During the 2020 COVID pandemic, In India the consumption of Digital Entertainment increased rapidly. According to the Statista Report, there is a total of 75% increase seen in digital media consumption. People discovered many new entertainment entities which they never heard of before like OTT platforms, Streaming etc.
Due to all these sudden shifts, Video Editing becomes one of the demanding skills after Coding & Digital marketing. According to the US labor stats, Video editing will become one of the fastest-growing industries by 2031.
So, if you just entered into the Video Editing profession or have a YouTube channel and are looking for a budget, value-for-money PC then this article is for you.
Important Points should be noted before building a PC for Video Editing
Building a PC for Video Editing is not as simple as building a Normal PC. Here are the following points that you must have to follow while building a PC for video editing.
- The Processor should have a minimum of 6C, 12T, or more than this. Especially if you use Adobe Premiere Pro because these software mainly rely on CPU power, so the more powerful pc you have the more performance you will get.
- If you work involves high usage of Adobe After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, etc. you will need at least 6GB of VRAM GPU because these softwares 90% depends on GPU
- It is highly recommended to provide sufficient RAM to your PC so that it can prevent software failure, crashing, and freezing type of problems. You should need at least 16GB of RAM
- Use a balanced combination of CPU and GPU in case any of them is overpowered then you will have to face bottleneck issues, your hardware will not be able to perform at its full potential. Mostly beginners and even professionals ignore that point.
Value for Money Budget PC Building for Video Editing
In the processor, we are using Intel’s latest i5 12400f. This is a 6C, 12T CPU which means you can do extreme levels of multi-tasking with this CPU. It operates at a base clock speed of 2.5 GHz & maximum goes up to 4.4 GHz.
According to its price, this CPU gives an edge-to-edge competition to the CPUs which are available at more than 20k budget like AMD Ryzen 5 5600x.
In GPU, we are using AMD RX6600. It is an 8gb GDDR6 Graphic Card based on AMD’s RDNA Gen 2 Architecture. This is one of the best budget graphic cards ever for Gaming in a 25k budget. This GPU was launched in the mid of 2021, but at that time, this GPU was hardly overpriced. Now, in 2023, the price of the GPU dropped from 40k to 26k, and in 2023, this is one of the favorite choices of mid-budget users.
On the motherboard side, we use the Asus Prime H610m. This is the only LGA 1700 socket motherboard that comes under 10k.
We use this motherboard, but you can use any other LGA 1700 socket motherboard according to your budget or desire.
This motherboard supports ddr4 3200mhz ram which is expandable up to 64gb. This motherboard is equipped with turbo boost max technology of PCIe 4.0
In the ports, we get two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and one Ethernet port. Note in this motherboard you did not get any WIFI card so you need to buy an extra WIFI adapter.
As per working needs, we recommended to use at least 16 gigs of RAM so that the CPU can work at its full potential. So, we like to use 2 sticks of 8Gb RAM from XPG Adata which works at the clock speed of 3200MHz.
On the SSD we are using WD Blue 500GB. It is enough for video editing. If you need more storage then you can use a combination of HDD and SSD in which you can install your software in SSD and your video or other data in HDD.
Note: Use 7200 RPM HDD for better read and write speed.
In the power supply unit, we use Cooler Master 550W Bronze. You can use any other 550w PSU according to your desire or budget
Note: As in this PC we use many components so it is highly recommended for a good PSU case if you use a cheap PSU then a small fluctuation in power can damage your components, especially the GPU. As you are spending your hard money then it is better to choose a good one.
In the cooler, we are using Cooler Master Hyper 212 which is an after-market cooler. We highly recommend using an after-market cooler instead of a stock cooler as we are doing CPU-intensive work.
It is mandatory for those who live in an area where 40 degrees is the usual temperature in summers otherwise you will face a significant loss in performance. So, it’s better to invest in a good cooler to prevent a 15k loss.
In cabinet, we like to use ANT Esports ICE which is a mid-tower PC cabinet.
Common Questions While Building Pc for Video Editing
#1. Which Processor brand should be chosen for video editing in 2023?
This mainly depends on your budget. If you do not have any budget issues then always go with Intel’s latest processor.
But if you had a normal budget like 13k to 15k nowadays there are two processors available in that budget, Intel’s i5 12400f and AMD 5600x and cost-wise, there is a 5% to 6% difference in both CPUs.
Intel comes cheaper than AMD 5600x and both CPUs come without iGPU so you need a dedicated GPU to connect the monitor. Intel’s i5 12400F performs 12% to 15% faster in the majority of the tasks.
So, if we talk about a value for money deal in 2023 then we recommend to go with Intel i5 12400f.
#2. Which GPU series is good for Video Editing GTX, RTX, or AMD?
There is much difference between all of them. They all have different specs and features. But if we talk about video editing, then you do not need to worry about the GPU series.
You will indeed get stunning performance experience in expensive graphic cards but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do video editing in budget GPUs, you will get a good working experience in budget GPUs also. So, it is just your personal choice. Mainly you have to give priority to VRAM.
So if you buy a 13 to 15k worth processor then you should have to buy a 20 to 25k GPU with 6 GB to 8 GB VRAM.
#3. Can I do Video Editing without a Dedicated GPU?
It mainly depends on your work nature. If you are a professional and your work involves VFX, graphic intensive tasks, or you highly work in software like Davinci Resolve, Adobe After Effects then, you need a good GPU. According to us, you need at least a 6GB VRAM GPU.
On the other hand, if your work involves just cutting, shorting, and rendering and you also don’t have much money to spend then you can buy AMD 5000 series CPUs because as we all know AMD iGPU power always performs far better than Intel’s iGPU. With this, you can easily cut, shorten, and render your videos up to 4k.
Note: Avoid the processors in which the last letter is ‘X’, as these don’t have iGPU you will require a dedicated GPU to connect with your monitor.
#4. Which is better: Prebuilt PC or Custom Build PC for video Editing?
It’s just your personal choice. But if we talk about a value for money deal, then prebuilt PCs did not offer that as the prebuilt PCs always cost 2x, 3x more than a Custom build PC.
One of the main advantages of building a custom PC is that you have the freedom to choose components you can choose according to your budget, needs, and desires.
PC building always becomes easier if you know your working needs. Building a budget PC does not mean that you can’t Fulfill your needs. If you choose your components carefully with full understanding then you will get what you need.
Yes, an expensive PC indeed performs much better than this but in the end, you get your PC on a budget and you can now start following your passion with consistent work and One Day you will build your dream PC.