Why Build A New PC?
Over the last three years of managing and uploading videos consistently to my YouTube Channel, I have went through 2 PCs. My first PC was a Mac Mini, and at first it went quite well for a light video editing, although it had trouble with Premiere Pro and After Effects. Then more than a year later, I got a laptop. When I used it on the Adobe Apps, I can tell the increased change in performance. It was so much faster! But later on, I decided to build my own PC that is solely for Video Editing. So that I can improve the render times and real-time previews while I edit. Also building a PC is much more powerful than a laptop, although if you want to have portability as top priority, then the laptop will be your choice. Also, building a PC is much cheaper than a pre-built one.
Building a Video Editing PC is different from building a Gaming PC. So for here’s a hierarchy for the Parts that are most important.
- CPU– Video Editing programs are made to utilize the CPU cores, so that the CPU can do multiple calculations at once. Although CPU speed doesn’t truly affect the performance. Like a 8 core going at 3Ghz goes much faster than a 4-core processor going at 4Ghz. Although, if you’re planning to play games on the build, then its recommended to get a higher clock speed on the CPU. If budget is more important than performance, then AMD’s Ryzen 6 or 7 series is most likely the best fit than Intel due to its reputation as being inexpensive to its Intel rival CPU’s. But if performance is priority over budget, then you’ll pick the Intel’s i7 and i9 Series are the best option as they are more powerful than AMD’s.
- CPU Cooler– When the CPU is under load, then the CPU grows hotter, which decreases performance when you want to render a project. So you will need to get a decent cooler to keep the CPU under check. Although if you want to overclock your CPU, then get a water cooler as they perform better at bringing the CPU temperature down.
- GPU– The Video Editing software can utilize the GPU’s cores, AMD cards are Stream Processors and Nvidia cards are called Cuda Cores. The more cores the GPU has, the better. According to “Cinecom.net” you should get at least 1000 cores to edit 4k footage. These Cores can be used to render out effects faster on Premiere Pro as well. As a side note, don’t worry about VRAM as much, get a decent amount. At least more than 4gb would be preferable. AMD’s Rx series are also taking popularity as they are much more cheaper and have higher processors than Nvidia’s GTX 1060, but the RX Series have a much lower clock speed than the Nvidia cards.
- RAM– Will be useful if you have multiple programs open at once. And also Video Editing programs will take away as much RAM as possible. Its safe to use 16gb of RAM for editing 1080p footage, and 32gb of RAM for 4k. But depending on the complexity of the projects you have, you will need more RAM. And try to get the latest technology of RAM, for now its DDR4.
- Storage– As you do Video Editing, you’ll see that you’ll need more storage. And if you are doing 4k footage and higher resolutions, then you’ll need faster storage as well. if your budget allows it, get a SSD for they are always faster at booting up a program to getting a file. Also SSD’s can affect render times to if you hook it into the program. Make sure to have more than 1TB of Storage.
- Motherboard– Make sure that you have the right CPU chipset, the right number of GPU slots, and the IO fits your needs. Have room for future upgradability for the RAM as well.
- Case– Two reasons to consider a good case, first is airflow and two is for looks.
AMD vs Intel CPU’s?
This is a very popular subject for PC builders of every kind. The top two companies that manufacture CPU’s are AMD and Intel. What’s the difference between the two? AMD is very popular due to its low price compared to Intel’s CPU’s that would be around $100 or more for the great performance. But why Intel then if they’ll be more expensive? Intel is also very popular for those who have a higher budget. Usually when comparing a AMD equivalent to Intel CPU, the Intel chip is almost always faster. For benchmarking a certain pc part, then come to Userbenchmark. So the answer is that if you have a low budget build like $1250 or less then choose AMD CPU. But if you have a higher budget, then Intel is the best for you.
How Much RAM?
This a very confusing part for a build because you’re figuring out how much RAM is necessary and best for your needs for video editing. All video editing software’s require a lot of RAM. I would advise to go to Puget Systems, a pc building company that builds pcs that are solely meant for creation work depending on Software. Here’s a link to hardware recommendations for Premiere Pro. I recommend 32gb for 1080p, then 64gb for 4k video editing.
Wait For The Right Time To Buy
As you realize it now, PC parts are more expensive now. I would recommend to check the PC part’s price history and see when its lowest. Wait for a special deal like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but it may not change prices as much.
Tips on Building a PC
(if you’re new)
- Never Ever Rush to get a PC!
- Spend a good time on researching the parts you need!
- Know what you need and don’t need for your build!
- Don’t add RGB unless your budget allows for it, I know RGB looks great and all, but they do take an expensive role on most PC parts!
- Try to ask forums! There are thousands of people out there that can have time to answer your PC problems. I tried out PCpartpicker’s forum and they helped me as well as in advice and on compatibility issues.