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Is this an overkill for 4K video editing

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Is this an overkill for 4K video editing

My PC is 8 yrs old and cant handle 4K video loading and editing. Read about this configuration online but its over $3K which I think is an overkill. Can you recommend substitute to any of the components listed below?

Component Selection Aug-27
$639.00 CPU - Intel i9 9900k 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor
$123.67 CPU Cooler - be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151
$260.05 Motherboard - ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151
$769.36 Graphics Card - NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB - MSI Gaming
$232.55 Memory (RAM) - 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16
$290.58 - Storage SSD - Crucial MX500 2TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
$439.99 PCIe-SSD - Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive
$259.99 Storage HDD - Seagate BarraCuda Compute 8TB, 3.5"
$134.99 Power Supply - Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply
$353.65 Case - Corsair Memory CC-9011081-WW Corsair Carbide Clear 400C Compact Mid-Tower Case, Black
$3,503.83
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What are you doing? What software? You can edit 4K h.264 and 4K h.265 HEVC on a $600 10.5” iPad Pro, with LumaFusion 2.0.
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using DaVinci Resolve.
Agreed, iPad can be a good option but dont want to edit on iPad. I like to use a mouse and have control over the library
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There is no such thing as overkill when you have to edit 4K+ videos. Just how much you can afford.
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What software are you using? You might be better served with a 12C Ryzen chip (or waiting a week for the 16C ryzen chip); unless you're using DaVinci, I don't believe you're being served well with a powerful videocard. However, if it's GPU bound, you might consider a better GPU as well. I admittedly don't do video editing myself, but I thought "high quality" rendering was done by the CPU, meaning those extra cores would be handy.

Same PC as you built, but with a Ryzen 12C, and Noctua NH-D15 (I prefer over the Dark Rock ... but they're within personal preference of each other):

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor ($681.75 @ shopRBC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($99.95 @ Newegg Canada Marketplace)
Motherboard: Asus Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($207.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($411.54 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Crucial MX500 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($290.58 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 8 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($242.90 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card ($639.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 400C ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($118.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $2877.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-28 12:04 EDT-0400

Add about $350-ish if you wanted to wait a week for that 16C (if you can get stock)
Add $250 for and additional 32GB of RAM (which might be of value, depending on your project sizes).

Generally, your example build makes sense to me, minus the CPU.

Edit: Might want to look into the 5700 / 5700XT cards from AMD; again, not sure if they're compatible with your software, but they're quite inexpensive for their performance level.
Last edited by ChubChub on Aug 28th, 2019 12:04 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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$3.5k for a computer in 2019... that's a hunk of money. You can probably spend $1.8k and get 85%+ of performance. 8 years from now, you'll want to upgrade anyway and it's going to be worth the same.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($448.50 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($82.42 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($207.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($198.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Toshiba X300 8 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($253.23 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GAMING AMP Video Card ($439.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($45.00 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: EVGA 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($101.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $1778.11
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-28 11:55 EDT-0400
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Don't forget...
For AMD Ryzen 3000 series based system... using non X570 chipset, you would need to get motherboard pre-flashed with lastest BIOS for CPU to work. You are already spending plenty of money, I would say go with a X570 which has all the ports you need. (also peace of mind for full on compatibility).
While at it... go 750W GOLD :)
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ChubChub wrote: What software are you using? You might be better served with a 12C Ryzen chip (or waiting a week for the 16C ryzen chip); unless you're using DaVinci, I don't believe you're being served well with a powerful videocard. However, if it's GPU bound, you might consider a better GPU as well. I admittedly don't do video editing myself, but I thought "high quality" rendering was done by the CPU, meaning those extra cores would be handy.

Same PC as you built, but with a Ryzen 12C, and Noctua NH-D15 (I prefer over the Dark Rock ... but they're within personal preference of each other):

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor ($681.75 @ shopRBC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($99.95 @ Newegg Canada Marketplace)
Motherboard: Asus Prime X470-Pro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($207.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($411.54 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Crucial MX500 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($290.58 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 8 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($242.90 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB Video Card ($639.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 400C ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($118.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $2877.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-28 12:04 EDT-0400

Add about $350-ish if you wanted to wait a week for that 16C (if you can get stock)
Add $250 for and additional 32GB of RAM (which might be of value, depending on your project sizes).

Generally, your example build makes sense to me, minus the CPU.

Edit: Might want to look into the 5700 / 5700XT cards from AMD; again, not sure if they're compatible with your software, but they're quite inexpensive for their performance level.
Thanks, never tried AMD before, have always been a Intel fan but may be I should do the switch as I hear good things about Ryzan
according to this site, GPU doesnt make a big difference for video editing, its all HDD and Memory
"The reason being, that GPUs still don’t have a huge impact on any kind of Performance improvement when Editing Videos."

That's a better price than what I had
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Akronica wrote: Thanks, never tried AMD before, have always been a Intel fan but may be I should do the switch as I hear good things about Ryzan
according to this site, GPU doesnt make a big difference for video editing, its all HDD and Memory
"The reason being, that GPUs still don’t have a huge impact on any kind of Performance improvement when Editing Videos."

That's a better price than what I had
I'd suggest potentially going with an AMD 5700 (non-XT), 64GB RAM, and waiting for the 16C Ryzen. Also, if you're thinking of the 5700, I'd wait for the non-reference coolers to ship (which should be soon I believe).

Of course, as someone mentioned before, this is an expensive PC, and if time=money doesn't apply to you (you're ok with overnight renders), you might consider a much cheaper system. However, for your use, I would say an aftermarket cooler is basically a requirement (versus using the AMD provided Wraith).
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warpdrive wrote: Here are some benchmarks you can look at

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/artic ... ries-1538/

These are benchmark measurements directly based on Davinci
Thanks, thats very helpful. Looks like AMD is winner as it says AMD is clearly the better choice for DaVinci

"If you are looking for an overall winner between the new AMD Ryzen CPUs and the Intel 9th Gen CPUs, AMD is clearly the better choice for DaVinci Resolve - and often by a very large margin. Neither product line can keep up with Intel's X-series processors, but if you are looking for a more budget-friendly CPU for Resolve, the AMD Ryzen 3rd generation CPUs are an obvious choice."

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