Question Upgrading PC for video editing

GogiAS

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Hello!

Currently I am making a good amount of money (for a somebody still going in high school) with video editing and it was always my passion but I never had money for newest parts.
Got to mention it is my second job and I usually do work with Photoshop and Illustrator a lot more. I was wondering what can I do in order to get functional PC for cheap price. This one just can't hold even with HD content. Render times are fine for me but man that lagging on preview sucks!

My rig: i3 4170
6GB of dual channel ram 😨 (that was just fine for me, with everything closed It was working)
120GB Kingston SSD
1TB Toshiba 7200RPM
case (Zalman S4)
PSU ANTEC V550 500W BRONZE
AMD R9 270X

I just want something functional, not the newest parts out there. What are your suggestions? My budget would be something like 200$ of upgrades. Nothing more. Buying whole new PC - NO WAY.
I was thinking about buying 2x8gb of ram and i5 4690 and some bigger SSD and keep this one for cache files. What are your suggestions? I could get some bundles for that price (single stick ram+cheap mobo+ryzen 3 cpu from first gen) but I dont really know if it is worth it and it would already cost me more than 200$.
 

logainofhades

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Cheap upgrade, if motherboard is compatible, a 1231v3. It is basically an i7 4770, without the integrated graphics.

$55
https://www.ebay.com/itm/203517158568?hash=item2f629164a8:g:n6oAAOSwhjlgeJy0&LH_BIN=1

Cooling to handle it, assuming you are using stock intel cooler, and a proper dual channel kit of ram.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU Cooler: Vetroo V5 52 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 Memory ($65.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $95.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-09 16:13 EDT-0400
 

lvt

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I was thinking about buying 2x8gb of ram and i5 4690 and some bigger SSD and keep this one for cache files.
Not a good idea, you should leave the pagefile on the same drive for better performance, moreover, with 16GB of RAM you probably won't need a big pagefile.
 

GogiAS

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Mobo: AS Rock H81M-VG4
It is a cheap one, and yeah I got aftermarket cooler because stock one made too much noise so heat won't be a problem. Also planned on buying extra case fans for GPU when I play games.

By saying cache files I meant scratch disk.
 

GogiAS

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I found Xeon 1246v3 for 60$ used. Will my Arctic Alpine 12CO be good cooler for it? I was not even thinking about them. Can get i7 perfomance for half price. What about ram memory? Will any kind work with them? I can get 2 sticks of low profile Kingston 1600mhz 8gb.
 

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