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  • Writer's pictureRachel Marie Smith

My Video Editing PC

Updated: Mar 9, 2018

When editing video for clients or color grading a feature that is generally 4k or higher resolution, apple computers just cannot handle it anymore. 📷

After months of looking at various tutorial videos, and reflecting on that one time when I was 12 and decided to take my Windows PC apart...I was ready to build my first work horse video editing Windows PC.

“Why don't you just buy a prebuilt computer?”

For awhile I had a couple of friends suggesting that I buy a prebuilt PC. Why did I choose to build my computer? As of a few months ago it was the more affordable option. As of February 2018, with bitcoin and digital currency mining, prices for PC building parts have SURGED. It's crazy how expensive a decent 8gb or higher Graphics Cards can be now that the demand for production has been so high.

If you're reading this post and thinking, yeah I wan to build...please do your research. I can understand the sway to buy prebuilt, but I wanted to experience the challenge. Have it be my computer. One that I built and that way I could fully understand how it worked and if anything were to go wrong, how to easily bypass something.

My cat, Sage judges me while I work.

Choosing a Processor

Huge shoutout to Max Yuryev, Paul's Hardware, and Matt WhoisMatt Johnson for their build videos as I used them not only for part assembly lists, but they have some of the best step by step builds geared toward people who want to custom build for video editing in Adobe Premiere and Davinci Resolve.

I once had an older Intel, (Over a decade ago!) so the idea of buying a brand that betrayed me in my childhood didn't seem right. While googling custom built computers I came across AMD and while I couldn't afford it when I wanted it, I made an Amazon Wish List for all the compents I wanted to consider purchasing.

I decided that by the time the new year rolled around I would have enough money set aside to at least purchase the processor or the graphics card and have my PC finished and complete by my birthday in February, 2018...but then something unexpected and wonderful happened to me.

I joined /r/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon/ on Reddit and someone was beyond kind and purchased the most expensive processor I had on my wish list. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler (YD1700BBAEBOX) by AMD for me!

I'm still beyond words and have done my best to give back to that community as my thanks.


When it came down to it, I was able to afford the rest of my computer components and that is all thanks to a community of wonderful people.


I managed to save by getting an open box deal on Amazon for my graphics card. At the time of purchase over the holiday is was $375 new. I bought it for $200 and it works perfectly. I don't recommend open box deals or used parts purchases unless you know you'll have the option to return it for full refund and are willing to take the risk.

I bought the case on ebay for $30 with a small dent in the back and no one can see.

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Kile Drooms
Kile Drooms
May 01, 2023

Your computer is really great for editing videos at the highest level! I have a much worse computer, but this does not prevent me from working with videos. I use a converter and an editor when working with captured videos, click here to learn how to do it. I would like to ask you what software you use for work?

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