We have already posted video-editing PC builds under 80K and 1.5 Lakh. In this article, we will be focusing more on the budget spectrum of the market. As always, we will focus on the CPU and the Storage instead of the GPU. Keep the following tips 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. Adobe Premiere Pro, FinalCut Pro, and Sony Vegas Pro take primary advantage of your CPU.
- 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, editing software often use a GPU for hardware acceleration for encoding and rendering. Adobe’s Premiere Pro is optimized for NVIDIA cards.
- The second most important thing in such a build is storage. An SSD provides 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 Budget CPU For Video Editing: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
- Price: Rs. 17,069 (Link)
- Cores: 6
- Threads: 12
- Base Clock: 3.6 GHz
- Boost Cock: 4.2 GHz
- TDP: 65W
- Socket: AM4
The Ryzen 5 3600 is probably the best mid-range CPU for multi-threaded workloads. For video-editing tasks, a higher core count improves performance by a huge margin. With a boost clock of 4.2 GHz, it can handle single-threaded workloads without a hitch as well. Combined with only a 65W TDP, it makes for a great pick for a budget video-editing PC. Moreover, it comes with a Wraith Stealth Cooler included in-the-box which is more than sufficient.
Recommended Motherboard: MSI B450M Gaming Plus
- Price: Rs. 6,985 (Link)
- B450 Chipset
- Memory: 4x DDR4 Slots for up to 64GB
- I/O: 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 1.4, 2x USB 3.1 Gen2, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1, 6x USB 2.0
MSI’s B450M Gaming Plus is an ITX board that offers essential specs without breaking the bank. It offers 4 DDR4 slots that can hold up to 64GB of dual-channel RAM at speeds of up to 3466 MHz when overclocked with A-XMP OC Mode. It lacks VRM cooling but makes up for that deficit with a substantial I/O.
Recommended Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
- Price: Rs. 11,700 (Link)
- Cores: 896
- Base Clock: 1485 MHz
- Boost Clock: 1665 MHz
- Memory Clock: 2000 MHz
- Memory: 4GB GDDR5
As already pointed out, a Graphics Card won’t cause a huge increase in video-editing performance. If you want to save the cash and spend the extra on a better monitor instead, go ahead. You can opt for a bare essential GT 730 and won’t notice much difference. But, a GPU does help in rendering and encoding tasks and the GTX 1650 is a great budget pick at this moment.
Recommended Memory: HyperX Fury 8GB
The HyperX Fury is a 8GB RAM stick rated at a speed of 2400MHz. You can overclock this to around 3000MHz as we have paired it with a Ryzen 3000 CPU. Moreover, it also comes with HyperX’s 5 year warranty.
Recommended Power Supply: Corsair CX450
- Price: Rs. 3,475 (Link)
- Fan Size: 120mm
- Output Capacity: 450W
- Dimensions: 152 x 87 x 143mm
- Cable Type: Sleeved
- MTBF Rating: >100,000 hours
Since you don’t need to overclock your GPU for editing, you can opt for the Corsair CX450. It will be more than sufficient for your build and also comes included with a 5-year manufacturer warranty. It does well enough while keeping the fan noise on the quieter side.
Recommended Storage: Crucial P1 1TB NVMe SSD
- Price: Rs. 9,400 (Link)
- Form Factor: M.2 2280
- Interface: PCI Express 3.0
- Seq. Read: 2000 MB/s
- Seq. Write: 1700 MB/s
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.
Since this is a budget build and we haven’t opted for an X570 board, and the PCIe 3.0 based Crucial P1 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD. PCIe 4.0 SSDs still cost north of the 20K, and the benefits of one aren’t that apparent just yet. The Crucial P1 offers 1 TB of space and a blistering write speed of 1700 MB/s. For a budget editing PC, that’s more than enough.
Recommended Case: Corsair Carbide SPEC-05
- Price: Rs. 2,900 (Link)
- Form Factor: Mid Tower
- Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
- Dimensions: 199mm x 433mm x 483mm
- Weight: 4 Kg
- Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm
- I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone/Mic
- Drive Bays: 3 x 3.5-inch HDD, 2 x 2.5-inch SSD
The SPEC-05 is one of the most spacious mid-tower cases on the market and offers great thermal performance with reduced noise levels. While there’s a slight compromise on the acrylic panels instead of tempered glass, space for up to 5 fans and support for multiple options certainly makes up for it. The SPEC-05 is a simple, easy-to-build-in PC case and offers a great value for the price.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3600X||Rs. 17,069||Link|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GTX 1650||Rs. 11,700||Link|
|Motherboard||MSI B450M Gaming Plus||Rs. 6,985||Link|
|Memory||HyperX Fury 8GB DDR4||Rs. 2,650||Link|
|Storage||Crucial P1 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD||Rs. 9,400||Link|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX450||Rs. 3,475||Link|
|Case||Corsair Carbide SPEC-05||Rs. 2,900||Link|
Summing up all the components, the total comes up to Rs, 54,179. If this is slightly out of your budget, swap out the GPU for a cheaper one or go for a barebones PC Case. That said, this PC can handle 1080p video-editing easily and can even dabble in some 4K editing. Check out more PC builds here.