September 20, 2016 at 1:14PM, Edited September 20, 1:22PM

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Pre-Built PC for DaVinci Resolve 12.5?

I was initially looking to get an iMac for running Davinci Resolve 12.5, but the info out there seems to suggest it's far from the ideal hardware for it. I'm more than willing to make the switch to PC, but I know so little about them (computers in general, really) and haven't a clue where to start. All the technical info is pretty daunting to me, I can barely make heads or tails out of most of it.

I know my best bet is to build a custom PC, but that's really beyond me. Does anyone use a pre-built PC, under 3500$ ideally, that can handle 4k video in resolve? Or am I hoping for too much? Beyond simple things like upgrading graphics card, adding RAM, etc, I'd really rather not have to put something together myself.

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The real problem you are going to face is this: the easiest way to build a system that's rock-solid with respect to high-performance specifications is to go high-end. Which is expensive. The more you try and cut cost corners, the more you need special knowledge about how to keep performance up, and the narrower is the window in which performance maintains above required minimums. There are many kinds of 4K video. Highly compressed 4K video is No Big Deal for many computers. But 4K RAW takes some real grunt, still.

I think your best bet is to find a reseller that specializes in building custom machines and select the one that meets your performance requirements, even if it ends up costing more than $3500. Blackmagic Design actually lists some of these from the Resolve pages and documentation. That's where I'd start if I were you.

September 20, 2016 at 2:46PM

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I've build 3 PCs in the last few years from a $3500 monster to a $600 machine for my daughter and it's a great way to go. For anyone interested in building their own PC, I highly recommend checking out this website: http://www.logicalincrements.com/
It has a list of compatible parts for any price range and is continually updated. Building a PC, while a little overwhelming at first, is actually fairly simple and straightforward. There are tons of videos showing exactly what to do - this guy from Newegg is great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIF43-0mDk4

February 14, 2017 at 3:18PM, Edited February 14, 3:19PM

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