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Advice on Best Dell PC Under $2,000 for 4k Editing

New Here ,
Jul 31, 2021 Jul 31, 2021

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My current Dell T5600 is extremely outdated and unabale to handle basic HD and 4K editing. I've had great service from Dell for many years and would like to puchase a new PC from them, but I am feeling a little overwhelmed with the options. I don't edit a tremendous amount of videos, but would like to find a solid PC that could handle HD and 4K for the next 4 to 5 years.

 

I also use this computer for running MS Office. My budget is closer to $1,500, but could be pushed to $2,000 if absolutely necessary. 

Does anyone have any suggestions on a good mid-range Dell PC that could meet my needs? 

 

Thanks so much!

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Jul 31, 2021 Jul 31, 2021

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I don't think Dell is mentioned, but this link will give you lots of information on what you need, so you may select the best Dell

 

This includes 2 recommendation links from Puget Systems... copied from Peru Bob
https://community.adobe.com/t5/video-hardware/premiere-pro-hardware-articles-to-read-before-you-buy-...

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Aug 01, 2021 Aug 01, 2021

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If your PC is fit for video, it's also fit for Office.

 

What disturbs the most in video editing is when you cannot fluently edit. So, you either need a machine being able to handle 4k streams or you need to work with proxies.

 

This said, your machine will need at least 16Gb of memory, a fast graphics card and fast and enough disk. The graphic card needs at least 4Gb of graphic memory to use hardware acceleration.

 

See also here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro/choppy-editing-4k-on-a-powerful-pc/td-p/10002616.

The 2018 specs are still valid, even that I suppose that the CPU will have improved. The graphics cards should also come down soon in price if the Chinese continue their crackdown on miners.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Aug 04, 2021 Aug 04, 2021

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Right now GPUs are expensive. I am not sure what video codec you are using but if you edit H.264 some of the Intel CPUs have Quick Sync and some of the Nvidia graphics cards have Nvenc. The video demonstrates how they can be helpfull.




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Aug 09, 2021 Aug 09, 2021

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Thanks so much, folks I appreciate the information.

I'll  look for a GPU with at least 4GB of memory that'll fit in my budget.

I'm also going to shoot for 32GB of ram. That's what I have now and it has served me well for years. 

Do you have suggestions on what type of ram I should get? There seems to be different types and I'm not sure what would be best for future-proofing my PC.

 

Again, thanks! 

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Aug 09, 2021 Aug 09, 2021

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You get the ram that is compatible with your motherboard and cpu

 

If you buy from Dell, you need to talk to someone at Dell to find out what is provided

 

I build my own, so I really don't know what Dell sells

Intel i9-10900k CPU in ASUS-Prime-Z490-P motherboard with 64Gig TEAMGROUP-3200MHz Ram
Seagate-FireCuda 500Gig M.2 for Windows and programs and usual Documents files
500Gig SSD for temporary and output files, 1T SSD for video and picture input files
Video MSI GeForce GTX 1650 128 Bit Graphics 4Gig GDDR6 Ram driver 456.71 + a DVD drive

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OK, thanks!

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