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Editing video on a PC requires a capable GPU, at least a mid-tier processor, and enough RAM to avoid sluggish performance. Depending on your available budget, it's possible to spend around $800 on a setup that will handle video processing, but at a slower rate, while a more expensive configuration will make light work of intense workloads.

We work with video here at Windows Central often, whether it's for the latest game about to be released or for the next Ask Dan episode. We know what you need to get the job done and which components are required to avoid wasting hours of valuable computing time.

An issue at the moment for all builds is the price of the GPU, which has risen considerably over recent months due to demand inflation from cryptocurrency miners. This means that when said pricing returns to normal, the configurations included in this guide should become more affordable.

Basic video editing PC build

Phanteks P400Essentially a PC build you can use as a daily driver.

The price and availability of the GPU we included may fluctuate. If the GPU listed isn't available, try the same model but from a different vendor. This system is fairly capable of 1080p video editing, thanks to 16GB of RAM, an RTX 2060 with 6GB of GDDR5, and a Ryzen 5 2600 processor. You could render higher quality video, but be prepared to wait through lengthy processing.

Component Price
Case NZXT H500i $92
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 $146
GPU MSI Gaming RTX 2060 $359
PSU NZXT E650 $100
Motherboard ASUS Prime B450M-A/CSM $79
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3000 MHz $80
SSD Samsung EVO Plus 250GB M.2 $80
HDD Seagate 2TB BarraCuda $85
Total: $1,021

The best part about this build is the upgradability. The 16GB RAM can be bumped to 32GB at a later date. The Ryzen 5 can be swapped out for a Ryzen 7 or 9, and the RTX 2060 can be replaced by an RTX 2070 or RTX 2080. It all depends on your requirements and how quickly you need rendering to complete.

Advanced video editing PC build

PCNot quite as insane as this build, but you get the idea.

This machine will be excellent for editing and processing videos (up to 4K) but will probably be out of reach for those just starting out in the business. We've upped the game to the Ryzen Threadripper, an excellent CPU, an RTX 2080 Ti (you can always add another one), and 32GB of RAM. It's a monster.

Component Price
Case NZXT H500i $92
CPU AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X $795
GPU EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 $1,300
PSU NZXT E650 $100
Motherboard ASUS PRIME X399-A $301
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3200 MHz $165
SSD Samsung EVO Plus 250GB M.2 $80
HDD Seagate 5TB BarraCuda $137
Total: $2,970

Neither of our builds includes a copy of Windows 10, which you'll need to factor in, as well as the cost of Adobe Premiere Pro or other commercially available video editing software.

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