Video Editing Computer Home Built


Apr 28, 2009
I am going to be building my own computer for the first time soon solely for the purpose of editing videos. I've decided my budget to be a little over $1000, and I was curious if anyone had any tips on what motherboards, video cards, et cetera to use. I obviously want a fairly decent amount of RAM, a good video and sound card, and multiple high speed hard drives. Remember, only $1000 limit.
Thanks for any help!
For $1k you can get an i7 920, a good 6-12GB of RAM, and a cheap graphics card. You won't be needing a good GPU since most video editing programs are CPU oriented.


1. Do you plan on overclocking (I would!)
2. How much space do you really need?
3. Do you already have one or two good, high resolution monitors?
+1. If you're not a gamer, a pretty minimal GPU would be fine. Even a 4650 may be more than you need.
If this is a for-profit activity, you probably want enough hard drives to use RAID-1 or RAID-5 for some protection from hard drive failure, AND another drive for backup.
An Intel 920 pretty well bastes the AMD PII 940 at video tasks:
Choose a solid PSU from Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, or Enermax. I put in a sample i7/920 configuration including 5 SATA hard drives and 2 optical drives, a TV tuner card and a couple of other devices, and got 411W at the PSU calculator at In that scenario, a good 500W PSU would operate efficiently and allow for expansion.