Best PC for Video Editing? — Custom 4K Video Editing PC Review

Best PC for Video Editing? — Custom 4K Video Editing PC Review


– In this video, I review my new, custom video editing PC, as well as share a few tips on what to look for in a
video editing computer. Coming up. (camera shutter) (techno music) Hey, what’s up guys? Sean here with THiNK Media TV, helping you go further, faster in media. And on this channel we
do tech gear reviews, video gear reviews, as
well as computer reviews, just like this one. So, if you are new here,
consider subscribing. And hey, at any point during this video, I’ll list out everything that
I talk about in the video. All the specs of the computer, as well as links that you can check out, and anything like that. Let’s jump into the review. So, recently my main
editing computer died. I actually hadn’t upgraded since 2009. Which was probably a little bit too long, and so, at first I kinda panicked. I actually went to Fry’s locally here to look for a computer. Horrible experience. I ended up buying one, returned it. It just wasn’t right. It was too expensive. So, I actually found
this computer on Amazon. And what I love, is that
you can actually pick up this exact computer,
spec-ed out a certain way, just ready to ship out on Amazon. So, I’ll put links to the
Computer Upgrade King’s site there. But, what’s also cool
is their site itself, offers more customizability, if you want to go and
literally piece by piece put together the machine
exactly how you want, and upgrade different parts. So, ultimately what I
wanted was a computer that would of course,
crush HD video editing. My last one did that. I also wanted to be
able to edit 4K as well. So, I was kinda going for a 4K build, and what I ended up
getting was the Sentinel. That’s the case, I believe. And I love the matte black. It also comes in white. It has a 6th generation intel core i7, 4 gigahertz processor, and an NVIDIA, 1088 gigabyte GDDR5 memory. Which is huge, right? One of the reasons why I
wanted to go with NVIDIA cards is because it leverages
the mercury playback engine in Premiere Pro. So, I edit on Premiere Creative Cloud, and because you have that NVIDIA card, it actually moves some
of the realtime rendering onto your video card. And that’s been out for quite a while, but I wanted to be able
to just crush that. So, I got that card. This computer is actually liquid cooled, and so it’s really intended
as a gaming computer, and maybe over-clocking. But actually it’s super practical for me, because especially living in Vegas, during the summer, it gets so hot. I noticed a lot of electronics
can heat up your room, depending on the airflow,
in your home office, or wherever you are. So, I’ve noticed that it
just stays completely cold, even in the midst of
really intense renders, because it is liquid cooled. So, it’s a great benefit. It’s got a killer MSI motherboard, and it has a lot of cool features. I think one of the most
important things for me was having the USB ports. A lot of USB 3.0 ports, but also, USB 3.1, generation 2. So, that’s the new USB. It’s not even super relevant yet. There’s not a lot of perpetuals
or accessories for it yet, but it’s I think 10 times
faster than typical USB 3.0. I think it’s even faster than Thunderbolt. Somebody, tech out there,
could probably correct me with the specifics, but
definitely something cool, to be a little bit future-proofed. 64 Terabytes of RAM, 64 gigabytes of RAM, which is definitely probably
overkill, but great to have. A one terabyte SSD Drive. That’s where the operating system is. And then a second one terabyte SSD Drive. That’s where all the media
files are going to go. And I’m going to talk more
about that in a second. And then a four terabyte
hybrid drive for data. That’s all internal, and then
I’ve got a lot of externals. Because I haven’t really migrated much of my content over yet. So, that’s the specs of that computer, but here’s what you should really look for in a video editing computer, and sort of my thinking, whether you would want to
check out something like this, or anything at all in a video editing PC. Number one is the processor. At the end of the day, a lot of the heavy
lifting of video editing, simply takes place on the processor. You know, I thought about
doing the hexa core, but this processor is crushing. But one thing that you want, is as much processor speed as possible. And so this definitely is killing that. The second thing is a
multi-drive work flow. Like, if you want to do 4K editing, or any video editing, and you want speed, you want a multi-drive workflow. And so, basically how this is set up, is that you want your
operating system on one drive, preferably a SSD Drive. Then you actually want your data file, so where you tell your
video editing software to save your working files, the project files, the render files. You can just assign that in your settings. You want that on a separate drive, and you want that drive
to be fast as well. So, I’ve got the two SSD’s, you have the OS, and the softwares on one. You’ve got the project files on another, and then the third, actually if you want to do 4K, this is one of the variables. And I’m not quite there yet, but they actually, people would recommend
a link up in article that breaks down in detail
what you should really look for in a 4K machine. They really recommend that
you have a data stripe, like a raid, array of drives, and tons of speed on
your actual files for 4K. HD doesn’t really get affected at all. And so in this case, I’m
either editing off of a USB 3.0 on an external hard drive,
which is not the best, or on those internal drives. And so, a multi-drive work flow
will make a huge difference in your editing performance. The next thing I was really looking for was the USB 3.0 ports. You know, obviously you
wouldn’t be watching this video, if you were interested in a Mac work flow. But, definitely having every, think about it like this, every piece in the chain could
bottleneck your work flow. So maybe some of the things are fast, but the external hard
drive you’re editing off of is on a slower connection, and it’s on old USB, or it’s not on a very fast drive. And so, all of those
connections were huge, and then once a USB 3.1
Generation 2 is more relevant, I am going to be leveraging
that for even greater speed, similar to what Thunderbolt would be. And then, the last thing that I looked for was the aesthetic. You know, I really liked the quality, the matte black of this particular case, the look of the whole thing. And so that really
stood out to me as well. And I think that is definitely something that I’m sure you appreciate as well in what you’re looking for. But when building a PC, thinking about the look
of your whole environment, because it’s going to be something that you probably be
using for a long time. So, as far as some things I still need, I’m keeping my same monitors. You know, one thing with
editing 4K is technically if you don’t have 4K monitors, then you’re not really
getting the full experience. So, my monitors, I need to
upgrade those at some point, and then probably do something
like network area storage, super fast for data files
as I move more into 4K, so far the renders of HD are just smashed. It just devastates HD files. If you want to export
like a 10 minute file, it’s only like a few minutes
out of Premiere Pro CC, and so this computer is obliterating HD. You know one thing that
can speed up your work flow is if you can convert your files, because if compressed files off of a DSLR, and some Go Pro files and stuff, they’re so heavily compressed they actually edit really slow, but for our work flow, we don’t change file formats at all. We just throw whatever content straight onto the Premiere timeline, and just work on it. So, it’s crushing HD. 4K it does fine with. I edited some DJ Mavic 4K footage, edited some G7, Panasonic
G7 4K footage altogether. It was about minute for
minute on the exports, so a 10 minute video file took
about 10 minutes to export, and render out. And so, it’s crushing all
of that really, really well. And one other super cool thing
about Computer Upgrade Kings was actually their warranty. And so like I said, I had to pay extra for the Fry’s warranty. Not only was it cheaper, but they include this. It comes with this super cool sticker that says, “Hey, warning. “Product may contain
performance-enhancing upgrades. “Side effects may include,
but not limited to: “faster computer, fewer expletives yelled “while waiting for your computer to load, “and an additional three year
warranty on upgraded parts, “and three years of diagnostics.” It’s really, not only do
they have killer prices, a great experience, everything through ordering, and just customer
service has been amazing, but the fact that they
include that warranty, which would normally be multiple hundreds of dollars somewhere else,
to have all your parts, you know, if your graphic’s card goes out, or something happens with your
motherboard, for three years, just included, is super killer. And so then also, just to kind
of talk about my experience with Computer Upgrade Kings, I really fell in love with these guys, and this website, you know, especially after
having a bad experience at Fry’s and actually the computer
I bought cost the same, it actually ended up costing more. I added a warranty thing
for a couple of years, that covered parts if the
graphics card died, or anything. And it all came out to about $2300 there. With the promo code that they usually have on Computer Upgrade Kings, this one came out to about $2100, and you know, you might be thinking too, to build yourself, or not to build. Could you save some money if you build everything separately, put it together yourself? Of course. But I’m kind of at a place, especially with life, business, and work, and everything that’s happening, where I was just like, I want this done for me, done right, and so what I love about
Computer Upgrade Kings, is that, again, they’re going to build
out machines for you. I actually just ordered a
laptop from them, as well. So, anyways, if you
want to check them out, definitely, there’s links in the description, and you can use the
promo code: THINKMEDIATV, and you can get 5% off your entire order. Which is super cool. So this video, actually,
it’s not sponsored. And I bought this computer, I bought the laptop, But I loved them so much,
I actually emailed them and said, “Hey, can we do something “if anybody wants to check you guys out “on THiNK Media TV?” And so they said, “Absolutely.” So, if you use that code, you can get 5% off, and they’ve got a ton of stuff. Again, a lot of their stuff is
oriented more towards gaming. I love the fact that it’s
kind of a both-and thing. With this setup, it did come with Gears of War 4. I’m not really a gamer, but I’ve been playing Gears of War, and this thing just
smashes gaming, obviously. So, that’s kind of fun. But in the process, check out what they have. I’ll throw some links in the description. THINKMEDIATV is the promo code. That’ll get you 5% off. Question of the day: What do you look for in a
video editing, custom build? Let me know in the comment section below, and remember that some of
the best tips and feedback come from you, the THiNK Media TV community. So, definitely connect with everybody in the comment section. So, thanks so much for
checking out this video. Definitely subscribe for
more videos just like this. And if you haven’t downloaded the THiNK Media TV Video
Gear Buyer’s Guide, it actually goes through all the best cameras, lighting, microphones, that I use to create YouTube content,
and online videos. So you can grab that for free. Look it up on the YouTube cards, as well as in the description below. Until next time, THiNK Media TV is helping you go further, faster in media. Keep crushing it, and we will talk soon.

100 thoughts to “Best PC for Video Editing? — Custom 4K Video Editing PC Review”

  1. Black film guild built a custom one for under 3k using PCIe cards…. He shows it at 2200/MB sec… pretty insane.

  2. Can someone tell me if this build is good for editing?

    CPU Intel Core i5-7600 (3.5GHz), 3.50 GHz, 6MB Intel
    GPU Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB
    SSD Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB
    HDD Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016)
    RAM HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x4GB
    MBD Asus Z170 PRO GAMING

  3. ok… I just down voted your video… please stop doing this… are you working for tv adds or what cos that shit of holding back the cost of the build till about the end… is a very trashy move… downgrades whatever quality you were trying to bring up…

  4. Hi Sean. Awesome setup. My question is, if I have a $1500 budget for a new computer, where would you make the cuts on this unit? Storage space? GPU? What would keep the price down a bit, but still have adequate power to process 4k efficiently? Thanks in advance!

  5. Hey Sean, Thanks for the review. I watched several other guys and decided that yours was the best. I followed your advice and purchased the same system from CUK. I'm currently waiting on it to arrive. One thing you mentioned was designating a drive for different uses to get a better and faster flow during 4K editing. Do I have to program or make this particular designations myself? If so, can you give us a quick lesson on how to best set up Adobe PR Pro and AF using this CUK system?

  6. hey buddy, you passed wrong information on what to look for rendering machine.. there are other things that matter rather then the one you mentioned.. i will make one follow up video of this one tonight with what actually is important. do checkout.. i will love that

  7. Ummm if u live in a hot area having a water cooled pc is NOT good idea because the water itself WILL heat up

  8. Ok, I got pretty much the exact same computer you did…How do you set up all the programs to put the certain things in the certain hard drives? I got 4TB Hybrid Drive, 500 GB Data Drive SSD, and 512GB Intel SSD. I've been looking around for how to set this up and don't see any good videos (maybe I'm just not looking for the right thing). Could you do a walkthrough on how you set up Premiere, AE, Photoshop Etc, to save certain files, cache or whatever to the certain drive? Or point me to a good video that does this? Thanks Buddy!

  9. Awesome video dude. Love your explanations. I'll check out the links. Truth is I've been using Mac since 2011. Can't wait to build a windows tower!! 😍

  10. Great video with useful info but with very little visuals to butress. We heard you talk more than we saw what you talked about. Please in the next one, do close ups and even macro shots of the rig while your voice explains away in the background. Nothing says "go buy yours" more than audio-visual demonstrations. Ask marketers/salesmen. I just subbed too.

  11. Do you just use an external sd reader? It's hard to find a nice looking pc case that still has a removeable 5.25" drive.

  12. I'm definitely thinking of getting a 6850k instead of a 6700k or 7700k. I feel like it's more ideal long term if you want to edit or even game. Still a sick setup though. I can't pick a damn case though… too many to choose from.

  13. Is this a good choice for 4k video editing in PP? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dell-XPS-8920-Desktop-PC/dp/B01NBXRNVR/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1496435323&sr=1-2&keywords=Xps+desktop

  14. Hello, I really love this video because of all the specs you gave for this custom tower. I'm new to all of this but would like to build a desktop computer that will just be a MONSTER for video editing because I'm planning on setting up a YouTube channel and editing many videos. My question is should I speak with you about what I should have in my desktop computer or just speak with the people at computer kings and tell them you sent me? Thank you!

  15. you jw if people know good specs for a computer just a computer that will run song vagas and be able to record on my HD PVR 2 or will most be alright at doing that?

  16. You dont mention in the description what motherboard you use
    can you tell me because i want to build a computer for editing and i want to do future upgrades also what about asus x99-E is it worth it ? Thanks

  17. hey give me your thoughts, i just built a editor with 6850 cpu intel and a 8gb 1080 card with 64 gig of memory , it does not do muc better than my old i7 with a cheap card, is there anything i can set on the card to improve how it works , its a MSI 1080 card. This system should smoke the old system but it doesnt, using magix pro x 8 editor

  18. I want this same setup but I honestly dont know forsure how good it is. I use alot of software. all the adobe cc and I often go back to my roots and use blender and game but I dont really go hard on graphics for the games. would anyone know if this is good? thanks

  19. Signs that you don't know much about computers.

    -You buy a pre built.
    -You only state the graphics card not the model.
    -Your PC has 64TB of RAM
    -You don't show the insides of the case.

  20. I hear the Ryzen CPU have some issues with Nvidia GPU like driver issues. Is that right? so what your advice for 4K video editing in after effects with Nvidia 1080Ti. I planning to build 4K PC. And i'm confused between Intel i7 7700K and Ryzen 1700

  21. Thanks for sharing. I will def check them out. I’m looking to buy something with dual graphics cards so I can edit 400mbps10 bit 4K footage off my GH5. My current comp gets sluggish when editing 4K footage that isn’t in MP4 format

  22. I'm thinking of buying one but I'm being picky and wondering what brand the graphics card is? Also can you turn the lights off on the fans? Also why does urs look better and has a liquid cooled fan while the picture on the site has a regular fan? I checked and I didn't see an option to change that

  23. Almost a year later how do you like your system? Can you give us an update? I am considering the switch from Mac to your set up. And great videos as always. Thx

  24. what monitor do you recomend for video editing?:)i am using a macbook pro and i am thinking to buy a pc desktop since macbook is a bit slow for video editing.but macbooks have the retina screen which works great..so not sure which screen will work on a pc:)

  25. the moment you said 'GDDR5' which is HUGGGE right??" we understood you have no freaking idea about computers!!

  26. The content of your videos is very good but you bounce your head around and wave your arms and hands around way too much! It's really annoying and distracting to watch. I end up scrolling down so I can't see you and then I just listen to what you're saying. Can you try to be a little more relaxed when you make the videos? Thanks for the info…

  27. Hello Sean, thank you so much for your advice. I just tried the Promo code, unfortunately, It says that it is not valid.

  28. Can you please put what I need in a list (suggestion for vid)
    Ie – i7 processor, 32ram, what adds I need etc, NOTHING is AVAILABLE as List form for newbs – please Nesbit do a vid with a list

  29. have you a recent video about the Best PC for Video Editing? just right now 5am morning i watch your videos and i like it your information has been of great help

  30. Hi Sean… I'm looking for a similar machine. I see this video is a few years old. What is your current recommendation?

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