics card

Vegas can use the graphics card to process many effects; the more powerful the card the more 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)
ATI RX 480 graphics card with 8GB RAM, 1xHDMI and 3xDisplay port (269.00 + VAT)

Sony Vegas Software

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

Magix Vegas 14 EDIT (Just Vegas editing program) (299.00 + VAT)
Magix Vegas Pro 14 (Vegas with DVD Architect 6) download version (449.00 + VAT)
Magix Vegas 14 Suite - Magix Vegas, DVD Architect and Sound Forge (599.00 + VAT)
None (0.00 + VAT)

I/O card

Practially essential with any grading program is a card that will let you view the grades on a decent video monitor.

None 0.00 Excluding VAT
Blackmagic Design Mini Monitor 4K 145.00 Excluding VAT
Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K- HDMI, composite, component, in and out. Up to UHD resolution. 159.00 Excluding VAT
Blackmagic Design Decklink SDI 4K 219.00 Excluding VAT
Decklink Studio 4K 449.00 Excluding VAT
Blackmagic Design Decklink 4K Extreme 739.00 Excluding VAT

AJA i/o card - add more inputs and output. AJA is an alternative to Blackmagic devices - do not choose both

None (+0.00 + VAT)
AJA IO Express (+675.00 + VAT)
Kona LHe (+899.00 + VAT)
Kona LHi (+999.00 + VAT)
Kona 3G (+1,399.00 + VAT)

Which version of Windows do you want?

Vegas Pro 13 & 14 are validated for Windows 10. Windows 7 is only available whilte 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)

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 (+76.41 + VAT)
DVD writer - uses Windows Media Player to play DVD video discs. (+19.31 + VAT)

Monitor

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)

Keyboard

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)
Logitech Wireless Keyboard (+33.78 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

Mouse

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)

USB3 card reader

You don't have to have the card reader in the computer but parctially everyone needs a decent reader these days. Our is USB3 so transfers files at very high speed with the right media.

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)

Speakers

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)

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)

Antivirus program

If your machine is connected to the Internet you should be using an Anti-virus program. Many interfer with editing programs, however, but in our tests Panda does not cause any problems, so we recommend using this.

Panda Global Security 2016 - 1 year licence (+15.77 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

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