So you want to buy yourself the best video editing PC, but you are on a tight budget? Then you are in the best place possible

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Best Video Editing PC

All content creators nowadays know how important is the rig you are working on. When it comes to editing and trans-coding your content to different platforms the whole process can be a nightmare. Whether we are speaking about youtube, vimeo or other platforms using granny’s old PC won’t help you to finish your project. Not speaking about the time necessary to render modern 4k videos. Most of us might tend to think that having a bad ass video card in your system will transform your PC into a rocket. Because video cards, they’re good for… you know, anything to do with video, right?

I mean it’s right in the name VIDEO card. They’ve got features to enhance video playback in real-time. They’ve got dedicated hardware to accelerate video games. And they are a necessary component to any system to output video to display at all. But what about video editing? This capability has been featured prominently on the boxes of video cards for over a decade. But do they actually make any difference, or you should just take a beefy CPU and tackle the rendering that way? Let’s find out, shall we?

What’s the best PC I can get for my money?

Working with video content, visual effects and animations requires most of a time a high performance PC. Hance to keep things running smoothly. All of us know how important is time when rendering and encoding our content. This is why building a computer capable of handling tasks efficiently is important. In the following we will present you some pre-built systems capable of handling the tasks based on the budget you have. This way you can get exact performance you need without breaking into a bank.

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Budget Video Editing PC – $750

This system is capable to handle video editing work at 1080p. This system is capable to handle also 4K video footage as well, but it won’t be as comfortable to use as faster builds. The CPU comes with a stock cooler which is quite good for the price paid. This will be able to keep everything quiet on stock settings. For overclocking we recommend upgrading the CPU cooler.

CPUAMD Ryzen 5 1600
Graphics CardGTX 1050
MotherboardMSI B350 PC Mate
Storage 1Crucial MX300 275GB SSD
Storage 2Seagate 2 TB hard drive
Power supplyEVGA 500 B
CPU cooler (optional)DeepCool Gammaxx 400
CaseCorsair Carbide 270R or Corsair Carbide 100R 
Operating systemWindows 10

For the price paid you will get the newest CPU from AMD’s portfolio the Ryzen 1600. The processor is a 6 core 12 thread CPU running up to 3.6 Ghz. Certainly this processor will handle with ease those 1080p videos. Everyone that had the possibility to benchmark this processor has noticed that is able to keep up with the new generation Intel processors. Helped by a fast SSD together with 8Gb of DDR4 of RAM, for sure you will not be disappointed by this build if you are on a tight budget.

Power User Video Editing PC – $1200

The requirements of today’s standards mean that inevitably you will need to go for 4K. The benefits of the 4K videos are undeniable, so it is a good idea to invest little more in a more powerful rig without the need to break your piggy bank.

CPUAMD R7 1700
Graphics CardGTX 1050 Ti
MotherboardMSI B350 PC Mate
RAM16Gb DDR4 3000Mhz
Storage 1525GB Crucial MX300 SSD
Storage 2Seagate 2 TB hard drive
Power supplyEVGA GQ 650W
CPU cooler (optional)NH-U12S SE-AM4
CaseFractal Define R5
Operating systemWindows 10

The above build will get you the best bang for the buck. It is equipped with a powerful 8 core 16 thread CPU which together with a reasonably priced GPU will handle any 4K content if you are on a budget. The 16Gb of DDR4 RAM certainly won’t be a bottle neck of the system neither the SSD which is a 525Gb Crucial MX300. Together with the 2Tb of hard drive you will have plenty of space to store those precious video content. For more GPU power, you could upgrade the graphics card to a RX 480 8GB

Professional Video Editing PC – $1900

This PC build will handle more or less anything you throw at it. Nonetheless the higher performing component will assure that you will deliver your projects at time.

Graphics CardGTX 1060 6Gb
MotherboardMSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon
Storage 1Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB M.2 SSD
Storage 2HGST 4 TB hard drive
Power supplyEVGA G2 750W
CPU cooler (optional)Corsair Hydro H110i
Case Enthoo Luxe
Operating systemWindows 10

This power horse will handle with ease those 4K footage. Thanks to 32Gb of DDR4 RAM, fast Samsung SSD and helped by the GTX 1060 this system will not let you down. If you really want some extra memory for the video card you can go with the GTX 1070 with 8Gb of RAM

Supercomputer Video Editing PC – $2300

Graphics CardGTX 1070
MotherboardMSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon
Storage 1Samsung 960 EVO 500 GB M.2 SSD
Storage 2HGST 4 TB hard drive
Power supplyEVGA G2 850W
CPU cooler (optional)Corsair Hydro H110i
CaseEnthoo Primo
Operating systemWindows 10

The AMD Ryzen 7 1800x is an 8 core 16 CPU capable of running up to 4Ghz. It offers similar performance to the more expensive Intel I7-6900K . It can handle what so ever you throw at it. If you want an alternative GPU you can go with the GTX 1080 or 2 x GTX 1070 .

Supreme Video Editing PC – $5000

CPUIntel i7-6950x
Graphics CardGTX 1080 Ti
MotherboardASUS X99 Pro/USB3.1
Storage 1Samsung 960 Pro 1 TB M.2 SSD
Storage 2HGST 6 TB hard drives
Power supplyEVGA 1000 P2
CPU cooler (optional)Corsair Hydro H110i
CaseCM Cosmos II
Operating systemWindows 10

If the previous builds were meant to ease your pocket, this last configuration has performance in focus. This is the most powerful tool available on the market at the moment this article is written. If you might think that 2x Intel Xeon processors would be a better choice, we have plenty of arguments against that. Therefore with the Intel i7-6950X we are looking at 10 high speed physical CPU cores which will handle anything you throw at it. The high performance components won’t be a bottle neck. The GTX 1080 together with 64Gb of RAM will cope with any project you are working on, including DaVinci Revolve.


I hope that anybody can find the system that suits there needs. Even though we have presented you 5 builds and most of them are around AMD’s new Ryzen series of processors, anybody of you can find an alternative if you want to go with Intel. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below if you consider that some components would suit this system better.

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    • Thank you for the comment. You can purchase the components from Amazon and assemble the system yourself. Each component had a link to the component. There are also stores that assemble the system for you. If you need further help let me know and I’ll try to help you

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