Looking to build a video editing PC on a budget for full HD (1080p) and 4k video editing, photo editing, and rendering work? If yes then you are at the right place because here I am going to tell on how to build an affordable video editing PC for working with software like Adobe Premiere, Corel VideoStudio, Pinnacle Studio, Nero Video, etc. Video editing work relies more on CPU cores and its processing power compared to a graphics card. Another major requirement of a video editing PC is a decent amount of RAM and fast storage device, preferably a solid state drive (SSD).
This budget video editing PC is powerful enough to let you handle or edit videos at 4K resolution. Also, this is a great PC for Photo Editing, Graphics and working with photo editing & graphics design software like Adobe Photoshop, ACDSee, CorelDRAW, Adobe Lightroom, GIMP, Adobe Photoshop Elements, DxO OpticsPro 11, etc. So, let’s get started with building a budget video editing and photo editing PC for video rendering, video editing, and photo editing work. You can also play the latest AAA games on this work PC at medium to high graphics settings at 1080p.
Best Components for Budget 4K Video Editing PC
Here are the best budget components that you will need to build an affordable and powerful budget 4K video editing PC for professionals.
Intel Core i5-8600K Processor
CPU or Processor is the most important part of any computer but it is also the most important component of a video editing PC. This is because video editing requires a lot of processing power and a greater number of processor cores provide faster & better performance in video editing. Here for this video editing rig, I have chosen Intel Core i5 8600K CPU which is a 14nm Hexa-core (6 core) processor in the Intel 8th generation Coffee Lake Processor series. This is a pretty powerful CPU and it comes with base/turbo clock speeds of 3.60 GHz / 4.30 GHz and 9MB cache.
This is a K series core processor which means it has got unlocked multipliers and can be overclocked to much higher frequencies using a good liquid CPU cooler and Z370 chipset motherboard for overclocking. The processor is also good for gaming and workstation use because it offers excellent performance for the price. It has TDP of 95W and it comes with Intel UHD Graphics 630 onboard graphics. This 8th generation Core i5-8600K processor easily beats previous generation Haswell & Skylake series Core i7 processors. The performance of this processor is higher or equal to that of AMD Ryzen 5 1600X processor which is also a Hexa-core processor but it supports 12 Threads at once.
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|Intel Core i5-8600K Processor Specifications|
|Clock Speed||3.60 GHz / 4.30 GHz (Base / Turbo)|
|No. of Cores||6 Cores / 6 Threads|
|Socket Type||LGA 1151|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 630|
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Cooler Master Hyper T2
You need an aftermarket CPU cooler for K series core processors because they do not come with the stock CPU cooler. Here I have selected Cooler Master Hyper T2 which is a compact CPU cooler from Cooler Master and offers good performance on stock speeds. If you want to overclock your CPU then you have to go for a liquid CPU cooler. It supports almost all the latest Intel and AMD Sockets.
This budget CPU cooler comes with a 92mm fan and two copper heat pipes that have direct contact with the CPU. It can support processors having up to 130W TDP. It comes with all the mounting brackets and is pretty easy to install for both Intel and AMD CPUs. The performance of this compact and budget CPU cooler is great but I would not recommend you perform overclocking your CPU on this cooler. For overclocking, you should get a good AIO Liquid CPU Cooler or a powerful CPU Air Cooler.
|Cooler Master Hyper T2 Specifications|
|Supported Sockets||Intel LGA 1156 / 1155 / 1151 / 1150 / 775 socket and AMD AM4 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 socket|
|Fan Speed||800 – 2800 RPM (PWM)|
|Heat Pipes||2, Copper Heatpipes|
|Features||Continuous Direct Contact (CDC), Compact Size, Easy Installation, Dual Loop heatpipes|
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Gigabyte Z370P D3
The motherboard I have chosen here is Gigabyte Z370P D3. This is an ATX motherboard based on the latest Z370 Intel chipset and supports 8th generation Coffee Lake processors. The motherboard supports 64GB DDR4 RAM (up to 4000 MHz) in dual channel mode and has got an M.2 slot for connecting super-fast PCIe Gen3 x4 or NVMe SSDs. For the graphics card, it has PCI-Ex16 slots that support 2-Way AMD CrossFire multi-GPU setup. Other features include onboard 8-channel audio, gigabit LAN, RGB Fusion for LED Lighting, Intel Optane Memory Ready, high-speed USB 3.1 ports, Hybrid Fan headers, UEFI BIOS. The motherboard includes support for Windows 10 64-bit operating system.
|Gigabyte Z370P D3 Motherboard Specifications|
|Socket Type||LGA 1151 for 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors/Intel Core i5 processors/Intel Core i3 processors|
|RAM Support||DDR4 4000 (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual Channel|
|Slots||DIMM x 4, PCI-Ex16 x 3, PXI-Ex1 x 3, M.2 x 1 (Up to 32 Gb/s)|
|Ports||SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 x 6, USB 2.0 x 6|
|Form Factor||Supports 2-Way AMD CrossFire, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio & LAN, UEFI BIOS, Intel Optane Memory Ready, RGB FUSION supports RGB LED strips in 7 colors, 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection, GIGABYTE Patented Double Locking Bracket, Intel XMP support|
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Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 (16GB)
You need a good amount of RAM for video editing work and here I have chosen 16GB of Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory. Here I am using two 8GB sticks of this gaming RAM configured in dual channel mode for maximum performance and bandwidth. This is a high-performance low profile DDR4 memory that has got clock speed of 2400 MHz (2666 MHz using XMP profile) and comes with a sleek and slim aluminum heatspreader that keeps it cool even during high workloads. You can increase your RAM to up to 32GB by adding two more modules of this DDR4 gaming RAM if you feel that 16GB is falling short for your video editing work.
|Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 RAM Specifications|
|Capacity||8GB x 2|
|Clock Speed||2666 MHz|
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Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD
SSD can make a huge performance impact in video editing work compared to a traditional hard drive. For SSD, I have selected Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD which is a high-performance 2.5-inch SATAIII solid-state drive having maximum Read & Write speed of up to 550 MB/s & 520 MB/s respectively. This Samsung SSD has got 1.5 Million Hours Reliability (MTBF) which is pretty good for the SSD in its price range. The SSD uses V-NAND memory chips to store data and supports AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption, and is compliant with TCG Opal and IEEE 1667. This is a great SSD for 4K Video Editing, 4K Video Rendering, and working with 3D modeling software.
|Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD Specifications|
|Read / Write Speed||550 MB/s / 520 MB/s|
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB
For storing all your video files and other files, you do need a high-capacity hard drive too because higher capacities SSDs are very expensive. Here I have selected Seagate BarraCuda 2TB which is 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive having SATAIII interface. It comes with 64MB cache and offers tons of storage space for all your videos and other work files. Overall, a good inexpensive traditional hard drive that offers good performance for the price.
|Seagate BarraCuda 2TB Hard Drive Specifications|
|Spindle Speed||7200 RPM|
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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini
For 4K video editing and rendering, you need a decent graphics card because it can really speed things up. Nowadays graphics card is becoming an important component of a video editing PC because all the modern-day video editing and photo editing software have started taking advantage of GPU processing power. Here I have picked up ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini which is a compact mid-range graphics card based on the Pascal GPU architecture from Nvidia. It comes with 768 CUDA Cores and 4GB GDDR5 memory having a 128-bit interface.
It is a very compact graphics card and can fit in almost all SFF mini-ITX cases. For cooling, it comes with a 90mm fan and an aluminum heatsink. The card also has lower power consumption and does not require external power connectors from the PSU. Connectivity options include DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort.
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|ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini Specifications|
|GPU Clock||1303 / 1417 MHz (Base/Boost)|
|Memory Clock||7 GHz|
|Memory Size||4GB GDDR5|
|Bus Interface||PCI Express 3.0|
|Output Ports||DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort|
Corsair VS550 Power Supply
Corsair VS550 is a very good budget power supply having a maximum wattage of 550 Watts. It comes with a single 12V rail having 42A current on it, 120mm silent fan, and two PCI-Express 8-Pin (6+2) connectors for the graphics card. It is an 80 Plus certified power supply with up to 85% efficiency and comes with all sleeved cables. This 550W power supply is enough to power this video editing PC without any hiccups. Other features include 0.99 Active Power Factor Correction (Active PFC) and all Voltage, Power, and Current Protection features i.e. OCP, OVP, OPP, SCP, UVP, OTP.
|Corsair VS550 Power Supply Specifications|
|12V Rail||42A, Single|
|80 Plus Certification||White|
|PCI Express Connector||PCIe 8-pin (6+2)|
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Corsair Carbide Series 100R Mid-Tower
Corsair Carbide Series 100R is an elegant, simple, and modern-looking mid-tower computer case that is very practical and spacious. It can support up to ATX sized motherboards and for cooling, it comes included with one 120mm fan (rear) and offers up to 5 fan mounting locations for installing more case fans for increased airflow. On the front panel, you will get two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks. This is a good case for building a budget work PC, office PC, or home PC. Below you can find all the specifications and features of this sleek mid-tower case.
|Corsair Carbide Series 100R Case Specifications|
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX|
|Drive Bays||5.25” x 2, 3.25” / 2.5” x 4|
|Front Ports||USB 3.0 x 2, Audio Ports|
|CPU Cooler Height||150mm|
|Graphics Card Length||Top Slots: 414mm, Lower Slots: 275mm|
|Fans||Front: 2 x 120 / 140mm
Top: 2 x 120mm
Rear: 1 x 120mm (Included)
|Features||120mm Radiator Support, Tool-free drive installation, Windowed side panel, Thumbscrew Side Panels, 260mm PSU support, mesh-free front panel|
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AOC I2367FH 23” IPS Full HD
For monitor, I strongly advise you to get an IPS panel display for video editing work because of its superior color production and image quality. Here I recommend a very good budget IPS panel monitor which is AOC I2367FH 23-inch IPS LED Full HD monitor. This 1080p IPS monitor has got very narrow bezels, a solid stand, and 2W internal speakers. It has excellent color production and comes with one VGA and two HDMI ports. You can check out the major specifications of this IPS monitor below.
|AOC I2367FH 23” IPS Full HD Monitor Specifications|
|Display Panel||IPS LED|
|Max. Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Features||Tilt Adjustment, Low Power Consumption, In-built Speakers (2 Watt), Slim Bezels|
|Ports / Connectivity||VGA, HDMI x 2|
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This budget video editing and video rendering PC is powerful enough to edit videos up to 4K and for other professional work. You can also enjoy quite a bit of gaming too on this professional video editing build. If you want to ask anything about video editing build or its components then you can ask me your queries by leaving a comment below.
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Is workstation GPU not a mandatory when it comes to video editing and possibly 2D design/illustration?
Not necessary for video editing or 2D design but if your work involves lot of high-end 3D modelling/design softwares or CAD softwares like Solidworks, AutoCAD etc. then you will get a lot of benefit and performance using a workstation GPU.
Noted, and a quick response as well. Thank you, sir.
You are most welcome.
if at all i install hackintosh in this pc, will i be able to run “final cut pro” without much lagging or rendering issue????
Yes it would be able to handle it pretty well.
Does the above stated spec practically works as you said for 4k video editing using Adobe premium pro?
Yes pretty much..
Btw is it tested? Cause I’m planning to built one for my brother. Downscaling 4k video to 1080p. I don’t want him to feel bad after that’s why.
Thats why I’m asking experts suggestions.
For 1080p video editing no problems at all, and it still packs enough power for 4K editing too but it can struggle a bit sometimes. Also, get a better cooler than what is mentioned here. I would suggest Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
Thanks for your suggestions and quick response👍
You are most welcome.
can i use zotac geforce 1050 ti oc , 16 gb ram, I 7 cpu, for 4k video editing . Do gaming cards have to be more powerful than video editing cards for 4k ?
Well, entry level video editing at 4K is possible with your setup. In general, gaming cards are generally more powerful than workstation cards in the same price range.
Thanks , my i 7 is single core , is single core ok . Is it absolutely necessary to have quad core etc. what is ur opinion on movavi video editor
How come your core i7 is single core? For video editing you need a good quad core or higher processor.
Why is a card ghat’s good for gaming not necessarily good for editing/rendering?
Mainly because of the driver optimization by the GPU manufacturer.
Could you suggest a customized desktop configuration for 4k video editing and for vfx using premiere pro.? I have use other adobe softwares like after effects, photoshop also.
Feel free to reply.
Your budget for the PC?
Under 1 lakh
Is monitor included in this budget?
Yes sir. With full system spec.
I can handle a 10k+ additional with 1 lakh for that.
Here is the configuration and it will cost you under 1.1 lakhs.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
MSI B550-A PRO Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 32GB (16GBx2) DDR4 3000MHz RAM
Samsung 860 Evo 500GB SSD
Segate Barracuda 2TB HDD
Zotac Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan Graphics Card
Corsair CV550 PSU
Corsair Carbide SPEC-05 Mid-Tower Case
Dell P2419H 24-inch Monitor
If I can afford the price of Intel i7 processor, then msi motherboard is suitable for that ?
If you want to go for Intel Core i7-10700K then the motherboard will be different. For this processor I would suggest MSI MAG B460 TOMAHAWK motherboard.
Then plz tell me that spec also. Ignore the budget.
Thanks in advance.
Already told you.
Ok. Thank you for your help.
Good luck a bright future ahead
You are most welcome!