Best 4K Video Editing PC 2018 — MSI 4K Editing Desktop


– So what is the best
video editing PC this year? In this video, we’re gonna be checking out a build from MSI that is insane, to see if it lives up to the title of the ultimate video
editing machine, coming up. (electronic music) Hey, what’s up, Sean
here with Think Media, bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence
with online video. And on this channel, we do
a lot of strategy videos as well as tech gear
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components and specs of this build as well as other resources as well. Let’s jump into the video. So I’m super pumped to be partnering with MSI for this video. They sent out all of these PC components to help us build the ultimate
4K video editing machine here at the Think Media studios. And we’ve been expanding our team, and we’ve really wanted
to have a pro setup. Now, a disclaimer, is
this isn’t a budget setup, but it actually is pretty reasonable considering the performance. And after a few weeks of testing this out, we have been blown away
by the performance. We edit in Adobe Premiere Pro, all settings are set to max resolution, and it just has effortless
scrubbing on 4K video files. We’ve stacked multiple
video files, added LUTs, added blend effects on
multiple layers of video, and it had no frame dropping whatsoever. And I also caught Kyle
testing a few games on the PC, and it crushed those as well,
so much so that he actually was able to export a video project while playing Battlefield 1 and didn’t see any performance drop. That’s ridiculous. And, when it comes to
exporting 4K video projects, this build is insanely fast. On Kyle or Omar’s MacBook Pro’s, even the newest version, and
my other video editing PC, a lot of times, a 10-minute
4K project will take around two times as long or
two and a half times as long. If you add LUTs or any
kind of effects on there, it might take even longer. But this machine consistently
was exporting 4K projects with heavy effects in about half the time of the project length. Crazy. So where does all that
performance come from? Well, let’s jump into the
components of this PC build and talk about some 4K
editing tips as well. So the first component of any
killer video editing machine, of course, is the motherboard. And this is actually something
I notice a lot of people kind of overlook, because
you gotta keep in mind, the build is only as
strong as the weakest link. And this one is built out
with the MSI X299 SLI Plus and this is an incredible motherboard. It has support for the
latest X-series CPUs with up to 18 cores, so all
the latest Intel processors. And it also has new technology including the digital power phases,
and it will support two M.2 drives, and one U.2 drive. Now, we’re going to
touch a little bit more on why that’s awesome a
little bit later in the video. And of course, this
motherboard is SLI compatible, meaning, if you want to
put in two video cards, two GPUs, you’re good to go. But one of my favorite
things about this motherboard is all of the I/O ports, right? As content creators, we
use a lot of accessories, we use a lot of external hard drives. And this one comes packed with
eight USB 3.1 generation one, three USB 3.1 generation two, so that is the latest
technology there, super fast. And eight USB 2.0 plug-ins as well. And two of those ports
are lightning USB 3.1, which enables you to transmit data up to eight gigabytes a second. And I love having all
those ports because one, you’ve got the new technology
with USB 3.1 generation two, meaning you can have blazing fast speeds as accessories catch
up with that new tech. But then, you also have
plenty of USB ports so you don’t need to use a hub, you know? You want to avoid any
bottlenecks in your system, and a hub is just a, one USB port that then splits off multiple devices. It’s nice that you can have everything go direct with this build. Now, another cool thing
about the MSI board is two gigabit ports. Now, one of those is where you’re going to plug your internet in,
but having a second one means that you could also
have super fast speeds if you had, like a
server, and you could have isolated channels
communicating with that server. That’s what we’re planning on building here at our home office, so that we can have local storage that multiple PCs can pull from and this board is ready to handle that. The second component that we see in this build is the CPU, the processor. And this one has an Intel
i9 processor with 10 cores. Now, to put that in perspective, my previous video editing PC
has a four-core processor, and that’s one of the
biggest reasons why you see insane performance out of this PC. And so, again, this processor has 10 cores and actually 20 threads. And one of the ways that I
heard that explained the best is that your processor’s
cores are like mouths and your threads are like arms. And so you can imagine,
if I only have one mouth and two hands, and I was
trying to feed myself, I could chomp data with my mouth, and I could serve up food with my hands. Well, the more cores you have,
the more threads you have delivering data and the more
cores you have, you know, chomping and processing that data is going to influence performance. And so, this PC is
insane for multi-tasking, for fast rendering, exports. It affects every aspect of your workflow. And if you’re thinking about upgrading and getting a video editing
PC this year, remember this: The more cores, the better. The third essential component
of any video editing PC is the RAM, and this build
comes with 32 gigabytes of HyperX Predator DDR4 RAM. Now, experts say that
if you’re editing HD, you typically want at
least 16 gigabytes of RAM, but if you’re going to be editing 4K, or even 6K footage, that
you want 32 gigabytes. So it’s awesome that it
comes ready with that. Now, additionally, MSI has
technology on their board called DDR4 Boost, which
just means that the board and the RAM work extra well together for increased performance,
speeds, and stability. Next up, we have the GPU, the video card. And this build has a MSI GeForce GTX 1080 with 8 gigabytes of memory,
and this is a killer card. Now, we use Adobe Premiere
to edit our video files and we love the Mercury Playback Engine. Years ago, when Premiere implemented that, it meant that video editing
software could start using your GPU memory for
rendering in real-time and speeding up your workflow. And one of the things that Premiere sees with that, is CUDA cores. This card has 2560 CUDA cores. Now, you don’t even need
to know what those are, you just need to know that if
you have more, it’s better. Additionally, one of
the things that I love about this card is the outputs. And as a video editor
and a content creator, you might want to be
doing multiple monitors. We’re actually going to be adding additional monitors to this setup. And so, this card has an HDMI output, DVI, but I’m most pumped about the
three DisplayPort outputs. And the technology in there
is DisplayPort 1.4, which, at the time of shooting this video, is the newest technology. And DisplayPort is really better because it supports 4K at 60 hertz,
they are locking connectors. It has a lot of other features in there, but that DisplayPort 1.4
will actually support 8K. (explosion) Mind blown. And for the setup that
we’re building here, we ordered a ViewSonic 4K IPS monitor that’s super great for color accuracy, because, of course, if
you’re going to be doing graphic design, motion
graphics, 4K editing, you want a great monitor to
support the entire setup. Now the fifth category of a killer 4K video editing PC build
is of course the drives. And the foundational drive in this build is an Intel 600p 256 gigabyte M.2 drive. Now, this is newer technology that you may or may not have heard about yet. There’s of course solid state drives as they get a little bit smaller, there’s the traditional
larger hard drives, and then there’s these
M.2 port type of drives which are really more like cards. So the drive is actually underneath the video card right now, and one of the powerful things about
M.2 drives is they’re connected directly to the motherboard. So you have increased
speeds and performance and overall results when it comes to multitasking and video editing. This Intel drive has reads speeds of 1,775 megabytes per
second and write speeds of 560 megabytes a second, blazing fast. Now this drive runs at 7,200
RPM, so it’s super fast even for a much larger drive,
for storing your media files like 4K footage, all the media components that go into editing, and together, having the operating
system running off that blazing fast M.2 drive,
having your media files on the Seagate Barracuda, is
a killer combo for editing. And as we mentioned, again,
everything scrubs fast, you can access your files really fast, it’s really impressive. And what’s cool is this
case is also primed for storage and drive expansion as well. And so, you have two
standard hard drive mounts, the Seagate Barracuda is
in one of those right now. And then you also have three
solid state drive mounts. Plus all of those SATA ports, you can add even more drives than that. But the point is, all
of your storage needs and future expandability options are ready to go for the future. And then, of course, the
final component is the case, which of course, holds
everything together. And this is a Cool Master case as well as a Cool Master
750 watt power supply. Now, what’s crazy about this build is that it’s actually very efficient. At any given time, it’s actually only using about 50% of that 750 watts. And when we run it with intense
video editing, or gaming, we’ve noticed that it only
got up to about 60% to 70% of the power usage, which
is really, really cool. Now, as far as the Cool Master case goes, you actually have a hybrid
of liquid and air cooling. With the two big fans on the front, as well as the liquid that is
cooling down the processor. And one of the most important things when it comes to editing 4K is making sure that all these components stay cool. One of the biggest causes
of crashes is overheating as well as, even bigger damage than that, and potentially a complete system failure. And so, a very thoughtful
and intuitive design for this entire build. So that pretty much covers the
components of this PC build, and as far as my final thoughts go, this PC slays 4K video, period. I mean, MSI has done a great
job of pulling together components that are really thoughtful and they all work together, from the CPU, to the video card, to the motherboard, to the RAM, to the cooling. It’s a system that delivers results and has a lot of synergy
amongst the components. But you might be wondering,
what is the investment for a 4K PC build like this? And if you add all of
these components together, you can pick up everything for right around $3,000 here in the US. Now, of course, components and
prices change all the time, so check out current prices
of each component listed out in the YouTube description below. And so, this is definitely
not a budget 4K editing PC, but rather, an investment
for professionals. You know, I think about
people who make a living from freelancing, from
doing 4K video for clients, for using video production
and content creation in their business, and if
that’s the case, speed matters. I mean, it’s the kind
of PC that you work on all day, every day, five days
a week for years to come. And if you can speed up your workflow, you speed up your business,
and ultimately, your income. And I think about even
here, at Think Media, as our team grows, as our content expands and as we’re doing more
things in more places, we’re discovering that when
we have faster workflow, from upgrading our internet,
from upgrading the components that we’re using for content creation, that it absolutely impacts the impact we’re making with our content. Additionally, what I love about this setup is the new technology and
the expandability options. Again, if you’re gonna make
an investment like this, you don’t want it to be outdated in matter of months or
even a matter of years. And so I love the fact that
there’s plenty of space to add more drives, add more components as well as lightning
USB 3.1 generation two, the M.2 ports and things like that. So that you can level this
machine up as years go on, but you also know that you have a machine that will deliver the performance you need for many years to come, right now. But that brings us to the
question of the day, and that is, what do you think about this
4K video editing PC build, and do you think it lives up to the title of one of the best 4K video
editing machines this year? Let me know in the comment section below. So thanks for checking out this video. Subscribe for more videos just like this. And if you want to check out a video about the cameras and the gear that
we use to shoot 4K video, click or tap the screen right there, for another video from Think Media, click or tap the screen right there. Until next time, Think Media’s
bringing you the best tips and tools for building your
influence with online video. Keep crushing it, and we will talk soon.

100 thoughts on “Best 4K Video Editing PC 2018 — MSI 4K Editing Desktop

  1. ⚡ QOTD: What do you think about this 4K video editing build? Does it live up to the title of, "Best Video 4k Editing Computer 2018?" LMK! 👇 👇 👇 Also, to see the camera and video gear we use to shoot 4K content check out this video here: https://youtu.be/BjPAWvbbat0

  2. Using separate SSD’s for working storage and cache will make it even faster!! Use the Barracuda for archiving.

  3. People consume media on their phones. There isn’t a phone with a 4K screen. 1080p is just fine for awhile…

  4. Hey Sean, I'm currently building out this exact PC. Do you think getting the 1080Ti over the 1080 would be better for video editing?

  5. That's the stuff I'm looking for! I got the list of parts to my tech guy I'll start ordering parts right away. My new sl2 and lighting equipment got came in I'll start putting it out there soon. Trying to get to Vegas for live event I hope tickets are still available.

  6. Will this hold the canon raw light from Canon C200 in premiere?
    I saw few people complaining about compatibility with new format of raw in Adobe premiere on PC?
    Have you tried that?

  7. a good PC. But Ans my 1 question why all over youtube MSI has mostly sponsor the 4k editing pc video. i m going for ASUS mother board and gpu and i7 8700k.
    why haven't i seen any video of it.

  8. Thank you Sean! Very helpful! Just upgraded to a SonyA7Sii yesterday. Will this setup still be the best in 2019? Adding this PC to my wishlist for my channel. My channel is dedicated to helping people make sense of the real estate process. I haven't monetized my channel yet or pursued earning money from my channel at this point. So all investments into vid equipment come from helping families buy/ sell their homes. I'm also in Las Vegas. Really wanted to attend your conference at Red Rock. Wasn't able to since I had pre-scheduled appointments. Would love to connect with you sometime and learn how to take my videos to the next level and grow my channel. If you read this and have a chance, you can hmu at: [email protected] Keep up the awesome work Sean. Love your channel! 😀

  9. *Without the monitors it's currently about $3,400. Could probably nickel and dime it to about $3,000 like the video says. 32" 4k monitors start at $550ish I think. Great video

  10. Thanks for the video……I have question for you and for all the viewers….
    I don't know much about 4k gaming….I NEED A 4K PC. That can run 4k movies. I don't play video games….so please help me to choose the right desktop computer… thanks

  11. What would be the best equivalent PC for video editing to my current iMac which is Late 2015 iMac, Processor 4 GHz Intel Core i7, Memory 40 GB 1867 MHz DDR3, Graphics AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4096 MB and 1TB SSD Drive.

  12. CHALLANGE for Think Media: I'd like to see you guys build a 2X processor (with a duel processor motherboard of course) maxed out with RAM for 4K editing. I think it would kill any other editing PC out there. I hope you guys take up the challenge.

  13. I spent £2998 for my ASUS G75VS LAPTOP with i7Core 3.5GHz processor, 8GB GRAPHICS CARD, 512 SSD HARD DRIVE, 1TB DDR HARD DRIVE, 32GB RAM with 64GB UPGRADE OPTION, AND MY 4K 400MBps VIDEO FILES WILL NOT PLAY LET ALONE EDIT. WHAT SPEC OF A HIGH PERFORMANCE PC IS REQUIRED TO PLAY OR EDIT MY C4K 422 10-BIT, ALL-INTRA, 400Mbps MOV VIDEO FILES?

  14. Too expensive, you have same performace with the last Intel CPU Generation and why this SO expensive motherboard for just for 32GB of Ram.?? "You don't need a Ferrari to go hunting in Yellowstone National Park" I have 30 years building PC , you build is put Money in the Trash can. No value for money here. Who need a $300 motherboard and a $1,000 CPU. You can do the same with $175 motherboard and $550 CPU and SAVE $575.00 on your pocket.!!
    You are a Clown.!!
    DONT FOLLOW THIS GUY.

  15. The NEW i9-9900k 8/16TH is a better option at $529. is two core less but a lot faster for $500 less.!!
    Your 7900x is a "old" i9 CPU (Beg.2017).
    You Need more cores?? Check the NEW AMD RYZEN 1950X with 16-CORE / 32-THREAD.!!!!! for $555.99 (Amazon)

  16. No, no ! You have this good editing machine and you put your media on a conventional hard disk ? I can´t believe ! it should be at least a second 2Tb SSD for the media. The seagate hard disk could be used only for storage ( backup ). And BTW, I can´t imagine this machine with dual 18 cores CPUs ( 36 cores, 72 threads ), and 128Gb RAM, should be amazing !

  17. It's crazy how fast tech gets old. Just tried to look up how much this build would cost me now (10 months after) and most of the parts are already unavailable.

  18. people are actually stupid enough to believe a sponsored video that is not much than an add. what internet is today but crapp.

  19. I think the saddest thing about a great build like this is the main components are out of stock EVERYWHERE! Sucks!

  20. 9900k is better, or at least same within margin-of-error for premiere according to puget systems and costs half: https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Premiere-Pro-CC-2019-Intel-X-series-2018-Refresh-Performance-1286/#Arethe9thGenIntelCoreProcessorsgoodforPremierePro?

  21. I'm sad. My editing machine has a quad-core 4.6 GHz OC processor with hyper threading (6700k), which seems fairly decent, but when I try to render After Effects scenes in 4k, it takes 50-400 times as long as the project. I need to make more money so that I can buy better components so that I can edit faster so that I can make more money and buy better components.

  22. yes its insane, but its also insanely priced. this is out of budget for new you-tubers trying to move to 4K. In the end of the day, if your professional then 3k is nothing. all depends on the target audience.

  23. I am planning in building this pc, but I live in Canada and some of the parts I cannot find online. If I cannot find the MSI-X299 SLI Plus ATX LG!2066 motherboard, what motherboard would you upgrade to that is compatible with everything else. Also the video card is no longer available, asi they have fazed them out with the new 2080 and 2080 ti cards. Which card would you upgrade to in this case to replace the MSI gtx gaming x 1080 card. Byt he way, if there is anything you would change about this build since posting could you let me know. I will be purchasing the parts soon. By the way, are you working on or have done a 2019 4k video editing desktop. If you have, could you reply with the link 🙂 if you haven't I look forward to you doing one again . Awesome video by the way 🙂

  24. i calculated here every piece in italy. and with the monitor in total costs: 5000 euro!! almost double than America. its insane

  25. Is there any kind of service I can hire to build this for me?? I REALLY want it but I don't want to risk damaging anything by building it myself 🙁

  26. I know is an old thread, but can you share your BIOS/UEFI Settings for someone who support your channel buying this PC using your links?

  27. I plan 4K video editing, both 8 bit and 10 bit / HEVC / H.265 with an existing computer: Intel Core i5-7400 3GHz processor, Intel Kaby Lake, mini ITX from HP 280 G3. the default 8GB DDR4 single DIM 2400MHz is incapable, especially Adobe After Effect besides Premiere Pro 2019. As a result it has been upgraded: GALAX GTX1060 6GB, Enermax SFX 550W PSU, 32GB DDR4 Team (Dual 16GB 3200MHz), Windows / C on M.2 SSD 512GB (half is still empty) Samsung 960 Evo series make adapter to 1X PCI-E, DATA is still an internal HDD 3.5 "7200RPM usual, but the result is no significant improvement even though CUDA ON at Premiere Pronya, prview has been set 1/8, not yet smooth, still broken, sometimes it doesn't work, but it doesn't hang, I've tried the game The Division2 high effect, it's smooth (the Ultra effect doesn't seem strong for this PC). What do u think about this setting? What does it makes no improvement? Thanks

  28. What's processor are you using? .. my 8th gen i7 core processor with a NVIDIA GTX 1060 dedicated graphics card will open and play my 4K videos I can even get them to upload in an editing software program some of it is slow and choppy some of it's not so bad but if I try to use GoPros editing software everything comes to a holt it says my computer is not supported… Only Katie lake and Skylake processors or equivalent are supported hevc?? So they're trying to tell me only older processors can support hevc 4K files? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard?

  29. Hey Sean!!!! admire your work and am taking lots of your advice assisting me in my near future YouTube journey. This MSI build looks awesome!!!! I wanted to purchase my very 1st editing PC and would like to know if you will still consider this to be an ultimate editing PC for 2019? Or do you have any suggestions to further help my decision? Thank you for your time…..

  30. Hi Sean. So glad I came across your video as I have been looking to upgrade as I move to 4k. I don't know how it compares to others for 2018 but it is certainly something to start from and see what may have improved since a year ago. But excellent presentation and you now have another subscriber.

  31. you could build a cheaper pc and get similar performance with a threadripper, as nice as the I9 is it is also the most expensive cpu consumer cpu on the market
    also you are better off with the ryzen series at this time as the am4 socket will be compatible with the zen 2 due for release mid this year and its thought the specs and the price to performance is going to be pretty darn good and intel are going to struggle to compete

  32. I was like, this build is so bad, does he have an update or something. Then I realized this is a film channel more than a pc building channel. If someone is seeing this, these are outdated components and you can get much better bang for your buck. Starting with using Ryzen 2 processors which are crushing Intel lately.

  33. Can I get a great/fast 4K editing PC for premiere pro cc for under $2k? would I need 64GB Ram or is 32 enough? do I need 2 video cards or one is enough? what about SSD, do I need two or can it be fast enough with 1?

  34. Shameless advertising bullshit. No tests, no runs, just "amazing" "crazy" and "blazing fast" marketing bullcrap.

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