PC configuration for HD video editing

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Hey BlogTolters !

You already know the gear I’m using to shoot (if not, just take a look at this article). But is it worth having gear if you don’t have the right computer to edit your work ?

So here’s more insight on how I built my own PC configuration to use Adobe Premiere, After Effects… with FULL HD and even 4K footage!

I. My config

Processor
Intel i7-5820K Processeur 6 coeurs 3,5 GHz Socket LGA2011-v3 Box
Motherboard
  Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5 Carte mère Intel E-ATX Socket 2011-3
Memory
  Ballistix – BLS4K4G4D240FSA Sport 16Go Kit (4x4Go) DDR4 1200 MHz (PC4-19200) Pin Memory
Graphic board
  MSI N750-2GD5/OCV1 Carte graphique Nvidia GeForce GTX N750 1059 MHz 2048 Mo PCI-Express
Hard drive
  Seagate ST2000DM001 Desktop Disques Dur 2000 Go 3.5 Serial ATA
SSD
  Samsung EVO 850 MZ-75E500B/EU Disque Flash SSD interne 2,5″ 500 Go SATA III Noir
Fan
   Noctua NH-U12S
Alimentator
   Be quiet! Straight Power 10 Alimentation PC 600W
CD burner
   Asus DRW-24F1ST Graveur DVD Optique Interne SATA Noir
Case
   Fractal Design Define R4 – FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL Boîtier PC Noir

II. Mac or PC ? 

For me, there’s no doubt because I kind of hate Apple. I don’t deny the good-looking design and the performances of their products, but I don’t like their stategy to get you stuck in the “Apple system” and make you buy new products and accessories every two years.

And yes, PC is a good solution to tackle planned obsolescence because unlike macs, you can replace/fix only one or two components instead of buying a brand new computer.
In addition you can mount your own PC configuration, which is way cheaper, and you can’t do it with Apple.

However, I must admit that if you have to invite clients into your office, macs can do a better impression. But I prefer to convince my clients with the quality of my work rather than the design of my tools…

III. The different steps to create your own configuration

1) Clarify your needs

How will you use your computer? For editing only?  For professional needs? Or just for fun? HD footage? Full HD? 4K? Do you need accessories (screen, keyboard, mouse…)?

2) Define your budget

What is your budget ? Is this investment a priority compared to your other needs ?

3) Ask for advice

It’s really easy to get good advice adapted to your needs and budget from your personal contacts our on websites / specialized forums.
By the way, don’t hesitate to send me an email at hello@tolt.productions and describe me your needs and budget so I can help you and share some advice 😉

4) Order the products

I recommand Amazon, their customer service is really efficient and offers a 30 days return window after delivery.

5) Mount the computer by yourself !

It can be scary, but I highly recommend you to mount the computer by yourself. It’s not that complicated and probably faster than you think. There’s a lot of good tutorials in the internet, and you’ll be more confident if you ever have to change a piece in a few years. And most of all, it’s a very good way to save money !

Here is a good basic tutorial: