What PC hardware would be good for video editing?

Jon Timko November 2, 2011

It seems like I never have enough power to do video editing on my computer. Can you recommend specs for a machine that would be capable with a little legroom built in? Sure would be nice to stay under $1000.

  1. Bjr2000
    November 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I know I am a 11 year old kid but my computer i built for a little under $700 is super fast.
    You will need Intel i5 or i7 (There is little to no difference since both are quad core), at least 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, 7200 RPM HardDrive for fast saving (Most any size) Any socket 1155 ATX Board should be fine I have one from asus Jus get cheapish everything elce like case, fans moderately priced power supply get a cheap dvd rewriteable and it should total to be around $700 if you buy from microcenter 

  2. Jay
    November 3, 2011 at 7:58 am

    This is working configuration of a pc I know :
    following software are installed and working smoothly.

    After effects, Sony vegas 9.0, and Premier pro.
    So you can be sure about this.

    processor : intel core i3
    Graphics card: Nvidea 1 gb
    RAM :4 gb

    You should check the system requirements of the software you want to use from the official website :

    • Axo100axo
      November 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Dont do 32b
      Don't do 4gb ram
      Don't do i3

    • Mike
      November 3, 2011 at 10:14 am

      Well, what type of videos do they edit? 
      If they edit 2 minutes for YouTube this might be sufficient. 
      If you try to cut down several GB of recorded HD material into a 10 minute spot or 40 minute show/video you can go on a coffee break after every click.

  3. Mike
    November 3, 2011 at 6:50 am

    If your target price is around 1000$ I'm afraid you will still not have enough power for video editing.

    There is a reason professional people spend several thousand dollars on editing equipment and this doesn't even include the DV capture cards that cost $500-1000 alone.

    If you want power for video editing you should get some six-core or better eight-core Xeon CPU and at least 12-16GB RAM. 

    November 3, 2011 at 6:41 am
  5. M.S. Smith
    November 3, 2011 at 1:16 am

    For a processor, I would recommend an Intel Core i5 or i7 - whatever you can fit in your budget. You should also likely grab at least 8GB of RAM, if only because it's so inexpensive right now.

    The rest of your hardware probably won't matter much. Video cards can help, but the number of programs that support GPGPU compute is small. Ultimately, it just comes down to grabbing a really fast processor that can handle a bunch of threads. 

    • Jeff Fabish
      November 3, 2011 at 2:15 am

      To add onto this, also use a 64 bit operating system and that you have sufficient video ram as well (1GB). 

      • Jay
        November 3, 2011 at 8:26 am

        RAM :1 GB for a 64 bit OS may not be enough. 2 GB min

        For Video Editors :
        2 GB minimum
        3-4 GB : recommended

        • Axo100axo
          November 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

          He's talking about video ram not mobo ram

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