Which Configuration Is Best For Video Editing (weighing price and specs)








By video editing, do you imply any need for rapid transcoding? If so, in that case, you will probably be happiest with more cores. I find transcoding (with Handbrake) into a RAM disk to be one of the fastest approaches as it cuts down on I/O. For that, you want lots of RAM. My machines used for transcodes have 64GB and 128GB of RAM so that I can have large RAM disks. I also include a UPS so that my RAM disk remains powered in the face of a power hit.

One note: The downside of modern video codecs (H.265) is they’re not as parallelizable. In this case if you have many cores, some may not be used. What I have found in this case is that I start the H.265 first, and then run a H.264 encode at the same time… the H.264 will take all the rest of the cores on offer (and then some.)

You should be wary that your case has as much cooling as possible. GPU’s can pump 250W plus of heat into the case. You’ll want to make sure you have enough fans to exhaust that level of heat. I found my 3900X was fine with the stock cooler, but I needed to add extra fans to the case to exhaust GPU heat.


@PHolder so which one?

Anything else everyone ?

PHolder said pretty much everything I would have. If you’re going to be encoding H.265 then you’ll want a processor with good single thread performance. I won’t recommend one build over another, but a good site for you to check CPU benchmark comparisons is https://www.cpubenchmark.net/

One thing I’ll add is to check the memory QVL for your motherboard, which is available on the manufacturer site. These PC builder websites almost never check memory compatibility against manufacturer specifications, I usually tell people to only use the sites as very loose guidelines. If they’re not doing that then who knows what else they’re getting wrong. Your system will in all likelihood boot just fine but you could encounter problems if you push untested memory configurations to the limit.

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I have a budget of $1000 CAD with a hard cut off at $1350 CAD.

Any advice on ways to save money on the build without offsetting performance or other capabilities? Like brands that are cheaper (but equal quality) or anything else like that.

Is this one good?


Hey I decided to make a page on my website that has all the polls on it so I don’t have to keep posting. I’ll update it whenever there’s a new one.


This thread kinda confused me I’m afraid. There are just too many polls and too many options for me to get my head around.

Is it a complete PC you are looking for or a you reusing parts?

Maybe you could start with the reasons why you have picked the parts you have chosen and people can offer their experience of whether they agree or not.

The budget seems to be 1000 or 1350 or $1500? So which is it? The more budget you have then it’s more than likely that the $1500 PC will be better then the $1000 one. Do you need to buy windows or are you open source? Mouse keyboard monitor etc etc all add up too.

which is better EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO ULTRA GAMING or MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS XS?

Budget (including currency): 2000 CAD

Country: Canada

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Gaming in general (I don’t plan to play any heavy games. My Steam library), video editing (Premiere) and, VMs in VMWare (Windows 8.1 and Server 2013)

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you’re upgrading from, when you’re going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc):

Should I go with the ASUS TUF Gaming 3 AMD Radeon RX 5700XT or the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER WINDFORCE or MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Ventus GP

Here’s the rest of the config: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/3Y4GZf

I’m a shameless AMD fanboy (I’ve got the 5700XT in my current build) but even I’ll admit that Nvidia’s video encoding performance is ahead of AMD’s. One of the two GeForce cards is probably best for your build.

Please vote: https://www.opinionstage.com/samgreenwood/which-gpu-should-i-go-with

Closing at midnight EST

I take that back. Still need more votes.

I’ll choose the first one to hit 20 votes.

Ended up creating a new poll with another couple of options. Please vote again. https://www.opinionstage.com/samgreenwood/which-gpu-should-i-use