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Best Video Editing PC? Review + Recommendations!

August 16, 2019

– What’s the best PC for video editing? We just got a whole new desktop PC set up. In this video, we’re gonna show you exactly what we’re
running, why we upgraded so that you can make the right call when deciding on the best
video editing PC for you. (light music) Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video where we help entrepreneurs
and business owners amplify their business
and brand with video. If you’re new here, then make sure you click
that subscribe button, and all the links to everything
we mention in this video, you can find the link in
the description box below. Let’s jump into it. Now a lot of you already know that I primarily use
a mix of Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere for
all our editing work. That means I’m using a Mac for some work but because Premiere is a
lot more resource-hungry, we also use a PC for
our Premiere projects. If you’re interested in how
both of these platforms compare, I’ll link a video up in the cards that compares our new desktop PC that we’re about to review here against my older MacBook Pro, and the sorts of projects
that I’d use for each. We’ve done a couple of videos now talking about our new video editing system that MSI sent this out. In this video, I’m gonna
talk through in more depth about the gear, talk through everything that we’ve got in there,
all the good stuff, all the bad stuff, the things I like, and the things that I don’t like, so it’s going to be a
review of that system but we’re also gonna help you decide what the best parts and best setup is for your video editing system. So this is the system here. They’ve done a great job
speccing it up themselves with some awesome parts that
we would normally choose, and some others that
we would probably tweak specifically for video editing. So let’s jump in and take
a look at what’s inside. The CPU is an Intel
Core i7 8700K processor, which has a clock speed of 3.7 gigahertz, which will boost up to 4.7 gigahertz, and it’s the six-core model. So currently, that’s one of the lightest higher-end CPUs available. Memory-wise, we’ve got
four eight-gigabyte sticks, so 32 gig of RAM in this
system of Kingston DDR4 RAM clocked at 3,000 megahertz. The motherboard is an MSI
Z370 SLI Plus motherboard. The video card or GPU is
an MSI NVIDIA GTX 1080 with eight gigabytes of GDDR5 memory, so a really powerful video card. Storage-wise, there is
two drives in this system. The first is a 256 gig Intel
SSD drive, and the second is a four-terabyte Seagate
Barracuda Pro hard drive. So you’ve got your SSD
for your operating system and your programs, and you got
a larger four-terabyte drive for your video files. To keep the CPU nice and
cool when it’s under load, this thing has water cooling, and the water cooling kit is a Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240. The power supply in this
system is a Cooler Master V750, so it’s the 750-watt power supply. And the case that’s
holding everything together is a Cooler Master MasterCase H500P. And surprisingly, even
with these two giant fans on the front and the
additional fans inside and the fans on the water cooling as well, this system is almost silent. It is crazy quiet. Okay, so that’s what’s inside the system. Now let’s jump across
and see how this works for video editing, and take a look at a couple of benchmarks. For those of you that are interested, we did run a Cinebench test. And on the OpenGL test, it
scored 130.58 frames per second. The CPU score was 1,399, and the CPU single core score was 183. So if you’re not sure
what all of that means, these are some very decent
results for this Cinebench test. So now with some real-world
video editing benchmarks to give you an idea on
the power of this system, and how it changes between Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve on this system, we created a 4K timeline. We imported four 4K video files, and stacked them on top of one another. We then resized them all down so that all four of them would
fit on the screen at once. To make sure we’re putting
the system under load, we also reversed two of those clips. We then applied a basic curves adjustment or basic color correction
to all four clips, and we also applied a lot
to the entire project. So this 20-second 4K video editing project is something that’s definitely gonna put your editing system under load. So you see me play on this
timeline in Adobe Premiere. This thing played back seamlessly with the quality set to full. We can scrub through it no worries, and it was minimal lag or delay in working with this
project on this system. We then took that same project
file into DaVinci Resolve to see how it fared there as well. The overall performance
was nothing like it was in Adobe Premiere. Just hitting play on the timeline, we were only able to get around 10 frames per second playback where it’s a 25 frames per second project, so it was stuttery playback. Scrubbing through the
timeline was really stuttery and really jittery as well, and it would frustrate you working in this project on this system with everything set to max. But don’t worry because
that was our intention was to create something
that was going to put these systems under load, and then we would test
the render or the export to see how they went. So we did an export of these timelines from both Adobe Premiere
and DaVinci Resolve to an H 264 4K video file at
around 40 megabits per second. And Adobe Premiere took
three minutes 14 seconds to perform the export. And DaVinci Resolve took 36 seconds. So while the overall timeline
and editing performance inside of Adobe Premiere
was much, much better than DaVinci Resolve
for this crazy project, DaVinci Resolve actually
exported much, much faster. And that really just shows
you that the software that you’re using to edit your videos whether it is Premiere,
whether it is Resolve, or any other application, you really want to look at what
your video editing software would utilize from your system, and tailor your system around
the editing software as well. So in this case here,
DaVinci Resolve on the export was sitting around 70%
GPU or video card usage whereas Adobe Premiere
was sitting around 30% but would drop down to
around 10% then back to 30%, so it really wasn’t
utilizing the video card anywhere near as much as DaVinci Resolve. So putting that crazy
4K timeline to the side, how does the system perform
for real-world video editing? I’ve been using the system
now for the last few weeks, and I’ve got to say it
is an absolute beast. It’s just cutting through the 4K edits that we’ve been doing. The render times are insane. I’ve only had to drop the quality of the playback in Adobe Premiere from full to half on one project, but even then, it was
still more than usable leaving it at full playback quality. Every now and then, I still
like to drop the quality back to half just to get that
extra little performance boost when you’re working on a
really complicated timeline, but it’s definitely not
required on this system. So even for editing down
these YouTube videos, we use a mix of Final
Cut and Adobe Premiere depending on if we’re working
with external editors or not. I really like the way that you can work with external editors on Adobe Premiere versus the workflow in Final Cut. So if I got an editing project
back from one of our editors in Adobe Premiere, and I had
to make a minor change to it on my Mac in Adobe Premiere, it could take up to around two hours to save out a 15-minute 4K
video file just for YouTube. On average now in Adobe Premiere on this beast of a Windows system, the export times are all
down around seven minutes. So from around two hours
to around seven minutes is just crazy. But one thing I thought
was really interesting was checking out the component
usage while we were editing and while we were rendering videos out to see what components
were actually being used and to what extent. And really, there’s four key components when it comes to video
editing and video rendering that give you the performance. But just seeing what the
usage is across the board and across those four components, you can start to work out
where your bottlenecks are, and where you really should
be spending your money to improve performance
for your video editing. So those four components are your CPU, your RAM, your video
card, and your hard drive. So while we’re doing a 4K video export in Adobe Premiere Pro, the
CPU usage is up around 100%. It fluctuates between 80 and
100, but in most common cases, it’s up around 95 to 100% CPU usage. So in the case of our system here, it means that that is the
bottleneck in our system. Now it’s definitely not a low-specs CPU, this is a high-end CPU. It’s one of the latest CPUs out there. But the two main factors to consider when you’re looking at a
CPU is the clock speed, so how fast it is. This one is at 3.7 gigahertz but it will boost up to 4.7 gigahertz. And also the amount of
cores that the CPU has. So this one is a six core but you can also get an
eight core, 10 core, 12 core. You can get crazy with them, and that helps improve
performance as well. But again, it still depends
on what video editing software you are using as well. So you need video editing software that’s going to make
use of those extra cores to give you that performance. On the CPU front, you’ve
actually got two main choices. You’ve got Intel, which is what we’ve got, or you’ve got AMD. So AMD have just released
a new range of Ryzen CPUs. So they are apparently really,
really good for gaming. But from all our testing and from what we’re seeing online as well, my preference is to stick
with the Intel CPUs, for now anyway. We’d probably look at
upgrading the CPU at some point because that was the bottleneck for us. So what I would recommend there, if you’re on a tight budget, look at an Intel Core
i3 or an i5 processor. If you’ve got a bit more to spend, then look at an i7 or
maybe even an i9 processor. So spend the biggest amount
of your budget on your CPU, and get a decent CPU. So the RAM usage in this system with some of the exports we did was also getting up around
that 30-gig mark as well, which having 32 gig of RAM in the system can make that part of
the bottleneck as well. I’m definitely gonna
add in some extra RAM. I think 32 gig of RAM is nice, but ideally, I’d like to
have 64 gig of RAM in there just to have that extra headroom while I’m editing with
multiple applications opened, and just future-proof it as well. But it really comes down to the type of video editing projects and how complicated they are as to whether you’re going
to use 64 gig of RAM


  • Reply Syed Sadaqat December 30, 2017 at 9:07 am


  • Reply iamdxpe December 30, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Who else uses Sony vegas

  • Reply Kurose Kun December 30, 2017 at 9:24 am

    More vids for mobile editing pls!

  • Reply Kurose Kun December 30, 2017 at 9:32 am

    And pls make a review on the best app for mobile and the best software for computer

  • Reply Lewis Pandit December 30, 2017 at 9:55 am

    What about Sony veges 15

  • Reply Kalab Templeman Vlogs & Tech December 30, 2017 at 9:58 am


  • Reply cryout2Him December 30, 2017 at 10:07 am

    thanks. It was helpful to see how to figure out where my computer is bottlenecking..

  • Reply WestLawyer 76888 December 30, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Hackintosh and iMac Pro Review please?😆😀😃

  • Reply Renzo Donato Velasquez Barrios December 30, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Can do a vid on which is better? FCPX vs ScreenFlow.

  • Reply osaeris December 30, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Resolve makes much better use of gpu on export it seems. A gpu usage chart exporting from Premiere and resolve should show this. You only showed gpu usage for premiere. Great vid though !

  • Reply CustoMish December 30, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Can we game on it? Justin?, please answer

  • Reply Lewis Pandit December 30, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Do u know is the new amd processes are coming out

  • Reply Nich0las Ong December 30, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Best Gaming PC = Best Video editing PC

  • Reply MasterSkull King December 30, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Sony Vegas is good but I feel I wanna learn adobe premier pro =)

    Edit:Or maybe Davinci Resolve

  • Reply EpicMango December 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I'm happy with my PC and Powerdirector. One day I might make the jump to Premiere

  • Reply ManojYT December 30, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Hi 🙂 i'm late

  • Reply Mounir Ps December 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Yes, it's the Best performance PC for Video Editing that you upgraded.Thank you.

  • Reply All Tutorial Video Profile December 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    me new…

  • Reply Realexcel Epilepsy Portal December 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Very thorough and informative, thank you for that. Do you have a video on how to build it yourself , hardware and software setup?

  • Reply GoneFishingStories December 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Well thats an 1850 dollar setup if its bought in Denmark 🙁 I really like Resolve… But they playback is a pain in the ass!

  • Reply Cihan Deribaş December 30, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks a lot… And most of all I'm looking forward to the hackintosh setup/test

  • Reply Michael Krisa December 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Hey Justin may I ask what this beast cost you in total? Thanks much!

  • Reply Giselle collazo December 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    I’m new, I asked on another video how do I remove yeh black bars from my phone video. I took a video of my pooch and have black bars on each side of the video, it even shows on my iPad. HELP 🙏😊

  • Reply Kerry Kimmel December 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Great video! Makes me want to hurry up and upgrade

  • Reply Bible Flock Box December 31, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Can you Hacintosh it?

  • Reply TC's World January 1, 2018 at 5:25 am

    I know this is totally off topic, but for the videos' audio, do you use something like ProTools, Adobe Audition, or Presonus Studio One?

  • Reply CustoMish January 3, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Hey Justin, Youre doing great , but can you make a $1000 gamingediting pc? , and as i live in India, can you please make a pc which is therefore compatible with indian sockets and voltage,?

    Thanks. – mish

  • Reply Zeek Street January 5, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Hey Justin sorry to ask a question that isn't related to the video, however you've done topics on this I think. I have uploaded a video and YouTube has placed it somewhere where I have to filter to find it. How do I correct this, so my video can be found and seen?

  • Reply Doug Greene January 7, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Great review! I'm looking at building my own desktop system – and you cut through all the critical stuff I need to know. Thanks. I also just subscribed to your channel.

  • Reply Aquarium Sunshine's Valley January 13, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Came on your channel afther seeing a video on vidpow about you… Immediatly sold and subscribed!

  • Reply Teco Mendes January 13, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Hi Justin, quick question for you. I use Chromebook with wevideo as your recommendation. Editing in my smartphone I use power director as you recommend as well. Now that in the Chromebook I can use Android app is any down side in using Power director in my Chromebook over wevideo? I really consider Power director better. Thanks

  • Reply Cd prasad January 20, 2018 at 12:11 am

    nice good review so far. I had seen so many reviews on the same pc by msi but ur thoughts are really worth thinking.waiting for hackintosh review too.have a good day

  • Reply Ramond Rahming January 23, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    What about a software to work on a low-end laptop.

  • Reply One Journey February 9, 2018 at 11:44 am

    ★★★★★ Outstanding, thank you so much for sharing, grace be with you all …perfect

  • Reply Anthem Cry July 2, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    What is the wifi/blue tooth solution for something like this?

  • Reply B Adventures Vlogs September 10, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Good review and test of the major components. 32 gigs of RAM and you want more. Talk about heavy lifting 😂

  • Reply Sebastian Pérez September 30, 2018 at 6:50 am

    You just got yourself a new subscriber. What a great video. Simple, clear, no gimmicks.

  • Reply RipRecords October 2, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Does the case have space for an optical (internal Blu-ray) drive ??

  • Reply BUMMERS BAR-B-Q AND SOUTHERN COOKING October 22, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    And Adobe Kisses Intel's ASS… have better scores……Will stick with Vegas Pro……

  • Reply Dan Saghin January 31, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Shit motherboard, overkill videocard and cheap slow hdd 👏

  • Reply Sergei Anatolyvich March 25, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Nicely presented, thanks.
    I am running an older i76800K with 32 gig DDR4 Ram
    2 SD drives + 2T HD
    Nvidia 1060 GPU with 6ig vram, so in effect very similar but older system.
    Your tests on GPU usage were very revealing and useful to know for future upgrades.

    I have settled on a workflow of cutting in Premiere CS6 with no FX or grading. Effects in Premiere have always been cumbersome, but the workflow for fast cutting on KBD shortcuts is a real advantage, I have mapped my own workflow style and practically don't have to touch the mouse.
    Then importing into Resolve 15.3 via XLM for grading and output. As you demonstrated so aptly, outputting from RESOLVE is a dreamy experience.
    I gave the CC subscription the flick 2 years ago, and prefer to use software I paid for, which you don't get to own or have to use after years of "renting from Adobe"
    Like a lot of editors, the switch to RESOLVE was the best decision. The editing side of RESOLVE keeps getting better with each update, and the integration of all modules is par excellence.

    Liked and SUBED 👍

  • Reply Gadget Audit May 12, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Great video Justin. Love it!

  • Reply Peter Piccolo May 25, 2019 at 5:14 am

    u were supposed to review the pc in the last video what happened lost train of thought? so in general i use my mavic 2 and black7 for everything and currently use a 2011 macbook pro…. for video editing and working with 4k footage would a apple computer or a window platform work better with video editing? thanks for your advice i really appreciate it..


  • Reply Gwn altijd Mattiz June 17, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Have somebody €2000 for me To buy this pc ???

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