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10% off all desktop computers and 5% off desktop processor laptops until end January 2017

HP Dual Xeon Avid Validated system


10% off DVC desktop systems until 31st January 2017 The discount will be deducted when you add the completed system order to your basket.



Avid Media Composer Single Xeon desktop system

♦    HP Z840 dual Xeon processor computer
♦    Choice of dual 8 core, 10 core and 12 core Xeon processors at various speeds.
♦    64GB (8x2GB) RAM
♦    512MB solid state hard drive for Windows.  Please add video drives as listed below
♦    nVidia QUADRO M4000 graphics card.
♦    Windows 10 Pro - Windows 7 may be an option, while stocks last, please call for details.
♦    HP standard 3 year next business day warranty in addition to DVC standard 1 year warranty.
♦    (AVID APPROVED)

This is one of our Avid-validated specification HP systems using dual Xeon processors. Two processors are definitely better than one, although never twice as good, because not all parts of the software will take advantage of both processors at all times.  You do not need a computer this powerful to edit HD footage, as all the other systems here will edit HD and SD footage very well.  Where the dual Xeon will prove its worth is when processing footage - for example transcoding hard to use AVCHD to Avid DNxHD format -  rendering effects and encoding footage into different formats.  Two processors will be especially useful if using Avid's background transcoding feature.

The 5 systems options presented below are the validated Avid system specification.  Avid recommend the higher spec machines for 4K/UHD footage.  You can edit 4K on all these systems, however, Avid may be a bit sluggish and require transcoding of footage. 

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.



We have 5 basic HP Avid validated systems.  HP systems can be configured in many ways and we can order ANY specification we like from HP; however if we do so it takes over 3 weeks for HP to get the system to us, before we can reconfigure it properly as an editing system and send it to you.  These systems represent specific versions of the Avid-validated specification that we can normal supply to you in our regular 5-10 day lead time.

Processor

The systems all have 2 Xeon processors.   They are available with a different number of cores and at different speeds.  The simplest processor, the E5-2620, has 8 cores.  As you have two processors this means the computer has 16 cores available (8 in each processor).  The processor also has "HyperThreading" which means the PC will double the number of cores.  Therefore the 8 core system will have 32 cores available in Windows.  The 10 core will have 40 cores available and the 12 core will have 48 cores.   The processors are at different speeds as well.  The simplest processor is an 8 core which runs at 2.1Ghz, where as the next one up is a 10 core which runs at 2.2Ghz.  The 10 core processor is running slightly slower but as it has two more cores it is actually more powerful.  As you move up the range of processors the speed and cores increase, and the price also increases quite dramatically.

Avid recommend having a higher number of cores over processing speed - so it is better to have a 10 core dual 2.2Ghz processors than dual 8 core 2.1Ghz processor

Graphics card

Avid used to only validate Quadro graphic cards. With the latest versions of Avid Media Composer 8, effects can be accelerated using all types of decent graphics cards, not just Quadros. So you do not need a Quadro card to get the best out of Avid, however, they are still part of the Avid validated specification - and one of the main reasons for buying an HP machine instead of a cheaper DVC equivalent is that it is Avid validated, so all these models come with a Quadro M4000 graphics card.. 

Hard drive

Avid have only validated a 512MB SSD primary drive for use in their systems.  Although a smaller SSD would work it is not the validated Avid spec.  An SSD is a much nicer drive to use for Windows in your computer than a normal mechanical drive, and given that you will be spending a large amount on the Xeon system in the first please we do not off a 1TB mechanical drive as an option on the Dual Xeon systems, only on single Xeon systems.

HP Warranty

This system will come with a standard DVC 1 year warranty and an HP 3 year warranty.  The DVC warranty covers everything in the system and include support on the Avid software.  The HP Warranty covers the parts included in the "basic system" part of this quote.  If a video drive fails, for example, this is not covered the the HP warranty but by the DVC one.  If the Quadro graphic card, motherboard or SSD drive fails that would be covered by the HP warranty.  The standard HP warranty is a "next business day" warranty.  This means they guarantee to respond to any problems by the next working day.  You can upgrade this to a 4 hour response time for 35+VAT if you prefer.

The DVC warranty covers the entire machine including the software and any other items you have included in the order from us.  If there is a problem with the system contact us and we will help solve the problem over the phone.  If this cannot be done we will pick the machine up, if it is inside the DVC warranty, bring it back to our premises and fix whatever the problem is, and send the machine back to you.  If, in our telephone diagnose we determine the problem is with an HP part then we will get HP to come to your premises and fix it for you using their warranty.  In many cases the problem can be sorted out over the phone without recourse to having the machine picked up.  We will respond to any problems as soon as possible.  We are available Monday-Friday 9.20 to 5.30 and normally respond to support calls within an hour or two. 

After the first year has passed and DVC Warranty has expired we will still help you over the phone with technical problems, but if a part needs to be replaced or we have to carry out any work on the system at our premises they will be a reasonable charge involved.  Of course the HP parts will still have 2 years of their warranty remaining.




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. The full amount will be deducted from your PayPal account or credit card 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.

Dual Xeon Avid Media Composer desktop system




10% off DVC desktop systems until 31st January 2017 The discount will be deducted when you add the completed system order to your basket.

Basic system

Choose the power of the processors in the system. More power is needed for 4K editing, where, generally, the more power the better!

HPZ840-dual E5-2620v4 2.1Ghz 8 core Xeon processors, 64GB RAM, 512GB SSD Windows drive, nVidia Quadro M4000 graphics card, DVD writer, Windows 10, 3 year HP warranty (3,482.35 + VAT)
HPZ840-dual E5-2630v4 2.2Ghz 10 core Xeon processors, 64GB RAM, 512GB SSD Windows drive, nVidia Quadro M4000 graphics card, DVD writer, Windows 10, 3 year HP warranty (4,094.11 + VAT)
HPZ840-dual E5-2640v4 2.4Ghz 10 core Xeon processors, 64GB RAM, 512GB SSD Windows drive, nVidia Quadro M4000 graphics card, DVD writer, Windows 10, 3 year HP warranty (4,752.94 + VAT)
HPZ840-dual E5-2650v4 2.2Ghz 12 core Xeon processors, 64GB RAM, 512GB SSD Windows drive, nVidia Quadro M4000 graphics card, DVD writer, Windows 10, 3 year HP warranty (5,276.47 + VAT)
HPZ840-dual E5-2687v4 3.0Ghz 12 core Xeon processors, 64GB RAM, 512GB SSD Windows drive, nVidia Quadro M4000 graphics card, DVD writer, Windows 10, 3 year HP warranty (7,577.64 + 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.

2 x 2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (132.42 + VAT)
1x2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (66.21 + VAT)
1x1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA drive (44.59 + 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)

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)

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)
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)
Editors Keys Avid Media Composer Backlit keyboard (+83.00 + 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 card

Add one of many extra i.o card to let you capture and view your footage when editing. The Avid DNxIO series have a Thunderbolt connection and will need a Thunderbolt card and cable as well.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Design Mini Monitor 4K (+145.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K- HDMI, composite, component, in and out. Up to UHD resolution. (+159.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Design Decklink SDI 4K (+219.00 + VAT)
Decklink Studio 4K (+449.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Design Decklink 4K Extreme (+739.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Express - Thunderbolt (+369.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K (V2) - Thunderbolt (+739.00 + VAT)
AJA IO Express (+899.00 + VAT)
Avid DNxIO hardware only (+3,099.00 + VAT)
Avid DNxIO with MC8 permanent licence (+3,899.00 + VAT)
Avid DNxIO with 2 year MC subscription (+3,899.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Extreme 4K (+2,099.00 + 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)

Thunderbolt add-on card for HP systems

You can add a Thunderbolt card to the system to let you use various Thunderbolt add-ons like the different Blackmagic Thunderbool i/o cards

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Thunderbolt Add-on card for HP Xeon system (+95.00 + 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 interfere with editing programs; in our tests Panda does not cause any problems.

Panda Global Security 2016 - 1 year licence
None

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