Building a budget PC for video editing would be out of the question a while back. However, current-gen hardware has made it possible to get a pretty decent PC without breaking the bank. Nowadays you can get a pretty good CPU with enough cores to make video editing tasks a breeze. Moreover, SSDs are also much cheaper nowadays. Remember to keep these key points 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: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
- Price: Rs. 29,475
- Cores: 8
- Threads: 16
- Base Clock: 3.6 GHz
- Boost Cock: 4.4 GHz
- TDP: 65W
- Socket: AM4
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is one of the best-valued CPUs around for pure performance. While there’s not much of a difference between the 3700X and the 3600X in gaming workloads, the extra cores make all the difference in multi-threaded loads. As mentioned before, the more the number of cores, the better the editing performance. It also has a lower rated TDP than the 3600X at only 65W. While it is hard to recommend the 3900X for the price, you can get the 3700X without a second thought. Second only to the Ryzen 9 in sheer processing power, at almost half the price, the Ryzen 7 is a no-brainer. It also comes included with a Wraith Prism Cooler.
Recommended Motherboard: ASUS TUF B450 Plus
- Price: Rs. 8,721
The ASUS TUF B450 Plus is an excellent option under 10K that doesn’t skip out on features. With a great VRM setup that supports overclocking, substantial I/O and support for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, there aren’t any compromises. Moreover, it has a sublime cooling solution and even sports RGB.
Recommended Graphics Card: NVIDIA GT 1030
- Price: Rs. 5,849 (Link)
- Cores: 384
- Base Clock: 1227 MHz
- Boost Clock: 1468 MHz
- Memory Clock: 6000 MHz
- Memory: 2GB GDDR5
The NVIDIA GT 1030 is an entry-level 10-Series card based on NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture. Would I recommend it for gaming? Absolutely not. For video-editing, however, it is a great option. Unless you’re using DaVinci Resolve (which is GPU intensive), there won’t be much difference between the 1030 and a more gaming-focused GeForce GTX 1650. Spending more on a GPU for video-editing will lead to diminishing returns. That said, if you will be playing some games occasionally, you can opt for the GTX 16 Series of graphics cards.
Recommended Memory: G.SKILL SniperX DDR4 (2x8GB)
- Price: Rs. 7,299
- 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 3000MHz. We chose a 2×8 GB kit as it offers the best performance 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. 3,475
- 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: Intel 2TB 660p
- Price: Rs. 16,699 (Link)
- Form Factor: M.2 2280
- Interface: PCI Express 3.0
- Seq. Read: 1800 MB/s
- Seq. Write: 1800 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.
As this is a budget build and we haven’t used an X570 board, we have opted for the next best thing. The Intel 660p 2TB is a M.2 2280 NVMe SSD. 2TB NVMe SSDs still cost north of 20K. However, you can the 660p at a great price as of now. It offers blistering fast write speeds and is extremely durable. Moreover, you also won’t need to get a slow HDD as a secondary storage option.
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 7 3700X||Rs. 29,475||Link|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GT 1030||Rs. 5,849||Link|
|Motherboard||ASUS TUF B450 Plus||Rs. 8,721||Link|
|Memory||G.SKILL SniperX 2x8GB DDR4||Rs. 7,299||Link|
|Storage||Intel 2TB 660p||Rs. 16,699||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 is Rs. 74,418. While our previous build have included a high-performance GPU, this one does not. This is because investing more in the storage will improve performance by a significant amount while a GTX 1660 will barely improve performance. If you’re building a gaming PC, check out our gaming-centric builds here.