Question Best component to upgrade for Video Editing?

Mar 8, 2021
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Hi, my friend is doing 1080p editing and his machine is an i7 4790, 16GB ram, GTX 1060. Now the machine is struggling a lot. So what's the best part to upgrade to get a better experience. (CPU+MB or Graphic Card?)
 

Ralston18

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"Best part to upgrade" - maybe "none of the above".

Key is to discover the reason(s) that the machine is struggling.

Use Task Manager and Resource Monitor (use both but just one at a time) to determine what resources are being used, to what extent (%), and what is using any given resource.

Update your post to include full system hardware specs and OS information.

PSU: make, model, wattage, age, condition?

Disk drive(s): make, model, capacity, how full?

What video editing software is he using? What other software is being run?

Also look in Reliability History for error codes, warnings, and even informational entries that may be relevant to the slowed performance.
 
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Mar 8, 2021
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"Best part to upgrade" - maybe "none of the above".

Key is to discover the reason(s) that the machine is struggling.

Use Task Manager and Resource Monitor (use both but just one at a time) to determine what resources are being used, to what extent (%), and what is using any given resource.

Update your post to include full system hardware specs and OS information.

PSU: make, model, wattage, age, condition?

Disk drive(s): make, model, capacity, how full?

What video editing software is he using? What other software is being run?

Also look in Reliability History for error codes, warnings, and even informational entries that may be relevant to to slowed performance.
OS - Win 10 20H2, MB - AsRock H81M, Ram - 8x2 1600.
PSU - Seasonic Seasonic focus gold 650W. 2 years.
Disk - Samsung Evo 860 1TB. Used space 300GB.
Software - Premiere 2021. No other major software running at the same time.

Usage - CPU - 40%, Ram - 70%, CPU - 3%.
 

Karadjgne

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Premier is very gpu bound, using a lot of not only vram, but also system ram. So if the bud is going to use Adobe Premiere and After Affects, best thing you can bump is the gpu, followed by ram timings.

You are limited to 16Gb (2x 8Gb sticks) by the H81M at 1600MHz, but you could switch that to Cas7 if you can find it, or try lowering the Cas yourself if the bios allows. Most popular Cas was 9 for the 1600, but the value chips mostly used CL11, so CL7 or CL8 would be a decent jump in ram performance.

But the gpu is going to have the biggest effect, a 1070+ with 8Gb of vram or more will show much improvement.

A newer cpu/motherboard/ddr4 will help, but you'd still be at the mercy of that 1060 in Premiere. Doing so would allow for 32Gb of ram, faster speeds, faster processing, but without the gpu, you'd not see much of any improvement visually, an hour long gpu render will still take an hour. A stronger gpu will cut that time a lot.
 
GPU is going to help with the rendering times.
If the struggling is coming from moving around the timeline while editing the GPU isn't going top help there, you would need better faster storage so the footage can be loaded in faster.
SSDs are fast and he has a decent one but a good nvme/M.2 drive is many times faster.
 
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