Over the past few months, we’ve been sharing PC builds gamers. However, today’s build is dedicated to power users. Built from the ground-up specifically for video-editing, this PC can tackle 4K or even 8K tasks without a hitch. Here are some extra tips to keep in mind:
- Focus on the CPU. It is the foundation of your build. Try and opt for one with more number of cores/threads as they will impact performance more than clock speeds.
- A GPU is NOT essential. A discrete GPU does help in rendering and encoding tasks. However, opting for a high-end card will not have a huge impact on performance. Try and opt for one with at least 2GB VRAM and don’t focus much on the gaming performance.
- An SSD is a must-have. While you might need a hard-drive to store excess footage, I can’t possibly emphasize more on the importance of an SSD for project files. It ensures smooth performance without random stutters while greatly improving rendering performance.
Best CPU For Video Editing: Ryzen 9 3900X
- Price: Rs. 48,499 (Link)
- Cores: 12
- Threads: 24
- Base Clock: 3.8 GHz
- Boost Cock: 4.6 GHz
- TDP: 105W
- Socket: AM4
The Ryzen 9 3900X is an absolute monster of a CPU. With a whopping 12 Cores and 24 Threads, it is by far the best mainstream processor that money can buy. It is nearly 50% faster than the 9900K and is second to only the 16-core 3950X. For real-world 4K/8K performance, there is no other chips that can offer as much performance as the 3900X. Moreover, it also comes included with a Wraith Prism Cooler which is sufficient for stock clocks. Since you don’t need to overclock your CPU for video-editing tasks, I would recommend refraining from getting a high-end AIO solution or a 5 pound Noctua air cooler. However, if you have the cash to spare, go for it.
Recommended Motherboard: ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4
- Price: Rs. 14,599 (Link)
- X570 Chipset
- Memory: 4x DDR4 Slots for up to 128GB
- I/O: 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.1 Gen2, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 4x USB 2.0
The ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 is the best valued X570 board on the market. While it lacks the custom design of the ASRock Taichi or the flashy RGB lights, it does not skimp on the features. It has a powerful 10 phase VRM solution, along with all the extras you can expect in a high-end motherboard. It supports 128GB of DDR4 memory at up to 4GHz. Moreover, it supports PCIe 4.0 which is the main reason we chose this board. Pairing it up with an M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD will result in buttery smooth rendering performance.
Recommended Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super
- Price: Rs 19,699 (Link)
- CUDA Cores: 1408
- ROPs: 48
- Core Clock: 1530 MHz
- Boost Clock: 1785 MHz
- Memory Clock: 14 GB/s GDDR6
While a GPU isn’t essential for video-editing, the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super has 6GB of GDDR6 memory, which can help boost performance by quite a bit. At the time of writing, there’s little difference in prices between the 1660 Super and the 1660Ti. While the 1660Ti should perform better in games, we aren’t concerned with it for video-editing. Compared to the Ti, the Super has faster memory and this will result in slightly better performance as compared to the Ti. This difference will be especially noticeable when working with 4K or 8K footage.
Best Memory for Video Editing: G.SKILL Trident Z RGB 2x16GB
- Price: Rs. 13,549 (Link)
The G.Skill Trident Z RGB is one of the best RAM kits that you can get. While you can overclock it, it isn’t required for video-editing. While you can get by with 16GB of RAM, but it doesn’t hurt to go for extra since this will greatly enhance performance at 4K/8K. The RGB is just a bonus.
Recommended Power Supply: Corsair RM850M 80 Plus GOLD Fully-Modular
- Price: Rs. 9,400 (Link)
The Corsair RM850 is an 80 Plus GOLD Certified Power Supply that is fully modular and pretty silent in operation. It has a 135mm fan, 105 C rated capacitors, is extremely compact, has Zero RPM Mode and even a 10-year warranty. The RM850 is one of the best power supplies on the market as of now and is good enough to use in a future build as well.
Best Storage for Video Editing: GIGABYTE AORUS 1TB M.2 2280 PCI-Express 4.0 x4 and WD Blue 4TB
- Price: Rs. 19,527 (Link)
- Interface: PCI-Express 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
- Sequential Read Speed: up to 5000 MB/s
- Sequential Write Speed: up to 4400 MB/s
- Endurance Rating: 3600 TBW
For Video Editing, you need to store your project files, software, source footage as well as the cache. While ideally, you should be storing everything onto an SSD, 4K footage can take up space really fast on your PC. Personally, I would recommend using an SSD for your OS and the Software while a fast HDD for storing your footage.
The 1TB Gigabyte Aorus M.2 NVMe is by far one of the best storage solutions on the market. Taking full advantage of the PCIe 4.0 support enabled by the Ryzen 3000 CPUs and the X570 chipset, this drive is just blisteringly fast. Not to mention this beats the 1TB SSD on the iMac Pro at a fraction of the price, To supplement this, we have also included a WD Blue 4TB HDD@5400 RPM for Rs. 8,200 (Link).
Recommended Case: Corsair 750D
- Price: Rs. 12,100 (Link)
- Form Factor: Full tower
- Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX
- Dimensions: 546mm x 235mm x 560mm
- Weight: 9.77 Kg
- Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm (max 5 140mm, max 9 120mm)
- I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone and Mic
- Drive Bays: 3x 5.25″(External), 6x 2.5″/3.5″, 4x 2.5″(Internal)
The 750D by Corsair is by far one of the easiest cases to build in and has some of the best cable-management in the market. The default supply fans are decent enough to keep the PC running cool and quiet. The removable drive cages and the tool-free SSD caddies are a great feature as well. Overall, it quick and easy to build inside the 750D with a lot of room for adjustment and it offers great value for the price.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 3900X||Rs. 47,899||Link|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super||Rs. 19,799||Link|
|Motherboard||ASUS TUF X570 Plus||Rs. 16,999||Link|
|Memory||G.SKILL TridentZ 2x16GB DDR4||Rs. 14,999||Link|
|SSD||GIGABYTE Aorus 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0||Rs. 19,527||Link|
|HDD||WD Blue 4TB||Rs, 8,200||Link|
|Power Supply||Corsair RM 850M 80Plus Gold Rated||Rs. 9,500||Link|
|Case||Corsair 750D||Rs. 12,100||Link|
The total of all the components adds up to Rs. 1,49,023, which is just under the 1.5 Lakh mark. This PC can handle 4K and 8K footage without breaking a sweat. Expect lesser time to sip coffee and read a book while your project renders. Check out our other PC builds here.