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$1400 Video Editing PC Build Guide | Edits 4K, 6K, 8K RAW Video!

November 6, 2019


– Hey guys, my name is Matt Johnson, and one of my most popular video series that I’ve created has been my budget video editing PC build guides. With the latest one that I just uploaded, showing you how to build a budget 4K video editing PC, for $650. But what if you have a
budget larger than $650? What if you need to edit
4K video, but it’s RAW, or 6K video, or 8K, or
something like that. Well, today I have good news for you, because I’m gonna be
showing you how to build a very powerful video
editing computer for $1400. And in addition, I also
wanna show you some upgrades for these parts, that are
going to increase the cost, but also have the potential
to drastically increase the speed of your video editing. So whether you use Premiere
Pro, or DaVinci Resolve, or really any other
video editing software, as long as it isn’t Final
Cut, which is Mac only, you are going to be
set with this computer. And as a side note, if
you’re looking for a computer to edit photos or mix music,
or game, or live stream, this computer is going to
be perfect for all of that. There are two quick things
that we need to talk about before we get into the
parts for this build. First, all the parts will be linked down in the video description. And they will also be on my Kit page, where they are neatly
organized for you to check out. Second, this video is only
gonna show you the parts that you need to buy, not
how to put them together. But do not worry. I made a video awhile back
that’s over an hour long, showing you every single
step that you need to take to build a video editing computer. From taking the parts out
of the box, to turning on the computer, everything is covered, and you can watch that
video up in the corner, and down in the description,
after you purchase your parts. Now let’s jump right into this
$1400 video editing PC build. And the first part that
I wanna cover is the CPU, AKA, the brain of the computer. And having a fast CPU is so important, because if you can get a CPU with a lot of cores and a lot of threads, your video editing
experience is going to be so much faster. I would recommend purchasing
the Ryzen 7 3700X processor, which has eight cores and 12
threads, for quite a reasonable price of around $330. This is from AMD’s latest
generation of processors, and in my opinion, it is in the sweet spot of power to performance. But I hear you saying
Matt, price to performance, sweet spot, that sounds
great, but what else you got? You got some that are more
power for me that won’t break the bank? I do. If you have an extra
170-ish dollars, I would go with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor, which is going to take
you from eight cores and 16 threads to 12 cores
and 24 threads of performance. This is nuts, and should be
able to handle 4K, 6K, 8K, all the K’s of video that
you want to throw at it. Now let’s talk about cooling
for both of these CPUs. The great news is that
both the 3700X and 3900X both come with a stock
air cooler in the box to keep the CPU cool. In all my research, it looks
like this is a good cooler, so I would save your money on
buying an aftermarket option. But, if you notice your
computer’s running a bit warm, I linked other cooling options
down in the description that you could use to cool your CPU. Moving on, let’s talk
about the motherboard. The board that you’re gonna
put the CPU, graphics card, RAM, etc. onto. I would recommend purchasing
the MSI X570 GAMING PLUS motherboard, which currently
retails for around $170. This motherboard has
nearly all of the features you will need, with lots of
room to upgrade in the future. The only feature it doesn’t
have is built-in Wi-Fi, but don’t worry, you can
purchase either an internal or an external Wi-Fi
adapter for 20 to 30 bucks. I will link to the Wi-Fi
adapters that I recommend down in the video description. If you really want Wi-Fi
built-in though, and don’t want to deal with putting in a Wi-Fi
card, or using one of your USB ports with the Wi-Fi
adapter, I would recommend purchasing the MSI MPG X570
GAMING EDGE WIFI motherboard. This motherboard is very
similar to the one I recommended but it does have built-in Wi-Fi. Please keep in mind that
there are cheaper motherboards out there, but a lot of
them came out before AMD’s latest version of processors
that I’m recommending that you use. And the issue with these
earlier motherboards is that if you want to
use them with one of AMD’s newer CPUs that I’m recommending,
you are going to have to upgrade the firmware
for the motherboards, which requires you to have another CPU, which you’re not gonna have. So it’s a lot of hassle, but
that’s why I’m recommending these motherboards, because
they should work flawlessly with the CPUs that I’m recommending. Now let’s talk about RAM. No not goats, you do not need
any goats to build a computer. RAM, AKA memory. This is what your computer’s gonna need to run your programs. Don’t confuse RAM with your SSD though, which we will talk about in a minute. For RAM, I would recommend
purchasing a minimum of 32 gigabytes of
Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM at 3200 megahertz. I had 32 gigabytes of RAM in
my editing desktop for years, and it was enough to handle 4K footage. I want you to be aware
though that I did notice that my computer was
starting to run out of RAM when I was editing and rendering
higher resolution footage. It would also run out
of RAM when I rendered 4K videos that were longer. Think, 20 minutes or more in length. To prevent yourself
from running out of RAM, I would purchase 64 gigabytes
of Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM at 3200 megahertz instead. That should be plenty for your needs, but do keep in mind that
the two motherboards I recommended to you both support up to 128 gigabytes of RAM,
so you have even more room if you want to upgrade. Next, you have your SSD. This is gonna store your operating system, as well as any programs that you want to run on your computer. The best price to size
and performance option, is gonna come from Samsung. With their 500 gigabyte 970
EVO Plus for about $120. If you need more space and
have the budget though, I would recommend upgrading
to the one terabyte version of this drive. Extra space is always a good thing. Please keep in mind that for
the fastest video editing experience, I recommend
only using this SSD to store your operating system and programs. Don’t keep your video editing files on it. Because I travel a lot,
if you travel as well, I would recommend investing in an external hard drive, or SSD. The good news is that the
computer case that I recommend can also take internal hard
drives, and internal SSDs. And so I’ll make sure to link
to, down in the description, all of the internal and
external hard drives and SSDs that I would recommend that
your purchase with this build. It’s now time to talk about
one of the most exciting parts of any computer
build, the graphics card. If you edit in Premiere
Pro and don’t often times find yourself applying
a lot of video effects that are accelerated by the
graphics card, then I would purchase the NVIDIA EVGA RTX
2060 SUPER SC ULTRA GAMING graphics card. I recommend this card because
Premiere still prioritizes using your computer’s CPU over the GPU, so saving a bit of money on
the graphics card makes sense. As I said though, you have two options. If you edit using DaVinci
Resolve, or if you use Premiere Pro with a lot of
graphic effects applied, both of these usage scenarios
will benefit from you using a higher end graphics card. So I would recommend
the NVIDIA EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER BLACK GAMING card. This is going to be a
noticeable bump in performance for also a noticeable bump
in price, so please be aware. I would also recommend upgrading your CPU from the 3700X to the
3900X, before upgrading your graphics card to
the higher end version that I recommend. Almost finished with this build. We only need to talk about
the power supply and the case. Let’s start with the case
that you’re gonna put all these parts inside. I’m actually gonna recommend
that you buy the same case that I recommended in my budget
build video, the NZXT H510. It’s a beautiful case that
doesn’t look too flashy, and when I’m building
a computer I’ve learned that I would rather spend
my money on a cheaper case with good airflow, and save
the rest for components inside the case. If you wanna go crazy though,
there are a lot more options out there that are more
expensive, that look really cool. I’m also aware that there
are some of you out there that want to have a case
that has a internal 5.25 inch drive bay, so you can install
a DVD or Blu-ray burner. Personally, I would rather
purchase an external USB Blu-ray or DVD drive, I
will make sure to link to the ones that I recommend
down in the video description. But if you want a case
that can handle an internal optical drive, I would
recommend the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG ATX mid-tower case. This will run a bit more
expensive than the NZXT H510, but it’s a great choice that
looks very professional. Very last thing, let’s talk
about the power supply, which is going to power this computer. If you were just buying the
$1400 version of this computer, with none of the upgrades,
then I think you will have plenty of power with the EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550 watt power supply. But if you are buying any
of the upgrades or even the alternative case option
because you want to use a Blu-ray drive, I would
recommend purchasing the EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750
watt power supply instead. I’ve done some calculations
and there are certain scenarios where the 550 watt version
may not give you enough power. And I wanna make sure that
you have some wiggle room to plug in five hard drives of footage, and other accessories like I
tend to do with my computer. With the power supply
chosen, congratulations! This is your $1400 video editing computer. I’m sure some of you
are thinking, now Matt, there’s other things,
what about the mouse, the keyboard, the speakers,
the monitor, help! Do not worry, I realized that
I everybody has a different opinion about these
things, but I will link to all of those physical
accessories that I recommend down in the video description. And because this computer is
made to edit 4K and higher resolution footage, I
would definitely recommend investing in a 4K monitor
like the one that I recommend. As far as the operating
system goes, I would recommend Windows 10, and I have a link
down in the video description, to a Tom’s Hardware article that details how you can get Windows 10
for very cheap or even free. With that, thank you so much for watching. I hope this video is
helpful to you with building a monstrous 4K video editing computer. As always, it would be a huge help to me if you would consider liking this video and subscribing if you want
to see more videos like this in the future. Please also keep in mind that
the prices for these parts are also subject to change,
even from day to day. So if you click on one of
these links, and the part price looks crazy expensive,
or it’s out of stock, please leave me a comment
down below and let me know, so I can update the link
both in the description and on my Kit page, with
a properly priced part that is actually in stock. Lastly, if you made it
this far in the video and you’re thinking Matt this
computer is way too expensive, remember I have that budget
$650 video editing PC video, it’s linked up in the corner
and down the description if you wanna watch it. Thanks so much for watching,
and have a great day. (gentle orchestral music)

53 Comments

  • Reply Matt WhoisMatt Johnson November 4, 2019 at 5:52 pm

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  • Reply Joaquin Castro November 4, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    First

  • Reply daniel jitaru November 4, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Reply ッHugoYT November 4, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    100th

  • Reply tigerbaitcom November 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    is there a such thing as a great case that has SD card slots built into the front or top front?

  • Reply Bobby Burns - Redmond Digital Media November 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I need something to edit 16k video….this just won't do😂

  • Reply West Virginia WILD November 4, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Ive seen some builds with the 3900x using 3600mhz ram. Was cost the reason you went with the 3200mhz sticks or does that work better with that CPU?

  • Reply Rudolf Abelin November 4, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Hi! I think you have made very good choices. Two small things. The CPU war will heat up even more, good for us consumers. Nvidia is restarting production of RTX 2070, might come at an interesting price point.
    Best regards
    Rudolf
    Long time IT pro and GH5 owner!

  • Reply Shubanker Halder November 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    How about using a Radeon 5700XT instead of the 2080 Super ?

  • Reply ALP_PRODS November 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeees thanks matt !!

  • Reply Steve Carpenter November 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Hey Matt, excellent job! This build is what I've been looking for better computing power. I'll cut through the parts list to review them to see what's the best bang for the buck while building on the upgraded components. Thanks very much, this video was beneficial with all the new components coming out daily, Nicely Done!

  • Reply PR!MZ November 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    IM NOT RICH 😫

  • Reply Jared Collins November 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Do you also run with AMD CPU's? I've noticed that you haven't recommended any Intel CPU's on any of the builds. I've only ever dealt with Intel processors, so I'm leary of the AMD line, though they are typically cheaper.

  • Reply Patrik Rasch November 4, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Beeeatiful ❤️. Thanks, Matt!

  • Reply Mossie Gee November 4, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Excellent build guide thank you….as for GPU how would a GTX1080ti slot in for 4k editing today with this level of build?

  • Reply Blood Bought Ministries November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Take note the stock ryzen coolers will do the job but they are noisy.

  • Reply John Copeland November 4, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Sorry to go off topic here, but I was wondering if you had recommendations for affordable off-the-shelf laptop 4K editing. Would a gaming laptop have enough power? How about something like this? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QVM5X8W/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ochWDbE6BS4BN I know it's intended for gaming, but the specs appear to be good for 4K PP editing.

  • Reply Jake Larntz November 4, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    will the B450 Pro you detailed in your 700 build still work without the firmware update?

  • Reply Benito Arciga November 4, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    So many little errors in this video, like… why?

  • Reply Matthew Reid November 4, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Let's say I were to build the budget $650 option, would it be easily up gradable to this down the road?

  • Reply George Holden November 4, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Man these videos are life savers, appreciate your effort so much! I'm saving to build a PC in the new year, so far think I'll be doing the upgraded version of your $650 budget PC, I'm way off the world of 6K or Raw so for now a 4K beast will do!

  • Reply tm4tare November 4, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Excellent video thank you Matt!

  • Reply Kirby Winson November 4, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I'm a videographer and editor, But I'm thinking of getting into 3D rendering stuff in Blender. Does anyone know if the higher budget computer will hold up?

  • Reply Robert Antonioni November 4, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Threadripper is a better cpu for editing.

  • Reply BM November 4, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    So I've heard that if you're working on some effects heavy projects that an NVidia Quadro graphics card is recommended over a gaming card. Is that correct?

  • Reply Darrin Lalla November 4, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Inspired! Thanks.

  • Reply Ready Teddie November 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Matt, got to disagree with you recommending a hard drive for the editing storage. With SSDs having come down so much in price, there's no excuse for not using them. Three 1 TB SSDs can be installed for less than $500 and the increase in speed is superb. Three top manufacturers – Samsung, San Disk and Crucial – all have SSDs under $150. These are not the internal M.2 variety, which continue to be higher priced, but rather are the SATA internal types. IMO using a spinning drive just to save a few dollars is like having to use a rotary phone because they just work!

  • Reply Jonathan G. Rodriguez November 4, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Awesomeness thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Maksim Lavrov November 4, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Ram are sheep, not goats. Very misleading information. Dislike, unsubd. Lol jk! Good stuff Matt!

  • Reply Patrick Guerrisi November 4, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Hi matt I finished my new video editing PC – Big upgrade from my laptop I also went with the Ryzen 3700x its the best value CPU at the moment
    I also added:
    Asus Prime x570 Pro Mobo – this has PCI 4.0 support. So later when they get cheaper I can put in a m2 PCI 4.0 SSD which is twice as fast as the current m.2 SSDs (PCI 3.0)
    32GB RAM 3200mhz
    Geforce RTX 2060 Super 8GB
    1TB and a 500GB m2 SDDs
    650 Watt PSU
    NZXT 510 elite case – this was not needed and was a bit overpriced but it i had some cash to spend on a cool looking LED case
    Video of me making it to come soon

  • Reply Joan Jdh November 5, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Good guide but with no benchmarks not so helpful. Specs in paper do not always equal real-world performance.

  • Reply Conrad Know-How November 5, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Thanks Matt! Wondering about 4k monitors. Could you let me know why you changed from the Dell Ultrasharp to the LG? Maybe do a video on picking the best monitor for color grading and editing? Thanks for all you do?

  • Reply Denis Assa November 5, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Thank you for the update, which AMD graphics card would you advise for editing Blackmagic Raw 4k and 6k

  • Reply Joel Arra November 5, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Matt, is it possible to build the budget pc, and then later on with the same case, upgrade the CPU, Graphics card or Ram etc?

  • Reply Marc & Amalia November 5, 2019 at 3:39 am

    🐐

  • Reply Pete Gertonson November 5, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Wow!

  • Reply LGucci November 5, 2019 at 3:59 am

    what mobo for the 2700x

  • Reply Shalyn Sherriff November 5, 2019 at 4:13 am

    New subscriber here! Thanks for the great info. I want to build this but with RGB RAM that light up. Any suggestions?

  • Reply Bob Smith November 5, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Perfect timing. I just came to the conclusion that my AM3 machine is past its prime (it kicked ass when I built it) and have been researching upgrade options. Your video confirmed my direction and gave me some specific targets. Thank you so much.

  • Reply Matthew Zefi November 5, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Hey Matt! Love this video and actually may get this build. Thanks for providing such tremendous value for video editors like myself. What do you think of those new Razer Blade laptops? Still better off doing a PC build?

  • Reply Richard Milind November 5, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Great build!
    But I would go with Asus Prime X570-P or Asus TUF Gaming X570 Plus instead of MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus.

  • Reply Felicia Smith November 5, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Thank you so much! I'm looking into building my first computer and this is perfect!

  • Reply Tiffany Richards November 5, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Matt, You are amazing. Seriously. Would you give any recommendation on a mac?? I am about to purchase a new iMac for home and dont know a lot about what I need for a powerhouse. I would forever be grateful if you would consider shooting a recommendation for one!!

  • Reply JC Films November 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Great video! You should do one about the best budget monitors meant for color grading!

  • Reply Mohamed Keita November 5, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I like this guy, I can't explain it, I just like him

  • Reply CwashCrab November 5, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Hi which is better? R5 3600 or r7 2700x

  • Reply Riccardo Moracchiato November 5, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Man, this video is so clear, good job! But I have a question, if I want upgrade my r5 2600 with a r7 3700x, do you recommend to use my aorus b450m with a bios update, is it enough for the r7? Or do you think it's better to change with one of the options up here? Thanks, excellent video.

  • Reply Sweet Sour Travel November 5, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Unfortunately in Portugal this goes up to double 😭😭😭😭😭😭. Anyway great insight

  • Reply J Leonor November 5, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    So, this rig on sale (at Best Buy of all places) is actually a decent deal, considering it's liquid cooled, has Windows already, plus mouse and keyboard… Just can't see the motherboard specs, but if it handles the components, it should be fine. What do you think?

    Thanks for the great vid and suggestions!

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/cyberpowerpc-gamer-supreme-gaming-desktop-amd-ryzen-7-3700x-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-rtx-2070-super-2tb-hdd-240gb-ssd-white/6362429.p?skuId=6362429

  • Reply Zul Reviews November 6, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Thank you, and this is just a spec video. What really help us as a creator is the performance of pc when playback footage at different scale, different effects and colour grading. Playing back red footage raw is seamless compare to dslr / mirrorless camera which not smooth at all. Because the codec of red footage raw is more efficient compare to codec of dslr or mirrorless camera. Most of consumers using dslr or mirrorless so I doubt this spec can perform well. I'm afraid after spending so much money on upgrading pc, still have to make proxy. Even Linus Tech Tips have to use media encoder in their workflow for mirrorless camera footage.

  • Reply Robert Muhammad November 6, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Thanks Matt! Any idea if this same build can be used to run a Linux based Davinci Resolve system?

  • Reply RiNus World November 6, 2019 at 8:31 am

    hey Matt, thank you for these videos. I've been trying to get a good PC for most footage scenarios and I stumbled onto your videos ad Ive been blown away by how Inexpensive a beastly workstation can be. Before I was convinced I needed something in the $3500 to $4000 range but this just flipped the script. And I also realized that some parts are just for prestige like how much I instead on a 2080Ti. I still want one but I really don't need it. The Super cards are a great addition to bringing budgets down. Thank you. Great video too.

    Would you pick he NZXT H510 over the Colloer Master masterbox H500M?

  • Reply afazi November 6, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Perfect video. Can you recommend a bit cheaper video card for this build?

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