Video Editing requires 3D graphics editing, rendering time, and overall speed and heat consumption. Building the right custom PC build for video editing is essential. Not any custom gaming PC can hack video editing needs.
Video editing may use these apps: Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Premier, Lightroom, Cyberlink Power Director, Corel, Magix, and more. These kinds of software requires CPU processing to carry out these tasks and your graphics cards will do the heavy lifting along with ensuring the resolution is spot on with your colors, saturations, hues, and tones.
Let’s get right to this. The graphics card or GPU or video card is not only king. It’s in high demand being the semiconductor chips are rare nowadays. As such, price gouging is occurring and the Wild Wild West black market prices are all the rage. Nonetheless, you don’t have to go out looking for a $3-$5,000 3090 video card. You can grab a $500 – $1,000 video card and dress it up with a solid CPU, RAM, and SSD. You’ll definitely want to buy a dedicated graphics card. Don’t rely on your motherboard’s integrated graphics chip to carry your heavy loads. Grabbing a 3080 or 3090 will certainly do the trick but you can also look out for older Nvidia 2060, 2070, 2080, and 2090 video card series. Another option could be installing two older video cards that may be bridged to work together. We’ve actually set up four video cards for a video editing client and it works like a champ.
Next up, the CPU, the processor. All the instructions and computations you tell you computer to do for your video editing apps is run through the central processing unit. A Threadripper CPU is perfect for running tons of cores for your intensive tasks. Using a core i9 processor is essential as a base line for video editing. Don’t short this. It’s not worth the lack of performance. If you do get a new CPU, it’s also a good idea to find the best motherboard for Ryzen 7 5800X CPUs as you need a good motherboard to pair with it.
64GB is a minimum with 128GB of RAM and beyond is helpful. Don’t worry about extra money put towards RGB lit up memory unless you want this. 3600 speed on the RAM should be expected at a minimum.
Don’t even think of putting older mechanical drives in your video editing machine. Only go with solid state drives, preferably M.2 PCI based ones.
The sky is the limit with cooling. A minimum of 6 fans and up to a water cooling system should be implemented. Video editing software tends to run computers hot so you’ll want to ensure your custom video editing PC system is ventilated and on the cool side.