A (Not Very Complicated) Guide on Building Your Own Video Editing PC

Build your own video editing PC
Learn how to build your very own powerhouse video editing computer from scratch.

Hold on...let me catch my breath.

For someone like me who is 90% computer illiterate, just reading that lede sets me into a full-blown panic attack.

And that's why I'm the perfect person to write this article, as opposed to someone who has actually built their own video editing PC and knows what they're talking about, because while that literate 10% has a general understanding of the different components a computer needs to function, the slouchy 90% understands how daunting a task it can appear to be to pretty much anyone who has never put those components together to create a metal box full o' magic before.

And according to every person I've ever talked to who has built a computer before (except maybe that one guy), it's apparently not as complicated as it seems. That's certainly the message I get from Shutterstock's Robbie Janney.

In this tutorial, Janney explains what all the necessary components are and what they do, provides you with high-end and budget parts lists, and then finally walks you through the entire build.

So, why can't you just go buy a computer at a store like a normal person?

Well, you can. I do. And I've never had a problem editing on any machine I've ever had.

However, let's be completely transparent here. Not only did I spend a ridiculous amount of money on all 4 of my Macs over the course of 10 years, but my export and rendering times are and have always been kind of unimpressive, as well. And little ol' me isn't overloading my CPU with 3D, 360, 8K, or even 4K workflows. 

Building your own PC can not only save you money, but it'll allow you to tailor your specs to exactly what you need, as well as futureproof your machine against the long, exciting-but-also-kind-of-annoying trudge through technological advancement.

If you really are interested in building your own video editing PC, check out Shutterstock's full post to get a peek at their parts lists: one geared toward pros looking for plenty of power under the hood and one geared toward the budget-conscious video editor...which is super helpful.     

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for budget pc, one word.

AMD FX8350
best editing cpu for like 60 bucks
and is a monster 8 core 4 ghz.

April 4, 2019 at 5:59PM

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Gregorio Nocco
Filmaker / Screenwriter
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Please don't do that. Get a Ryzen, soooo much better (AMD Fanboy who's owned FX and Ryzen).

April 5, 2019 at 12:01PM, Edited April 5, 12:01PM

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Nice video!
However...a few more better-lit closeups would help, especially during the cable routing.
Also, at about 18:39, 'chassis' is mispronounced. It's cha-see or sha-see...from the French.
Also (again), who edits video with only one monitor? I would like to have seen this bad boy in action, crankin' with at least three monitors.
Otherwise, building your own PC for video editing, rather than buying one off the shelf, is a wise move.
Finally, you have provided an excellent alternative for the low budget filmmaker.
Looking forward to your next video.

April 7, 2019 at 10:28AM, Edited April 7, 10:29AM

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Lee Albright
Owner-Albright Films
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You can also buy a used dual Xeon HP workstation on Ebay for about $500.

April 8, 2019 at 9:34AM

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Doug Donley
Small Time Producer/Director
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Well, I found that video very instructive, but I think something was missing. Specifically, I do not recall seeing in it how to load the operating system and device drivers into the completed build. In the video, after completing the physical terminal assembly, he just just turned it on and it worked. Only in Hollywood does that happen. ;)

April 9, 2019 at 4:49AM

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Gaines R Johnson
Video Editor, Voice actor, Production specialist
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I've been building my own PC's since the 1980's.
No way would I touch an Apple.
I'm editing just fine on a Win-10 machine, AMD FX-8300 with proxies.

April 30, 2019 at 1:49AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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Hands down the WORST PC build video I have ever seen. He goes to the trouble of explaining basic stuff for those who are not necessarily familiar with any part of the process but when it gets to a part that many people may not be familiar with IE installing the M.2 drive which is a component I've never heard of upto today he completely skips it. What's the point of doing a video like this if you're going to just skip stuff. And I'm not talking he like he didn't cover it well I mean he actually skipped the whole thing. HAHA

April 30, 2019 at 8:27AM

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John Stockton
Filmmaker, Editor.
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Because M.2 drives are less involved than traditional hard drives?

May 1, 2019 at 6:30AM

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Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor
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