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Budget Build... Asking for a friend :)

mMehrtens

29 months ago

Got a buddy who wants a PC so he can start a YouTube channel. Needs it to do video editing (maybe a bit of gaming, but he wants to be a blogger for the most part). It's been a while since I've been in the computer building industry, so this list was the best I could throw together with my knowledge.

OS, monitors, and all peripherals are absolutely necessary as per his request. He would also like to have the optical drive. Budget is around $700 preferably.

Any suggestions to get more bang for my buck? Or even better, any way to decrease the price without sacrificing TOO much performance? Also, how would this PC perform doing video editing? Obviously, you're not going to get great performance, but it would it be doable?

I don't think you can feasibly make a video-editing PC for the desired price. If it's not possible, how can we make this as cheap as possible and still be able to run some of these programs?

Thanks, Matthew

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $108.99 @ Amazon
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $5.84 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $74.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $74.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.69 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB AERO ITX Video Card $119.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $92.99 @ B&H
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I REV 4.2 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $29.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Asus - VS228H-P 21.5" 1920x1080 Monitor $99.99 @ SuperBiiz
Keyboard Logitech - MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $13.89 @ OutletPC
Speakers Logitech - Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $33.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $787.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-21 14:04 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

one of the ryzen cpus would be better than that i3

r3 1200 or 1300x is around the same and much better

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh thank you. I'd never heard of those processors until you mentioned it :)

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the 1300x when the 1200 can overclock just as well as the 1300x?

Lousy wifi card. You can get the gigabyte one for around the same cost while performing quite a bit better.

That motherboard wouldn't likely leave much room for overclocking.

Slow RAM. Ryzen likes RAM, so 3000Mhz RAM is advised

No ssd?

The GTX 1050 performs within 10% of the GTX 1050 ti. Sure, the TI has more VRAM, but 2gb is enough for 1080p gaming.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate your comments. However, as stated in the original question, this PC will be primarily for video editing (not much gaming, if any at all). Isn't VRAM useful for video editing? If it really doesn't effect performance than I'll go with the card you mentioned.

As for the SSD, I'm trying to slim the cost as much as I possibly can. An SSD would be nice, but it's not necessary and I need to cut costs wherever possible. I'm already investigating alternatives for peripherals.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

VRAM is used for processing texturings and is more useful for 3D modeling than video editing which relies almost entirely on the CPU.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

How does this look?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $108.99 @ Amazon
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $5.84 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $74.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $74.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.69 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB AERO ITX Video Card $119.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $92.99 @ B&H
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I REV 4.2 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $29.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Asus - VS228H-P 21.5" 1920x1080 Monitor $99.99 @ SuperBiiz
Keyboard Logitech - MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $13.89 @ OutletPC
Speakers Logitech - Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $33.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $787.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-21 14:04 EDT-0400

And would this be adequate at video editing?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good, but I would recommend the full version of windows, an SSD, and G.skill RAM. An SSD will really help for video editing when you transfer files over and open up your programs.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What benefits does pro have over home? From what I've ready, not much for the average user. Maybe I'm missing something?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have to ask yourself "do I need home or Pro?" Then you don't need Pro.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Would it be more efficient to go with 16 gigs of DDR4-2400 or 8 gigs of DDR4-3000?

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

You should check out reviews on the R3 1200. Here Tech Spot. It has productivity include.

https://www.techspot.com/review/1455-ryzen-3/

If you building this system it is advisable to OC.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I already added that processor haha. Is it displaying correctly in the main post?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, would it be better to get a water cooler or air cooler to overclock? And if I got said cooler, how high do you think I could safely OC?

EDIT: The case I plan to get only has a 92mm fan slot on the rear of the case and I'm not sure how easy it would be to route a radiator to the front of the case (around the video card and HDD...) Seems like a 3rd party air cooler is the best option here.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like you could do an AIO water cooler with a 120mm rad in the front. There are a lot of people who put the radiator in the front of their case so it shouldn't be a problem. To be honest, water cooling might be slightly better (cooler temps) but a good air cooler is plenty sufficient for most people. It mostly depends on if you're okay with the way a huge air cooler looks.

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