Nowadays, computers are being used for various purposes. It’s like we are using simple online browsing and also for high-end video editing. For each of the purposes of the usage, we need several levels of skills from our computer. Are you looking to build a video editing computer? For editing video, you need smooth playback of video files, render graphics, and the ability to export the media under a usable format for videos. We will help you to make your desired computer with the best components within your budget.
We will give you a list of what will help you to build your dream computer to edit videos. We will show you what you should purchase if you don’t want to invest a lot.
AMD RYZEN Threadripper 1950X 3.4 GHz 16-Core / 32 Threads
- Pros: Hight processing power, PCIe card support, Low price
- Cons: Kind of slow than Intel equivalent.
GPU plays the most role for rendering beside the CPU and RAM run the interface of the software and operating system. Even when there are in video workflow, it can rely hardly on the CPU. Most of the workstations made for video purposes use an intel processor. But for several reasons, we have selected an AMD RYZEN.
The 1950X processor may get a little bit slower comparing the ten core, 3.8 GHz by intel; the difference in the performance in editing not much notable. Though this CPU crashes a bit for speed, it is surely enough for it when connected to motherboard on full speed connected with more PCIe card, and it can be hugely benefited if you choose to add extra video cards, RAID controllers, or video capture cards.
It costs only $570 (Base Price) and must it is cheaper than the Intel CPU, and it makes worth it. From a dependability viewpoint, the smooth processors by Intel and AMD are in an equal position.
AMD RYZEN 5 3600
- slightly overclocked
The difference between this one and the prime option is the number of cores and the speed of the clock. Extra core means the computer can manage more pressure at a time. Faster clock speed ensures it process information faster. So, we should say that this $199, 6-core, 3.6GHz AMD processor is enough to manage the basic works smoothly.
G.Skill TridentZ Series 32GB (2x16GB) 288-PIN DDR4 3000
- maybe overclocked
- Heat disband design
Maybe you don’t want to use a higher RAM than 12 or 14 GB for video editing software, but RAM is needed for running your whole system. Like, when you are using the editing software, and at the same time, you want to use Pro Tools or After Effects simultaneously, you need more RAM. Besides this, you may want to use your document or PDF, and it requires more RAM. And you must remember, your operating system must need at least two of RAM.
We know RAM is not so much expensive, so this we should not reduce the budget for RAM. We have selected a $240 kit with two 16 GB DIMMs, and it means a total of 32 GB. But paring with the right motherboard, it is possible to upgrade to 64GB or 128GB in the future. G.Skill stresses their exact quality screening and careful testing, ensured super-fast, trusty performance with a smart, mind-blowing design. Trident Z Series RAM can get speeds of approximately 4000MHz, or up to 5000MHz at the time of overclocking.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4x4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 2666
You must need a 32Gb of RAM to work with 4K videos. But for HD videos, 16GB is enough. When shopping for RAM, Corsair is enough budget when you need reliability and affordability. This Corsair Vengence kit is $133.
Nvidia Titan V
- Pros: super Fast, 12GB of VRAM
- Cons: Expensive
All recently published software supports GPU rendering, and it’s much faster than all usual CPU/RAM based rendering. These video cards will do most of your heavy lifting. Comparing with 5120 CUDA cores, 640 Tensor cores, and a boost clock of 1455MHz, this Nvidia Titan V is the fastest GPU. It’s also the best at $3,000. It comes with 12GB of VRAM and enough to renders quickly.
XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS Black Edition
- Pros: cheap
- cons: required high power
When Nvidia was trying to control the market, Software support for OpenCL increased. AMD cards got more attractive for this. The $250 Radeon RX card from XFX is the best in the budget.
Samsung 840 Pro Series 2.5″ 512GB SSD SATA III
- Pros: super fast read/write speeds
- Cons: Highly expensive
To boot drives, SSD is the only way. Mechanical hard drives are not fast and likely to get failed. At a reasonable price of $450, Samsung 840 Pro SSDs offer read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and also write speeds up to 520 MB/s. A 512GB drive is enough to run your operating system smoothly.
Kingston A400 2.5″ 120GB SATA II SSD
- Pros: Dependability, Low Cost
- Cons: Only 120GB
We suggested to go for SSD over HDD and also for the budget. You need to sacrifice for the capacity, but its benefits must carry way this difficulty. Besides, you will be able to use a larger internal or external hard drive to store your video data. The $28 Kingston A400 120GB is a great choice with reading speeds up to 500 MB/s and also write speeds up to 450MB/s.
The monitor is not a part that can play a role in the performance. So you can select any monitor that good within your budget. Buy a monitor that fits well on your desk.
Overall Video Editing Monitor
Dell Ultrasharp U3219Q
The Dell Ultrasharp U3219Q comes with a 32-inch of screen size, and its resolution is 3840 x 2160. It has one HDMI and one Displayport. For USB, you will get four USB 3.0 and a single Type-C.
When you are going to edit videos, there is nothing that the Ultrasharp U3219Q. Its 32-inch display offers you the full resolution. 709 and SRGB coverage almost 95% DCI-P3 and also nice colour constancy. With all of those features that this monitor should provide a low price. There is also an 8K version as well. But the price is of the 8K version is three times more than the regular one.
The BenQ PD3200U Comes with a 32-inch of screen size, 3840 x 2,160 resolution. The refresh rate is 60Hz and IPS technology. You will get one Displayport, One mini -DP, and one HDMI for input. Additionally, you will get four USB 3.0 ports.
Some people say that for editing videos correctly better, you need to invest a rich amount. This is totally false. The low-cost PD3200U from BenQ offers a 4K monitor, with a display of 32-inches size gives you a lot within the budget. The monitor has dedicated profiles along with animation and darkroom modes. Finally, the colour accuracy of this model is perfect.
Note on storage
You must expect an extra SSD or HDD for storage and for media and project files. You can do it with internal drives or external USB 3 drives. It would be a cheaper, easier option if you chose an external HDD based RAID storage box for 4TB or more media storage for editing.
How much power do you need?
If you are going to make a video editing computer to use your desired programs like editing software or after effects, you should first think about the system requirements for the software you are going to use. The components we have listed above will work smoothly. And if you want to use specialized animation software like Maya, you must check the system requirements for those programs.
The caution here is that software companies only give specs for the minimum hardware requires to run the software for 4K or 3D. But this doesn’t give any exact idea of how much power you need. Actually, your workflow controls how much power you need. Please note that all the components listed here may not perfect to build your video editing computer. You should research yourself according to your demands.
This guide’s main purposes are to give you an actual understanding of what to keep focused on when you are making your own editing workstation.
After all, your destination is to make professional video work but maybe not state of the art. State of the art computing power also cost a lot. Always this about what you need and what is not. Don’t invest more than you need.