Build your own 4K Video Editing Computer

//Build your own 4K Video Editing Computer

Learn the basics of computer hardware to build your own PC for video editing in 4K resolutions. See how to get the best performance for you budget in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, resolve, Sony Vegas and more.

Last year we did a similar video on how to build you own computer for video editing. We had great responses on it and learned a bunch from making it. Since hardware evolves to fast, that video was already outdated. Not a problem for us as we loved to make a part 2!

Video editing is a specific task, whether you use Adobe Premiere Pro / After Effects, Resolve, Sony Vegas or any other editing application. The task itself uses hardware is a specific way, which is why you cannot just buy a gaming PC or any workstation. We have to understand how our programs utilize the computer hardware, then we can make the right choices and spread out budget.

In this video we’ll have a look at every computer component and explain what you need to look for in the different hardware.

Click here to watch Max Yuryev’s video about memory for video editing.

MSI Computer Hardware

MSI was very kind to help us out on this video. They sponsored us a system and provided us a bunch of information. This information can also be found back on MSI for Video Editors.

Like mentioned in the video, every manufacturer does their best to bring out quality hardware. I can only say that the MSI system has been running perfect for us. But if you would personally prefer a different brand, you can use the information from the video to make your own choices.

In fact, the system that was provided to us lays around $2500, which is for most considered as a high-end workstation. That’s why I’ve listed 3 different budget builds down below.

High End Computer Build

This is the build that MSI has provided to us and it has a value of around $2700. You can find the full list with prices here.

  • Motherboard: MSI X299 SLI PLUS
  • CPU: Intel i9-7900x
  • Memory: HyperX PREDATOR DDR4 – 3200Mhz 4x8GB
  • Graphic Card: MSI GTX 1080 GAMING X 8GB
  • SSD: Intel 600P – 265GB
  • Hard Drive: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB
  • CPU Cooling: Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID 240
  • Case: Cooler Master H500P
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master V750


Mid Budget Computer Build

Fast start-up and great performance in mind. This setup is valued at around $1500, the full price list can be found here.

  • Motherboard: MSI – Z370 SLI PLUS
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K
  • Memory: Corsair – Vengeance DDR4 – 2666 Mhz 2 x 8GB
  • Graphic Card: MSI GTX 1060 3GB
  • SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
  • Hard Drive: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 2TB
  • CPU Cooling: Corsair H60
  • Case: Phanteks – ECLIPSE P400
  • Power Supply: Corsair – RMx 750W 80+ Gold

Low Budget Computer Build

Ready to edit 4K video by taking the maximum performance out of the budget, which lays around $780. You can find individual prices right here.

  • Motherboard: MSI – Z370-A PRO
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-8350K
  • Memory: GeIL POTENZA DDR4-2400 2 x 8GB
  • Graphic Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
  • Hard Drive: Seagate BarraCuda Pro 2TB
  • CPU Cooling: Cooler Master – Hyper 212 EVO
  • Case: DIYPC – Solo-T1-R
  • Power Supply: EVGA – 500W 80+ Bronze


2018-04-17T14:34:17+01:00January 9th, 2018|Post Production|18 Comments

About the Author:

Graduated in 2012 from filmschool, I immediately started as freelance cameraman for commercial work. Quickly I was noticed by educational platform Tuts+, where I made over 25 online courses about film making and video editing. Here is where the passion started for sharing my experience on Youtube since 2014.


  1. Sky December 17, 2018 at 7:27 am - Reply

    I’ll be building an editing PC in Shenzhen – the hardware capital of the world. Now that would make an interesting video for you guys! Namely the Huaqiang Bei market allows you to purchase all the needed pieces face-to-face within walking distance. Obviously there are some risks…

  2. Tim White December 13, 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    what are your thoughts on using an ssd for speed??

  3. Rajesh December 13, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Hi can you suggest the compatible components with Asus Sabertooth Z87.

  4. Shubham modi September 28, 2018 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I have a potato PC which cant even run Vegas pro properly 🙁 Can u donato me a decent pc for editing jordy 🙁

  5. kiran dalvi September 20, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I have a Dell laptop with intel i3
    Is it efficient for editing ?

  6. Andrew Romano September 7, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Do you think that the second version would be good for the Sony FS7 footage? i dont need lightning speed i just want to be able to edit fairly quickly!

  7. Mike August 5, 2018 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Hey, I want to thank you guys for providing this article and resource and apologize for this month’s late question to the thread. I just finished lining up for purchase the components of the low budget build, but in the process noticed a discrepancy between it and the more expensive one’s. It’s not the risen price of a few components, I kind of expected that since your posting was from January and some things become more expensive as assholes buy up things for cryptocurrency mining, but it’s the lack of an OS in the component list for the Low Budget Machine.

    Should I purchase the same Operating System you recommend for the mid and high budget builds?

  8. David July 2, 2018 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Who do u recommend to build your pc

  9. Gabriel Baron June 22, 2018 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Can you use these systems with an iMac for the monitor?

  10. Al Salvador June 6, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Why the i7-8700k instead of an AMD 1800x for example, since the cores are the most important.

  11. VICKY VELAZQUEZ May 20, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

    So I assume all these video editing machines are windows based operating system, correct? …. Sorry Im a lil silly, you know girls.

  12. vinay April 10, 2018 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I am building an editing pc spec are
    AMD Ryzen 7 1700
    ram 16 GB
    450w SMPS
    1 x NVIDIA® Quadro™ K620 2GB graphics
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache HDD
    Samsung 850 Evo 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
    hope you can give me some suggestion.

  13. Coolguy97 February 18, 2018 at 3:35 am - Reply

    What about AMD Ryzen 5 2400G integrated with Vega graphics launched in Feb 2018. Is it good enough ?

  14. Shravan January 31, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Hi I have a very basic pc and I don’t have a lot of money. What would be the first thing I should update? I can’t afford a full update. Please suggest. Thank you

  15. Matt January 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I am building an editing pc and hope you can give me some suggestion. Here is the spec:

    – AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 3.4GHz 32M L3 16 Core 32 Thread 180W Socket TR4
    – Gigabyte X399 AORUS Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) TR4 ATX
    Graphic Card
    – ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 TOP edition 8GB GDDR5
    – Corsair Vengeance® LPX 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz C16 Memory Kit – Red (CMK32GX4M2A2666C16R)
    – EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2 Power Sup Platinum 850W Fully Modular PSU
    – Seagate Barracuda® Pro ST6000DM004 6TB 7200rpm 256MB 3.5 Inch HDD
    – Samsung 960 EVO Series – 250GB PCIe NVMe – M.2 SSD
    – Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB ATX Mid-Tower Case
    – Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240mm AIO CPU Liquid Cooler

    • Jordy Vandeput January 17, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      That looks like a very solid machine! I have no remarks. I would check it with an IT specialist and let them build it for warranty.

  16. Ebby January 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Hello there 😀
    Awesome video and pretty useful … could you pleas do one for the editing monitors, specially for color grading 😀

  17. Raj January 10, 2018 at 8:21 am - Reply

    thanks Sir This is Share video I’m Vary Glad All knowledge PC requirements

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