In this video, I review my new, custom video editing PC, as well as share a few tips on what to look for in a video editing computer.
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So, recently my main editing computer died.
I hadn’t upgraded since 2009.
Which was probably a little bit too long, and so, at first I kinda panicked.
I went to Fry’s locally here to look for a computer.
I ended up buying one, returned it.
It just wasn’t right.
It was too expensive.
So, I foundthis computer on Amazon.
And what I love, is that you can pick up this exact computer,spec-ed out a certain way, just ready to ship out on Amazon.
So, I’ll put links to theComputer Upgrade King’s site there.
But, what’s also cool is their site itself, offers more customizability, if you want to go and literally piece by piece put together the machine exactly how you want, and upgrade different parts.
So, ultimately what I wanted was a computer that would, of course, crush HD video editing.
My last one did that.
I also wanted to be able to edit 4K as well.
So, I was going for a 4K build, and what I ended up getting was the Sentinel.
That’s the case, I believe.
And I love the matte black.
It also comes in white.
It has a 6th generation Intel Core i7, four gigahertz processor, and a NVIDIA, 1088 Gigabyte GDDR5 memory.
Which is huge, right? One of the reasons why I wanted to go with NVIDIA cards is because it leverages the Mercury playback engine in Premiere Pro.
So, I edit on Premiere Creative Cloud, and because you have that NVIDIA card, it moves some of the real-time renderings onto your video card.
And that’s been out for quite a while, but I wanted to be able to just crush that.
So, I got that card.
This computer is liquid cooled, and so it’s intendedas a gaming computer, and maybe overclocking.
But it’s super practical for me because especially living in Vegas, during the summer, it gets so hot.
I noticed a lot of electronics heat up your room, depending on the airflow, in your home office, or wherever you are.
So, I’ve noticed that it just stays completely cold, even in the midst of really intense renders, because it is liquid cooled.
So, it’s a great benefit.
It’s got a killer MSI motherboard, and it has a lot of cool features.
I think one of the most important things for me was having the USB ports.
A lot of USB 3.0 ports, but also, USB 3.1, generation 2.
So, that’s the new USB.
It’s not even super relevant yet.
There’s not a lot of perpetual or accessories for it yet, but it’s I think ten times faster than typical USB 3.0.
I think it’s even faster than Thunderbolt.
Somebody, tech out there, could probably correct me with the specifics, but, something cool, to be a little bit future-proofed.
64 Terabytes of RAM, 64 gigabytes of RAM, which is probablyoverkill, but great to have.
A one terabyte SSD Drive.
That’s where the operating system is.
And then a second one terabyte SSD Drive.
That’s where all the media files are going to go.
And I’m going to talk more about that in a second.
And then a four terabyte hybrid drive for data.
That’s all internal, and thenI’ve got a lot of externals.
Because I haven’t migrated much of my content over yet.
So, that’s the specs of that computer, but here’s what you should look for in a video editing computer, and sort of my thinking, whether you would want to check out something like this or anything at all on a video editing PC.
Number one is the processor.
At the end of the day, a lot of the heavy lifting of video editing simply takes place on the processor.
You know, I thought about doing the hexacore, but this processor is crushing.
But one thing that you want is as much processor speed as possible.
And so this is killing that.
The second thing is a multi-drive workflow.
Like, if you want to do 4K editing or any video editing, and you want speed, you want a multi-drive workflow.
And so, basically how this is set up, is that you want your operating system on one drive, preferably an SSD Drive.
Then you want your data file, so where you tell your video editing software to save your working files, the project files, the render files.
You can just assign that in your settings.
You want that on a separate drive, and you want that drive to be fast as well.
So, I’ve got the two SSD’s, you have the OS, and the software on one.
You’ve got the project files on another, and then the third, actually if you want to do 4K, this is one of the variables.
And I’m not quite there yet, but they actually, people would recommend a link up in an article that breaks down in detail what you should look for in a 4K machine.
They recommend that you have a data stripe, like a raid, array of drives, and tons of speed on your actual files for 4K.
HD doesn’t get affected at all.
And so in this case, I’m either editing off of a USB 3.0 on an external hard drive, which is not the best, or on those internal drives.
And so, a multi-drive workflow will make a huge difference in your editing performance.
The next thing I was looking for was the USB 3.0 ports.
You know, obviously you wouldn’t be watching this video if you were interested in a Mac workflow.
But, definitely having every, think about it like this, every piece in the chain could bottleneck your workflow.
So maybe some of the things are fast, but the external harddrive you’re editing off of is on a slower connection, and it’s on old USB, or it’s not on a very fast drive.
And so, all of the those connections were huge, and then once a USB 3.
1. Generation 2 is more relevant; I am going to be leveraging that for even greater speed, similar to what Thunderbolt would be.
And then, the last thing that I looked for was the aesthetic.
You know, I liked the quality, the matte black of this particular case, the look of the whole thing.
And so that stood out to me as well.
And I think that is something that I’m sure you appreciate as well in what you’re looking for.
But when building a PC, thinking about the look of your whole environment, because it’s going to be something that you were probably be using for a long time.
So, as far as some things I still need, I’m keeping my same monitors.
You know, one thing with editing 4K is technical if you don’t have 4K monitors, then you’re not getting the full experience.
So, my monitors, I need to upgrade those at some point, and then probably do something like network area storage, super fast for data files, I move more into 4K, so far the readers of HD are just smashed.
It just devastates HD files.
If you want to export to a 10-minute file, it’s only like a few minutes out of Premiere Pro CC, and so this computer is obliterating HD.
You know one thing that can speed up your workflow is if you can convert your files, because if compressed files off of a DSLR, and some Go Profiles and stuff, they’re so heavily compressed they edit slow, but for our workflow, we don’t change file formats at all.
We just throw whatever content straight onto the Premiere timeline, and just work on it.
So, it’s crushing HD.
4K it does fine with.
I edited some DJ Mavic 4K footage, wrote some G7, PanasonicG7 4K footage altogether.
It was about minute for the minute on the exports, so a 10-minute video file took about 10 minutes to export, and render out.
And so, it’s crushing all of that well.
And one other super cool thing about Computer Upgrade Kings was their warranty.
And so like I said, I had to pay extra for the Fry’s warranty.
Not only was it cheaper, but they include this.
It comes with this super cool sticker that says, “Hey, warning.
“Product may contain performance-enhancing upgrades.
“Side effects may include, but not limited to: “faster computer, fewer expletives yelled “while waiting for your computer to load, “and an additional three-year warranty on upgraded parts, “and three years of diagnostics.
” It’s really, not only do they have killer prices, a great experience, everything through ordering, and just customer service has been amazing, but the fact that they include that warranty, which would normally be multiple hundreds of dollars somewhere else, to have all your parts, you know, if your graphic’s card goes out, or something happens with your motherboard, for three years, just included, is super killer.
And so then also, just to kind of talk about my experience with Computer Upgrade Kings, I fell in love with these guys, and this website, you know, especially after having a bad experience at Fry’s and the computerI bought cost the same, it ended up costing more.
I added a warranty thing for a couple of years, that covered parts if the graphics card died, or anything.
And it all came out to about $2300 there.
With the promo code that they usually have on Computer Upgrade Kings, this one came out to about $2100, and you know, you might be thinking too, to build yourself, or not to build.
Could you save some money if you build everything separately, put it together yourself? Of course.
But I’m kind of at a place, especially with life, business, and work, and everything that’s happening, where I was just like, I want this done for me, done right, and so what I love aboutComputer Upgrade Kings, is that, again, they’re going to build out machines for you.
I just ordered a laptop from them, as well.
So, anyways, if you want to check them out, definitely, there’s links in the description, and you can use the promo code: THINKMEDIATV, and you can get 5% off your entire order.
Which is super cool.
So this video it’s not sponsored.
And I bought this computer, I bought the laptop, But I loved them so much, I emailed them and said, “Hey, can we do something “if anybody wants to check you guys out “on Think Media TV?” And so they said, “Absolutely.
” So, if you use that code, you can get 5% off, and they’ve got a ton of stuff.
Again, a lot of their stuff is oriented more towards gaming.
I love the fact that it’s a both-and thing.
With this setup, it did come with Gears of War 4.
I’m not a gamer, but I’ve been playing Gears of War, and this thing just smashes gaming, obviously.
So, that’s fun.
But in the process, check out what they have.
I’ll throw some links in the description.
THINKMEDIATV is the promo code.
That’ll get you 5% off.
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