Introduction to Building a VIDEO EDITING COMPUTER in 2018

Jordy here for
and welcome to creative Tuesday. In this episode we’re taking a look
at all the details… …on how to build your own
4K video editing computer. Before we start, I’d first like to thank
MSI for sponsoring this video. They have provided us a system
with the latest hardware… …that suits perfect for video editing tasks. We’ll use this hardware as a reference,
however the goal of this video… …is to inform you about what to look for in the
different components for video editing. And that way you can make
your own choices… …that will fit within your budget or preferred brand. At all times you can visit the first link
in the description below… …to learn more about this system. They have put up a nice webpage
with extra videos…. …and in-depth information
about each component. Now, building a computer for video editing
is a little different from a gaming pc. You wanna spread your budget
correctly over the components, so that you can take the maximum
performance out of your machine… for the tasks that you do. One of the biggest misconceptions
is the graphics card. It plays an important role, though,
but it’s not the most important. That is the processor. Modern video editing tools like Adobe
Premiere Pro and After Effects, Sony Vegas, Resolve, etcetera, are designed
to utilize the cores of a processor. Having an 8-core processor means
Premiere Pro, for example, can perform multiple calculations
at the same time. And that’s also why the processor speed
is less important than it’s amount of cores. You’ll get much better performance from
an 8-core running at 2.5 GHz than a quad-core running at 4 GHz. So I would always suggest to get
as many cores as you can. It’s even possible to install two processors
in the right motherboard, which could give you easily up to
20 cores or even more. Do however check your video
editing software first to see if it’s compatible
with a dual CPU… …and the amount of cores
you’re about to install. Always remember that the software is
the weakest link in your setup. Our system came with
the Intel i9-7900X, which is a 10-core CPU running at
3.3 clock speed. This is a beast of a CPU and it’s
giving us extreme performances… …inside Premiere Pro… …and when exporting a project. You can see it very good in the task manager
how Premiere Pro is utilizing each core. Of course, this is a more expensive CPU. The great benefit of it now is that
the CPU is future proof. But an Intel i7 will definitely work
superb too for 4K editing, and there are even a few i5 processors that I could
recommend that have 6 cores inside. I would not go below 4 cores, unless you’re
not planning to edit 4K footage any time soon. Ideally you wanna sit around 6 to 8 cores. Now, having a large multi-core processor
in your system comes with a flip side, which is heat. Make sure to keep some money
over for a decent CPU cooler. For high-end processors I would even
recommend to go for a liquid cooler. Cooler master is a very popular
brand for these, basically they have their fans up in the case
blowing the hot air directly out. And this hot air comes through the liquid, which is being pumped from
the processor to the fans. Speaking of cooling, your case is an
important factor here too. MSI Send us a very awesome
looking case, with big LED fans on the front which
you can even change the colors of… …and a glass cover on the side. This one also came from Cooler Master, but of course a fancy case will not help you
to get better performance. The number one reason that you should
choose a case is for the air flow, the second reason could be the looks. To find out if a case has a good air flow,
look at the fans it comes with. Ideally you wanna have a fan
on the back and on the front. One of them should suck the air in
and the other one blowing it out. Only then you have good air flow. The larger the fans are and
the more you have, the better your air flow will be. And of course a last point
to pay attention to… …is that all your other hardware
will fit in it. Alright, next on the list is
the graphics card. Modern editing software is able to
utilize the graphics card more… …and better these days, but still is a fraction of what a
GPU is capable of. In Premiere Pro you can actually see
a symbol next to the effects… …that can be accelerated through
the graphics card. This means that you can apply
and even stack effects… …on a clip which can be played back
in real time. The same thing goes for Color Grading
inside Premiere. But all the rest of the effects will use
100% of the processor to render. When searching for a graphics card,
one of the first things you’ll notice… …is the memory it comes with. And for video editing, don’t mind
this too much. Video memory is needed for animations
and 3D modeling, for video editing I wouldn’t spend extra
money on just some more VRAM. What is important, though, is the amount
of cores in your graphics card. Nvidia calls these CUDA cores and AMD
Radeon cards have stream processors. They are essentially the same but
are built upon a different technology. AMD cards use OpenCL and Nvidia
have their own CUDA technology. The more of these cores you have, the better performance you will see
in both playback and rendering. I would suggest to get
at least 1000 cores… …if you’re looking into editing
4K footage. And then there are the different technologies
that the graphics cards comes with. For example, if you would like to edit
in virtual reality, then you have to make sure
that your card supports that. MSI provided the GTX1080 to us. It’s a beast of a card but, honestly, we’re not seeing much difference between
the 1070 or even the 1060… …we also have at the office. That again proves that the processor is
the most important part within the chain, which we do notice a big
difference from between the various processors
we have. When you’re searching
for a graphics card, you’d probably find various brands
providing the same Nvidia card. The architecture is always the same, but the difference sits within the
cooling of the card, LED lighting, factory overclocking, etcetera. What makes the MSI card stand out
is their cooling design, which they also won a price for. You can find out more again by following
that first link in the description. Next up comes the memory. There’s this general rule of having at least
16 GBs for full HD and 32 GBs for 4K editing. Now, does having more RAM
means rendering will go faster? Not really. To a point there is, but that threshold sits around 8 GBs
of memory, maybe. Further up, the performance
is barely noticeable. And if you wanna see
a full test of that, I’ll leave a link to Max’s video
in the description below. He even found out that having too much
RAM in your system… …could slow down rendering time. But then, why do I recommend
to have so much memory? Well, usually you’re not solely working
in your video editing application. You might be going back and forward
between After Effects, Photoshop, your web browser, Premiere Pro
and a bunch of other applications. Well, every single one of those
applications… …is going to need some
working memory. And this memory is being used
to write temporary actions to that are needed by the program. You could essentially use a portion
of your hard drive as memory, but that will go super slow. And that is why the speed of the memory
is an important factor. These are the megahertz
displayed on the dimms. The MSI build came with the
HyperX Predator memory. These are DDR4 dimms, which is
the latest technology, and offer great speeds. If your budget allows that, definitely
go for DDR4 memory, DDR3 is definitely not bad,
below that I wouldn’t go. That brings us to the next component,
which is storage. It’s pretty straight forward, the more you have, the more
video you can store. So that’s something that you have
to decide for yourself. But knowing that there are many
different storage options, it’s worth to talk about. There’re mainly 3 categories: you have the normal hard drives, the SSD’s and finally the M.2 SSD’s. And the difference lays within
the speed of the storage. Does that mean we have to look
for fast storage? Well, not exactly. It’s not going to help much with the performance
while editing or rendering. And that’s why I would even suggest to
go only for a traditional hard drive… …if you’re on a small budget. When you do have some more
money to spend, look at a combination of a traditional
hard drive and an SSD. SSD’s are super fast, which means that
your computer will startup much faster, programs will open up a lot faster… …and you can drag media around
a lot faster. But it comes with a price tag
and as a video editor… …you probably need a lot of storage. And this is why I would recommend to install
your windows and applications… …on a fast SSD. And your media on a hard drive. For an even faster experience
you can go for an M.2 SSD. These are chips which install directly
onto your motherboard… …and have tremendous speed performance. Our system came with the
Intel 600P M.2 SSD, of 256 GB storage, which is enough for our operating system
and all the applications. It’s a beast of a storage with read speeds
up to 1.5 GBs per second. As for the media drive, we got
the Seagate Barracuda Pro. It’s a 10 terabyte drive designed
for creative tasks. It runs at 7200 rpm, which eliminates
any delay during rendering. But you could also go for
a 5400 rpm drive, if that fits better within your budget. But, again, remember that
you don’t need an SSD. It’s a luxury, once your Windows is booted and you have
started up your editing programs, you won’t notice much of having
an SSD at all anymore. The final thing I wanna talk about
is the motherboard. Although it just seems like a large connector
for all your components, compatibility is one thing, but… …utilizing the capabilities of your
components is a different story. If you would purchase
fast RAM memory, but your motherboard doesn’t
support the speeds, then you might only be using
half of the speed… …of what your memory is capable of. So, in terms of budgeting,
this is important to know. If you don’t have the money to go
for a high-end motherboard, then also don’t spend extra money
on a fast memory. And the same goes for your processor. If you would look into the specifications
of a processor, you will find the maximum
RAM speed it can handle. Furthermore, you wanna double check
that your motherboard… …has all the connectors that you need, and that it is compatible
with all your components. If you bought an M.2 SSD, you’re going to need a socket for that
on the motherboard. What I would always suggest is
to work together with an IT store. Let them check your wish list and
let them build your PC. If anything wouldn’t work, you can always
go back under warranty. Trust me, it’s worth the extra 50 bucks
you’re paying for that. Now I have a list to all of the components
from our PC… …in a blog post in the
description below. This is a build that MSI has put together
and tested for creative tasks. We’ve been working with the system
for a month now… …and it actually runs super stable. The reason I’m saying this is because
some hardware components might work, but overtime they don’t seem
to be stable with each other. They only have a few configurations
that are strongly tested… …and built specifically to work well with
their apps and operating system. Windows machines have a bad
reputation because… …you can put together anything
you want, which, of course, could bring issues. But having a Windows system that is tested
and configured for a specific task could run just as fine. Our beast machine was a
total cost of $2500, which is considered to be
a high-end system. In our blog we have also put together
a mid-budget and a low-budget system, which, again, you can find a link to
in the description below. Thank you all so much for watching, if you
have any questions whatsoever, leave them below and I’ll try my best
to help you further. Stay creative! -Hey guys! You know, I do the most
work around here. So, it’s only fair I get the coolest computer. -Coolest computer? Does your computer have
a door, Yannick? Look at this, I have a door! And your computer just breaks apart!


  1. January 9, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Hey guys, I see there're mixed comments about this video. First of all, I appologize that I might have send a wrong message. I'll take this with me as feedback for the next video. Like mentioned in the video, MSI sponsored this video. However I would not suggest to blindly follow the spec list. See this video as an introduction to building a PC for video editing. But make sure to do more research and talk to experts after this video if you are seriously considering buying a new PC.

  2. David Chomiak March 10, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    "Cooling Master" lol

  3. Sourabh Soni March 11, 2019 at 7:14 am


  4. Ali0The0King March 11, 2019 at 9:26 am

    I have a i7 4790k at 4.9ghz and 16gb ddr3 2400 and gtx 1070 … what should i upgrade to???? Im thinking about buying 64gb ram if supported

  5. C MJ March 11, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    For HDD I chose three WD Raptor 1TB 10K rpm drives in Raid 0. SSD for programs and operating system. I7 5820K 6 core cpu that I am upgrading to the 6950X 10 core in the near future. I have a GTX 1070 TI but I think a Quaddro GPU is better for rendering.

  6. Andrija Petric March 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Best monitor?

  7. Ethan Smith March 13, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Closed loop cooler masters water cooling sucks, pump and fan is way too noisy. Had to reduce the voltage going to the pump in bios, and replaced the stock rgb fans with corsair fans.

  8. Little Reuby March 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    adobe sucks with anything that is not intel..Switching to the free version of Da Vinci Resolve

  9. SamCambetis March 16, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Great video! Thank you!

  10. Nirofix March 21, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    2:55 Cooling Master? What is that?

  11. Sandile Lecheko March 23, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    i have a i7 4th gen ? will that work?

  12. Evergreen Studio March 24, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Very helpful video

  13. Ken Perez March 24, 2019 at 5:46 am

    meanwhile, I edit on a 3ghz 2core processor with 6gb of ram… send help

  14. first name last name March 24, 2019 at 6:23 am

    i have a problem my rx 580 8gb graphics card does not support ray tracing on after effects please help😡😡

  15. Oragani March 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Just built a computer with that case! 😀

  16. luan maia March 29, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    There is a lot of not so great advice here. 32gb ram is a safe place for video and most visual work in high level. Storage should mention Nvme not just SSD ( like 5x slower than nvme ) and cache system. Well, there is a lot of optimization that can be done to have a budge pc but faster, but for cheap you can never have all. Maybe consider Ryzen for more work on a budget

  17. Aakash Mandale April 2, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Abe Lavade

  18. Dana Zangana April 3, 2019 at 12:01 am

    running at 3.3 clock speed lol

  19. bulcub April 3, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Water cooled is just a fad and for aesthetics! If you have a very good/top notch cpu cooler and excellent ventilation, you won't need to worry about heat.

  20. bulcub April 3, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    $2500.00 of which $2200.00 went to videocard, memory, seagate 10tb hard drive, and the cpu. Hmm in reality for a person without that kind of money, only the case is affordable. How about doing a video showing how many cores is being used when you are using dual xeons on a server mobo with this software?

  21. ELECTRO MEG April 9, 2019 at 6:24 am

    i got 12cores 2 x5650

  22. Dude What April 12, 2019 at 7:59 am

    It's this Kingston ram good for rendering? (

  23. Steven Thianpi April 18, 2019 at 12:54 am

    i want to buy this one. is still good for now?

  24. ujengsss kunak April 18, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Fucking talking so much.

  25. SCREWTHIS April 24, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Seriously I'm confused, I watched someone yesterday saying the speed of cpu matters more and now u telling me cores matter more?
    Well I know no one is going to answer me
    So fuck life
    Everything is about money

  26. haziq sayyed April 29, 2019 at 9:36 am

    hey jordy m.2 is pronounced em dot two and not em 2

  27. DS Han April 29, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Buddy… clock speed rules over core count. Jeesh any mid level editor should know this! A 4 core 8 thread running at 5ghz will run through a 8 core 16 thread processor. Having alot of RAM is A must for video editing/compositing. Amount of availability for Time line scrubbing, etc. Dude.. you dont know what the hell your talking about. I rather have 128 gigs or 64 gigs or if I have too.. 32 gigs.. over 8 gigs any day. BOZO… get out of here.

  28. Rajat Sanwal May 1, 2019 at 5:08 pm : I have some questions regarding display settings for computer. I have purchased my system a month ago. and having some troubles. so where i can contact you guys ?

  29. Vince Pipoly May 5, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Jordy: Cooling Master

    Every other CM fan: TRIGGERED

  30. F-ZERO May 9, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Hey good video. I like your content on many things. but some helpful feedback hopefully. Your intro theme is extremely monotonous and irritating please make another choice. I know this may be difficult as you are branding your channel…. but it's so irritating it's difficult to listen to your videos while doing something else at the same time

  31. Rohan Anil May 12, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Cooling Master lol

  32. oliver miller May 19, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Your video is a one-stop shop for my research, Thanks for sharing.

  33. C world media May 22, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Is it works like a beast in Maya and Vue rendering?4k rendering only

  34. Thomas Foster May 29, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    lol the new 12 core ryzen is $400 less than that shintel 10 core. Funny how the times have changed

  35. Tirtha Chatterjee May 30, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Nowadays all OS works with virtual memory….For this reason multiple application able to run at same time. For 32 bit process OS allocates 4 GB of memory (2 GB in user space + 2 GB in kernel space). Just open your task manager of your windows OS….you would see more than 50 processes are running. So we can assume the actual memory usage/allocated to all the process. Since we can't control virtual memory allocation for the applications…but we can faster the virtual memory access by using a faster hard drive….i.e. SSD at this point.

  36. Michelangelo Corrado June 3, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Where can I buy all of this to make it

  37. Jose Juarez June 4, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Thank you for this video. I build a Hackintosh back in 2011 and looking into a new build. It is so interesting at the advances available since I first build that system years ago.

  38. After effetcs tutorials in telugu June 5, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I want 2019 updated pc

  39. Omega Picture June 5, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Nice and like it

  40. 9 9KDgh June 6, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Thanks Jordy

  41. MW29 June 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Well explained,well done video u got my sub!

  42. Filmer D June 7, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    M.2 memory SUCKS for editing

  43. 啟安徐 June 7, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    whoever still watch this don't listen to him, always go for an SSD even a very small one, windows 10 is just not designed for a hard drive

  44. Khaled Fahmy June 8, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    That was really helpful. Thank youu💯💯

  45. ImDino June 10, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    I heard for AE it’s better to have more single core speed rather than more gores

  46. Sayed Jamil June 11, 2019 at 11:14 am

    ✔✔✔❤❤❤ [ Best Channel Ever! Honestly ]

  47. Grace Charlotte June 13, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    ขอบคุณวีดีโอคุณมากค่ะ ได้ประโยชน์เยอะมาก! รักช่องนี้

  48. TanakaBanana June 14, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    11:27 MSI/Cooler Master isn't going to be too happy about that😂😂

  49. sam Frankenstein June 17, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    You should go for thread ripper

  50. Kaktus Show June 17, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Could please, anyone tell me. Is the number of cores are also more important then rate for animation programs, such as Adobe Animate CC?

  51. ZeTroReacts June 19, 2019 at 1:42 am

    can this work for svp?


  52. Fishinacup246 June 23, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    To anyone not comfortable with building their own PC, I highly recommend the service "NZXT BLD"

  53. Toney Franco June 23, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    How do you know if a graphics card has 1000 core? I’m trying to build a monster and I’m confused.

  54. Alan Endicott June 24, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    I undrerstood about half of what he said, but I could watch and listen to him say it all day.

  55. amin ka June 29, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Update for 2019?

  56. r.maditya sashank June 30, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Msi ….is worst BRAND …my msi-GTX 1060ti ….repaired 6 timed in 2 year

  57. Ben Blau Mentalism July 2, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I have a super beast of a machine, and Premiere Pro completely chokes trying to play back 4K 360° video, even with CUMA, 1/8 resolution, high quality playback disabled, AND proxies. I wish I knew the secret. I can’t see how anyone can get anything done in Premiere. My computer’s specs should be absolutely plenty. I seriously regret my Adobe investment.

  58. Eme Mendoza July 3, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Freaking Youtube! Why am i getting this on autoplay???? I dont give a rats behind about Video lol.

  59. RoninShi July 3, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Thank you so much!

  60. Thomas Christian Wolfe July 4, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Good video — But, the speaker's manner and accent gets in the way a bit.

  61. Honey Khan July 5, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Thanks brother, finest video on YouTube, but still i want you to write me here basic specifications n brand, I want to use photoshop n Sony Vegas… N want to play games as well😛

  62. Roderick Horton July 6, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    I am kind of new to computers and video editing and I know I can subscribe to Adobe CC cloud and get all of their software for a monthly subscription. But for now I purchased Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate. Do you all think my computer is fast or powerful enough to run Pinnacle studio 21 Ultimate. It is an old Dell workstation that has 2 8 core XEON CPUs at 2.90GHZ for 32 threads. It also has 128GB DDR3 RAM a Crucial 500MX 500GB SSD for programs and light rendering with an output to a 2TB 7200 RPM platter drive and it has a GeForce RTX2070 GPU with 8gb GDDR memory. So can I run Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate with this? I would like to run Adobe eventually, but I have been told I cannot even consider rendering or editing SD video that's only 30 minutes in length as it would render triple fast if not quad times as fast as real time whatever that means.

  63. Saadat Ullah Shahzada July 9, 2019 at 11:29 am

    how much does your pc costs

  64. Gagan Johal July 18, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Sir plz help me. I want to built pc for After effect and adobe premiere pro. Intel i7 9700k , Ram DDR4 16 gb or 32 gb ? , Moter board Msi Z390 , Power supply Cooler 600,

  65. Rz Reez July 20, 2019 at 2:20 am

    And….. Ryzen drop the bomb ;p 12 CORE with higher clock speed at half the price.

  66. Learn 4ever July 24, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Which Graphic card suits?

    Windows 8

    to My system: Intel Core i7 6700 3.4GHz for film Rendering ??

    MotherBoard: MS-7996 6th Gen

    32GB RAM

    psu 230v

    for 4K editing films, not for games

  67. Dylan Parsons July 25, 2019 at 5:05 pm


  68. TZ210- Car Compilations July 27, 2019 at 3:27 am

    Upgrading to ryzen 7 2700 in a few days! YAY!

  69. Rich Smith July 31, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Wow. Excellent Presentation & straight to the points w/o wasting time. Superb !!! Thanks.

  70. Smit Pawar August 7, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you soo much for such great information

  71. Shibnath Maji August 10, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    i9 7900x. Okay lol.

  72. Sunil Chaudhary August 12, 2019 at 4:14 am

    You confused me….

  73. Daniel Prosser August 13, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Weird I had a ryzen 8 core which died on me…then I had a ryzen 5 2600 and this is way better for editing

  74. Cygnus Orb August 13, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Good info. I've been struggling for a while now on parts to get.

  75. Daniel Hether August 13, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    To feed 8-10 core processor with 16 or more threads, I would figure 32GB would be necessary. If you have a quad core with 8 threads, 16GB might be good enough.

  76. hemanth A August 18, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Nvidia vs amd radeon which cards perform better in premiere pro and after effects some says cuda works great is it true plz suggest

  77. Ozzy The Mighty August 19, 2019 at 1:41 am

    I'm curious on why you are not editing on a 3000$ mac instead of the 2500$ PC? I mean besides the price point.

  78. Josh Kaufman August 22, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Much of these guidelines are either wrong or out of date.

    Author has not run any benchmarks and only relies on the hardware provided by the sponsor and his own anecdotal opinions.

    Rather than correct all of the misconceptions in the comments, just look for a better video from PC experts that also have video editing experience.

  79. F ab August 22, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Isnt it nearly impossible to edit high resolution video on a regular platter drive (unless you have several drives running in raid)? I'm not sure why you are basically saying you dont need a great hard drive for video editing, I was under the impression that is one of the most important factors as video editing is highly dependent on read and write speed.

  80. Walid Sayem August 24, 2019 at 7:39 am

    thanks for the valuable information!

  81. Peter Mark San Gregorio August 30, 2019 at 1:34 am

    I only have ryzen 3 2200g, do I need to upgrade? Tnx a lot

  82. Paul Rabasto August 31, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Can you recommend a pc build up that meets premiere pro requirements that only needs to edit Full HD videos?

  83. cpt root September 1, 2019 at 6:15 am

    what do you think about i7 4790 in Ae and Pr ?????

  84. Shuvo Hawking's September 5, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Wrong resolve 16 is balanced not heavy on cpu. Davanci Resolve utilizes more gpu than cpu. correct me if I'm wrong Good post anyway 👍

  85. Tfaily H September 7, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    The best 8cores 5.0ghz

    I9 9900k

  86. The Unlisted channel September 8, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Are they free

  87. Gamer Black Acid September 14, 2019 at 10:35 am


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