In a gaming build, the graphics card is the most important component. However, if you are looking to build a PC for video editing and rendering, the focus moves on to the CPU, memory, and storage. Although many programs like Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas Pro and Corona benefit from a dedicated GPU, they are still largely CPU dependant. Here are some other tips to keep in mind:
- First and most importantly, CPU is the foundation of your build. The core count and multithreaded performance will be the key to completing editing tasks.
- Unlike a gaming-focused build where GPU is the key factor, for editing, a GPU isn’t essential. You can even go without a GPU entirely and still get pretty much the same performance out of your build. That said, some programs use a GPU for hardware acceleration for encoding and rendering and Premiere Pro is optimized for NVIDIA cards.
- The second most important thing in such a build is storage. An SSD will provide much better performance for editing projects with multiple clips. Moreover, using a hard-drive for editing 4K footage can be excruciatingly painful and result in dropped frames. While you would survive without an SSD, it is highly recommended that you invest in one.
Best CPU For Video Editing: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
- Price: Rs. 28,749 (Link)
- Cores: 8
- Threads: 16
- Base Clock: 3.6 GHz
- Boost Cock: 4.4 GHz
- TDP: 65W
- Socket: AM4
The 3rd Gen Ryzen 7 3700X is one of the best consumer CPUs on the market. In terms of gaming workloads, the Ryzen 5 3600X and the 3700 perform more or less the same. However, video editing applications will eat as many threads as you throw at them. This makes the 3700X an especially potent CPU for the task. Although for gaming, we recommend the 3800X over the 3700X here the core clocks are largely inconsequential so we’ll stick to the latter.
Recommended Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 GAMING
- Price: Rs. 15,465 (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 Gigabyte X570 Gaming is one of the most affordable X570 motherboards around. It skips the RGB lighting but instead provides a robust VRM cooling solution. It consists of a great I/O and plentiful storage slots. Most importantly it has support for PCIe 4.0. Since this is a video-editing build, we will be making use of it to maximize performance.
Recommended Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super
- Price: Rs. 13,800 (Link)
- Cores: 1280
- Base Clock: 1530 MHz
- Boost Clock: 1740 MHz
- Memory Clock: 12 Gbps
- Memory: 4GB GDDR6
The newly launched GeForce GTX 1650 Super offers performance more or less on par with the 1660, while costing notably less. You’re looking at a 1080p capable gaming GPU for less than 14K. That’s a first. It’ll make this PC suitable for gaming as well as video editing.
Recommended Memory: G.SKILL SniperX DDR4 (2x8GB)
- Price: Rs. 6,108 (Link)
- Form Factor: 288-pin DIMM
- Rated Speed: DDR4-3600
The G.SKILL Sniper X is a dual-channel 16GB memory kit that comes in at a rated speed of 3600MHz. We chose a 2×8 GB kit as dual-channel memory has a notable impact on memory speed when paired with the Ryzen processors. It also includes the industry-leading G.SKILL lifetime warranty and is one of the most competitive memory kits around.
Recommended Power Supply: Corsair CX450
- Price: Rs. 3,450 (Link)
- Fan Size: 120mm
- Output Capacity: 450W
- Dimensions: 152 x 87 x 143mm
- Cable Type: Sleeved
- MTBF Rating: >100,000 hours
Since overclocking is mostly out of the question with the 3700X, a 450W power supply will do just fine. A GTX 1660 doesn’t need a higher rated power supply either, and 450 is the recommended PSU from NVIDIA. The Corsair CX450 is Bronze certified PSU and comes with a 5-year manufacturer warranty.
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
Since storage plays an important role in a video-editing build, we opted for the best-in-class solution. The GIGABYTE Aorus is a 1TB M.2 solution that is PCIe 4.0 compatible. With blistering fast write speeds of up to 4400 MB/s, your video-editing tasks will be smooth as a breeze. Moreover, it’s also one of the highest-rated SSDs meaning you don’t need to worry about your data being corrupt anytime for the next decade.
Case: Antec Dark Phantom DP501
- Price: Rs. 4,349 (Link)
For this build, we’ll once again opt for Antec’s Dark Phantom. You get RGB, a tempered side panel and a slick design. What’s not to like.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 3700X||Rs. 28,749|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GTX 1650 Super||Rs. 13,800|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte X570 GAMING||Rs. 15,465|
|Memory||G.SKILL SniperX 2x8GB DDR4||Rs. 6,108|
|Storage||GIGABYTE AORUS 1TB M.2 2280||Rs. 19,527|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX450||Rs. 3,450|
|Case||Antec Dark Phantom DP501||Rs. 4,349|