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Resolve Quad core i7 system

The "Skylake" chip is the most commonly used i7 processor and is also available in i5 and i3 variations. The i7 is the most powerful version which is why we use that in our editing systems. The Broadwell-E and Xeon processors are faster and have more "cores". They can also handle more "add-in" boards.  However, for most people the Skylake is fast enough and is the obvious choice.

Computer case

♦    An Antec P100 quiet case, with a quiet PSU..
♦    A Gamemax quiet gaming case, which is also designed to be quiet but does not have as much room to add in extra hard drives.

Both cases have front mounted USB3 sockets as well as audio sockets. 

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 Broadwell 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 caddies 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 cases only support 2 front facing drive bays, both 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.

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.

Gamemax Silent gaming case

The second case we offer is also a quiet case, but at a lower price. This case has 2 large drive bays like the Antec case but only has space internally for 2 normal 3.5" drives and 3 2.5" laptop size drives. One of the 2.5" drives will probably be a solid state primary drive. The main reason to choose this case over the Antec is that you only need a couple of video drives and it is cheaper.

Case dimensions:
Height: 468 mm
Width: 230 mm
Depth: 475 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 customize 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 familiarize 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 dispatch to advise the system is on the way.

If you would like to pay by a different method - BACS transfer for cheque, for example, you can choose this option when you place the order and we will then contact you to arrange payment separately.

Blackmagic Resolve Skylake 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.. (+173.24 + 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 Z270 motherboards have USB2, USB3 and 2 USB3.1 and the option for an add-on Thunderbolt board. The H270 is almost the same but without USB3.1 or Thunderbolt option.

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)


i7 processors are Quad core with "HyperThreading", i5s are only Quad core and i3 Dual core. The "K" on a processor number means it can be "overclocked". i7s are the fastest.

4.2Ghz Intel Core i7 7700K Kaby Lake Quad Core processor with HyperThreading (+383.78 + VAT)
3.6Ghz Intel Core i7 7700 Kaby Lake Quad Core processor with HyperThreading (+337.83 + VAT)
3.8GHz Intel Core i5 7600K Kaby Lake Quad Core processor (no HyperThreading) (+256.75 + VAT)
3.5GHz Intel Core i5 7600 Kaby Lake Quad Core processor, (No Hyper-threading) (+240.54 + VAT)
3.GHz Intel Core i5 7400 Kaby Lake processor, Quad Core (no HyperThreading) (+202.70 + VAT)
4.2Ghz Intel Core i3 7350K Kaby Lake processor - dual core with HyperThreading (+202.70 + 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 Kaby Lake processors (9.79 + VAT)
Water cooled fan for Kaby Lake & 2011 pin Broadwell-E CPU (127.02 + VAT)


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 (+87.83 + 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 (+55.29 + VAT)
250GB M.2 (PCI-e) NVME high performance solid state drive (+92.94 + VAT)
500GB (PCI-e) M.2 NVME high performance solid state drive (+170.58 + VAT)
1TB Solid State Drive (+277.02 + VAT)
2TB Solid State Drive (+470.58 + VAT)

Graphic card

We chose a 1070 for the default because it is a good balance of cost and performance. For 4K editing choose a card with at least 4GB RAM.

nVidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 RAM (1920 Cores) (+432.43 + VAT)
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 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)


Standard Windows Keyboard (Black) (+8.00 + VAT)
Logitech Wireless Keyboard (+0.00 + VAT)
Logitech Wireless Keyboard (+33.78 + 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

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)

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 (+66.00 + VAT)
DVD writer - uses Windows Media Player to play DVD video discs. (+19.31 + 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 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)

Which version of Windows do you want?

Resolve 12.5 is validated for Windows 10, although it works on Windows 7. Windows 7 is only available while stocks last..

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)
Windows 10 Home 64 bit (101.35 + VAT)
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)

DaVinci Resolve Software

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

DaVinci Resolve (Free) (0.00 + VAT)
DaVinci Resolve Studio (699.00 + VAT)
Use the version of DaVinci Resolve Full that came with my Cinema Camera (0.00 + 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)

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 (+15.77 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

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