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- 1 Why Not Build Your Own Editing Dream Machine?
- 2 For Photo and Video Editing, the Processor Is King
- 3 For AMD Builders
- 3.1 Thoughts on AMD
- 3.2 My All Around AMD Enthusiast Pick
- 4 For Intel Builders
- 4.1 If You're on a Budget
- 4.2 Final Thoughts on Intel
- 5 Recommended GPU by Budget
- 6 A Solid Graphics Card Choice
- 6.1 The Table Above Isn't for Everyone
- 6.2 For Budgets From $150 to $300
- 7 5 Recommended Photo or Video Editing Builds From Under $500 to $2,500
- 8 Finding the Right Motherboard
- 9 Motherboard and Processor Compatibility
- 10 Choosing a Motherboard for Various Budgets
- 10.1 Under $500 Build
- 10.2 $1,000 Build
- 10.3 $1,500 and $2,000 Budget Build
- 11 How Much Ram is Enough for Photo or Video Editing?
- 11.1 For Photo Editing
- 11.2 For Video Editing
- 11.3 More Tips on RAM
- 12 Interactive Editor Poll
- 13 Hard Drive and Storage Options: Solid State Drive or Disk Drive?
- 13.1 My Picks for SSD and HDD
- 14 A Quiet Case and Cooler
- 15 Do You Need a CPU Cooler?
- 16 A Good Monitor for Photo Editing
- 17 Future-proofing and Upgrading Your Editing PC
- 18 Putting Together Your PC
- 19 Final Thoughts
- 20 More About the Latest Hardware Choices
- 21 Need Help for Your Build? Discuss!
Why Not Build Your Own Editing Dream Machine?
Buying a PC for photo or video editing is expensive. Especially, if you purchase a pre-built machine.
Instead, why not build a PC how you want it? If you've got a budget of under $500 or even over $2,000, this page will help you find compatible parts. From there, putting it together is simple.
How much should you spend? That depends on how much you use your computer for rendering and other tasks and how intensive those tasks are. Overall, if you can save a significant amount of time by raising your budget, you're better off doing so.
In this article, I'll cover the parts I recommend based on your budget.
If you're willing to try it, building your own PC allows you to get a better quality computer for less money. Here are the parts I'd choose for budgets from under $500 to $2,500.
For Photo and Video Editing, the Processor Is King
The last place you want to short yourself on your photo editing build is the processor.
Don't let a GPU shortage stop you from building.
When there is a GPU shortage, you may need to be patient with your graphics card for the time being. That being said, you'll be able to get a significant performance boost by building a new PC and using an older graphics card until you can get a card at a reasonable price.
|$1,000||AMD R9 5950X|
|$700||AMD R9 5900X or Intel i9-11900k|
|$400||Ryzen 7 5800X or Intel i7-11700k|
|$300||Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 3800X or i7-10700k|
|Under $200||Ryzen 5 3600 or i5-10600k|
For AMD Builders
Better Adobe Premiere Benchmarks, 7Zip, and Adobe Photoshop Benchmarks for the R9 5900X and R7 5800X vs the i5-11600k and i7-10700k gives AMD a strong case vs Intel for building your photo editing PC. Adding gaming into the mix gives a slight, albeit hardly noticeable, advantage to Intel.
When AMD launched Zen 3, Ryzen's 5000 series bested Intel in pretty much every scenario. Intel's 11th gen countered it fairly well albeit with a fairly power-hungry platform.
The Ryzen 5 3600 is still a great option with its 6 cores and 12 threads might be the perfect editing and gaming crossover option. And, if I was going to build a PC in the $750 to $1,000 range in 2022, I'd certainly go with it.
Thoughts on AMD
Right now it's hard to not like AMD. On the low end, the 4 core and 8 thread Ryzen 5 3400G gives you an integrated graphics option that would work fine for some photo editing. Mid-range, you've got the Ryzen 5 3600, a 6 core and 12 thread beast that's retained its value over the last year.
From there, I could see the i5-10600k being an option, but with the Ryzen 7 5800X and 9 5900X on the high-end, it's hard to make a case for Intel there.
My All Around AMD Enthusiast Pick
Want a reasonably priced part that gives you 12 core / 24 thread power? The Ryzen 9 5900X is where you should be looking. This fantastic all-around CPU allows you to support a plethora of software at a high level and even game on the side.
For most builds in the $1,500 to $2,000 range, it should be perfect.
For Intel Builders
The Intel i7 11700k is a great CPU for high processing power at a moderate price. At around $400, it offers 8 core and 16 thread processing power. In addition, with a little tweaking, we've seen significant performance improvements.
With a max turbo boost of up to 5 GHz, you get great single-threaded performance, which I've found to be crucial for Photoshop performance. If you're willing to overclock it, you'll also get an additional boost.
If You're on a Budget
The 4 core i3-10100F is a decent buy for just around $110 if you know you'll have a dedicated graphics card and the Intel i5-10600k can be found for around $200.
I've eliminated most processors that require a graphics card as some of you may have to be patient in getting one.
Final Thoughts on Intel
Overall, I still like Intel's i3-9100F as a cheap GPU CPU combo option, the Ryzen 5 3400G as a budget integrated option, Ryzen 5 3600 and Intel i5 10-600k as a mid-range option, and The Ryzen 3950X as a high-end option for production.
While most don't need it, you could also commit to something like the AMD Threadripper 3990X on the high-end for 64 core/128 thread performance.
Recommended GPU by Budget
|$2,500||RTX 2080 Super / RTX 2080 Ti|
|$2,000||RTX 2080 Super / RTX 2080|
|$1,500||RTX 2070 / 2070 Super / RX 5700XT|
|$1,000||*GTX 1650 SUPER / 2060 KO|
|$750||GTX 1650 SUPER|
|Under $500||GTX 1650 SUPER|
A Solid Graphics Card Choice
I prefer gaming-style graphics cards for photo editing. Most of the photo editing and rendering software that a typical hobbyist would use performs very well with the affordable GTX 1650 Super.
It's a very affordable card that makes a big difference. From there, I'd upgrade to the RTX 2060 KO or the 5600XT.
If you need the best of the best you may decide to pay the premium to get something like the RTX 2080Ti. However, for most, this will be overkill.
Based on your budget, I've put together some premade builds below that balance your budget with your processor graphics card and everything else.
The Table Above Isn't for Everyone
Not everyone needs the highest-end graphics card. In fact, some of you may decide that allocating more of your budget to storage, or a better CPU is the better option. This will depend upon the software that you use regularly, so please keep that in mind.
For Budgets From $150 to $300
As you can see in the builds table, I recommend you go for something like the GTX 1650 Super for around $150 and at around $300 the RX 2060 KO. And depending on what type of software you're using, even these options may or may not be worth it.
So, you'll want to look up benchmarks that represent the type of software you personally use. Photoshop performance, for example, is still heavily reliant on single-core CPU performance.
While I'm hoping that going forward Photoshop will limit its reliance on a single core, it's what we have right now.
5 Recommended Photo or Video Editing Builds From Under $500 to $2,500
Just looking for a build? Here are 5 options from $500 to $2,500 that I feel give you great overall value for the money you spend.
|Processor||Ryzen 5 3400G / i3 9100F||I5 10600k / Ryzen 7 3700X||Intel Core i7-10700k / Ryzen 9 3900X||Intel i9-10900k/ Ryzen 9 3950X||Intel i9-10900k/ Ryzen 9 3950X|
|Graphics Card||Gigabyte Windforce GTX 1650 SUPER (for i3-9100F Budget)||Gigabyte Windforce GTX 1650 SUPER||RTX 2060 KO||RTX 2080 Super||RTX 2080 Super|
|Motherboard||MSI B450M Pro-VDH||MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge / Asus Prime X570-P||MSI MPG Z490 Gaming EDGE / Asus Prime X570-P||MSI MPG Z490 Gaming EDGE / Asus Prime X570-P||*MSI MPG Z490 Gaming EDGE / Asus Prime X570-P|
|Storage||Samsung 970 EVO 500GB/ Kingston A400 240GB (intel build) / Seagate Barracuda 2TB||Samsung 970 EVO 500GB / Seagate Barracuda Compute 2TB||Seagate Barracuda 2TB x 2 / Samsung 970 EVO 500GB||Seagate Barracuda 2TB x 2 / Samsung 970 EVO 500GB||Seagate Barracuda 2TB x 4 / Samsung 970 EVO 1TB|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB+||Corsair Vengeance LPX 8x2GB 3000MHz||Crucial Ballistix 32GB||Crucial Ballistix 32GB||Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB|
|Power Supply||EVGA 500W 80+||EVGA 500W 80+||Corsair SF 600||Corsair SF 600||EVGA Supernova G2 650|
|Case||Deepcool Matrexx 30 Matx||NZXT H510||NZXT H510||NZXT H510||Fractal Design Meshify C|
|CPU Cooler||None||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO||Corsair H100i PRO|
Finding the Right Motherboard
If you've never built a computer before, it's important to realize that your motherboard options depend on the processor you choose.
For example, if you go with the i7-8700k, which is an LGA 1151 socket processor, then you'll need a compatible socket 1151 300 series rather than a 200 series motherboard.
It's easy enough to look in the product description for the CPU to find out what socket motherboard you need. This basic breakdown may help too:
Motherboard and Processor Compatibility
|Socket 1151 (300 Series)||Coffee Lake 8th/9th GEN||Requires DDR4. Not compatible with 200 series 1151 motherboards.|
|Socket 1151||Skylake (6th GEN), Kaby Lake (7th GEN), 8th Gen, 9th Gen||Most motherboards require DDR4. Not compatible with 300 series 1151 motherboards.|
|Socket AM4||AMD Ryzen||When used with Ryzen 2 some AM4 300 series motherboards may need a BIOS update – 400 series may be the safer bet. For the new 3000 Ryzen series the X570/470 motherboards are what I'd recommend.|
|Socket 2011||Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge||Older processors need a DDR3-compatible motherboard|
|Socket 2011-v3 X99||Broadwell and Haswell Enthusiast Only||Requires DDR4|
|Socket 1150||Haswell (fourth generation)|
|Socket 1155||Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge (second, third generations)|
|Socket AM3+||AMD FX series processors||Compatible with older AMD CPUs being sold|
|Socket FM1 or Socket FM2||AMD Llano, Trinity, Richland APUs||Whether FM1 or FM2 depends on the generation|
Choosing a Motherboard for Various Budgets
If you're just looking for my recommendation for your budget, I've made a list of all the parts (based on the budget) above.
For the motherboard, I typically look for something that's reliable and that has all the features I need.
Note: If this is more than you care to look at, don't be afraid to skip to my full PC parts list for each budget below. Motherboards listed are compatible with the chosen processors on that list.
Under $500 Build
In the $500 range, try and find the least expensive, but most reliable motherboard available.
For the $1,000 build, we're still trying to save as much as we can on our motherboard so we can put performance to where it's going to matter most, our processor. You'll notice that the processor jumps up in every budget I've listed above.
While it's easy enough to upgrade a graphics card later on, when you need to replace your system will likely be determined by your CPU. So, for these builds, we're going with inexpensive options.
$1,500 and $2,000 Budget Build
In the $1,500 range, we're entering enthusiast territory, and going with a motherboard that allows us to get a decent overclock is certainly something we want to take advantage of.
That means on the AMD side we're looking at the X570 series of motherboards. On Intel's side, the Z490 series. These motherboards are the latest generation and have the best to offer to date.
That being said, don't feel like you need to go with an expensive motherboard. A very good overclock can be established on a mid-range motherboard. In addition, these likely have enough slots for all of the hard drives you'll be using.
Check the motherboard's specifications if you need more details.
How Much Ram is Enough for Photo or Video Editing?
If you plan on upgrading or overclocking your RAM in the future, you'll want a motherboard now that can support more RAM and/or higher speeds.
For Photo Editing
Most professionals don't use more than 32GB of RAM. If you're making this computer as a photo editing PC and edit one photo at a time, then most likely you'd be fine with just 8GB.
For multiple photos at one time consider at least 16GB of ram.
For Video Editing
For amateur video editors, I'd recommend 16GB; this tends to be enough to get the job done when editing HD video.
For professionals, I'd recommend going with 32GB to start with, and upgrading from there if you find that you're using the full amount.
More Tips on RAM
If you buy your RAM in sets of 16GB, DDR4 isn't that much more expensive than DDR3, and it lets you future-proof your PC.
In my recent post on the best DDR4 memory or RAM, I talk about how cheaper memory seems to make more sense right now due to the lack of performance from more expensive kits. I recommend you go with something fast but not overly expensive. The Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz series is my recommendation.
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Hard Drive and Storage Options: Solid State Drive or Disk Drive?
Solid-state drives (SSD) work well for storing your OS and applications, or as “scratch disks” designated for temporary use by Photoshop or other programs. That being said, you'll have to decide whether solid-state is worth it for you, and whether it's better than using a RAID configuration (a series of disk drives).
If you're still not sure what you should do, then see this Adobe document on optimizing Photoshop performance, which suggests that RAID 0 arrays make great scratch disks.
Personally, I've gotten used to the speed advantages that come with having a solid-state drive for my OS and applications, and I don’t plan on going back. For this build, I'll recommend a modestly priced SSD along with a disk drive. I use an SSD to store my OS and applications, and a disk drive to store videos and photos.
My Picks for SSD and HDD
Budget Pick ADATA Premier SP550: The Kingston A400 SSD is the perfect mix of speed and value. I'd recommend at least the 240GB version so you have enough for your operating system and most important programs. The increase in speed of a solid-state drive makes it well worth having for any machine you own.HGST Deskstar: A disk drive should be fast and ultra-reliable: that is, with 7200RPM and a 64 MB cache. I really like the 2TB Seagate Barracuda options available in 2022. They give you 2TB of space for around $60.
Depending on your budget you may want to purchase several of these. For the $2,000 build, I'm recommending three.
A Quiet Case and Cooler
NZXT H510: For a reasonably priced case that has great cable management and is water cooling ready, I like the NZXT H510. It also has great-looking tempered glass which allows you to see your hardware.
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Fractal Design R5—The Perfect Quiet Case: Personally, I place an emphasis on cases that keep my system cool and quiet. The Fractal Design R5, shown above, not only does all of that, but at a price point that's affordable. This case looks great, supports as many fans as you'd want, includes easy-to-install solid-state drive mounts, and has USB 3.0 in the front. It looks professional and has noise-dampening material built into the case.Corsair 100R Silent ATX Mid Tower: For a less expensive option with a smaller profile, you should also consider Corsair's 100R. It's a reasonably cheap option that won't distract from your workspace. This makes it ideal for an office environment where a powerful, but noisy, computer can sometimes distract.
Do You Need a CPU Cooler?
Intel's “K” Series of processors don't come with a stock CPU fan, so you'll definitely need one. However, if you use an option like the i5-8400, you may want to use something beyond just the stock fan to keep your most important piece of hardware cool for the long run.
Hyper 212 EVO: The Hyper 212 Evo is inexpensive and perfect if you plan on doing some light overclocking. For higher-end overclocking, consider the Corsair H100i series or NZXT Kraken series of liquid CPU coolers. If you go with the Hyper 212 EVO it does have a fairly large profile and won't fit the Corsair 100R Silent tower above. However, the Fractal Design R5 is plenty big.Corsair Hydro H60: For a smaller profile liquid cooler, consider the Hydro H60. This would be the perfect cooler to work with the Corsair 100R.
A Good Monitor for Photo Editing
If you want to read up on this subject, you can read my post on the best photo editing monitors under $500.
If you'd like to skip all that, then my recommendation to keep this build under $2000 would be the Dell UltraSharp U2715H. It's a 1440p 27″ monitor so it has plenty of screen real estate.
Most importantly, it comes factory calibrated out of the box at 99% sRGB with a deltaE good power supply. A quality power supply is not only more power-efficient, it's also safer in the long run.
Considering the costs of your components, this is really a no-brainer. Also, in a place where energy costs are high, you'll quickly make back the difference.
Recommendation: Right now I'd recommend you go with the EVGA SuperNova 550W or 650W models. These give you a great quality option that's affordable as well.
Future-proofing and Upgrading Your Editing PC
As I handle rendering, photo editing, and video editing every day, I upgrade the hardware on my PC regularly. The extra performance saves me a lot of time, money, and headaches in the long run.
While there certainly isn't anything you can do to future-proof your PC entirely, upgrading your motherboard and CPU or graphics card may be something you'll want to do on occasion.
However, for those that truly need the performance that new technology regularly brings, you may opt for selling your previous PC and building a new one altogether. Even if I've upgraded my editing PC, I tend to do this every few years.
Putting Together Your PC
Putting all the parts together is simple as long as you're sure they're compatible. Once your parts arrive, you'll see the motherboard and how most of the process is plug and play. It really is that simple.
If you need help, I recommend you grab a friend or watch a few YouTube videos to cover any questions you may have. You can also ask me any questions you may have below.
These builds are what I'd recommend based on your budget. That being said your needs might differ from the typical photo or video editors.
If you have any questions, I'm more than happy to help you in the comment section below as soon as I can.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2013 Brandon Hart
Need Help for Your Build? Discuss!
Lamp borok on June 09, 2022:
Sir. I want to built assemble PC for video editing and recording purpose under 50k please suggest me what… I should buy
Hells on December 09, 2019:
Stick with a ryzen cpu much better at work station loads such as photo editing and video editing and you can save significant cost on a gpu in the mid range by going with an Radeon 5700 or 5700xt both Wich match or exceed the performance of even the new gtx 2070 super and crush the gtx 1070. Hell you can build a killer setup with a RX 5700xt and a ryzen 7 3700x with everything else you need making a killer work station and gaming rig in between the $1000-$1500 range mine was $1100 and easily competes or even beats 1500+ systems in rendering and talking performance!
Tom on November 08, 2019:
Excellent advice for a first time building. What would you recommend as a choice if including a card reader (SD, Flash, etc) as a second optical bay.
aizaz on October 30, 2019:
talachan on October 10, 2019:
thank it really helpful information for me to get chose for video editing machine.
Jean Marc Lavoie from Chicago, Illinois on September 27, 2019:
I am upgrading an existing computer at work so I can also do some photo editing on breaks and when i stay late. It has a 4-core i5, I am upgrading the system ram to 32gb DD4 3200mhz, does the amount of video card ram matter? How much do you suggest (I think my choices only go up to 4gb)? I will be using it primarily with Lightroom and Photoshop and sometimes I may be running other work related apps at the same time. Thanks!
S2S on September 12, 2019:
thanks for this guide! I have a small youtube channel and needing to upgrade my antique prebuilt Gateway PC to something that is current and I can grow into over the next few years. Not being a computer guru and the complete over saturation of gaming pc info on the internet makes figuring out all this extremely confusing. So again, thanks for the info! Greg
Mark on June 26, 2019:
Great thorough article.
Quick question: I recently built a pc for editing photos in photoshop.
Getting a scratchdisk notification saying it's full.
I'm currently have 16Gigs of RAM
Working with very very large files (sometimes)…up to 50Gigs (not Megs) in size. Yes, the photo will be just under 20 feet in width.
Would I simply need to add more RAM to take care of the problem?
Carl on February 23, 2019:
I have a 4k tv i want to use for editing photos mainly not much video. Can i use the 500 dollar setup for a computer? I have a pentax k 1 camera. Thanks!
Idaho on October 22, 2018:
Hey there, just wondering for someone new ti building a pc
What would you recommend for video editing, i do have a 780ti and i was wondering what build i should go with to suit it.
What would you recommend for a budget under $1000?
Jagmeet Singh on June 22, 2018:
I have a PC with the following specifications:
Motherboard: M5A99FX PRO R2.0
CPU: AMD FX 8350
RAM: 8 GB ADATA DDR3
GPU: 1 GB NVIDIA GeForce 9400GT
Cabinet: Corsair SPEC 03
CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper EVO 212
But lately I have been having trouble with memory limitations and also i should mention that my monitor is very old and i am planning to replace it very soon. So I was wondering if i should spend money on a GPU, RAM and a monitor or should I just get a laptop?
Need help on March 26, 2018:
Can you suggest which gourmet to use with the i5 8400 ? As I will be performing tasks which need a gpu like heavy cinematic transitions etc
Trevor on March 22, 2018:
I don't have the technical ability to build my own system.
With a budget of around $1500 what is the best off the shelf PC you could suggest mainly for video editing?
4k preferably but reading your post 1080 is probably more likely.
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on February 19, 2018:
Yes, I run around updating quite a few articles on every release. I should be getting around to it shortly. Although, if you're going with the 2400, I'd probably tell you you might as well go with the R5 1600.
Nesper Stumbleduck from USA on February 19, 2018:
You should definitely do an updated article with the new AMD APUs. They're fairly cheap and from what I have seen they might be slightly more productive than their equivalents.
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on February 14, 2018:
It's not going to slow your desktop down to pick the wrong GPU… The CPU may bottleneck the GPU in some games. For the i5-7400 I'd probably get something no higher than the GTX 1060 or RX 580.
Min Min on February 12, 2018:
What is best gpu that match with corei5 7400 7th gen, i don't want to slow down my desktop if i put wrong gpu. so is there any recommendation.
Abhishek bage on February 01, 2018:
Please help me
Susan on January 29, 2018:
Good to hear. I hope you are right… thanks for the fast reply.
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on January 28, 2018:
I haven't read Everything on the subject; however, I am familiar with it. From the post Windows update benchmarks, I've seen the performance differential should basically be negligible for Intel. How will security work going forward? I'm not sure. For, AMD it doesn't seem to be as big of an issue.
Susan on January 28, 2018:
What are your thoughts on AMD versus Intel in light of the recent meltdown and spectre security issues? Thanks in advance. Great article.
Lucie on January 28, 2018:
Brandon C. asked a question a few weeks ago about a 9GB file not being able to fit onto a 32GB USB drive / SD card. This is likely due to the formatting of the drive. If its formatted as FAT32 which is quite common then the maximum file size it can store is 4GB.
You'll need to either change the format drive to be able to store files above 4GB, if you use windows then try NTFS (or above) or Linux try EXT4
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on January 26, 2018:
There are some hiked prices right now due to the cryptocurrency boom. Try and order your GPU from NVIDIA directly or use something else until prices stabilize.
Indy on January 25, 2018:
Hello Brandon , your article is really very helpful.
I am on tight budget around $500. When I checked all the parts of $500 build on amazon, The total price for the parts comes to between $750-$850.
Meg Meyer from at the beach or in my studio. on January 24, 2018:
Excellent recommendations, Brandon! Being a bilingual geek (Mac & PC), I've been going back & forth between custom building and buying the new iMac Pro. I'd love it if you wrote a recommendation for a comparable build! (If you already did so, share the link!) Please & Thank you.
Darkdruid on January 24, 2018:
I've just built a following PC:
Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
Asus x399 Zenith Extreme
64Gb RAM (Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 cl15)
Intel Optane 900p 480Gb as a primary disk (system, lightroom catalog, PS scratch etc)
Samsung 960Pro 2Tb for hot files storage
Several HDDs left from my old build (2-8Tb each) – cold storage/backups
ATI Radeon Pro WX3100 (no need for a powerful video card for me, most gaming cards are insanely expensive due to shortage nowadays)
Julian on January 23, 2018:
I want to build a video editing pc, but I don’t know what to do with the high video card prices. Mining is really making it difficult for anyone wanting to build a computer right now. What do you suggest?
Kong thao on January 21, 2018:
I'm completely new at this. I have a radeon r9 290x laying around. Could i use that to substitute for the GTX 1050 ti? What are the pros and con?
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on January 18, 2018:
I have several posts written on that subject.
Morné on January 18, 2018:
You look at all the components, except for probably the most important when doing Photo editing: the monitor?
Do you have any preference or recommendations?
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on January 16, 2018:
I've regularly updated this article over the last several years. It is current as of now.
terl on January 13, 2018:
Nice, thorough, well organized article!.. I build hundreds of PCs in the early to mid '90s when I ran an OEM PC shop but I haven't kept up at all and have been buying off the shelf for the last 10 years or so.
I am looking at the higher end, ~2K range, for video transcoding, and just wondering how current your table at the end of the article is. The article was update Jan 3 '18, but the comments are months old.
If nothing has changed, I'll buy based on your recommendations.
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on December 12, 2017:
I've mentioned the builds I recommend by budget above. No matter what, if you're getting this built for you, I'd go with the newer platforms (AMD Ryzen AM4+ or Intel Coffee Lake Z370).
The 8th generation Coffee Lake CPUs area vastly improved over the previous generation as they typically include an additional 2 cores for the price. Ryzen, actually gave AMD something competitive and anything prior to it wouldn't be worth its salt right now.
So, stick with the new and you should get something that will last you quite a while. As far as upgrading, I find I can make it several years without worrying about that too much as long as I give myself a decent enough budget up front. That being said it's impossible to know exactly what will come out in the future that will dethrone the current tech. Will it be something you can incorporate into this system? I'm not exactly sure.
Rick on December 11, 2017:
Hey Brandon, I was in a Best Buy and after hearing that I wanted to buy a video editing computer, the guy recommended building one for the best bang for the buck, and to get what I wanted, not more or less. I don't want to actually build it myself, but want honest help to specify the components by quality and price (value). The problem is, I don't know what I need and would like to know who can help me put together exactly what I need. I'm a novice at editing, but have the aptitude to learn it. I've digitized over 70 videos, slides, and prints and want to cut them up for a legacy purposes. I also would like to take this knowledge to the professional level and discover where I need to specialize commercially. How can I get a video editing build that is cost efficient right now, but still has the rendering speed and upgrade capabilities for future growth, etc.?
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on December 11, 2017:
How often are you publishing these videos? If just once a week, you would probably be more than fine with the $1,000 build.
Cellinis on December 09, 2017:
Hey Brandon. Thanks a ton for this article! I haven't built my own PC since early 2000s (no longer required specific builts and off-the-shelf was decent enough), but my new project requires me to edit YouTube videos. I shoot these videos in UHD and a typical video can go from anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes. I'm using Lightworks for editing (still learning) and the videos don't require any particular special effects (just initial transitions for the intro part of the video). Since I really don't have a lot of experience in video editing, which of the above builds would you suggest that gets the job done in a decent enough time?
Brandon C on December 01, 2017:
Awesome content! Weird question for you. I had a 9GB MP4 file to copy to a 32GB USB 2.0 thumb drive (and even a micro SD card) and the Windows 7 OS said destination has insufficient space? Also, what is a good rule of thumb for 1080/60i HD video to render minutes of video:minutes to render? Thanks
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 30, 2017:
Best I can do is an e-mail and you can contact me through the contact author option above.
Robert Michaelson on November 29, 2017:
Hello Brandon, Your article I just read was excellent! So organized which organized my thoughts and now have it on paper…wahoo.
This will be my first build and after many many you tube videos I have a slightly more confidence but still have some questions. To make it more of a challenge I live in Thailand so beside the language and customs it is so easy to not understand hem. Now this is not like the US or Costco…No returns no matter what.
So can we connect via skype, Facebook or I can even call you depending your time zone?
I would be so grateful
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 25, 2017:
No problem! Thanks for the input.
Nooice Mate on November 23, 2017:
I don’t always leave comments on articles that give me info but when I do it means the article was EXTREMELY helpful. Thanks Brandon for making my computer project a whole lot easier.
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 22, 2017:
George, I've listed them in columns above for the $1,000 or $1,500 budget. The big compatibility issue is the CPU and motherboard where any Z370 motherboard is compatible with 8th generation Intel processors (i5-8400 or i7-8700) and any X370 motherboard compatible with AMD Ryzen processors like the R5 1600 or R7 1700 in this case.
George on November 22, 2017:
Im doing some research on video editing pc's at the moment. i found your article, which is fantastic, but i am still unexperienced with technical details. im looking at the 1000 budget.
My question is: are most of the computer parts compatible with eachother?
I wouldn't mind upgrading parts as i go on, but i dont want to have to “build a whole new pc” just so i can update. Im mostly looking into upgrading from the 1000 budget to the 1500 budget.
Pardon for the long windedness. If anything i'll continue to do my research. but i thought i would ask the person who came up with the list in the first place. Thank you again for the article!
Kevin on November 10, 2017:
What GPU processing benefits do you get if you use two NVidia 1080 (or whatever) SLI cards? I understand it can increase the video size, but I am more interested in what GPU photo editing processing benefits it might add.
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jeric on November 03, 2017:
hey Brandon, I really liked your Guide. keep it up
Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 02, 2017:
Yes, I just updated it yesterday
The specs of the motherboard itself will not affect the PC's performance when editing video, as long as it allows you to use the CPU, RAM, SSD, and other components that you want.What is a X99 motherboard? ›
Intel X99, codenamed "Wellsburg", is a Platform Controller Hub (PCH) designed and manufactured by Intel, targeted at the high-end desktop (HEDT) and enthusiast segments of the Intel product lineup.Which CPU is best for video editing? ›
Intel Core i7-12700K
This high-end Alder Lake processor features 12 cores and 20 threads for performance that's more than powerful enough for strenuous video editing tasks. If you don't want to break the bank too badly, this PCIe 5.0 chipset, which can utilize both DDR4 and DDR5 memory, may be your best bet.
32GB. This is the optimal capacity of RAM a computer needs for video editing. 32GB will allow you to edit all kinds of files, and you will be able to work with longer videos. With 32GB RAM, you could have multiple programs running at the same time, and still be able to efficiently edit and preview your videos.What is the best specs for video editing? ›
|CPU: As file resolution increases, so does the importance of a fast CPU.||<2.8 GHz||2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz|
|RAM: Get what you need, because many systems can't be easily upgraded.||8 GB||12 GB|
A minimum of 16 GB of RAM for HD is fine, but with 4K or 6K editing, that minimum rises to 32 GB or more. Data must be quickly accessible to both the CPU and RAM so storage speed is crucial.How many cores do I need for video editing? ›
Mostly 4 core is the minimum recommendation for any kind of editing. For a faster and smooth video editing experience, your processor should be able to process a large amount of data. More cores mean more processing power and faster performance.What specs do I need for 4K video editing? ›
- CPU: Processor. Offline Editing: Intel Core i7 2.3GHz four-core. ...
- GPU: Video Card. Offline Editing: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M. ...
- RAM: Memory. Offline Editing: 8GB RAM. ...
- Offline Editing: dedicated 7200rpm hard drive or SSD for media.
In the X570 and B550 motherboards, you're going to find a complete x16 PCIe 4.0 slot for your graphics card. However, the B550 doesn't sport the same PCIe 4.0 slot for the x8, x4 and x1 slots. The X570, on the other hand, may come with PCIe 4.0 for these expansion slots depending on the manufacturer.What motherboard should I get for Ryzen 9 5950X? ›
To really get the most out of your Ryzen 5950X, you'll need an X570 motherboard. The ASUS ROG Strix X570-E has some pretty good VRMs, which allow you to overclock the processor with more stable results. There are other benefits, including PCIe 4.0 support, high-quality components, Wi-Fi 6, and Gen 4 M.
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- Gigabyte X299X Designare 10G. Best ATX X299 Motherboard. ...
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The Advanced Technology Extended, or ATX form-factor, is the name for a particular specification of motherboard and power supply that, when debuted in 1995, built upon older designs to create a more unified and capable standard for the industry.