The Cerise Desktop

The Cerise Desktop
The Cerise Desktop is aimed at digital content creators on a budget. It is housed in an ultra-quiet case so that you can concentrate on your work instead of your machine. One large slow moving fan at the front of the case and one large slow moving fan at the back of the case keep components cool while the CPU has its own high-efficiency heat sink. An abundance of USB ports at the front and rear of the computer ensures you have ready access to plug in peripherals.


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Cerise Desktop, Inside

Hand-Built Perfection

When you order The Cerise Desktop, we assign one technician to build your computer. This technician constructs your machine with a tremendous amount of care and attention to detail. That same technician then thoroughly tests your desktop to ensure that it will you give years of reliable use.

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Intel i7 6700K CPU


The Cerise Desktop takes an Intel i7 or i9 CPU with up to 18-cores and 128GB of RAM.

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Cerise Circular Solid State Drive

Hard Drives

The Cerise Desktop takes up to 6 solid-state or mechanical hard drives.

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graphics card

Graphics Card

We offer any of Nvidia’s consumer and workstation graphics cards.

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USB and I/O Ports

The Cerise Desktop offers a multitude of USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 ports on the front and rear of your computer for easy connectivity to all your peripherals.

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Flashcard Reader

Flash Card Reader

We offer a high-quality flash card reader as standard with every Cerise Desktop. This reads all major flash card formats.

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Cerise Desktop, Front Fan and Dust Filter

Thermal Properties & Noise

We install large slow moving fans at the front and rear of the computer since these move large volumes of air with very little noise. The front fan has a filter to keep the dust bunnies out. The CPU has its own high-efficiency heatsink. In day to day use, this makes the Cerise Desktop extremely quiet.

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Our aluminum desktop cases are light yet sturdy. The power switch is on the top of the case. Large slow moving fans at the front and back of the case ensure quiet operation. The meticulous cabling inside the case shows the care and attention that goes into the build of every Cerise computer.


Which CPU?
  • The central processing unit or CPU is the “brains” of the computer and is the component which performs most of the of the computer’s calculations. The CPU’s speed is measured in Hertz (Hz) or cycles per second.
  • Virtually all CPU’s today have multiple processors or ‘cores’ on one piece of silicon. This means the operating system splits a program into ‘threads’ and then distributes those program threads to the available cores so that they can be processed. The ease with which a program can be threaded is termed ‘multithreading’. Photo editing programs such as Photoshop are not highly multithreaded, so for this type of app, you should choose a CPU that emphasizes speed over cores. Video editing programs however, such as Premiere Pro are highly multithreaded so for this type of program, you should choose a CPU that emphasizes cores over speed.
  • The latest Intel CPU’s have ‘Performance’ and ‘Efficiency’ cores. Performance cores are optimized for the most demanding tasks such as video editing and rendering. Efficiency cores focus on tasks that require light processing such as downloading and word processing.

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Operating System


RAM can be regarded as the short-term memory of your computer and this is very simple to understand. When you load a program or edit an image, the program or image is brought out of storage, i.e. the hard drive and placed in your short-term memory or RAM. Since the lines of communication between the CPU and the memory are particularly fast, the CPU can quickly act on and process the program and data being held in the memory.

Obviously, the more short-term memory or RAM you have, the more programs and data such as images you can work on simultaneously. Lack of memory is the single major cause of slow or crashing computers because there is simply not enough space in the memory to hold all the programs you are working on.

Plan on RAM that is at least four times greater than the programs and data you are working with. Video and image editing programs make multiple copies of a file before the edits are complete. So if you have 4GB of programs and data open at any one time, you should have at least 16GB of RAM. RAM today is relatively cheap so it is the most cost-efficient way of keeping your computer fast.

1st Hard Drive for OS & Applications

The optimum hard drive set-up for digital content creators such as photographers and video editors is one hard drive for the operating system and programs and a separate hard drive for data such as photo and video files.

Many digital content creators find a third hard drive for dumping their newly created files after a shoot very useful. Once files have been dumped onto this 3rd hard drive, they are easily moved throughout the computer system and then can then be returned there after editing for short term storage.

PCIe solid state drives are roughly 3-4 times faster than SATA solid state drives.

2nd Hard Drive for Multimedia Editing

This is the drive for your data such as photo and video files.

PCIe solid state drives are roughly 3-4 times faster than SATA solid state drives.

3rd Hard Drive for File Dump/Storage

Many digital content creators find a third hard drive for dumping their newly created files after a shoot very useful. Once files have been dumped onto this 3rd hard drive, they are easily moved throughout the computer system and then can then be returned there after editing for short term storage.

PCIe solid state drives are roughly 3-4 times faster than SATA solid state drives.

Blu-Ray and DVD

Although optical discs are slowly going out of fashion, archive quality DVD & Blu-ray discs are still the most reliable and economical way of backing up data and the easiest way of reinstalling your operating system.

Video Card

The video card processes visual information from your CPU and displays it on the monitor. Nvidia manufactures their consumer cards under the name ‘GeForce’ and their workstation cards under the name ‘Quadro’. Both GeForce and Quadro video cards now give 10-bit color and with GeForce cards, we install the ‘Studio’ driver to activate this 10-bit color capability. When you pair your video card with a 10-bit color capable monitor, this enables you to see more than 1.07 billion colors or 64 times more colors than with an 8-bit monitor. This covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color space. If exceptional color accuracy is important to you, a 10-bit monitor is a necessity!

Cards with RTX in their nomenclature enable ray tracing.

More and more programs are using the processing power of the video card to process data.

Quadro workstation video cards are an absolute necessity for CAD applications like Solidworks. Otherwise, a GeForce card should work just as well for less money!


Choose a 10-bit monitor to view all the colors that your GeForce or Quadro video card can display. We check every monitor for dead pixels and we install the monitor driver on your computer for the best possible performance.

Flash Card Reader

The AFT EX-S3C Flash Card Reader is highly robust and reliable. It reads Compact Flash, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick and Micro SD cards. It also provides has two extra USB 3 ports on the front panel.

Extra USB 3 Ports

The single type C port USB 3.2 gen 2×2 card we offer provides 20Gbp/s speed and is suitable for external storage devices and high definition cameras.

The 4 Type A port USB 3.2 gen 2 card we offer is extremely reliable and dedicates full 10Gb/s bandwidth to each USB port as opposed to cheaper cards that share the bandwidth across all the ports on the card.

If you have an external USB 3 hard drive enclosure, this card enables you to take full advantage of the transfer speed that your enclosure is capable of.

These cards are compatible with all previous USB iterations.

Thunderbolt 4

Thunderbolt 4 provides 40 Gb/s throughput so if you have the right storage, you can achieve blazing speeds between your computer and external hard drives. The Thunderbolt 4 ports on your computer will work with Thunderbolt 3 devices and cables. It will also work with older Thunderbolt versions with the help of an adapter. Thunderbolt 4 can significantly decrease the clutter on your desktop since you can connect all your peripherals such as keyboard, mice, monitors and printers to a Thunderbolt 4 dock and then just have one cable that extends from the dock to the Thunderbolt 4 port on your computer.


Our eSATA implementation is a simple bracket that enables you to hook up your external eSATA hard drive to a SATA port on the motherboard. This means there are no electronics between the external hard drive and the motherboard. This ensures maximum reliability and compatibility.


Firewire gives read and write speeds that are close to 100MBps with external firewire hard drive enclosures. Firewire also has very low latency which is why it is still so popular in audio production. We install a firewire card with the Texas instrument chipset for maximum compatiblity.


WiFi enables internet access without the wires. The WiFi cards we offer give progressively better speed and range as the price increases. WiFi 6E operates on the 6 GHz band which is less cluttered and therefore has less interference than WiFi 6 which operates on the 2.4 and 5GHz band.

Sound Card

Although the quality of the integrated audio on the motherboard has significantly increased over the last couple of years, it’s still no match for a discrete audio card. If music is important to you, consider getting a sound card.


Keyboard & Mouse

10 Socket Metal Surge Protector

A surge protector is important because it protects the delicate electronic components in your computer case from sudden voltage spikes due to lightning strikes, power outages or short circuits. The surge protector we offer employs high quality electronic components to keep your computer data safe.


If you configure your computer with an optical drive, your Cerise will also come with a bootable image of your C: Drive on a DVD. This is an exact snapshot of your C: drive at the time your computer leaves our workshop. This enables you to easily reinstall your operating system with all drivers & optimizations to the pristine condition it was in when it left our workshops. This process takes about 20 minutes. If you configure your Cerise without an optical drive, we place this image on your data hard drive.

We also supply you with instructions on how to create your own image after you have installed all your apps and configured them the way you like. In Windows 10 & 11 this is very easy to do.


Pre and post-sales support is an important part of the package we offer you. As well as being very attentive to you at the time you choose the components that will make up your computer, we are always available for tech support if something goes wrong or you just want advice on upgrading or installing new hardware and software.

All Cerise computers come with a one-year warranty. This means we will fix any malfunctioning hardware free of charge for one year. You just pay for shipping to us. If the malfunction occurs within 30 days of you receiving the computer, the shipping is on us. You can get the same coverage for 2 or 3 years at an additional cost.

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