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HP Single Xeon Avid-validated system

Avid Media Composer Single Xeon desktop system

♦    HP Z440 system
♦    Choice of 6 core or 8 core single Xeon processor
♦    Choice of 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive, or 512MB SSD for Windows
♦    16 GB DDR3-1600 ECC (4x4GB) RAM,
♦    16X DVD writer
♦    NVIDIA K2200 Graphic card
♦    USB Laser Scroll mouse
♦    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit or Windows 8 Pro, please specify preference.
♦    3 years Hp standard next business day Warranty (can be upgraded)

This is an Avid-validated specification using a single Xeon processor. You can also buy a system with two Xeon processors, the HP Z840, which you can see here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/HP-Dual-Xeon-Validated-system.html

The more expensive system below uses 2 Xeons with, theoretically twice the power (although for a lot of reasons a dual processor system is never twice as good as a single processor system). The processor used in the DVC 2011 Pin Haswell-E system is roughly the same as the single Xeon included on this HP.  The DVC system will cheaper for a similar specification but this system has the advantage of being validated by Avid.  It also has an HP 3 year warranty.  

This system has been validated by Avid to edit HD and SD footage.  For 4K footage Avid have only validated the more powerful HP Z840 Dual Xeon system.  This does not mean that you cannot load 4K footage into this system, but it will not be too responsive and you will probably need to transcode it before it works properly..

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 4 basic HP Avid validated Z440 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 4 systems represent specific versions of the Avid-validated specification that we can normal supply to you in our regular 5-10 day lead time.


The 4 systems all have 1 Xeon processor.   There are two different processors - on is a 3.5Ghz 6 core processor and the other is a 3Ghz 8 core processor.  Even though the 8 core processor is slower than the 6 core teh fact that it has 2 more cores means that it is more powerful.   Avid recommend having a higher number of cores over processing speed.

Graphic card

Avid only validate Quadro graphic cards.  Quadro cards can accelerate certain effects inside of Avid as well.  Quadro cards are more expensive then "normal" nVidia cards.  Since these systems are designed to be the basic Avid validated spec that also include a quite "moderate" Quadro, the K2200.  The Dual Xeon Avid systems have either the K4200 or K5200 card. The biggest limiting factor for Avid performance is processing power; you could but the K4200 or K5200 into these single processor systems but would benefit more by buying a dual Xeon system over the single Xeon Z440. 

Hard drive

Avid have only validated a 512MB SSD primary drive or a 1TB 7200RPM mechanical drive for use in their systems.  The normal mechanical drive will work fine for Windows but the solid state drive is better and will make the whole machine boot faster and work more seamlessly.  A smaller SSD would work just as well, however, Avid have only validated this system with a 512MB SSD, hence it being the only SSD option.

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.


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.


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 Media Composer Single Xeon desktop system

Basic system

There are two different possible processors (a 6 core and an 8 core) and you can have either a normal or solid state hard drive for Windows

HP Z440 8 core 3.2Ghz E5-1660v4 Xeon processor, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD primary, nVidia Quadro M2000 graphics card, Windows 10 or Windows 7, DVD Writer. 3 year HP warranty. (2,963.50 + VAT)
HP Z440 64core 3.5Ghz EE5-1650v4 Xeon processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD primary, nVidia Quadro M2000 graphics card, Windows 10 or Windows 7, DVD Writer. 3 year HP warranty. (1,569.00 + VAT)
HP Z440 6 core 3.6Ghz E5-1650v4 Xeon processor, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD primary, nVidia Quadro M2000 graphics card, Windows 10 or Windows 7, DVD Writer. 3 year HP warranty. (2,320.00 + VAT)

Video Drives

How many video drives would you like in the system and of what size. This system is limited and can only accept two drives apart from the main Windows drive..

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)
1x3TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (81.08 + VAT)
2x3TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (162.16 + VAT)
1x4TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (152.70 + VAT)
2x4TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA drive (305.40 + 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)


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)


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 n 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

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