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- Hey guys, my name is Matt Johnson from, and it is 2021.

Winter is upon us, which means today, Im happy to show you the parts you need to build, a budget 4K video editing computer, for around $750.

This is going to easily enable you to edit 4K and HD video in Adobe Premiere or DaVinci Resolve, as well as edit photos, stream on Twitch, and even game if you want to.

And it should be full for many years to come.

Now, there are a few things you need to know before we start talking about the parts, for this video editing build.

First, all of the parts of this build, will be linked down in the video description, as well as a link to my kit page, where they will all be nicely organized, for you to check out.

Second, this video is just going to show you the parts that you need to purchase, not how to put them together.

Dont worry though.

I have a video I made a while ago thats over an hour long, that details the entire step-by-step process you need to take to build a video editing PC.

From taking the parts out of the box, to turning on the computer.

That video is linked down in the description as well, and all of the parts in this video, should go together in the same way that the parts in that video did.

Please do not be intimidating.

Building a PC is a lot of fun and kind of like putting together Legos.

The third thing you need to know before we talk about parts is that in this video Ive also included upgrade options, for some of the parts.

So if you have some extra room in your budget, I have detailed some upgraded versions of these parts, that you can buy for a bit more money, that can result in a faster video editing speed.

The fourth and final thing you need to know, is that while this video is about building a budget video editing computer for 750 bucks, I have two other videos that will show you the parts that you need to buy, to build a mid-tier or high-tier video editing computer, that will easily edit 4k, 6K, 8K, 12K footage.

So if you have more money to spend, I would recommend watching those videos.

Ill link them up in the corner, and down in the video description as well.

Now onto this $750 budget video editing computer build.

Up first, lets talk about the motherboard.

This is going to be what you put all of your parts, like the CPU, RAM and graphics card onto, and it makes them all work together.

I recommended the MSI B450-A PRO MAX motherboard.

With this motherboard, youre getting a good mix of features for a good price, and youre also a motherboard that should work with future AMD CPUs.

So you can save some money, and not have to upgrade your motherboard, if you decide to upgrade your CPU in the future.

Next up, lets talk about the CPU.

The brain of the computer, which is arguably the most important part when it comes to video editing.

Because a fast CPU with a lot of cores, is going to make a drastic difference in how fast your videos edit and render.

Im gonna recommend you purchase the RYZEN 5 3,600 CPU, which is a fantastic budget option with 6 cores and 12 threads of performance, and then a price of $200 at the time of recording this video, this is a great CPU that has a nice price too.

That said, if you have more money to spend though, AMDs RYZEN 7 3700X CPU, will give you two more cores, and a nice jump in performance, for around $120 more.

Moving on lets talk about RAM AKA memory.

This is what your computer needs to run its programs.

For RAM, I would recommend 16 gigabytes of CORSAIR LPX DDR4 RAM at 3200 megahertz.

This is going to be enough RAM for 4K video editing, but it is not quite enough for multitasking.

So I wouldnt recommend running too many other programs, in addition to your video editing software, if you can help it.

Now as a RAM upgrade, Ive found the sweet spot for 4K video editing, is 32 gigabytes of RAM.

Specifically for this build, I would recommend purchasing 32 gigabytes, of CORSAIR LPX DDR4 RAM, at 3200 megahertz.

Ive used this amount of RAM for many years in my desktop and laptop, and it has worked great.

Up next you have the computers SSD.

This is the fast hard drive thats gonna store all of your programs while editing video.

Prices have also been dropping every year on these, and it is shockingly affordable to get an SSD now.

For a super fast budget option, I would recommend the Kingston A400 SSD, which will give you 240 gigabytes of space, and retails for only 34 bucks.

This should be plenty of space for you to store your computers operating system and program files.

If you want more space, I would recommend the 500 gigabytes Samsung 970 EVO for 65 bucks.

Theres even a one terabyte model for 140, if you want a lot more space.

Please do keep in mind, that I only recommend using the SSD to store your programs.

For the fastest video editing speed, its best to have a smaller SSD that holds your programs, and a larger SSD or regular hard drive to store your video files.

If youre someone that travels a lot like me, I would recommend purchasing an external hard drive or SSD to edit your video files from.

Alternatively, this computers case will support internal hard drives and SSDs, so you could go that route too.

Ill be sure to link to hard drives and SSDs that I recommend, both internal and external down in the video description.

Now lets talk about everyones favorite part of any computer, the graphics card.

And this is where this build video is going to be different from previous PC build videos that Ive made in the past.

See, there have been a ton of awesome graphics cards released recently.

But there are also major issues in the supply chain, and many companies are having difficulty keeping graphics cards in stock.

It really is a perfect storm of a shortage of workers building these cards due to the pandemic.

Everyones staying home and wanting to play with computer games, which is also due to the pandemic.

Cryptocurrency mining which is always issue.

And also, unfortunately there are scalpers out there that are using bots to buy up most of the graphics card supplies, as soon as theyre in stock, and then turning around and selling them on eBay, at a massive price markup, usually double or more the MSRP.

Because of all of these issues, its quite difficult to buy a graphics card these days for a reasonable price.

Which makes buying a video editing computer on a budget, even more difficult.

Dont worry though, Im here to help you save money.

So heres what Im gonna do in this video.

In the past Ive recommended one particular brand and model of graphics card, because cards would usually stay in stock.

But now instead of just one brand and model, Im gonna recommend you several brands and models of card.

So when youre buying a graphics card, you have the maximum chance of being able to find one in stock, for a reasonable price.

So here are my budget graphics card recommendations.

First, lets talk about brands.

When youre looking for a graphics card, youre gonna see a lot of brands, like a ASUS, MSI, EVGA, Gigabyte ZOTAC, PNY, there are a ton.

In my experience for video editing, it doesnt make a huge difference, which brand you buy from.

And with this shortage, were more concerned with actually finding a graphics card in stock for a reasonable price.

So if you find a card from any of the above brands, Id say youre probably good to go.

As long as the card doesnt have a ton of horrible reviews online.

So if all those manufacturers are usually good, which specific model of graphics cards should you buy? Ill start by recommending the NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI, which is one of the cheapest cards available today, thats capable of 4K video editing.

Surprisingly, for the most part, Ive been able to find this card in stock and under $200.

The only con of this card, is that it only has four gigabytes of video memory.

So well yes, it will work for 4K video editing.

If you have the budget and can find one of the other card options with more video RAM that Im about to tell you about, youll want to go with one of those.

Now, here are more cards that I would recommend, that should offer better performance, and should still be relatively affordable, if you can find them in stock.

For other NVIDIA cards, I would recommend the NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER, and RTX 3060 TI.

These cards are hard to find in stock, especially the RTX 3060, but if you can get one at retail price, it should be for around $400 or less.

Now for AMD cards, I would recommend the Radeon RX 570 RX 580, 5500 XT and 5600 XT. If you get one of these, you should be good for 4K video editing, but make sure you get the model with eight gigabytes of video RAM.

They also have four gigabyte video RAM models, but theyre not quite as good.

Ill link below to all of these cards that I just talked about that are in stock, but I cant guarantee theyll stay in stock, because these things change literally from hour to hour.

Because stock can be so hard to keep up with, I would recommend setting up stock alerts at Amazon, Newegg and BNH, so you can be notified as soon as they come back in stock.

In addition, if you live to a Micro Center or Best Buy, and can go in person to the store, there is a much better chance that you may be able to find one in stock at a physical location.

Last thing about graphics cards.

If you find a store that has them in stock, please come back to this video, and leave a comment telling others, so they can filter by new comments, and hopefully by one too.

Graphics cards over, were almost done.

Lets talk about the power supply for this build, which youre gonna need to give your parts all of the electrical juice that they crave.

I would recommend this EVGA 500 watt power supply, which is a great price and quite energy efficient.

Please keep in mind, this is not a modular power supply, meaning that all of the cables are permanently attached to the back of the power supply.

This can make cable management a bit more difficult, but it does keep the cost down.

If you have some extra money, though, and what easier cable management, I would recommend the EVGA BQ-500 watt power supply, which is semi modular and should result in a cleaner looking build, for not too much more money.

Lastly, you need something to put all these parts inside, a case.

One of my favorite cases is the NZXT H510, which is pretty, but still looks professional.

Theres no RGB or crazy colors.

Its just a well-built case that will look good on or under a desk.

The roughly $70 price tag isnt bad either.

Now I do want you to be aware that the H510 case, does not have any 5.25 inch bays meaning that youre not going to be able to install a CD, DVD or Blu-ray burner inside this case.

The good news is that you can pick up an external DVD burner for around 25 bucks, and an external Blu-ray burner for less than a hundred.

If you really want to case with a 5.25 inch drive so you can install an internal DVD or Blu-ray burner, I would recommend the Cougar MX 330-G.

This case isnt quite as pretty, as the NZXT H510, but it has great airflow and thousands of people love it.

And that is your $750 video editing PC build.

As always though, there is more than youre going to need.

Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers operating system.

For all of those physical accessories, there are so many options out there that are gonna do depend, entirely on what you prefer.

I will link down in the description to my recommendation for keyboards, mic speakers, and both a 10ADP and 4K monitor, depending on what you want.

I would personally recommend the 4K option.

As far as the operating system goes, I would recommend windows 10.

And Ive included a link down in the description to a Toms Hardware article, where you can read about how to get a copy of windows 10 for free, or for very cheap.

With that thank you so much for watching.

It would be a huge help to me if you would consider liking this video, and subscribing if you wanna see more PC build guide videos in the future.

Please keep in mind, these parts are all linked below and the prices are subject to change, and the parts can go out of stock sometimes very quickly.

If anything looks too expensive or goes out of stock, please let me know, and I will update the part link with a new option that is in stock.

Please also keep in mind that I have these other PC build guide videos detailing more powerful video editing options that you can build as well, if you have a higher budget.

Those are linked in the corner and down in the video description as well.

Thanks so much for watching and have a great day.

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