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First Build: Basic Editing Workstation

by jakeSpot


A little bit of background: I mainly use computers for web browsing and basic school work, but would also edit a video about once every month. I prefer using Final Cut Pro (now I am using LightWorks) for editing, and Davinci Resolve for color grading.

I decided to start this build after my old MacBook just wasn't cutting it. For this build, I was originally aiming for a sub $1000 budget, but went way over at the end, unfortunately.

CPU I chose this CPU mainly because I do not need overclocking abilities, and the performance suited my price and my usage habits quite well.

RAM Because many of my daily tasks (ex. numerous browser tabs, xp virtual machine to run legacy Visual Studio, etc.) I decided to go for 16 gb of DDR4. I got a higher clock speed G.Skill because it was on sale at my local store.

GPU DISCLAIMER: If you are also trying to run Davinci Resolve, I do not recommend by GPU choice. Davinci Resolve is a fairly GPU-intensive video editor. I did not realize this at first :( Because most video editors are mainly CPU intensive, this relatively budget GPU fits my needs, and should also in the future.

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1stGuyGamez 4 points 10 months ago

Can't you get an NVidia Quadro GPU instead of a Geforce? It would perform better for workstation tasks, And can game as a part time decently as well.

jakeSpot submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I just looked online into that... and I have to say you are right about the price to performance ratio. Yep, I should have gone for a Quadro :(

Moral of the story: Do your research!!

Vairfoley 29 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

It's never too late to sell and side-grade!

1stGuyGamez 2 points 10 months ago

Well it's alright lol, But you can put a Craigslist or Newegg ad of a pristine condition GTX 1050 the cost of the price difference and get a Quadro p400, Which will give better workstation performances, And you wouldn't waste any money to scrap it as well.

HallowRace 1 point 7 months ago

P1000 is going for like $150

awesomepossum119 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Really nice for its price, definitely for editing. Only question is if you are going to have so many videos on their why didn't you get an extra terabyte of storage? Definitely could be an improvement for the future. Other than that good build!

jakeSpot submitter 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Yeah 1tb is a little small for video editing. However, I should have mentioned that I have an integrated 4TB NAS at home. Most of my projects are going to be on there.

Sensible_Systems 55 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Nice build! I'm just about to start putting together a rather similar system for photo editing. +1 from me :-)

TacoNinja 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

How is LigthWorks doing for editing? I thought that Resolve is a bit more advanced than LightWorks.

jakeSpot submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Resolve is more advanced in color grading, I agree. However, when it comes down to the software itself, lightworks is ever so easier (in my uneducated experience at least) to use, and has basically all the same features.

TacoNinja 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Ah gotcha. I agree, lightworks is much simpler

Cult_Assassin 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

nice mouse pad (also why do u need the legacy version of visual studio)

jakeSpot submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks!! I like lower mouse sensitivity so I need something big :P The older version of visual studio is for school. I don't enjoy using it but my outdated textbook does. :'(

neilpatel64 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Nice budget build! I was going for something similar originally. I would try moving that CPU power cable from where the motherboard cable enters and feed it up from there. (I think that’s the CPU power to motherboard cable) I was debating about getting the Quadro GPU for my build too like the comments suggested but I want a GPU that looks good with my build. Plus know you can lightly game with that GPU as well.

jakeSpot submitter 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Haha thanks for pointing that out. I originally tried doing that but the CPU power cable that came with my PSU was a few tenths of an inch too short. :( Haha yeah I haven't switched that 1050 out just yet. It seems to serve me just fine, as I've already rendered a few graded clips already and it doesn't seem to be a big bottleneck.

neilpatel64 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

That’s the worst when it’s short a couple of inches. You can snag a Extension cable for a few bucks, if you get OCD staring at it but otherwise I like it! Yea the difference in price between to two isn’t much and the time and hassle to resell it.