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Video Editing PC

Post by IsparkTheLa » Sat May 10, 2014 10:12 pm

I bought a GoPro and my dinosaur laptop doesn't have the power to play back the videos. Is it possible to build a semi decent PC that can handle minor video editing for sub $500? I know nothing about computers....does anyone on these boards build computers as service?
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Re: Video Editing PC

Post by Bunny » Sat May 10, 2014 10:48 pm

Starting from scratch that's going to be a pretty hard budget to hit, especially if you don't already have a decent monitor.

You'll want to start with a reasonably fast 64-bit AMD processor, at least 4GB of RAM (8 would be better), a graphics card, plenty of hard drive space (1TB+), and a motherboard without on-board video and ideally USB3. A monitor of good quality and decent size is a really good idea.

What software do you plan on editing with? If you're thinking of going Adobe at any point looking at Intel processors and Nvidia graphics cards is not a bad idea since programs like Premier support Hyper-threading and CUDA, but the Intel processor especially will drive up cost considerably.

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Re: Video Editing PC

Post by IsparkTheLa » Sun May 11, 2014 9:12 pm

My budget does not include a monitor, I already have one.

As for software, I toyed around with simple programs like GoPro Studio and a little with Final Cut Pro. As I mentioned before, my experience is very limited. It would be nice to build something to allow for progression, should I become more involved with editing. I know my budget is weak and I don't know if that type of build is even possible.

Thanks for the help Bunny.
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Re: Video Editing PC

Post by EMO » Sun May 11, 2014 9:28 pm

I went on new egg and built you something decent with enough left over for shipping. Should get you by I didn't put a CD/dvd drive in to save you a couple of bucks. PM me and I can send you the list of parts I put together.
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Re: Video Editing PC

Post by Bunny » Sun May 11, 2014 11:47 pm

Alright, I would stick with an AMD processor then if you're not yet tied to an NLE, you get way more bang for your buck.

Do you already have an operating system? A copy of Windows will cut into your budget, but your options for editors will be severely limited on a Linux distro.

I would start with a good CPU, as that will be the most difficult thing to upgrade. Otherwise get a MoBo that can handle a lot of RAM and buy your first RAM sticks in large sizes so that you can just add on to them rather than replacing them. Be sure to grab a tower than can hold a good number of hard drives easily, video takes up waaaay more storage space than most people realize at first (HD video in a capture format can be between 10GB and 300GB per hour of video, depending on compression).

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Re: Video Editing PC

Post by EMO » Mon May 12, 2014 12:08 am

Bunny wrote:Alright, I would stick with an AMD processor then if you're not yet tied to an NLE, you get way more bang for your buck.

Do you already have an operating system? A copy of Windows will cut into your budget, but your options for editors will be severely limited on a Linux distro.

I would start with a good CPU, as that will be the most difficult thing to upgrade. Otherwise get a MoBo that can handle a lot of RAM and buy your first RAM sticks in large sizes so that you can just add on to them rather than replacing them. Be sure to grab a tower than can hold a good number of hard drives easily, video takes up waaaay more storage space than most people realize at first (HD video in a capture format can be between 10GB and 300GB per hour of video, depending on compression).

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Found a good CPU for him, AMD FX 6 cores at 3.5ghz is plenty. If he wants some short videos it's more then enough. I have a toshiba laptop that could render a 4min HD video and it was only a 3.2ghz dual core. $500 was a very thin line to work with but I actually got a pretty decent machine out of it.

The only thing I didn't include was a Monitor, OS, CD/DVD drive, and a wireless adapter. If he wants a keyboard I got plenty of extras. And extra cables that I use for repairing other's computers.
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