Work with video editing, visual effects, and animation requires a high-performing PC to keep things running smoothly and avoid wasting precious time waiting for projects to render and encode. That’s why it’s important to build a computer that will efficiently handle these tasks, which are some of the most hardware-intensive processes the average PC user will perform.

This guide provides all the information you need to build a video editing PC that will be powerful enough to handle your workload—without wasting money on extraneous features you don’t need. Building your own editing PC instead of buying one pre-built means you’ll get the exact performance you require without breaking the bank.

First, we’ll explain which components are most important for creative work, and how to get the most out of your new workstation.

In Section 1, we’ll review a number of example video editing PC builds.

In Section 2, we’ll go in-depth on how to choose your parts.

In Section 3, we'll wrap things up with a discussion of frequently asked questions.

Finally, in Section 4, we'll quickly discuss video editing software.

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