When I decided to start creating video professionally, my first computer was a pre-built system. It had a first generation i7, the i7-870. It didn't take long until I realized how it lacked the power for the kind of work I needed to do. So, I made the decision to upgrade my system.
I bought a used computer from a close friend with an i5-6600K to which I added some new, more capable components. Still, as soon as I tried to export a video, the computer became unusable for the simplest of tasks, like even checking email. Multitasking on this system was not a thing!
And that is how, in 2018, and for the first time in my life, I built a new computer. The i7-8700K was a major, major boost in terms of productivity for my video editing work and multitasking due to it's core count, speed and multithreading.
I also imagined a nice, sleek, pitch black build. 2 years later, it serves me amazingly and I am super happy of how it came out! Here is the updated parts list of my current all black workstation:
Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler
Asus ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING ATX LGA1151
Kingston HyperX Fury 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 CL16
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB (OS, Programs)
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB (Adobe Cache & Scratch Files)
Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Personal)
Samsung 960 EVO 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (For "in editing" projects)
Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10 TB 7200RPM (For "in queue" and archive)
Seagate BarraCuda Pro 14 TB 7200RPM (on a NAS, for a complete system backup)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition
Lian Li GB-001X Anti-Sag Bracket for Graphics Cards
TP-Link Archer T9E PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter
Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Dark Tempered Glass
CableMod - CableMod RT-Series PRO ModMesh Cable Kit for ASUS and Seasonic - BLACK
SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply