Video editing build for $2250, best plan?

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edited August 2023 in Help Choosing Parts


I am considering upgrading and trying Micro-center for the build. I usually am a Newegg 'already assembled' kind of buyer. I have $2.5K budget for the job, and Micro Center charges about $250 for the build, so I have $2.25K left. I do hobby-level editing, but lag in Premiere Pro or Lightroom Classic takes away the fun, so I hope to assemble a build to run efficiently for a while. 

Here is what I have:

CPU: Intel - Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake 3.0GHz Twenty Four-Core LGA 1700 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included. SKU: 436188 $566.98

Motherboard: ASUS - Z790-P PRIME WiFi Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard. SKU: 443606 $239.99

RAM: G.Skill - Trident Z5 RGB Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR5-6000 PC5-48000 CL30 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F5-6000J3040G32GX2-TZ5RK - Black. SKU: 423848 $229.99

Case: Corsair - 4000D Airflow Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black. SKU: 201863 $94.99

Power Supply: Corsair - RM1000e 1000 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply. SKU: 558114 $179.99

Video Card: ASUS - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Dual Overclocked Dual Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card. SKU: 576330 $399.99

2.5" SSD: M.2 / NVMe SSD: Samsung - 990 PRO 2TB Samsung V NAND 3-bit MLC PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe M.2 Internal SSD. SKU: 516120 $159.99. X 2

Hard Drive: Seagate - BarraCuda 2TB 7200 RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal SMR Hard Drive. SKU: 862318 $57.99

CPU Cooling: Thermal Compound: Thermal Grizzly - Kryonaut Thermal Grease - 1g. SKU: 229534 $11.99

Water Cooling Kits: Corsair - iCUE H115i ELITE RGB All in One Liquid CPU Cooler. SKU: 546366 $149.99

Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 11 Home 64-Bit FPP USB - English. SKU: 445874 $139.99

I would appreciate any help. 

Regards, Nels


  • Aodhan_Gorman

    Are you planning on doing mostly CPU based encoding or GPU accelerated encoding? The choice of only a 4060ti with just 8gb of VRAM is a pretty large miss-match when compared to your CPU and RAM choice so I assume you are going for CPU based encoding.

  • Slen

    Thank you for the evaluation! 

    I am limping along on an i7-7700 CPU @ <=3.6 GHz, w/64GB DDR4 RAM, and GTX 1660 Ti GPU. I have about 110K photos and 5-10K video clips, all hobby/family stuff, My interest in doing more with PP/AE editing exceeds my system's ability. Your question is one I may be able to answer better in about a year. But I want to avoid encountering lags on the new computer, especially if a modest price increase makes a difference. 

    What do you think of the 4070 12GB GDDR6X (instead of the 4060 Ti 8GB GDDR6)?  Does it fit my setup, and would it make a difference? 

    I wanted to avoid skimping on RAM or the 2nd SSD. I would upgrade if the 4070 works in the build, giving the system more torque for multi-frame rendering/exporting in PP/AE. What do you think?  

    Thank you again for taking the time.  


  • Aodhan_Gorman

    12GB of VRAM on the 4070 will immediately upgrade the amount and resolution of footage you are able to work with so I would say it is a worthwhile upgrade for sure! In AE you should see the complexity of your effects also be directly impacted by the total capacity of VRAM.

    And while Adobe is still an Intel favored program, I do worry about long term upgrade potential of your system if you'd plan on expanding your use in these programs down the line. I have been recommending many more people move to AMD for this reason because you should expect three or even four more generations of upgrades opposed to intel's zero. But if you plan on not doing any motherboard or CPU upgrades over the lifespan of the computer, always try and get the highest end CPU possible to ensure you don't bottleneck a GPU upgrade!

  • Slen
    Will go with the 4070 & 12GB.
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