Best Computer for Video Editing (Updated)

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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


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.

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.

Best Computer for Video Editing - Premiere Pro GUI

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


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 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 is the Samsung 970 EVO or PRO that comes in sizes from 500GB to 2 TB.



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

Let’s start with putting a Samsung 970 PRO 1TB into our Best Computer for Video Editing. 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.

It seems to be as follows: RED Footage likes CPUs with lots of cores. The AMD Threadripper 2990WX is the best CPU for decoding and playing back RED Footage:

Video Editing CPU - RED Footage


If you are using Cinema DNGs or other Image Sequences then it is usually the other way around: This type of Footage likes high Core-Clocks as in the Intel i7 8700K or the recently released i9 9900K.

Load Footage CinemaDNG - Video Editing Best CPU


H.264, DNxHD /HR or ProRes Footage seems to be easy enough to decode, that almost all CPUs perform more or less the same here.

Or in other words: The Decoding part in these three Footage Types usually is not the bottleneck in a slow playback experience, as we can see in the following graphs by

Computer for Video Editing - H264 Performance


To summarize: For a smooth playback experience only, we would have to know what type of Footage we usually use and depending on this, get the right CPU.

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:

You 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 9700K, or the i7 8700K with 4,7GHz 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 Intel i9 9980XE. 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:

Video Rendering - CPU Benchmarks


For Rendering out your projects, having higher core-counts is the way to go. But there seems to be an optimum around 16 / 18 Cores and a slightly higher Core-Clock than having double the Cores with a lower Core-Clock.

Both the AMD Threadrippers 16-Core and 32-Cores, as well as the Intel Core i9 16 and 18-Core CPUs have a solid lead over the higher clocked but lower-core-number CPUs such as the i7 8700K.

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:

Best CPU for Video Editing: Intel i9 9900K

The i9 9900K is the currently best CPU for Video Editing, especially given its Performance / Price.

It 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 9900K


The AMD Threadrippers, especially the 2990WX and 2950X are an excellent choice if you are handling RED Media more often.

Intel’s i9-X Series with the i9 9980XE are great too and share similar results with the i9 9900K but come at a much higher price.

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:

Best GPU for Video Editing


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

  • Nvidia GPUs are superior to AMDs 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, 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 TR4 Socket for example, if you are planning on running a Threadripper CPU, a Mainboard with an LGA 1151 for an i7 8700K or i9 9900K CPU and a 2066 Socket for any type of i9-X type of Intel CPUs such as the i9 9980XE or i9 7890XE.

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

Almost every ATX standard sized mainboard has enough PCIe Slots for your GPU and potential additional Cards, enough SATA Connectors for your drives and usually come with 4-6 + 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 2700X, 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 instead of the recommended RTX 2070, but you can feel free to add in an RTX 2070 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 ~3000$

This is a high Core-count AMD build.

You could even bump up the CPU to a Threadripper 2990WX if you think you need double the cores for Video Editing or plan on using this Build for 3D CPU Rendering and other high-core-count optimized Workloads.

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

Best Computer for Video Editing, Intel at ~5600$

Featuring the Intel i9 9980XE that already costs around 2000$ 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. The AMD Threadripper Build above might handle RED Media a bit better and have a better Performance / Price Ratio, but apart from that, 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 from CGDirector - 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!


Francisco Cruz

Greetings Alex!

Thank you so much for your long explanation about each computer part and the build suggestions!

I’m building a new computer for Video Editing for my business and ran into some big doubts, so, if you could help me a little bit, I would really appreciate!

I want something very similar to this build you suggested:
“Best Computer for Video Editing, Intel at ~2200$”
This is what I have in mind:

In this sense, here are my doubts:

1) I see I have 2 HDMI + 2 DisplayPorts in the graphics card:

as well as 1 extra one of each one in the motherboard:

Are those ports any different? How can I make sure I will have enough energy + processing power to ran 4K monitors at the same time?

2) As this computer is supposed to be working on video and animation, I initially wanted to use this graphic card

But there is a newer model with 3 fans instead of 1

So I really wonder how much useful those fans are? Because I can see the specs are really similar -if not the same- for both models.

3) Can I install Windows + programs without worrying on this NVMe drive?

Or should I use a SSD Sata for Windows? Such as this drive:

4) Lastly and most importantly, it is about the storage again.

I really want to use this NVMe drive:

but would have a lot of use to a bigger hard drive such as this one:

However, looking at this tool: it says

It says: “The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.”

Which I’m very scared of. How can I make sure both will be compatible? The NVMe is supposed to storage my video files, while the 4TB drive is for monthly or earlier backups of everything.

A) Should I choose another motherboard (which one would you suggest in this situation?)
B) Should I use a SATA SSD or a bigger NVMe for backups?

That would be it, apologies for such a long inquiry and thank you so much for everything so far!

Kind regards,
Francisco Cruz


Excellent Guide Ever

Recently I Purchased a PC for Video Editing, Adore After Effects, and Photoshop.
My build : core I9 9900k/Corsair 32GB LPX DDR4/500GB Samsung 860 Pro M.2 SSD/2TB WD Blue /Corsair CX550W PSU/ Zotac RTX 2060 Card.

Is this ok for Video Editing…….


Hi there, do you have an opinion on an already built pc? I would like to buy one for someone who is starting up a business…


Hi Alex,
This is an awesome resource! Great PC builder tool, and the video for building your PC is terrific. Thanks!
So, I used the PC Builder tool to determine the recommended components for a video editing PC rig for ~$1000, and the following 3 hard drives were listed:
Storage SSD Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB SATA
PCIe-SSD Samsung SSD 970 EVO PLUS 500GB, M.2
Storage HDD Seagate BarraCuda Compute 1TB, 3.5, SATA

I’m assuming the Samsung 970 M.2 is recommended for footage that will be accessed repeatedly. Correct?
What about the other two drives? Should I install the OS and programs on the Samsung 860, and use the Seagate one for file storage? Or does it matter? What’s the difference, anyway. Aren’t they both similar?

Thanks again,


Hi Alex,

I have been reading your articles for a while and would like to get some advice on building my own rig. Right now these are the parts that I bought already:

+CPU: Core i9 9900k
+Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Designare (for the Thunderbolts)
+RAM: 64GB Corsair Vengeance @ 2666 MHz
+NVMe: Western Digital Black 1TB (for files)
+SSD: Sandisk Ultra 1TB (a little bit overkill for OS and apps)
+Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro (360mm)
+PSU: EVGA Supernova G3 850+ Gold
Case: Cooler Master H500 (no suffix)
+Plus all bells and whistles of RGB lighting fans and bars, because you know, RGB! XD

Ok this is where my questions begin:

1st: I aimed for an RTX 2080 GPU, but then I heard that RED was working with Nvidia to allow the RTX 2080ti and Titan to make all the hard work decoding 8K RED RAW, so the GPU would be now what does all the heavy lifting, at least for RED RAW. How true is that? I mean, they can say everything they want but, is that true? Right now I don’t have the need to edit 8K RAW but definitely want to make my rig as future proof as possible. What do you know about it?

2nd: About the RAM frequency… I picked up the parts following the specs of Puget Systems rigs. I’m aware that 2666 is the base RAM frequency for Intel processors, but how much performance would I win if I go from 2666 to 3000 or even 3200 MHz?

3rd: Recently AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3900X and apparently is an i9 killer: high core count and higher instructions per clock with lower frequencies. If that isn’t enough, the news that Zombie-Load patches caused a big loss in performance for Intel’s chips made me think that I made the wrong choice picking up the 9900k. Right now the only real advantage that I see on the Intel platform is the Thunderbolt 3.

What do you think? Am I overthinking?

stefan vanderland

Hello Alex, I really appreciate CG Director.
i am editing with Premiere CC2019 and want to get a new computer for editing with 4k footage. I was wondering if you would recommend a dell xps workstation? the specs are:
dell 8930
9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-9900K 8-Core Processor (16M Cache, up to 5.0 GHz)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
64GB DDR4 at 2666MHz
I would edit with external hard drives.


Hey Alex,
I’m STUCK and would really appreciate if you could help me. I want to build a PC for photo/video editing and quality podcasting. Not much experience. Budget: 1500 USD max. Due to price-performance considerations, I’m thinking of a Ryzen 2700x (or soon 3700x), ROG Strix x470 F/I, 32 GB, 512GB 970 Evo + 1TB 860, either 1060 or 2060, best possible cooler (ideally dark rock 4 pro or Noctua), compact case.
Problem: I want the PC to be (1) QUIET and (2) COMPACT. Currently, there are no good mATX motherboards, hence I am considering ITX + smaller than mid-tower case. Questions:

Q1 – In your experience, is there a trade-off between small size and heat/noise? In other words: will an ITX build in a reasonably compact case eventually end up running hotter / being noisier than mATX/ATX for video editing? Anything else worth mentioning @ITX/SFF?
Q2 – Do you perhaps happen to know a particularly good compact configuration (cooler, case etc)?
Q3 – If I choose mATX, will I miss some X470 features if I go for a B450 mobo?

Thanks a lot in advance, mate and keep up the good work! We all appreciate the time you put in these articles. 🙂

Jay Molina

Hey Alex,(1) I will go with Push/Pull for the CPU Cooler as you suggested. (2)For the GPU, I meant spec difference between the Turbo ( Blower Style ) and the Strix ( Open Air ). I noticed a slight increase in Spec performance in favor of the Open Air. (3) HDD I plan to only use as storage so I will follow your advice and purchase the least expensive option of the two. Thanks for this informative site and advice. I will highly recommend this site to others in need of direction.

Jay Molina

Hey Alex, this is to finalize my last part of the build. It’s regarding the Motherboard, ” Gigabyte Z390 Designare” I selected it because Gigabyte is advertising this board as a Video Editors Motherboard. I tried researching this board but unfortunately have not found a lot of reviews or spec differences and benefits. Because of my multi use case of 60%Editing/40%Gaming and potentially Streaming. Can you please share any benefits to me purchasing this Board over the likes of another board such as the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master or sort. Thanks for all of your advice


Hey Alex. I was looking at building a PC off the ASUS PRIME Z390-A. The supported RAM list doesn’t have the RAM you listed in your build. Do you know if that config actually works? I only build machines every so many years. Would be great if the CMK64GX4M4D3000C16 kit was compatible with it. Memory seems a lot more difficult to match at the moment than I recall.

Jay Molina

Hey Alex this is a follow up to our last conversation. After your advice and numerous reviews I have put together a PC build for my use case of 60% video editing in Davinci Resolve and other free editing software. 40% gaming, Streaming.———————

Parts List:
CPU: Intel i9 9900k ($484.99) to take advantage of the higher clock speeds as you suggested.
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S ($79.90)
With 1× add’l NF-A15 Chromax 120mm Cooler fan. ($22.90) Push/Pull? or Pull/Pull?
GPU: Asus Geforce RTX2080 GDDR6 – ROG Strix OC edition ($799.99) Noticed a performance spec boost from closed to open. I wanted to take advantage of the specs based on my current plans in not adding a 2nd GPU. Any suggestions?
Memory: 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Kit DDR4-3200 ($189.99) Im having a hard time finding a Color White kit compatible with my setup. Please help me with a link/# to go with my color scheme? If no white then a link/# for the Color Black.
Storage SSD: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB SATA ($147.99) OS/ Applications
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus 1TB, M.2 ($247.99) Active Work/ Scratch
Storage HDD: Western Digital 4TB Blue, 64MB Cache ($93.00)? or Seagate Barracuda 4TB, 256MB Cache ($99.99)? Your suggestion?
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Designare ATX ($269.99)
Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 850 G3, Plus Gold, Fully Modular ($137.93) Might be overkill for this system but wanted to be prepared in case if I decided to double up on GPU’S in the future.
Case: Cooler Master Mid-Tower H500M ($189.99) comes with a mesh front panel, 2× 200mm RGB intake fans 1× 140mm rear Black exhaust fan.
Case Fans: 3× Noctua NF-S12A Black Chromax 120mm fans ($68.00) installed to the top for exhaust. Living in a small rental appt with young children my focus is on acoustics and performance. With my research Noctua seems to have the best acoustics and performance in the air market.

Total: $2740
With my zero PC experience I tried to put together a PC that can last me 5 plus years. Please share your professional advice, suggestions and comments to assist me in my final build part decisions.
Thank you for your time.


Hi Alex,

First of all thanks for your time putting together such an amazing resource for building pcs!

I’m currently building mine based on this guide and some help from friends and Reddit.

I’m going to have 3 drives as you recommended, an HDD for storage, an nvME for the footage and a SATA SSD for the OS and Apps as follows:

Seagate – Barracuda 2 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM HDD
Samsung – 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5″ SSD
Samsung – 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 SSD

I plan to use this computer also for gaming as well. I was thinking in which drive should I install the games when I play? Should it be on the nvme? Should I install/uninstall them when I want to edit not to overload the drive?

Thanks a lot!

paul turner

I am currently running a Threadripper 1950x, 64 ram, evo 960 for storage on Premiere pro.
I keep hearing about all these bench test with the 1950x being really good at video editing but my experience is different. Editing 4k on the time line with no effects is choppy and lags sometimes even stays on the same clip even though I move the play head around. It is better with 1080 until I start adding effects. What could be going on here? I’m thinking of changing to Intel i9 9900k but I have already invested in this. any advice on what is going on?


Just saw this article and it was helpful but still had a question. I have a large blu-ray collection and will be retiring soon and spending time between our home and vacation properties. Rather than lugging disks around (and across borders) I back them up, and copy what I want to watch to a large portable drive.To save some space on drives will down size them usually using BD Rebuilder as it free and easy to use. I believe this is mostly just encoding so I presume its the CPU that is the key but wanted to confirm that. At present my existing computer is a first generation i7 so I would think anything in a new computer will speed things up. I have a separate Barracuda Pro hard drive that BD Rebuilder uses that I can move to a new computer

Jay Molina

Hey Kev, thank you for taking your valuable time to reply to all the post on this page. Im adding a bit more information to make a final decision for my build. I plan to use my build to edit in Davinci Resolve and other free editing software 70% editing/ gaming 30%. Having limited space and a one time $2500- $3k total PC budget including the peripherals for several years. (1) Do you feel that the 2920x Threadripper platform would be a better option over Intel i9-9900k or a totally different build? (2) For the GPU (3) why Asus? (4) Why TURBO? Is your suggested parts. Your PC builder tool suggested the GTX1070ti. (5) What GPU is best for my situation and use case? Sorry for the follow up post I just really want to make the best decision for my situation and use case. Because readers like myself review these comments and replies I have to say that we greatly appreciate your professional advice.

Jay Molina

Sorry I was busy reviewing the comments and replies. My question was intended for Alex….


Hi Alex,
Thanks for posting this article, extremely informative and easy to follow. Regarding the $2.7k vs. $3k build options, if I’m going to spend in this neighborhood for editing 4k GoPro videos (which may be overkill in either case), would you recommend just going with the TR2950X route to allow me an option to go above 64GB of memory in the event I end up working with 8k videos down the road? And if so, is it wise to buy 128GB now or could I buy the 64GB now and say a year or two down the road buy another 64GB (same brand, same specs)? Thanks!

Jay Molina

Hey Alex I was planning on buying an i9-9900k Cpu for the Clock Speed, however in my research I have found reviewers complain about the outrageous thermals the Cpu goes up to. What Air or AIO can I use to keep this flaming Cpu within optimal working temps. I plan on building a Video editing/minor gaming PC and wanted to build an all around station. My budget is around $2500 and I like the part list you posted for Tolga containing the TR 2920x. Thank you for any input in my decision.


Hi Alex,
What do you think about my Pc build for video editing and Gaming (60% Video editing 40% Gaming)?
Is there something I should change?
The video editing software I use now is Magix video deluxe and Adobe for the future.
My PC build should be around 1400€ ( if necessarily 1500€)

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 2700x (300€)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15, CPU-Kühler (90€)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti (336€)
Memory: Corsair DIMM 16GB DDR4-3200 Kit (105€)
Storage SSD: Samsung 970 EVO plus 500 GB (115€)
Storage HDD: WD WD20EZRZ 2 TB(60€)
Motherboard: Asus Rog Strix B450 E-Gaming(160€)
Power Supply: Corsair Tx750M(105€)
Case: be quiet! SILENT BASE 801 Window Orange (125€)
Windows ( 105€)


My questions:
Is this build good enough for 4k video editing or should I spend more money?
Should I use an Intel CPU?
Do I actually need a CPU cooler because of the Ryzen 7 2700x?


Hi there my budget is max 2000 pounds.So what is my option?


Hi Alex<
What do you think about the specs on Digital storms prebuilt Lynx level 4 build for an editing rig? its at the $2000 budget range. Or if there is room there to take away some things and put the money elsewhere in a similar build.

Bans Sagar

Hi Mr. Alex,
I am full-time hardcore Commodity stock market TRADER. I trade for many people from my own computer setup. This market remains open for 18 hrs so I also stay connected with trade for 18 hrs. I need your guidance to find a best computer for my trading purpose. Requirements given below;
1) High resolution graphic so that more than 10 windows (online sites) I can fit on a 32 inch 4K monitor
2) Steady Internet is a very important role in our Trading system
3) I always record my entire activity throughout the trading period by a screen capturing software.
4) Sometimes I prepare videos for my youtube channel for advertisement of my business.
I need a ROBUST and FAST computer for my trading system. Pls recommend me the whole configuration.


Hi, Alex! Im buying your 2700$ configuration but I cant find “Corsair – 760 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX” here in my country, Could you suggest another model? Thanks!!!

Tim Whitaker

Alex, thanks for the article. Ironically enough, I purchased a Z6 from Nikon along with a Ronin S gimbal to start doing some video edits for our sports club marketing. I have a i7 based computer I built probably 5-6 years ago and haven’t done much in Premier Pro in over 3 year until last night. Shooting at 4k, I got a blue screen of death within a matter of 60 secs (after about 59 secs of stutter just trying to preview a clip) – about the only thing I didn’t see was smoke come out of the case. So I am in the market for a new rig. Having said that, I am crazy busy and not as price sensitive as some (e.g. if I could get a pre-built for a few hundred more, I would do it in a split second). So finally, my question – are there any pre-built options out there for the $3-5k range that can be configured accordingly without being a complete ripoff (I know that is relative)? and how much of a premium am i going to pay (if this scenario even exist)? I know the answer is probably “build it yourself” as I have done in the past… but thought I would ask. It seems off the shelf options have closed the gap in recent years vs. building from everything I hear – but that is all hearsay.

Burak Onal

Hi Alex thanks for very helpful information but i need your advice i m a videographer i have macbook pro 2015 but i sold it so i try to prepare desktop for video editing so i have a sony a7s2 i shoting my footage with this camera which is 10 bit full hd XAVCHD codec i made a 5 mins and 10 mins which in little effects not after affetct but sometimes i use color correction with adobe premiere so i need your advice for me my budget is 1500 dolar thanks and keep continue share for us your precious info


If I’m going to have two drives one for OS/software and one for media, will I notice any performance advantage by having the OS/software (adobe suite) on an M.2 as opposed to a sata ssd? And how about the media/footage? I would get M.2 if there would be a noticeable difference in performance but don’t want to throw extra $ at components that are not really necessary.


Hi Alex,

I spent a month building the best affordable option for my brother who works with video editing. Your arcticle was very helpful to me.

But afterall the computer is not reaching the results I was waiting for.

The old config is:
Windows 7
i7 around 3.0 (4 gen)
Intel budget Motherboard
18gb ddr3 1866
ssd 480
gtx 650 4gb

The new config is:
Windows 10 LTSB (it was supposed to be a good one)
Rayzen 2700x
Water cooler corsair
MSI z470 gaming pro MB
64gb ddr4 2400
ssd 960
RTX 2070 8gb

I really think the problem is the Windows 10 LTSB, but is it possible?

Can you help me with tips on some optimization?

Thank you


Hi Alex, I am similar to Wayne however, here goes, I have a bunch of those 8 mm film tapes and a camcorder to play the audio video output but can’t figure out how to get this audio video signal into a pc so I can convert to files on my pc? Any suggestions?

Wayne Racine

Hi Alex: I assume I do not belong on this site with my question, but here goes: I am 84 years old and recently had 203 boxes of 8mm film converted to DVD. All film is from the period 1955 – 1981. Also, I have about 4300 photos that need touchup before rendering to DVD.

I took lessons in 2005 on Photoshop 5 but never followed up. I believe I should use Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements for my ragged collection. Could you recommend a build for around $1700.
Hopefully, you will advise.

Thank you


Roo Huitson

Hi, I love this article and i’m going to use it as a guide to slowly build up my $400 asus z370-p based pc over the course of the next 2 years until i get to the $2700 intel build you suggest. but i have a question. You have paired an i9-9900K cpu with DDR4-3000 ram, yet intel’s website says it goes with DDR4-2666. is your choice based on overclocking or has intel made a typo on their site?

B0b C


Beginner here wanting something similar to your $1,700 build recommendation.unit. Home video and photo editing, maybe a little gaming? Otherwise just general internet browsing and office program stuff. You spec a second M.2 SS drive, but I am wondering will this drive work seamlessly with the SATA and hard drives or is this something you need to interface with to use? Also, any recommendations on companies to get something like this rather than to build my self. Sorry for these simplistic questions. Really enjoyed your detailed and informative article.


Hi Alex,
Thanks for the informative article. Looking at upgrading my current video editing PC and building the $2700 Intel machine, just curious, would you recommend swapping out the Noctua – NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler for a water cooled system?


Would either of these fit in the Carbide 400Q ATX Mid Tower Case?


Steve B

A very helpful and thought provoking article, especially since I do a lot of 4k video editing (hobbyist rather than professionally). Up to now I have been very happy with my custom built PC – Intel core i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60 Ghz, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500 Gb, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 GPU, Windows 10, 64 bit operating system, 16 Gb of RAM. However, I recently purchased 2 new cameras (GoPro 7 Black and DJI Osmo Pocket) giving me the opportunity to shoot 4k video at 60 frames per second. And therein lies the problem. Editing and playing back 4k 30 fps has been a breeze despite the somewhat outdated spec of my PC. When I edit footage taken at 60fps everything seems to take longer (perhaps no surprise as the file size is more than double that of footage taken at 30fps). And my 4k PC monitor cannot cope with the video playback – its very jerky (although its fine on my 4k TV). I’ve tested different open source 4k playback PC software to no avail. So either I stick to 4k footage shot at 30 fps – or I upgrade some of the components in my PC. But which one first – CPU, GPU, or RAM? Do you have any advice for me please?

PS: apologies in advance if some of my points/questions seem a bit dumb – I’m not that tech savvy.


I’m moving from editing HD to 4K. I’d like to be able to edit a 3-camera 4K shoot. I’ve been using an HP 450f with an Intel i7 870 and 16GB memory. I’m sure this won’t cut it for a 4K shoot. What do you recommend for 3-camera 4K editing?


Can you do a test comparing 9900k Vs Threadripper 2950x with similar Hardware. These seem to be the 2 CPU from opposite sides that come up a lot and it bugs me as I want a new build, and not sure which route to take .I love the race TR has 16 cores and could be really well future proofed. Any updates for the 2 CPUs would be great. A side by side comparison . Great article by the way.

Joseph Hornacek

Hello Alex, could you help me with the motion settings with premiere? It seems like when I try to use the motion settings the pixels seem jagged while it moves across the screen. Is there a way to make it more smooth such as adding more frames, using a certain codec, or graphics card? I am using 8700K with a Vega 56. Win10.


Hi Alex,
I was going to buy a Puget Systems rig for editing 4k videos, primarily GoPro footage 4k 60 fps, on Premiere Pro and After Effects but you got me thinking! Maybe I can actually build this thing myself and save lots of money. Here’s what I got so far. I combined some of Puget’s system with your suggestions. I’d love any advice and your opinion on this rig and of course if it’s actually compatible. Tell me what would be better.
Total cost of these parts on Amazon: $4,200.

CPU: Intel i9 8-Core i9-9900K 3.6GHz
CPU Cooler: be quiet! BK022 Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU Air Cooler 250W
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z390 DESIGNARE Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2
Graphics Card : Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
Memory(RAM): Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory Kit
Storage 1 (OS and Apps): Samsung 970 PRO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD
Storage 2 (Footage): Samsung 970 PRO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD
Storage 3 (Backup / Archive): WD Gold 8TB Enterprise Class Hard Disk Drive – 7200 RPM Class SATA 6 Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch
Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 850 P2, 80+ Platinum 850W, Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode
Case: be quiet! Silent Base 601 Black Mid-Tower ATX Computer Case, two 140mm fans

Thanks in advance,


Hey Man,

I’m literally purchasing the 2.700$ setup you put together up here (thx btw).

One thing: you added a Asus Nvidia Geforde 2070 RTX 8gb video card. Is that DUAL or TURBO? cause I found multiple versions of that card and they heavily vary in prices so I’d pref picking the right one – whcih is it?



Hi Alex,
I have to buy 2 strong PCs to start my new business.
Now, I have 2 PCs working a little bit slowly.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz, 64bit, Cores 6, Threads 12, TDP 95W
CPU-Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 92mm PWM 150 Watt
Motherboard: Gigabyte AB350-GAMING
Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (4×8) GB DDR4, 2400 MT/s, PC4-19200
Storage 1 (Footage): Samsung SSD 860 EVO, 500 GB, 2.5″ SATA III
Storage 2 (OS and Apps): WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD M.2, 250 GB
Storage 3 (Backup / Archive): Seagate – BarraCuda 2T
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon RX 560 Gaming OC 4G (rev. 2.0) 4 GB GDDR5, 128 bit, 7680 x 4320 pixels, PCI Express 3.0 x8
Case: Aerocool Aero 500 Case Middle Tower
Power Supply: Corsair VS550 Alimentatore PC, 80 Plus, 550 W

I use the Suite Adobe (AfterEffects and Premiere Pro especially), Actually I use much more AE than PrPro.
I have some troubles about using the 3D Element Plug In and about the workflow, it’s really hard work on 4k or with a lot of animations. I don’t really care about rendering time because it doesn’t take so much time.

I would like to buy this configuration:

CPU: Intel – Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU-Cooler: Noctua – NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus – PRIME Z390-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair – Vengeance LED 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
Storage 1 (OS and Apps): Samsung – 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Storage 2 (Footage): Samsung – 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Storage 3 (Backup / Archive): Seagate – BarraCuda 4 TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU: Asus – GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Turbo Video Card
Case: Corsair – Carbide 400Q ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair – 760 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX

Does it solve my problem?

I prefer Invidia because it has the CUDA driver which improve the speed. At least this is what i understood.

Can you give some advises about what would be better?

Can I add more RAM and maybe an other GPU?
I would like 128GBs of RAM
Would it be better?

Thanks in advance!
Sorry for my English…

Ali Nebioğlu

Hi Alex,

I just changed the cpu to this system,CORE™ i9-9980XE EXTREME

CPU: Intel – Core i9-7980XE 2.6 GHz 18-Core OEM/Tray Processor
CPU-Cooler: Noctua – NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus – PRIME X299-DELUXE ATX LGA2066 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair – Vengeance LPX 128 GB (8 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
Storage 1 (OS and Apps): Samsung – 860 Pro 1 TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Storage 2 (Footage): Samsung – 970 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Storage 3 (Backup / Archive): Seagate – BarraCuda Pro 8 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU: Asus – GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Turbo Video Card
Case: Corsair – Carbide 400Q ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair – 1200 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX

no money problem for the company
did i do it right
Work as smooth as workstations
what can i do better

Adobe Premiere – After Effect – Da Vinci Resolve – Cinema 4d – Nuke – workload as in the same rankings

Thank you very much and save your life


Hey Alex,

so you convinced me a little more to build my own pc.

I really like these builds: Best Computer for Video Editing, AMD 3000$ or Intel 2700$, preferably the AMD version.
But besides video editing I am also doing a lot of 3d stuff with blender. Octane/c4d are on my wishlist as well.

I looked at your pc builds for 3d modeling and rendering. But I guess the “Computer for Video Editing, AMD 3000$ ” is overall a better choice compared to the 1500$/ 2300$ AMD cpu build (3d modeling/rendering) in your other article? As I have a budget of 3000$, I want to invest in a really good one.

I’m looking forward to your answer and thanks for all the information!!



Hi Alex,

Dropped by on this website on several occasions and has been very helpful. Like the format!

I will probably choose one of your above configuration to build my next system with a few alterations. I want a small and silent workstation. I figured m-atx is small but still powerfull enough for all my needs. Not interested in overclocking. Budget around 2000 euro (not including the monitor).
Is there a nice balanced option between all configured systems for photoshop, premiere pro, after effects and cinema 4D. Cause I interchange between those programs a lot. Not sure of my choice in motherboard though.
Feedback is welcome.

CPU: Intel – Core i7-8700k
CPU-Cooler: Noctua NH-L12S CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock H370M Pro4
Memory: Corsair – Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory
Storage 1 (OS and Apps): Samsung – 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Storage 2 (Footage): Samsung – 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Storage 3 (Backup / Archive): Toshiba X300 4TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 WINDFORCE 8G
Optional: DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K
Case: Corsair – Cooler Master Silencio 352
Power Supply: Corsair – RM650x

In your configurations you chose a 860 drive for the os and apps. Is there a reason for not putting a 970 in there as well? Or simply put they’re no speed gains and the 970 drive is primarily used for footage / caching / previews / exports?

Thanks in advance!