2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 30, 2013 9:34 AM by John T Smith

    Basic video editing rig on a budget. Will this set up work?


      Programs: Adobe CS6 Creative Cloud with Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and Lightroom as the main uses


      Useage: I will mainly be editing images from my D60 (10.2 Megapixel, so nothing massive) and footage from my GoPro Hero 3 Black edition (up to 4K video, but will likely film mostly in 1080 and 1440, maybe 2.7K now and again).


      Requirements: I need a cheap build that will run with stability


      Proposed rig:

      • CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
      • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($19.99 @ Newegg)
      • Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX  LGA1155 Motherboard  ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
      • Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory  ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
      • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($89.99 @ Amazon)
      • Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card  ($114.48 @ SuperBiiz)
      • Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($39.99 @ Amazon)
      • Power Supply: Apevia 500W ATX Power Supply  ($25.98 @ Newegg)
      • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit)  ($80.00 @ Newegg)
      • Total: $674.25 (Really comes out to about $700)

      PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/At9D

      Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/At9D/by_merchant/

      Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/At9D/benchmarks/

      (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 11:53 EST-0500)

        • 1. Re: Basic video editing rig on a budget. Will this set up work?
          RjL190365 Level 4

          Here's the deal:


          As listed, that build is barely adequate for even 1440x1080 HDV material due to its mediocre CPU (a quad-core CPU with no Hyper-Threading) and weak GPU (the GTX 550 Ti is actually slower than a GTX 650 despite its higher memory throughput). In addition, do not get an Apevia PSU! That so-called "500W" unit can barely handle even 300W without severely damaging your PC's components. Third, you really need more than one disk to handle anything above SD DV since a single SATA connection cannot handle simultaneous reads and writes (which all NLEs require). As a result, even with MPE GPU acceleration enabled that build would have been at least five times slower than a fast desktop PC, and may not perform all that stably due to the issues with the PSU.

          • 2. Re: Basic video editing rig on a budget. Will this set up work?
            John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            >cheap build that will run with stability


            Cheap and video editing really do not go together very well


            I have suggestions for 3 price levels at http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM


            MY minimum computer is about $900 (as of the date I last checked prices) and is the absolute minimum I would consider for the video you will edit