A doubt about desktop PCs for 4K editing
This is an email from a visitor to my blog who asked me to forward it to Domenico. It concerns the desktop computer he wants to buy for 4K editing:
I'm replacing my current PC with a more powerful one to easily edit 4K videos.
My current PC has the following features:
- Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
- CPU: Intel i7-3930K 3.20GHz
- Motherboard: Asus P9X79
- RAM: 16GB DDR3
- Graphics card: Gigabyte with AMD Radeon HD 7750 2GB DDR3 processor
- Monitor ASUS MX 259 25inch IPS (1920x1080)
- HDD 1 (Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB) for software and the operating system
- HDD 2 (ST2000DM006-2DM164 2TB) for data
- HDD 3 (PLEXTOR PX-256M5S 256GB SSD) for rendering
- HDD 4 (SSD PLEXTOR PX-128M5S 128GB) unused
- Editing software: Adobe Premiere Pro CC
My budget is around 3000 euros.
I have always bought high performance computers that, through the years, have continued to perform well into the next hardware and software generation, a choice which has always paid me back.
Having said that, on the internet I have found much information and I would like to ask you some questions about the hardware I’m interested in.
Intel i9-7920X or i9-7940X? Are they good for 4K editing?
A i9-99xx series has been released. I don’t understand the value or whether it is more convenient than the two previously mentioned.
Of course, this has to be chosen according to the CPU. I've always preferred the ASUS brand.
What would you recommend in order to make the most of the hardware?
I’ve thought about upgrading to 64GB, obviously DDR4. I wanted to know if you think this is too much.
Is 32GB enough? What model do you recommend getting?
I would like to use the PNY Nvidia Quadro P4000 8 GB Graphics Card, 1792 Cuda Core, as I’ve read these cards are the best for video editing. What do you think about it?
What do you think about it?
I am going to buy a 4K IPS monitor. Among the models I've seen there are the:
- LG 27UD88
- BenQ BL2711U
- LG 31MU97Z
I really like the latter, with its 31 inches, but it might be a bit too big. Which one would you recommend?
I would use a couple of my old hard disks:
- Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB for the software and operating system.
- ST2000DM006-2DM164 2TB for data.
I should buy another high-performance SSD for rendering. Is 256GB enough or is 512GB better for 4K editing? Which model would you recommend?
Adobe Premiere Pro CC (I will always use this.)
It’s a good time to change your PC.
The third generation Intel series is dated now, and a today's i3 (eighth generation) performs like an i7 of that time.
You have to consider that CPU is the most important part of the hardware, then comes the RAM and then the graphics card.
I consider the SSD hard disks fundamental. However, it all depends on the type of editing you do.
I would just keep the SSDs among the components you have. I would sell the rest to get the money to buy the new components. Or you could keep your computer as a second editing station if you think it could be useful, given that it is still excellent for a basic use.
The power required by software
The performance required by software, in recent years, has not grown much, especially compared to the speed of growth years ago.
Buying an i9 CPU just to be ready for the future does not make any sense, simply because it costs too much for the performance gain.
With an 8th Gen i7 CPU, you can relax for at least 6-8 years. When it won’t be enough anymore, the i9 will do the same. They are useful products just for those few people editing with 4 4K monitors.