Best Workstation PC for DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve is a program used for video editing and colour grading. To get the most out of this program, you would want a PC built around a strong GPU, and we would also recommend a colour calibrated monitor.

Why choose us?

Parts like CPU cooler, Power Supply Unit, and chassis are often glossed over when putting together a system like this. Surprisingly, these parts have a massive effect on the lifespan and performance optimisation of the CPU, GPU and RAM. We only use parts that guarantee excellent cooling, airflow, and power delivery.

We’ve also got a lot of experience in putting these systems together, and our cable management is flawless. This not only means dust will be a lot less of an issue, but it will be much easier to work with when you eventually need an upgrade. This will only happen several years down the line, of course. Not to mention our cases just look fantastic.

Each Modena Computers Workstation is tailored to the personal needs of the user, but the features below would make for a great starting point for your DaVinci Resolve computer.

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CPU – Frequency

While the main focus for this kind of system should be your GPU, you do want to make sure that your CPU won’t cause a bottleneck. A fast CPU will help you get the most out of your We’ve been very impressed with the performance of AMD’s latest generation of Ryzen CPUs, and a great place to start would be one of their 6-core Ryzen 5s. If you plan on using multiple GPUs, or just making room for them in the future, you’ll want to go for something more.

Speed is also really important if you plan on using Fusion in DaVinci Resolve.

Of course, a more powerful CPU would go a long way in ensuring your PC will be as future proof as possible, and you should always keep in mind any other programs you may want to use. One example would be Unreal Engine, which prefers CPUs with a high thread count.

CPU – Core Count

DaVinci Resolve does benefit from having more cores, but after a certain point, you run into diminishing returns. If you prioritize the GPU above all other components, these diminishing returns would likely not be a problem for you, because you would only be allocating enough of your budget for a CPU that won’t bottleneck the GPU.  

GPU

DaVinci Resolve should be your main consideration. Your budget should factor in the highest performance graphics card you can afford, while still leaving room for a CPU that can manage it well.

We should also mention that DaVinci Resolve is one of those rare programs that can make use of multiple GPUs. It’s possible to combine a pair of graphics cards in such a way that you can buy two cards and get higher performance out of them than you would from a single card that costs more than even the combined cost of those cards.

RAM

The amount of RAM you would need for a well optimized DaVinci Resolve workstation depends on the kind of projects you’re going to be working on. In many cases, 32GB would be enough. This is great as a starting point, but you might be pushing the limits of this amount if you plan on editing longer or higher resolution videos. If you plan on editing 6k videos or higher, 64GB RAM is certainly worth consideration. This will allow for optimal performance even on projects involve a lot of lighting, and will also leave enough headroom for other applications. It will also make the computer a lot more future proof.

Storage

Storage technology has come a long way over the past decade. Solid State Drives are known to be much faster than mechanical hard drives, but they’re also seen as pretty expensive.

It was pretty common to install the OS on a 120GB SSD, and everything else on a 1TB HDD, so that you could at least start up your PC super quickly.   

Recently it’s become more viable to just use a larger SSD, from around 500GB to 1TB, and this is exactly our approach with our PCs. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to save and load programs, and also transfer data, at incredible speeds. The SSDs we use are M.2 form factor and use the NVMe protocol, which means they take up no additional space in your case, and are even faster than standard 2.5” SATA drives.

These drives save a lot of time, and that means the PC will pay itself off a lot faster. You also still have the option of adding in some HDDs if you need to.

Monitor

Of course the PC itself is very important for DaVinci Resolve, but if you really want to get the ideal colour grading results, colour accuracy is a must. There are some great options available when it comes to colour calibrated displays, and this is something that should be prioritized over resolution. We have a great suggestion of an ultrawide monitor with 99% sRGB coverage. We’ll tell you all about it in the consultation process.  

Conclusion and Sample Configurations

As we said before, each Modena Computers Vulcan Workstation is custom built to the workflow and budget requirements of its user. It’s important to consider other programs you may want to use with this workstation.

During our consultation process, you can let us know exactly which programs you want to use with your machine, and we’ll be happy to help you understand what you need. 

Keep in mind that opting for higher performance right out of the gate offers much greater value than getting exactly what you need right now. A higher performance PC won’t need downtime to upgrade any time soon, and will also allow you to complete more work in less time. It could pay itself off a lot sooner than a more affordable option.  

Below are three examples of specifications to match three different budgets.

Vulcan Workstation

Entry-Level
  • AMD Ryzen 5600X (6c / 12t) CPU
  • AMD B550 Chipset Motherboard
  • 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Nvidia RTX2060 Super 8GB Graphics Card
  • 480GB M.2 NVMe PCI-e SSD
  • Windows 10 Professional x64 Digital License
  • 3 Year Warranty and Lifetime Support
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Monitor

Vulcan Workstation

Mid-Range
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (6c / 12t) CPU
  • AMD B550 Chipset Motherboard
  • 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Nvidia RTX3070 Graphics Card
  • 960GB M.2 NVMe PCI-e SSD
  • Windows 10 Professional x64 Digital License
  • 3 Year Warranty and Lifetime Support
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Monitor
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Vulcan Workstation

High-Spec
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (16c / 32t) CPU
  • AMD X570 Chipset Motherboard
  • 64GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 2 x Nvidia RTX2080Ti 11GB Graphics Card
  • 960GB M.2 NVMe PCI-e SSD
  • Windows 10 Professional x64 Digital License
  • 3 Year Warranty and Lifetime Support
  • 29" Ultrawide Monitor
  • Keyboard and Mouse
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