Best Computer for Video Editing [2020 Guide]

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Best Computer for Video Editing [2020 Guide]

Video Editing – One of the most popular things you can do on a Computer or Workstation.

No wonder so many people are looking for the perfect Machine for their Video Editing needs. A specialized and optimized Computer for Video Editing can save you time, a lot of frustration and in the long run, lots of money.

The great thing about Video Editing is, it has become so accessible, that you can now even edit Videos on a Laptop.

Back in the old days, the only way you could edit your analog video, was by using cutting machines that were huge and heavy, and unbelievably expensive. You needed a team to operate all the Video Editing machinery.

Old Fashion video editing

Image-Source: rowlandediting.wordpress.com

With modern day computers, digital video and the speed at which Computer Technology is evolving, anyone can be a Video Editor, at least from a technological standpoint.

It doesn’t matter if you are editing your birthday video, a documentation for a local wildlife broadcaster, a commercial for the big Brand’s washing machine or edit huge Hollywood productions.

There’s a Computer and very specific kind of hardware components for anyone and every kind of budget.

The same can be applied to Video Editing Software. It does not matter if you are using Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, Davinci Resolve or any other of the gazillion Video Editing Applications out there.

All of these run on a Computer that you can get off the shelf.

If you had to choose one: What is your main Video Editing Software?
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 44%, 288 votes
    288 votes 44%
    288 votes - 44% of all votes
  • Davinci Resolve 18%, 116 votes
    116 votes 18%
    116 votes - 18% of all votes
  • Final Cut 17%, 114 votes
    114 votes 17%
    114 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Avid 4%, 27 votes
    27 votes 4%
    27 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Sony Vegas 4%, 27 votes
    27 votes 4%
    27 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Blender 3%, 19 votes
    19 votes 3%
    19 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Apple iMovie 2%, 15 votes
    15 votes 2%
    15 votes - 2% of all votes
  • After Effects* 2%, 14 votes
    14 votes 2%
    14 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Cyberlink Powerdirector 2%, 12 votes
    12 votes 2%
    12 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Other 2%, 10 votes
    10 votes 2%
    10 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Pinnacle Studio 1%, 7 votes
    7 votes 1%
    7 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Edius* 1%, 7 votes
    7 votes 1%
    7 votes - 1% of all votes
Total Votes: 656
30. Apr, 2020
* - added by visitor

And let me tell you this right now: The best Computers for Video Editing aren’t all that expensive anymore.

Not for Professionals – because they earn their money with it, and a great Computer is just worth every penny – and not for Video Editing Amateurs, because a Computer that you can edit a Home-Shoot Smartphone Video on, really doesn’t have to be expensive.

How does Video Editing utilize your Computer’s Hardware?

If we want to build the best Computer for Video Editing, the first step is to analyze what Hardware your Video Editing Software actually uses the most and in what way.

Now, there are so many different Video Editing Applications out there, but I will focus on one for now:

Adobe Premiere Pro. It is a very popular Video Editing Software, that many professionals and also amateurs edit in and is perfect for our analysis because lots of other Video Editing Apps use the Hardware in very similar ways.

Premiere Pro Video Editing Timeline

Let’s take a look at how I myself would Edit a Video in Premiere Pro, and we can go from there and take a closer look at what these steps imply, hardware-wise.

My typical Video-Editing workflow:

  • Load Footage into my Project
  • Create Sequences and rough cuts with this footage
  • Play-Back my timeline a lot of times, to be able to edit
  • Add Transitions, Effects, Titles
  • Add Sound Effects and Music
  • Render out my Timeline with the actual non-proxy footage

This is a very rough workflow of the basic steps a Video Editor would be doing throughout a typical day, nothing fancy.

If you think about it, Editing Video, from an underlying Hardware perspective is something that can be broken down into a few simple steps:

  1. The Software reads Data (the Footage) from your Storage Medium.
  2. Your Editing Software has to decode this footage.
  3. The Software then manipulates this Footage depending on the effects and color-grading you are using (if at all).
  4. This manipulated footage is then usually stored in the Memory (RAM), so you have a real-time experience when playing back the timeline.

When rendering out your final project, the only thing you add to this chain is:

  1. Encode the timeline into your desired codec and
  2. Save the finished encoded Data to the Storage Medium.

It is these 6 simple steps, that we will have to optimize as much as possible to build our Best Computer for Video Editing.

Let’s step through them one at a time as see what Hardware Part is responsible for speeding each of these up:

Reading / Loading of the Footage

This is an easy one: Your Storage Device and the transfer Bus are responsible for the speed at which your footage can be read from a Storage Medium.

There are three popular Storage types that you can choose from nowadays:

The Hard Drive (HDD)

The Hard Disc Drive is the slowest of these three options. Sequential Read speeds are usually around 150Mbyte/s. Random Read and Write is a multitude Slower.

Hard Drives have great Cost/GByte, but rank last place in speed.

Hard Drives are great for Archiving and Backing up large Data, that doesn’t have to be accessed all the time, but I would not recommend using an HDD as an active working Device for your Footage.

Good HDDs can usually be found from Seagate or Western Digital, such as the Seagate Barracuda Series or the Western Digital Blue or Red Series.

You can get HDDs in sizes up to 14TB, though the best price/GByte mark lies somewhere around 8TB.

seagate-barracuda HDD Overview

Image-Source: Seagate

Next up is the Solid State Drive (SSD)

A Solid State Drive (SATA) is usually about 4 Times faster than an HDD and will speed up the reading of your Footage a lot. SSDs aren’t all that expensive anymore and prices are coming down quite fast.

I recommend to minimally get an SSD as your active Footage Storage Medium.

The Samsung 860 EVO or PRO, that come at reasonable prices in sizes from 256GB up to 4TB is a great SSD with high-end performance.

Best Computer for Video Editing - SSD vs NVMe

Image-Source: atpinc.com

As Video Footage can become quite large, you will want a Storage Medium that has the maximum of Sequential Read and Write Speeds that you can get your hands on for a reasonable price, and that brings us to NVMe SSDs:

NVMe SSDs

NVMe SSD (Non-Volatile Memory Express) Solid State Drives, basically are SSDs on Steroids. They use a different Socket / Bus on the Mainboard and can reach much higher performance than a regular SATA SSD.

They can be over 5 Times faster than even SSDs at sequential read and write speeds and will make reading large Footage an easy task.

Although slightly more expensive than SSDs, they are definitely worth the money. Highly recommended!

Great NVMe SSDs that I can recommend are the Samsung 970 EVO PLUS and Samsung 970 PRO, that come in sizes from 250GB up to 2 TB.

samsung_970_evo

Image-Source: techlabor.com

NVMe SSDs will help you read even RAW Footage in 4K+ Resolutions in real time.

Let’s start with adding a Samsung 970 PRO 1TB to our Best Computer for Video Editing Build. That way we should already be able to rule out the Storage Medium as a bottleneck.

What’s next in our Video Editing Workflow?

Decoding the Footage

Now, reading alone usually won’t be enough to be able to see the footage, as almost every Footage is encoded in some way. If it’s encoded (usually mainly to save space) it has to be decoded before playback and viewing.

Decoding is something that is usually done by the Processor (CPU). Unfortunately, there is no one CPU that is best for all types of Footage “Codecs” or Video File types.

Let’s take a look at a performance overview:

Premiere Pro Live Playback Benchmark Score

Image-Credit: Pugetsystems

BUT. Of course, playing back the Footage gets us only half way there. We want to apply some Effects to our Footage!

Manipulating the Footage with Effects, Transitions, Trimming & Titles

If your Edits are Effects intensive, then you will want a maximum Core-Clock CPU.

Effects are calculated in hierarchical order and most can’t be outsourced to other cores, meaning one Core will be crunching all the numbers for all the Effects on that one Frame.

Let’s make an example:

Your Footage has the following Effects applied:

  • Time-Remap
  • Brightness / Contrast
  • Shoulder
  • Glow

Seems like a pretty basic setup. The thing is, you can’t have 4 Cores calculate these 4 Effects simultaneously on the same Frame because they are all dependent on each other.

You first have to Time-Remap your footage before you can edit the Brightness / Contrast and so on. This is one Core stepping hierarchically through the effects chain.

Sure, other cores can start working on the effects of other Frames, but some Effects aren’t just dependent on each other on a per frame basis, but in-between frames.

Such as the Time-Remap.

Having a high-clocked CPU will benefit you in Effects heavy Projects.

Good choices here are the i9 9900K with 5GHz Turbo Boost Clock, the AMD Ryzen 3950X (4,7GHz Turbo), or the AMD Ryzen 3900X with 4,6GHz Turbo Boost Clock.

But of course you have to take the type of footage you are using into account: If you are using hires RED Footage, you should use a high-Core-Count CPU for best decoding experience.

If you have both, RED Footage (or similar) AND heavy use of Effects, you will have to find a middle ground:

A fairly high clocking CPU with lots of Cores, such as the Threadripper 3960X. For NON-RED users, it seems the i9 9900K is currently the goto CPU for Video Editing.

It really is quite unpractical. Because CPUs have to stay inside specific thermal- and power-limits, there is no one CPU that has lots of cores AND a very high core clock. This would, of course, be optimally for Video Editing, and for many other use cases too, but we have to find the best middle ground for us here.

Now that we have found the CPU for our Footage-decoding and Effects-Calculations, the next step in our Editing Experience usually is:

Storing Cached Footage in RAM

This is usually done automatically by the Editing Software you are using.

The moment you either play back your timeline, scrub your timeline or manually press some kind of “calculate or prerender effects in timeline” button, the Software will:

  1. Read the Footage
  2. Calculate the Effects on the Footage
  3. Store the Result in your System Memory (RAM)

This is usually known as Caching. All cached Frames are saved, in your RAM, so the next time you want to view a frame or a sequence, the Software doesn’t have to calculate everything again, but can read the already calculated result from RAM, which is much faster.

When you play back the Timeline, usually the Editing Software looks ahead and calculates the frames to come.

Sometimes frames are calculated right away and others have more effects on them, this is why the Editing Software in a way “buffers” ahead, as not to interrupt your real-time playback experience.

Now, RAM is easy.

RAM is so fast, you could get the worst kind of RAM and it would still be fast enough for almost any of your Editing needs.

RAM Speed

The only important thing, when buying RAM for Video Editing, is getting enough. As we discussed above, the RAM has to be big enough to store the cached result.

If it is not large enough, the Software will Cache to your Disc, and that will slow things down a lot!

Check this in-depth article on how much RAM you should be getting.

These 3 Steps – Reading, Calculating, Caching – will be done again and again, during Video Editing Sessions.

When you are finished with the Edit or want to show the current status to a client, you will continue to the next step:

Rendering out the Project to a Video File

Rendering out your Timeline uses the same steps that we have already discussed above. You read your footage, apply the Effects and store the resulting frames into a Video File.

If the Timeline has already been cached, all the Video Editing Software has to do, is read the cached Frames from RAM and save them to the Video File.

Now, there is one more thing that is important in Rendering out your Video, namely the Encoding Stage.

You usually don’t just dump your calculated Frames onto your disc uncompressed but want to package and encode/compress the Frames into a File Format that:

  • Can be played back with your targeted System / Video Player
  • Is as small as possible without losing too much Quality

There are lots of different Codecs available for encoding. Some popular ones include H.264, H.265, WMV9, ProRes, DnxHD, Sorenson, Cinepak and many more.

Most of the more popular codecs use the possibility of saving only the difference between two frames instead of saving each frame in its entirety, as the difference between two frames is usually much smaller in file size. Others block Pixels together or reduce color and contrast information to save space.

But these are only some of many tricks how Codecs keep your Filesize low and provide a smooth playback experience.

To summarize the Video Rendering Process and the Hardware that is mainly responsible:

  • Read Footage (SSD)
  • Calculate / Apply Effects in your Timeline (CPU, GPU)
  • Store the Frames in RAM (RAM)
  • Read Frames from RAM (RAM)
  • Encode Frames (CPU)
  • Pack frames and Audio into a Video Container (CPU)
  • Save Video Result on Disc (SSD)

The SSD can usually be ruled out as a bottleneck in this Rendering /Encoding Process, as it is more than fast enough to save your resulting Video File UNLESS of course, you are rendering out uncompressed Videos, huge EXR Sequences or other very large Files (Think 100s of MBytes per Frame)

The RAM too should always be fast enough as to not slow down the rendering process. Of course, the RAM has to be large enough to fit the Frames that are being rendered.

Almost always, the CPU will be responsible for the performance in encoding your Frames. Let’s take a look at some Benchmarks:

Premiere Pro Export Score

Image-Credit: Pugetsystems

For Rendering out your projects, having higher core-counts is the way to go. But there seems to be an optimum around 24 / 32 Cores and a slightly higher Core-Clock than having double the Cores with a lower Core-Clock.

AMD’s 3rd Gen Threadripper CPUs (3960X, 3970X, 3990XReview here) have a very solid lead over the higher clocked but lower-core-number CPUs such as the i9 9900K.

This time the RED Media Results are comparable to the non-RED Media Performance.

Best Computer for Video Editing – The Hardware

What components do we need for a working Computer anyway? After this quite in-depth material, let’s break it down to some concrete Hardware Suggestions:

The Processor

Best performing CPU for Video Editing: AMD Threadripper 3960X & 3970X
Best CPU for Video Editing under 500$: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Take a look at the following Video Editing (Premiere Pro) CPU Benchmark Scores by Pugetsystems. This table shows the overall score across all kinds of CPU benchmarks based on several real-world Premiere Pro Projects:

CPU NameCoresGhzPremiere Pro ScorePrice $Value
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X83.9657399
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X123.8711499
AMD Threadripper 3960X243.810421350
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X63.8620249
Intel i9 10900X103.7689650
AMD Threadripper 3970X323.710671950
Intel i5 9600K63.7585262
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X83.7603251
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X63.6527149
Intel i9 9700K83.6670362
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X83.6673329
AMD Ryzen 5 360063.6572199
Intel i9 9900K83.6737550
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X163.5833750
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.5763729
Intel i9 10920X123.5748750
AMD Threadripper 2920X123.5691369
Intel i9 9900X103.5664989
Intel i9 9920X123.57311189
Intel i9 9940X143.37551387
Intel i9 10940X143.3775950
Intel i9 9960X163.18101684
AMD Threadripper 2970WX243.06791300
Intel i9 9980XE183.08251979
Intel i9 10980XE183.08511150
AMD Threadripper 2990WX323.06621699
AMD Threadripper 3990X642.910353990
CPU NameCoresGHzPremiere Pro ScorePrice $Value

The AMD Threadripper 3970X is the currently best performing CPU for Video Editing. It does cost a lot though and its overall value is lower than some of the competing CPUs.

If you are looking for a great CPU for Video Editing that costs less than 500$, there are two excellent options: The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and the Intel i9 9900K (slightly above 500$).

The i9 9900K especially has high Clocks (Up to 5GHz Turbo Boost on limited Cores) which is great for calculating your Timeline-Effects and it has 8 Cores / 16 Threads which seems to be high enough, to also be great in exporting and encoding / decoding your Video Files.

Best CPU for Video Editing - Core i9 9900KAMD Ryzen 9 3900X

The AMD Threadripper CPUs, especially the 3960X and 2950X are an excellent choice if you are handling RED Media more often and don’t quite want to spend what a 3970X or even 3990X costs.

Best Storage for Video Editing: Samsung 970 EVO / PRO

If you can spare the cash to get an NVMe SSD, this should be at the top of your buy list. These type of SSDs offer excellent speed, especially when you are working with large footage.

Get SATA SSDs for your OS and Software and HDDs for backing up your Data regularly and you should be all set, storage-wise.

Best SSD for Video Editing

Image-Source: Samsung

Best RAM for Video Editing

As discussed above, Video Editing is not very dependent on the performance of the RAM, but dependent on having enough of it.

Any DDR4 RAM will be more than enough for Video Editing, but be sure to get enough of it!

RAM for Computer for Video Editing

Image-Source: gskill

I would set 16GB of RAM as a baseline for small Projects with lower resolutions < 2K, but as soon as you get to larger Footage, that also has 2K or higher resolutions, you should be getting 32GB or more.

Especially with 10Bit Footage, RED Media, 4K, 8K Footage you’ll be happy to have 64+ GBytes of RAM.

As was benchmarked recently, Memory Clock Speeds and Memory Channels don’t impact performance all that much. You might gain 4% performance increase on optimal settings, but usually pay a large premium for doing so.

If you fear no extra costs and would still like to optimize your RAM as much as possible, the rule is as follows:

  • Look for High Clock Speeds, so say 3200Mhz is better than 2400Mhz
  • Look for Low CL Latency, so say CL14 is better than CL16
  • Go for higher number of Channels, so Quad Channel would be better than Single or Dual Channel. Usually, the amount of RAM Sticks define the Channel Width. 4 RAM Modules = Quad Channel RAM (2 = Dual, 1 = Single), but this can vary on different systems

Best GPU for Video Editing

We didn’t talk about Graphics Cards in Video Editing all that much yet.

The reason being, that GPUs still don’t have a huge impact on any kind of Performance improvement when Editing Videos.

Yes, there are the occasional Effects that might be GPU-Accelerated but as you can see in this Benchmark overview, the only real difference I can tell, is that AMD GPUs seem to be performing worse than Nvidia, at least in Premiere Pro:

Premiere Pro GPU Benchmark Score

Image-Credit: Pugetsystems

You might want to check with your particular Video Editing Software of choice, but what is usually the case, is that:

  • Nvidia GPUs perform better in Premiere Pro vs AMD GPUs
  • Nvidia GTX or RTX GPUs have a better price/performance ratio to Nvidia Quadro GPUs
  • and having a multi-GPU Setup does not benefit you in Video Editing.

If you are GPU Rendering in 3D then again, of course Multi-GPU setups will scale almost linearly!

I recommend an Nvidia RTX 2070 or 2060 Super, as this is a fairly strong GPU, that ranks top in price/performance in a multitude of Benchmarks across many different use cases.

Nvidia RTX 2070

Image-Source: Nvidia

Anything above an RTX 2070 will be much more expensive for just a very few extra performance points.

A note on Quadro though:

If you are dependent on driving 10bit displays, then, of course, having a Quadro might be mandatory for you, as GTX / RTX Cards will only output 8Bit to a monitor. But there is another way to drive 10Bit Monitors:

Blackmagic Decklink Cards

If you would like to go the GTX/RTX way for your standard workflow and Monitors, but would still like to output to a 10Bit Reference Monitor, you can get a Blackmagic Decklink Card.

Black Magic Decklink Card

Image-Source: Blackmagicdesign

These Cards are made for to HDMI / SDI in 10Bit, but beware, that your Monitor should support your Project Framerates.

Decklink Cards are also great for recording hires (4K or even 8K) 10Bit Video in Real-Time if that is something that you are planning on.

So a combination of GTX/RTX type of GPUs with such an additional PCI-E-Decklink Card might just do the trick for you and save you some money.

Best Mainboard for Video Editing

The Mainboard in itself should adapt to the other Hardware Components that we discussed above, as it is basically “just” the Hub that connects all of the components together.

After you have selected your desired CPU, you can already narrow down the number of compatible mainboards by choosing the right Socket that fits your CPU.

You will need a sTRX4 Socket for example, if you are planning on running a 3rd Gen Threadripper CPU, a Motherboard with an AM4 Socket for any Ryzen CPUs (e.g. 3900X, 3950X), a Motherboard with an LGA 1151 for an i7 9700K or i9 9900K CPU and a 2066 Socket for any type of Intel i9-X Series CPUs such as the i9 10980XE.

There really isn’t all that much that you can do wrong here:

Almost every ATX standard sized Motherboard has enough PCIe Slots for your GPU and (if you need them) additional Cards, plenty SATA Connectors for your drives and usually comes with 4-6 or more USB Ports for anything external you might need to plug in.

Best Mainboard for Video Editing

Image-Source: Asus

Most Motherboards nowadays have at least one M.2 slot for your NVMe SSDs, most have 2 or more.

One thing you should look out for if you are planning on using lots of GPUs, of course, is getting a CPU that has enough PCIe-Lanes to support these GPUs.

Also beware of M.2 cards sometimes sharing lanes with SATA Ports if you have too many of them running at a time: Say, you have 8 SATA SSDs hooked up, then your M.2 Slot will run in lower speeds or might not work at all, on some Mainboards.

But that is something you only have to worry about when you really want to have 8 Drives hooked up.

ATX is the most popular Mainboard Size and will fit into an ATX Sized Computer Case. It’s as easy as that!

Best Computer Case for Video Editing

Apart from the Monitor and Input devices, the Computer Case is the main Piece of “Furniture” that will be visible to you and clients or other visitors.

It is lots of fun to browse for just the right case with just the right combination of looks, functionality and noise features. As there are so many different Brands and case types out there, I’ll let you pick one for yourself. Be sure your case is big enough to fit your components, but if you don’t go overboard, any ATX Midi Tower or Big Tower will do the trick for you.

I often recommend the Corsair Carbide 400C because it is professional and minimalistic looking and has some noise dampening features, but you might prefer a different brand.

Corsair Case

Image-Source: Corsair

Build your own Computer!

I recommend this in all of my articles and will say it again here – Building your own Computer has lots and lots of benefits:

  • You save a lot of money from getting individual parts.
  • You can get exactly the kind of parts and part combinations you want
  • You learn a lot about how a Computer works
  • You can upgrade your Computer yourself now
  • With all the extra Computer knowledge, you can fix problems that might arise later-on yourself
  • Assembling a Computer is easy, it’s basically just plugging different parts into each other
  • It’s fun!

Here’s a nice Step by Step Video showing you how easy it is to assemble a Computer. Follow this along and you will be done in less than 2 hours.

There is so much more I could discuss in this Article for finding the Best Computer for Video Editing but I think I have covered the basics and will now show you some finished Builds that you can use as inspiration. You can use the following Builds as-is or configure your own Video Editing PC, depending on your Budget:

Pre-selected PC-Builds at different budgets

Best Computer for Video Editing, AMD at ~1400$


This lower-end Build features the AMD 3600X, which is good for Effects Calculation but is surpassed by higher-core-count CPUs in Encoding / Decoding and overall Video Editing Speed.

16GB of RAM is quite good already, but feel free to add some more if you have the money.

The Storage System is split up between SSD for OS and Applications, NVMe for Footage and an HDD for Backup and Storage.

To save some more money, I added the Nvidia 1660Ti, but you can feel free to swap it with an RTX 2070 or higher, if you have the extra cash.

Best Computer for Video Editing, Intel at ~2200$

The i9 9900K is an excellent CPU for Video Editing. Although it doesn’t have as many Cores as an i9 9980XE or an AMD Threadripper, it has an extremely high Core-Clock, that makes up for the lack in Cores and speeds up Effects Calculation extremely well.

32GByte of RAM should set for quite some time. If you are only working on smaller-res Projects, you could save some money here and downgrade to 16GBytes, of course.

Same with extremely high-res Projects and large Footage Data 4K – 8K, you might want to upgrade your RAM to 64GByte.

BUT you will need a different CPU and Mainboard for that. Intel i9 9xxx-X Series (like the i9 9980XE) would be the way to go then on the 2066 Socket (Expect a heavy price increase though).

There are many RTX 2070 Versions and one of the main differences between some, is the cooling solution. If you plan on getting more than one GPU, you will have to stack them on top of each other. Here you should go for a blower style variant as this is fitted with a Cooler that performs well in these situations and blows the hot air out the back of the case, instead of inside it.

Go Open Air Cooling solution when you only use one GPU in your PC-Case.

Best Computer for Video Editing, AMD at ~2500$

This is an allrounder AMD build.

With its 16-Core 3950X CPU you’ll have great performance in both your active work / playback speed and exporting your projects with quite some effects applied. The 2060 Super GPU performs extremely well, given its price.

The beQuiet CPU Cooler keeps the CPU nice and cool while producing almost no noise unless you kick the build into sustained rendering.

The Storage is split up into 3 Drives for OS (SSD), your Footage on an NVMe Drive and the HDD for Backing up your Data.

If this price tier is a bit too much for you but would like to go with AMD Ryzen, you can always get an Ryzen 3900X and save some money, and also pass on some of the drives.

Best Computer for Video Editing, AMD Threadripper at ~6200$

Featuring the AMD Threadripper 3970x that already costs around ~1900$ in itself, this Build comes at a price but delivers great performance across all workloads in Video Editing.

You will get fast Encoding / Decoding, Live-Playback, Handling of all kinds of Footage Types and quick Effects Calculation. This build will give you pretty much the absolute best, money can buy for Video Editing on a Consumer Level.

Custom PC-Builder

If you want to get the best parts within your budget you should definitely have a look at the Web-Based PC-Builder Tool that I’ve created.

Select the main purpose that you’ll use the computer for and adjust your budget to create the perfect PC with part recommendations that will fit within your budget.

CGDirector PC-Builder Tool

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That’s about it! What Computer are you building?


Alex Glawion - post author

Hi, I’m Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I’ve built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I’ll do my best to help out!

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Tim Bennett

Hi,

Thanks for this great resource. I new to this process of building my own computer but excited to try it out. I’m trying to put together a computer to be used for both video and photo editing. I was trying to balance between the recommendations coming up using your tool for photo editing computer and the recommendations for a video editing computer. I’m not sure if that’s actually necessary (i.e. if I just followed a video-editing recommendation would it still be good for photo-editing), so I wanted to ask about that.

Looking at the recommendations, I essentially came up with this plan:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8Ghz 12-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: be quite! Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4
Motherboard: ASUS TUF x570-Plus (Wifi) ATX AM4
GPU: NVIDIA TRX 2060 6GB – MSI Gaming
RAM: 16 GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Storage PCle-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB
Storage HDD: SeaGate BarraCuda Compute 4TB
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series Platinum RM850x 850W Power Supply
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case

I think that puts me about $1700, if my math is correct.

Two questions, if you don’t mind:

1. Is that build a good product for both photo and video editing, or did my attempt to mix the recommendations for photo and video mess anything up?

2. For cost saving, I’ve considered dropping to the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor. It appears to save nearly $170 (combined with being able eliminate the separate cooler). I’m curious how significant of a performance difference that would make, and whether it would also impact how soon I would need to update the CPU in the future.

Thank you in advance for any information/insight your able to share. Your time and expertise is definitely appreciated!

Tim

Ervin

Hi,
Graphic design is my background but I want to transition slowly to video editing
Can you suggest me a build for video editing but can be used for graphic design too?
I’m willing to spend 1.5K to 2K USD
Thank you very much

Hey Ervin,

Thanks for asking!

Here’s a solid build for around $2,000:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor ($709.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4 ($89.90)
Motherboard: ASUS TUF Gaming x570-Plus (Wifi) ATX AM4 ($199.99)
GPU: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO GAMING ($299.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($159.99)
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 2.5″ 1TB SATA Solid State Drive ($115.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($124.99)
Storage HDD: Seagate BarraCuda Compute 4TB, 3.5″ ($94.98)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series Platinum RM850x 850W Power Supply ($127.21)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.73)

The total cost of the build went a little over your budget at around $2,028.76 but I don’t think you’d mind because you can expect this build to be more than capable enough of handling your video editing tasks. The Ryzen 9 3950X CPU and 32GB of RAM will ensure a fast and smooth workflow. You have three (3) storage options as well – a 500GB NVMe SSD for your OS and commonly used applications, a 1TB SATA SSD you can use as a scratch disk, and a 4TB HDD for your other files. All in all, this is a video editing build that will last you at least a couple of years!

Cheers,
Alex

Sean

I know very little about computers, but after doing some research, I bought a PC with an Intel Core i79700F, 16G RAM, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, with a 1TB HDD and a 480G SSD. It seems like all of these specs fall into a fair to good ratio with everything that I have researched, but it is SO slow in processing videos in Premiere and playback. Any ideas what I may be doing wrong on my end???

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Sean,
Those look like decent specs. First thing to check are some benchmarks for your cpu, like cinebench, and octanebench for your gpu. Just to make sure they perform as they should.

Be sure your footage is on the SSD, and do some testing with other footage maybe? What kind of footage are you using? Whats your project res and bit depth of your footage?

Cheers,
Alex

Andrei

Hallo, make sure you are working from the SSD and not your HDD.

franckyo

thank you for all the explanation and this in depth article

i use premiere pro, and sometime after effect
i have AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (3.5 GHz / 4.7 GHz)
64G Go RAM G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 Go 4 x 16 Go) DDR4 3600 MHz CL18
ASRock X570 Pro4
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER VENTUS OC
Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4

all my media file are on a QNAP (RAID5) for backup, and when i need to work with premiere , i will copy them on quick disk (NVME …) for the project
my project are always little : 10 Go , with 4K media rush
when my project are finish , i backup them on my QNAP

i think i will use SAMSUNG NVME 970 plus , there seem to be very quick : 3000 Go/s

– the first solution , (it’s avery good solution i think )

C: Samsung 970 plus 512GB OS

D: Samsung 97 plus 512 GB (or 1TO) Projects & Source Media

E: Samsung 970 plus 512GB or 250GB Media Cache & Scratch

– the second solution : it ‘s an idea with RAID

I build RAID 0 with 2 1TO 970 plus, so the transfert rate would be 2x 3000GO : i am right ????
si i have 2to nvme samsung 970 plus

i put all : OS, Projects & Source Media, Media Cache & Scratch into this 2x1To RAID 0

or An option for Media Cache & Scratch perphs i will used a partition 8 Go or plus , i have 64) in RAMDISK , it is very quick , or another littel NVME 256 Go

not sur it wil different (in speed) if i make partition , C D E for exemple

not sur it will be different in speed if i use plus : one 250 GO NVME for Media Cache & Scratch

in fact my QUESTION : do you think the second solution could be faster than the first , or equal or less good ??????

i just want the solution with the best speed in premiere (when i work : import ,color , effect : i don’t care export because my export are always 1 minutes )

it’s not a question of money

i don’t care if i have not redundancy in solution 2 , because i could backup my project on my QNAP and if one 1TO disk NVME scrach i will chane and reinstall windows, and all

thank you very much for your advcie

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey franckyo,
Setup one is very good. The Raid Setup will give you more performance but at a much steeper price. If you have no price constraints, then yes the Raiding of two nvme drives will get you a boost. Note though, that the 3gb/s per drive is sequential read performance at certain queue depths, so you won’t always hit full performance.

Also, if you want to Raid two NVME Drives, be sure to hook them up through the cpu pcie lanes, so through a pcie-slot. Don’t drive them over the Chipset lanes (on the motherboard) as the bandwidth on these is much shallower.

Get a PCIE Raid Card such as this one https://www.asrock.com/mb/spec/product.asp?Model=ULTRA%20QUAD%20M.2%20CARD

Also note that you probably won’t see much speedup in rendering, as rendering depends a lot on other factors such as the cpu performance. Editing / Timeline Scraping though will get a huge boost.

Of course nothing can compete with a RAMDISK. If you think you have enough RAM for a RAMDISK, this would be the ultimate performance boost. (Though as it doesn’t retain its data when power is off, you have to copy your stuff onto it every time you boot)

Cheers,
Alex

franckyo

Thank you Alex for your response

And for information about PCIE Raid Card
i just need to undsertand : I will check the information on the card ASRock X570 Pro4, i don’t know the bandwidth etc etc …

i think i will do the solution 2 : (RAID 0 )

About RAMSDISK :
a friend told me about ramdisk: so i have install “softperfect ramsdisk”
i have build a partition 8GO for test
vith perfect ramsdisk, i can make image of partition , sav partition at shut down ; it can sav partion for example all 60 min etc ….this soft seem to bee very cool
another test : i have install premeire pro on RAMSDISK (i must de-install on C: before ) , i seem to start quickly …. , i must do other test and it is another story !!!!!

for the RAMSDISK ,
I make underwater video , 4K , H264 , and generally my project : 1, or 2 minute
generally i stabilize , crop and make color and after export in 1920×1080

i must do test because i don’t know what amount RAMDSIK i need for Media Cache & Scratch
if 8Go will ok, if the project need plus so i wil use my RAID 0 or another NVME (250 Go ) for Media Cache & Scratch

Chers
Franckyo

Haru

Hello! I found your website very useful–thank you very much! I was reading your comments and I would also appreciate some feedback/help if you don’t mind!

I am aiming to build a PC for video editing (4k) and some motion graphics as well. The two factors I know for certain is that I would like to go with the Intel i9 9900K and 64GB of RAM (I’m not too familiar with RAM compatibility) . Could you help me build a PC with those two aspects? My budget is around $2300. I appreciate it very much!

Haru

I forgot to add, do you have a recommendation on a monitor? I’m looking for a color accurate monitor with fast refresh rate so I could enjoy both video editing and gaming! Preferably under $500! Thank you, again!

Hey Haru,

Here’s a good build with an i9-9900K CPU and 64GB of RAM as you requested:

Parts List:

CPU: Intel i9 9900k 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($544.93)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151 ($89.90)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151 ($179.99)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition ($649.99)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($329.99)
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 2.5″ 1TB SATA Solid State Drive ($119.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD ($119.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series Platinum RM850x 850W Power Supply ($127.21)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.73)

The build will cost you around $2,267.72 but I did not include a regular HDD to keep costs down. You do have 1 NVMe SSD for your OS and your commonly-used programs and applications while the SATA SSD can be used as a scratch disk when you’re doing your video editing. If you have the means though, I’d suggest that you include at least a 2TB regular HDD for your other files. Good options for this are Seagate and Western Digital and would cost you around $60 or so.

As for the monitor, my go-to recommendation for a monitor around $500 is the Dell UltraSharp 27 UP2716D monitor priced at $499.00. It is a 27-inch display that uses an IPS panel and has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Where it shines though is with its colour accuracy thanks to its 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB and sRGB colour spaces. If you want other monitor recommendations, please check this article out: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-monitor-graphic-design-video-editing-3d/

Cheers,
Alex

Stephen

What’s a good laptop for video editing in the price range of arround $1500?
What can you recommend?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Stephen,
Head on over to this Laptop for Video Editing Article to get an overview of possible Laptops:
https://www.cgdirector.com/best-laptops-for-video-editing/

Cheers,
Alex

Stephen

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction
If I go for a desktop, what should i get for the same budget?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Stephen,
Here’s a really great build for Video Editing.

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=zq1xhohhifb

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($338.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Gaming X ATX AM4 ($211.12)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1660TI 6GB – Gigabyte Windforce ($289.99)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($79.99)
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($119.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($124.88)
Storage HDD: Seagate BarraCuda Compute 3TB, 3.5″ ($74.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series Platinum RM850x 850W Power Supply ($127.21)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.73)
Total: $1472.89

You can use that as a base build and shuffle some parts around if you like. Less storage is possible and add more RAM for example.

Cheers,
Alex

Jared Baas

Hello,

Thank you for putting this article together and updating it, it helped a lot along with other resources!

I have thusly put together this build, and I am hoping to stay near $1500- $1550 USD. I am hoping to be able to edit 4K video pretty smooth without a lot of hiccups.

CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K ($379.99)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S ($59.95)

Motherboard: ASUS PRIME Z390-A ATX LGA 1151 ($179.99)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 ($145.99)

Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB NVME SSD ($99.99)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 7200 HDD ($52.49)

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GAMING X ($299.99)

Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower ($94.99)

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold ($109.99)

Total: ~ $1552 USD

If you would, please quick glance over this and see if there are any major issues, I have tried to do my research and looked through the previous comments so hopefully this isn’t redundant, but there is a little more that can be done with the extra $100 – $150 USD than the $1400 build.

I did have a question though, what can I change my motherboard to that might be a little less pricey? I feel like the current MB has a features that I don’t need on an editing rig.

Also, how would an AMD processor work in this scenario? I have heard good things about them but have not used one personally, so I was sticking with my comfort in Intel when starting to part this rig.

Thanks for any feedback,

Jared

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Jared,
Looks like a solid build! Do note that going the ryzen route is currently an interesting (superior) possibility too, and you’ll have a more future proof system as you can upgrade your cpu on current ryzen motherboards, but can’t do so on current LGA1151 (Intel) Systems.

Your above Build will perform great (!) but it is not very future proof, just thought I’d let you know. You could swap the cpu + motherbaord with a 3700X and a Gigabyte x570 Aorus Elite and keep the rest of the components as is (if you want to go AMD).

If you want to stick with intel you can always get a lower tier Motherboard such as the MSI Z370-A Pro which usually goes for around 120$.

Rest of the components look great, I see no issues!

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Alex

Clinton Hanson

Why is there no discussion on the top of the line Ryzen processors? You are comparing processors that are more than a year old?

I can understand that if this was a guide over a year ago, but today, right now, you completely have left out the Ryzen 3950X, threadrippers 3 new beasts, the 3960X, 3970X, and 3990x which destroys intel’s i9900, or 10900 for that matter. The Ryzen 3950X has double the core/thread count and twice better single core benchmarks in theory and in actual real-world testing equally.

So I not wrapping my head around how this can claim to be a 2020 buyers guide? You can’t do that and just ignore AMD’s flagship processors, while comparing them against Intel’s flagship?

What am i missing?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Clinton,
Awesome thanks for the heads-up. You are absolutely right. Updated the article to reflect the newest gen CPUs!

Cheers,
Alex

Clinton Hanson

That’s brilliant. Thanks Alex!

Clinton Hanson

Alex, also interesting results regarding the Threadrippers 3990x, as with higher single-core, plus a lot more cores would expect better scores. I guess this is the case where more cores are hurting the overall performance.
Makes me wonder if turning off some cores in those situations would improve the performance.

I know it gets complicated with how the cpu grouping needs to be setup to make sure they are all being used, as otherwise under windows 10 you are not even able to access all the cores, IE having to disable SMT otherwise windows 10 doesn’t even see all them.

So, just curious what the setup was. Was there a reason why SMT needs to be turned on for Premiere? I use Davinci so not sure if there might be a reason or not?

In general i think it will still come out that a 3970 or 3960 is the best option, and even if a 3990x had slightly better performance with some change in settings, the price of the 3960 or 3970 just makes way more sense anyway. So either way I think you have the right end conclusion regardless…

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Clinton,
Check our 3990X review. We did not see that issue with not all Cores / Threads cores showing up in windows, not on pro or workstation or enterprise. I know Anandtech and others have reported this, but AMD made it clear in a statement a bit later that this is not (should not) be the case.

https://www.cgdirector.com/amd-threadripper-3990x-review/

Of course the application itself (benchmark or real world) has to support this kind of scaling too.

As for Video Editing performance: I am guessing it comes down to base clocks of the 3990X which is a lot lower than on 3960x / 3970x. Even if we disable half the cores the base clock stays the same so I am guessing this would not change much. AMD also has fixed memory access across all ccx’s pretty much in this Gen, so we shouldn’t expect a huge increase bump as was the case with 2970wx/2990wx when disabling a ccx.

Cheers,
Alex

Clinton Hanson

Nice. Thanks again Alex.

Knew there was a reason I have kept coming back to your site… I had heard conflicting info on the windows 10 ability to take advantage of the cores, so I wasn’t sure, namely because of the dual grouping that happens. But sounds like if there is any issue then it is purely application based.

I didn’t actually pick up that the 3990x was a lower clock speed as I assumed it was higher given some other performance benchmarks I have seen.
It makes sense that it is lower though.

I wouldn’t turn down a 3960x, 3970x or a 3990x but the Ryzen 3950x is just so attractive right now that if given the choice, even regardless of money. Especially given it is on more common motherboard configurations than the threadrippers. Though again, any of those chips are amazing for the rendering, and video editing I would use them for.

Seems like given the news, the 550, 570 motherboards paired with that 3950x is hard to argue with as one of the most attractive packages around, including against the much higher dual xeon servers.

I really don’t understand the hate I am seeing against AMD in some forums right now. I have an intel in my current machine, which has done beautifully since I bought it 3 years ago, but clearly AMD has the lead now, and yet i will hear critics of the 3970x or 3990x on sites like Anandtech.com arguing that it is worthless because it doesn’t support enough ram and quote ‘that makes it useless compared to a xeon 8180 or a 8280 dual setup’.

At 1/5th the price, you can literally buy 5 3990x threadrippers for the price of a dual xeon, or like 10 3960x’s, and so yea, you can either have one machine with slower procs that you yes can run 5 render jobs on, but for the same money you instead get 4-5 machines each one faster than both xeon 8180 or 8280 procs together. Those 5 machines will be done and ready for the next render farm job, or heavy physics sim when that xeon with all it’s memory will be churning on it for another week. Even as artists machines, the new AMD top cpu’s are all brilliant, perfectly suited for many jobs lighting, video editing, fx artists, etc…

Anyway, your site has always had very good info, and no doubt one of the few places i come to for unbiased and current info. It really is nice to see specs with consistent hardware laid out with the proper comparisons and info right there, so thanks for keeping this stuff going.
And thanks again for answering my questions, i am looking to upgrade soon and it all helps…

Clint

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Clint,
Thanks, I agree completely @ xeon vs Threadrippers.

B550 or x570 with a 3950X is a very interesting possibility and for an active workstation it’s almost too close to the HEDT market and eats into the Threadripper attractiveness a bit I think. I was pondering 3950x vs 3960x for a long time until I pulled the triggeron my new 3950x + 2080ti workstation for active work, because the cores are good and the power consumption is much better in idle, which my workstation is in most of the time.

I think for video editing the 3960x is great especially if you do lots of rendering and only want one pc, but if you have regular projectes and render a lot (3d or video stuff) then a second pc just makes a lot of sense and you can specialize that one to the extreme.

I am now running a couple of rendernodes here that I just turn on and off when I need them and my main workstation for actively working on is kind of an allrounder. (3950x, 2080ti)

Maybe interesting for you too if you haven’t seen it yet: https://www.cgdirector.com/how-to-build-your-own-render-farm/

Cheers,
Alex

Clinton Hanson

I work for a big studio, and I seriously envy your setup. Nice to see that my reading the landscape was the same as someone who has tried so much of the hardware!

By the way I watched this last week, and was totally blown away by the insite he has on the 3080TI, etc.
You might already be up on his channel, “Moore’s Law Is Dead”, already, but just in case you might also be interested in these two recent uploads of his…

Nvidia Ampere Details Leak: RTX is Finally On, and a threat to AMD | Whispers of RTX 3000 Series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqillUSZvMM

Nvidia 3080 Ti & Ampere FULL Leak: 7nm EUV & 18Gbps needed to Defeat AMD RDNA 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCPufeQmFJk

He doesn’t go into it, but the fall is the console release timeframe as well, which means a ton of GPU dies are going to be produced then, which usually is a good time for consumers, a $500 dollar complete machine, cpu, gpu, networking, insanely fast ssd, memory, etc especially when the gpu will be like 2080ti or better from what i hear, so there is no way they can keep the same pricing on GPU’s once that happens. You can never be sure, but sure seems like the stars are aligning for a nice time to update your GPU in about 4-5 months..! Considering NVidia has not been forced to lower prices for quite some time, i think that it is far overdue…!

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Jep I am following him, very interesting videos.

I really hope those next gen GPUs will be a lot cheaper too 🙂 I might swap some of my 1080tis with 3080tis who knows 😀

I think it’s also extremely interesting what AMD is planning on the APU side of things. Yesterday’s leaks really put things into perspective. (Not as interesting for us content creators, but lower-end gaming for sure)

Cheers,
Alex

Scot

Hello,
I asked for your advice regarding a video editing build about 8-9 months ago. Unfotunately, I was not able to biuld the computer.
Can you help me wth an updated list of coponents for video editing?
Budget is $2K but lower will be better. hard to make money becayse of pandemic
Thank you

Hey Scot,

Thanks for asking!

With your $2,000 budget, you can get a video editing build like the below:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8GHz 12-Core Processor ($431.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4 ($87.83)
Motherboard: MSI MPG x570 Gaming Pro Carbon Wifi ATX AM4 ($259.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB – MSI Gaming ($349.39)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($152.99)
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 2TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($229.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: WD Black 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($149.99)
Storage HDD: Seagate BarraCuda Compute 2TB, 3.5″ ($64.95)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($119.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($149.98)

This build will cost you around $1,997.09 but you can expect the Ryzen 9 3900X CPU and 32GB of RAM to give you a snappy active work experience. Furthermore, the RTX 2060 graphics card will handle the GPU rendering tasks and deliver a better render performance thanks to its CUDA core acceleration. You also have three (3) storage options for this build so all in all, this build is expected to be more than powerful enough for your video editing tasks.

Cheers,
Alex

Scot

Thanks alex, much appreciated
Also, can you recommend a good monitor
Budget for monitor is about $400-$500

Hi Scot,

My go-to monitor recommendation at that price range is always the Dell UltraSharp 27 UP2716D. It’s a 27-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 but what this monitor can boast about is its excellent colour accuracy. Covering 100% of both the Adobe RGB and sRGB colour spaces, the Dell UltraSharp 27 UP2716D ensures your photos and videos are true to life. It also comes factory-calibrated so there’s no need for you to have the display calibrated. You can immediately use it as soon as you take it out of the box. Oh, and lest I forget, the Dell UltraSharp 27 UP2716D is currently available for around $499.00 so this is one monitor that should be on top of your list.

Should you want to check other options and see my other recommendations, you can have a look at this article: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-monitor-graphic-design-video-editing-3d/

Cheers,
Alex

kaumadi

i want to computer for video editing but 1400$ is too much for me
can you redommend something in the 900$-1000$ price range?
thank you so much

Hi Kaumadi,

Thanks for dropping a line!

$1,000 will get you a video editing build like the below:

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Br1tinnglja

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Spire Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: MSI MPG x570 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 ($169.99)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1650 Super 4GB – Gigabyte ($159.99)
Memory: 8GB (1 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 CL16 ($46.99)
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($73.40)
Storage PCIe-SSD: WD Black 500GB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive ($85.30)
Storage HDD: Seagate BarraCuda Compute 2TB, 3.5″ ($50.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM550x 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($127.45)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99)

This build costs about $989.09 and you can expect a decent performance from the build’s Ryzen 5 3600X CPU and 8GB of RAM. You may want to add a little more to your budget though so you can increase your RAM to at least 16GB. While 8GB is okay, it may not be enough if you work on large projects and complex scenes. Also, this build has three (3) storage options: one 500GB NVMe SSD where you can install your OS and commonly-used programs, another 500GB SATA SSD you can use as a scratch disk, and a 2TB HDD for your other files. Add another $50 to your budget and I’m pretty sure you can up the RAM to 16GB and you’re all set.

Cheers,
Alex

kaumadi

i want to have 16 gb ram but budget is very limited
can i remove Storage PCIe-SSD: WD Black 500GB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive ($85.30) so i can buy 16 gb
what do you recomend

HI Kaumadi,

If you are to leave just one SSD on your build, I suggest that you remove the Crucial MX500 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive and leave the WD Black 500GB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive. The Crucial MX500 is a SATA SSD while the WD Black is an NVMe SSD. Between the two types of SSD, an NVMe SSD is faster, hence, the suggestion to retain the WD Black 500GB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive.

Cheers,
Alex

kaumadi

how about a laptop
is there a good laptop in my price range
what do you suggest?
thank you kindly

HI Kaumadi,

Please have a look at the 2019 ASUS ROG G531GT laptop. It’s available for around $993.48 and below are its specs:

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4
SSD 512GB Solid State Drive
HDD ~
Weight ~5.29pounds
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

At its price point, the 2019 ASUS ROG G531GT laptop is hard to beat. More importantly, it will be capable of handling your video editing tasks.

Cheers,
Alex