Build a Budget 4K Video Editing PC for $700 in 2019! | Ryzen Computer Guide

– Hey guys, my name is Matt Johnson. And today I want to share with you a budget video editing computer build that you can put together for around $700. This computer will enable you to edit 4K and 1080p HD video in Adobe
Premier, or DaVinci Resolve, or basically any other
video editing software other than Final Cut which is Mac only. And this computer should
be fast for years to come. Back in mid-2017, I made a video about building a video
editing PC for my brother. And that ended up being very popular. And since then, many of you
have been commenting saying, hey Matt, do you have an
updated build video for 2019? Are these parts still relevant? What are the new parts
that I should be using? And that’s why I’m making this video. Okay, there are three
things you need to know before we start talking
about these specific parts. First, all of the parts that
I’m gonna be talking about are gonna be linked
down in the description, as well as on my kit page. So, if you wanna go down there
and check out all the parts, you can do that. Second, this video is
just going to be about which computer parts to buy,
not how to put them together. But don’t worry, I’m not
gonna leave you high and dry. Because that video that
I made back in 2017 is over an hour long and details every single
part of the building process. From taking the parts out of the boxes, all the way up to turning the computer on. So, I will also have that video linked down in the description. And to be clear, the parts
in this video go together the same way that the parts
did in the last video. So, watch this video to buy the parts, watch that video on how to
put them together, cool? Third and last thing before
we talk about these parts. I said at the start of this video that this is a video
editing build for $700. And all of the parts at the
time I’m making this video do add up to approximately $700. But, depending on your budget
and how flexible you are, I’m also gonna share with you
some higher priced options for some of these parts
that you could swap out if you wanted to, that would give you a better and faster video
editing experience overall. Okay, let’s get on to some parts. Up first, let’s talk
about the motherboard. One of the least glamorous
but most important parts of any computer build. This is what you’re gonna put your CPU, your RAM, your GPU onto. The motherboard I would recommend is the MSI B450-A Pro motherboard, currently retailing for $96. The important thing you need to know is that this motherboard
has an AM4 CPU socket, which means that you can put many of AMD’s Ryzen CPUs into it. It also supports up to
64 gigabytes of RAM. So if you decide you need
more RAM in the future, you can upgrade. More on that in a bit. If this motherboard becomes out of stock or is randomly discontinued
for some reason, because that has happened before
randomly with motherboards, please leave me a comment down below and I will update the link with a roughly equivalent motherboard that is also approximately the same price. It’ll still work with this
build too, don’t worry. Moving on, let’s talk about the CPU, the brain of the computer. Which is arguably one of the most important parts of any computer build, especially whenever it
comes to video editing. Because the CPU that you choose is going to be one of the biggest factors in how quickly your computer
can edit and render video. For a budget CPU option, I would recommend the AMD Ryzen 5 2600, which
I’ve found online for $150. This CPU is a big upgrade
over my last budget PC build, because you are going from
a four-core eight-thread CPU to a six-core 12-thread CPU. The more cores and
threads to your CPU has, the faster your video editing
and rendering will be. So this is a great choice. It also comes with a CPU cooler, so you don’t have to buy one. If you have a bit more
room in your budget though, and you want a faster
video editing experience, then the CPU is what I would
recommend that you upgrade. So I have some recommendations for you. If you can afford it anywhere from 20 to 50-ish dollars extra, depending on where you buy it from, then I would actually
recommend a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU. This is from the last
generation of CPUs from AMD and they’re kinda on their way out, so they’re sold out in some places. But if you can find one, it
will work with this motherboard and it has 8 cores and 16 threads. The Ryzen 7 1700 should
result in about a 20% increase in editing and rendering
speed over the Ryzen 5 2600. Lastly, if the Ryzen 7
1700 is sold out though and you have the budget,
I would instead get a Ryzen 7 2700 for about $100 more than the Ryzen 5 2600. I’ll link to all the CPU options down in the video description. Next we have RAM. Your computer needs RAM
to run its programs. Don’t confuse RAM with
your hard drive though, which we’re gonna talk
about in a little bit. For RAM I would recommend 16 gigabytes of Corsair Vengeance LPX memory. This should be enough
RAM for 4K video editing as long as you arn’t
editing a video in Premier while simultaneously also editing another video in After Effects. But if you find yourself
multitasking a lot and using multiple video editing
programs at the same time, I would consider spending
around 70 to a $100 more to upgrade to 32 gigabytes of RAM. That’s how much I have
in my 4K video editing PC and it works great. Next let’s talk about one of the funnest parts about building
a computer, the graphics card. And one of the reasons that I did not make a budget video editing
computer build video for 2018 is because the cost of graphics cards was driven up crazy high because
of cryptocurrency mining, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, et cetera. So it would be difficult to make a budget video editing computer when over half of your budget
is being spent on one part. Thankfully, GPU prices have
come down significantly. So it’s actually feasible to buy one for a reasonable price again. The budget GPU that I would
recommend that you buy is an NVIDIA 1050 Ti that I
found retailing for about $160. This isn’t a crazy powerful gaming graphics card by any means. But considering that when
it comes to video editing, how much more important a fast CPU with a high core count is over a fast GPU, I still think that it is a great choice that will handle your
4K video renders well. If you have the budget though and can go up in price by around $40, I would recommend the
AMD RX 580 graphics card. You probably won’t see a
big jump in rendering speed with a faster GPU in Adobe Premiere. But if you use DaVinci
Resolve for editing, it should be faster. Almost got all the parts. You are going to need a hard drive to store all of your
programs and files on though. And I do recommend purchasing an SSD which is going to be much faster than a traditional spinning hard drive. The SSD that I recommend
is the Crucial MX500 250 Gigabyte M.2 solid state drive that retails for about $50. This is definitely a budget SSD, but it should be a nice mix
between speed and storage space. If you have the budget though
and want something faster, then I would recommend the 250 gigabyte Samsung 970 EVO M.2
NVMe SSD for around $78. We also need power for this computer. To power it, I would recommend the EVGA 500B 500 watt power supply
that retails for 40-ish bucks. This should provide plenty
of power regardless of which CPU or GPU you choose
that I recommended before. If you have the budget and
want a nicer power supply, I would recommend the
EVGA 550 B3 power supply, which is modular. This means that the cables
detach from the power supply. So you only have to use the
cables that you absolutely need. Whenever it comes time to put all these parts into your case, it’s gonna end up looking much cleaner. Speaking of case though, we need a case to put
all these parts inside. The case I would recommend
is the NZXT H500, which retails for around 70 to $77 depending on which color you want. Yes, you have color options. This case has great
airflow, a very open layout which makes installing parts easy. And it’s discreet, without a ton of crazy RGB colors or anything like that. With that, that is your
$700 computer build. But I see you looking at
me now and you’re saying, Matt, I still need other parts. I need a monitor, I need a mouse, I need a keyboard, I
need an operating system. Help me out here. Let’s address the operating system first. Anyone can download a
free copy of Windows 10 from the Microsoft support site. What you have to pay for is the activation of that copy of Windows 10. The good news is that if you have an older computer laying around that’s running Windows 7 or Windows 8, that you’re not using anymore, you can actually get the product key from that older computer
and use it to activate your new copy of Windows
10 on your new computer. There’s an article at Tom’s
Hardware about how to do this that I’ll make sure to link
to down in the description. If you don’t have an older PC lying around I would still check
that Tom’s Hardware link because it has details about how to buy a copy of Windows 10. As far as a monitor,
keyboard and mouse goes, there are a zillion options out there that are all going to
depend on your preferences. But, I will make sure to
link down in the description to a 4K monitor, a 1080p monitor and a mouse and keyboard that I recommend. With that, thank you so much for watching. I hope this video helps you build a budget video editing computer. Please keep in mind though, that these prices are subject to change, especially if Bitcoin
starts getting popular again and suddenly graphics card prices are going through the roof. That would absolutely
suck, but it can happen. So, if you end up seeing
that one of the links down in the description has
gone crazy high up in price or it’s out of stock, please
leave me a comment down below and I will update it with a
roughly equivalent product that is roughly the same price
as the prices in this video. Thank you so much for
watching and have a great day. (uplifting music)

100 Replies to “Build a Budget 4K Video Editing PC for $700 in 2019! | Ryzen Computer Guide”

  1. ❗ Hope this helps you guys cut through your 4K video edits like butter! Full list of parts on my Kit page here, or below:🔨 FULL PARTS LIST FOR THIS BUILD

    – Powerful yet cheap CPU on Amazon:

    – Feature packed motherboard on Amazon:

    – Fast SSD on Amazon:

    – 16 Glorious Gigabytes of RAM on Amazon:

    – Killer graphics card for 4K editing on Amazon:

    – Hefty power supply at B&H:

    – Gorgeous (and cheap) case on Amazon:

    💡 PART UPGRADES (if you have the budget)

    – Faster 8-Core CPU on Amazon:

    – Multitaskers rejoice with 32GB of ram:

    – Speedier SSD on Amazon:

    – Video Card with Double the VRAM at Newegg:

    – Modular Power Supply:


    – Keyboard with Macros for video editing (under $50) on Amazon:

    – Beautiful 1080p monitor that won't make you poor on Amazon:

    – Even more beautiful 27-inch 4K monitor (under $400) on Amazon:

    – Best mouse I've ever used on Amazon:

    – Quick USB Wifi adapter on Amazon:

    – Cheap USB DVD Drive on Amazon:

  2. Hey Matt! Do you have an updated list of this? I'm planning to build one and I'm really confused? Dazed? Skeptic? Haha on what to buy because of my tight budget. Thank you so much! <3

  3. Can someone please help. I ran these parts through pc part picker and it shows a compatibility issue. I also feel like there are some parts missing, maybe a CPU cooler and a WiFi signal. I’m not sure, I don’t know anything about PCs. All I want is a budget editing build but I don’t know anything and it’s driving me crazy because no one can help. I just need the parts to get and I’ll buy it all and build it. If someone’s willing to help please reply.

  4. I have a three question?? I use GoPro 5 black, and mavic Air drone. For blogging with my family's. Would it work on Filmora 9 editing software. Would it work on YouTube and Instagram? My second question is I want to build a new desktop computer for Windows 10 PC desktop. what you have provided with Motherboard, Ram, C.P.U,, Graphic Card / G.P.U., Hard Drive SSD size 250, and power supply? So I can receive a good smooth editing in Photoshop without freezing and buffering. Would you have provided would it work do you have any other suggestion. Hopefully you answer my question and I love what your doing on YouTube thank you for the help in advance. That what filmora 9 requested need help I'm not a computer Gadget

  5. @Matt WhoisMatt Johnson some parts are not available, also, now in Oct. 2019, what list would you suggest for $1500 USD for premiere pro cc for 4K and if possible future proof for 8k

  6. This is basically what I need. I just want a workstation. However, it's now October and I'm curious how much has changed. I don't need to stay around $700. I'd like to see a mid-range workstation parts list with the very best WiFi/Network card I can get. I want at least 100mbps and would like to see 300mbps because that's where we're headed in the next year.

  7. does the graphic card run with AE? because i have a Radeon rx 460 4GB DDR5 and it doesn't work with AE due to cuda platform. at the moment i'm only using my CPU (ryden 5 2600) and it is so slow!! Thank you in advance! 🙂

  8. When I first watched the 2017 video, I did it in order to buy and build the pc I'm currently using, and it feels so damn good realizing that the parts you are recommending on this video are the ones I purchased already after watching the first one.

  9. I just bult a video editing pc like with similar parts. I'm going to return the 200 dollar window activation and get a 30 dollar activation

  10. Can someone please help me with a better PC for editing 4K videos using i9, and perfect for editing in premiere pro cc? around $2000 USD would be my budget.

  11. I watched a few of your videos and some others so now I'm planning on building my first PC to run premier pro, in your opinion, should these components be an okay starting point and Lol I do realize this is totally different from what you're saying in this video but I've done some looking around

  12. I need a case with 2 front 5.25 bays. I am going to use GV-RX580GAMING-8GD video card, AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Processor 8-Core 3.2GHz w/cooler & MSI B450-A PRO Socket ATX motherboard

  13. So I followed your directions (in the 2017 video) to the letter with components you suggested here. Plugged it in. Hit the power button and nothing! Checked the power cord, checked the outlet, checked all the connections to the motherboard, checked and rechecked everything. Nothing. No lights, no fans, nothing!
    What do I do now? Is there a way to check the power supply? Is there a way to check the on/off switch on the power supply? is there a way to check the on/off switch on the case?
    I'm freaking out!

  14. I’m looking at using a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, what do you recommend as a compatible component that I can use for this PC build?

  15. Thank you so much I changed a couple parts because I had a little more money but most are the same I didn’t want a all gaming pc Bc I do some editing but all around a great video!!

  16. Matt your videos are awesome!! I’m going to build video editing computer like the one in the video but I have one for you:

    I need to find a case that has fans (lights) in the front of the machine!! Can you recommend one!!


  17. Thanks for the video and the build video from a couple years ago. Extremely helpful. Can you recommend a good HDD to add to the unit for secondary high capacity storage? Thanks!

  18. I've been wanting to get in to video editing. I have an a6000 so I don't have to worry too much about 4K but a good budget start is what I need to stop talking about it and just do it!

  19. Thanks for the gread vid! If I want to use Ryzen 7 3700 for CPU, would it be still compatible with other parts in your recommended list? or do i need to upgrade GPU and other stuff as well

  20. Dude. That beard is better than james hardens! If i actually grew hair on my face (im 30 on paper btw) id have ur beard bruh. #BeardGang 🏋🏋🏋

  21. Is this build easily customizable? i.e could I do a multi Hard drive/ssd setup? Also could these components also fit into another case(same size or larger)? Looking to have a case with additional ports. Thanks.

  22. Hi Matt, can I pair ryzen 7 2700x with ASRock B450 Steel Legend Socket AM4/ AMD Promontory B450/ DDR4/ Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.1/ M.2/ A&GbE/ATX Motherboard

    Do u recommend this mother board?

  23. Hey Matt, Just finished building your computer (with the upgrades). It's fast and excellent for video editing. Thanks for the detailed instructions and price list! Awesome.

  24. Matt, late to the thread, but looking to build per your recommendations. The only outlier is that I have 2 Apple Cinema Displays (MiniDP) that I would like to use with the system. Can you recommend a video card that will accommodate that change? Much appreciated, and have a great day!

  25. Thank you for this video, I watched the building guide as well and it helped me build my first computer!
    (I had a computer before this and this helped me build one)

    I did switched a few components and picked my own Graphics Card, but otherwise, here are my specs!
    CPU : Ryzen 7 2700
    CPU Cooler : Included with the CPU
    RAM : 16GB DDR4 3000MHz
    Graphics Card : Radeon RX 570
    Power Supply : EVGA 550 B3
    Storage : Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB

  26. Matt, what kind of media drive do you recommend, as in external mass storage? Coming from a guy who has only previously used USB & Firewire drives…yeah, I'm out of the game.

  27. Matt or Matt's smart friends–Help. I'm not 100% sure what I need. I'm a bit Autistic, so when I get paralysis-by-analysis I get stuck for a long time and frustrated beyond anyone's concept of what Hell may be like. I'm about to pull the trigger on an HP Pavilion Desktop Computer, Intel Core i7-8700, 12GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, Windows 10 (590-p0070) I have no idea if I'll be able to edit 4K on this comp, but more importantly, I need many USB ports for mics, cameras, etc. for music and video production. I'm not a gamer. I want to make higher quality, professional videos. You can see my videos up until now. I am still learning the ropes. The content quality is there, but my technical prowess has much room for improvement.
    Now that I've seen this video it makes me want to order my own parts and put my own tower together. Maybe my HP has room for expansion. Do you need to solder any of these parts when you build your own computer? That may be a deal breaker.

  28. Great video. I've been looking into something that I can upgrade my existing Windows 7 editing setup to, but it seems that all the motherboards I have found require Windows 10. Does this setup too? Did last years build also require windows 10?

  29. interesting and well done video. Actually looking to build a video server for handling a number of IP cameras – security server – I've been looking at that Ryzen processor – a very good option.

  30. I came here for the very valuable information but right now I'm all about your Superman curl. You are adorable. Anyway, thank you for your research!

  31. Great advice man. I have actually built a video editing PC based on the recommendations put out by you over here!

  32. Did this exact build like 6 months ago and been upgrading parts when can afford it. Just got an rtx 2060 super 3 fans. wish I hadn't cheaped out on the m.2 ssd. Originally got a 250 gig and only have 10 gigs left. Just ordered a 1tb Samsung ssd nvm plus and a nvm usb nvm enclosure, gonna clone my ssd to the new one and make it my boot ssd. I noticed the pins are different on the budget ssd and the new one. Before I ordered I came back to this video to look at the upgraded parts and the pins on both were different so I figured you know your stuff and different pinned m.2s fit in the motherboard, correct?

  33. Hi Matt,
    Awesome video! Short and simple, makes me want to start building my new pc immediately.
    Quick question: are there any motherboards that still have IEEE 1394 port aka Firewire?
    Everyone is gone now digital, I know, but I also have my old Canon HV30 camcorder that uses mindv tapes.
    Any ideas?
    Your help much appreciated!

  34. Hi Matt! Hope you see this. Had a question. I’m building a new PC after 4/5 years. Getting a Ryzen 2600x with a 1660 6GB and 16GB of ram. Would that be ideal for smooth editing for 1080p 60fps gaming footage? Thanks a bunch. Love your tutorials btw.

  35. Can i hook up my dual monitors to this build? Just sub to you off of this video alone! I love Adobe and i need me a fast computer!

  36. Hey Matt – Built an MSi following your tutorials. Fun 🙂 However, I'm experiencing unacceptable lag loading/viewing 4K video off the camera after connecting my Panasonic G85 to Windows 10 machine via USB. I'm shooting 4K 24fps – this new PC's hardware is way better than my 2012 Macbook Pro and yet the much older Mac instantly loads thumbnails and even plays smooth footage right off the camera. Before I buy an SD card reader, I wonder if you have any suggestions for file management with high res footage and PC's. Was using Windows File Explorer and then Adobe Bridge – both are slow as mud (and the latter isn't even loading a thumbnail) Workflow tips PLEASE!! Thanks for the build video

  37. Will there be any noticeable difference in these cards for 4k editing – Zotac GTX1650 super , GTX 1060 or Inno3d GTX 1660ti ?? Which one to buy?

  38. Hey Matt. This video is amazing and its what i needed. Question, do you or would you do a client build? Like I buy the parts ship them to you and pay for whatever cost would come up.

  39. Hi Matt, can i use this AMD for building this pc?ühler+-+yd2600bbafbox&qid=1579006666&sr=8-1-fkmr1

  40. Hi, Can you recommend a desktop computer for 4k  and VR video editing please. Not parts to build one but one already made. my budget is $1200. Thank you so much.

  41. What about after effect can we do intros and some simple effects on this PC when we buy the higher price options? Answer please

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