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Advice for beginner first time PC build mainly for video editing (movies) on Premiere



Hi, I am a first timer for building a PC so I am very inexperienced in all of this. The software that I use is Adobe Premiere Pro. Also this build is slightly over my budget, which is £1000 (approx $1250-&1300). So I hope that there aren't any parts that would be necessary to upgrade and pay more for.

I want the PC to be my main general computer for the long term, but I am also a film student so I would like it to be good when it comes to editing on Premiere. For a project I'm working on now, my current laptop (ACER Nitro 5 i5 GTX 1050 Gaming Laptop 256 SSD), takes hours rendering. Even without any effects, the playback buffers a lot. And with effects/colour, it is almost unwatchable making my editing process impossible.

Also to note, I don't plan on shooting and editing in 4k, but I wouldn't mind the pc being able to just about handle it, just in case I happen to try it out on rare occasions. Also, the pc being able to handle 8k is unnecessary.
I do like to mess around a lot with effects, colour etc so I was hoping the PC could cope with this when it comes to rendering and playback.

I have a friend who edits similarly to me and he uses an Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU & GPU, 256GB. He tells me that his editing process is completely perfect in all aspects (but I don't know how much this has to do with the M1 or Final Cut).
However, as I'd have to to swap to Final Cut which I'm not used to, as well as to a Mac in general which I would prefer not having as my long term general computer, I don't think I would be going for this. But this M1 costs only £699 (around $556), which is over 2x cheaper than the build I have created is.

So I wanted to know, first if the build would be good for my desires when it comes to editing on Premiere Pro.
Second, if I have selected certain parts that may be unnecessarily advanced for my desires
Third, similar to the prior one - But I wanted to know if there were any ways I could go about on lowering the cost of it without it affecting the overall performance too much.
And lastly, are there any suggestions for an alternate power supply, as this is the only part that is unavailable for me in the UK.

Thank you for any help.

My build:

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=6N8tg

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($399.00)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 ($74.90)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX ATX AM4 ($99.99)
GPU: Nvidia RTX 3050 8GB - ZOTAC Gaming Twin Edge ($499.99)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 C16 ($65.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Crucial P1 500GB, M.2 Solid State Drive ($57.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX450M 450W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($95.74)
Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.90)
Total: $1442.50
Jerry James

Jerry James

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Jun 19, 2020
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CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=6N8QG

CPU: Intel Core i5 12600K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($277.98)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 ($89.90)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime B660-PLUS DDR4 ATX LGA1700 ($179.99)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1660 Super 6GB - ZOTAC Gaming ($360.67)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 C16 ($67.99)
Storage SSD: Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive ($92.99)
Storage HDD: Seagate BarraCuda Compute 4TB, 3.5" ($67.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($109.99)
Case: be quiet! Pure Base 600 Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.38)
Total: $1457.87

This would be a better starting point for a video editing build. Upgrade that graphics card to an RTX 3050 and remove any storage you don't need.


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Jun 11, 2024
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Thanks for the information!