Building an Insanely Powerful 4K Video Editing PC for Just $998?

Fitting this particular budget to build a fully-fledged 4K video editing PC could be an exceptional challenge even for a highly experienced professional PC builder, but it seems that Max Yuryev managed to figure it out by putting together another best-bang-for-the-buck video editing workstation ready to make a huge splash in the community once again.

But if you’re already wondering just like me how this could be even possible, you should definitely check out Max’s recent video below that showcases the out of this world capabilities of the amazing AMD RYZEN 4K video editing PC that not only stacks up against his previous Intel’s custom built machine but even manages to deliver a better performance for a fraction of the cost. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, let’s find out what are the “secret ingredients” Max Yuryev used this time.

In fact, this workstation wouldn’t even exist only a few weeks ago, or at least not before AMD had released their latest Ryzen 7 eight-core CPU. In a nutshell, it’s the latest generation AMD processor that boasts eight cores with sixteen threads in an AM4 socket and has 16MB of L3 cache memory along with base clock speed of 3.4 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 3.8 GHz. Unsurprisingly, these parameters make it just about as powerful as its Intel’s counterpart the eight-core i7 K6900 processor.

That said, it’s staggering that you can currently get the same premium performance of this top-spec Intel processor for less than two-thirds of its price. As Max points out, with a processor priced at just $399 it’s no wonder that you can easily fit in the budget of $998 and build a fully-functional 4K video editing machine for less money than the Intel’s CPU alone.

AMD RYZEN 4K Video Editing PC Components:

  • NZXT S340 Mid Tower Computer Case (B&HAmazon)
  • ASUS Prime B350-Plus AMD Ryzen Motherboard (B&HAmazon)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor (B&HAmazon)
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws V F4-2133C15D-32GVR DDR4-2133 32GB RAM (Amazon)
  • Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 CPU Cooler for AMD AM4 (Amazon)
  • EVGA SuperNOVA 750W B1 Bronze 80 Semi Modular Power Supply (B&HAmazon)
  • XFX RADEON RX 480 8GB GPU (B&HAmazon)
  • Crucial MX300 275GB M.2 (2280) Internal SSD (B&HAmazon)

In addition, here are a few insightful benchmarks pulled directly from the video above.

Blazing fast performance, seamless 4K video editing in both Premiere Pro CC and DaVinci Resolve 12.5 in an affordable package costing less than $1K. We can’t ask for more, can we? If you want to find out everything regarding the full process of building this workstation from scratch, make sure you also check out the Max Yuryev’s official Patreon page.

There, you can find an exclusive in-depth video featuring the entire assembling process along with all required information you’ll need to put together this machine on your own. You can also support Max and his team by becoming a patron thus getting all the exclusive materials and bonuses they provide. Once again, kudos to Max for the excellent work on this project!

[source: Max Yuryev]

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  • Garug Garuson

    If you would have 200 usd more, to what would you put it?… ok, I mean what component would you upgrade and with what. 🙂

    • Holy Servent

      I’m in the process of doing a Ryzen build, so if I had $200 to spare I would buy a Intel 600p Series 512GB M.2 NVMe drive as a scratch disk. For video editing, you can never have enough storage space.

  • Paulo Martins

    I want to see a 1700X Vega GPU combo. Will build one in a blink!

  • Stu Smith

    Thanks Max, looks awesome. Could this same workstation build be used for Media Composer 8.8?

    • Shay J. Katz

      I just presented the same question. I know Avid do not support AMD based workstation for a decade now. I had a good one that I built myself about 12 years ago based on AMD, but me newer one (6 uears old was already Intel based). AMD lost its edge at that period and Avid stopped supporting non Intel based systems. My workstation is still in good shape but this build is very tempting.

  • xavier valld

    Have you tried to overclock the Ryzen to 3.9GHz at least?

    • Kirigaya Kazuto

      It should be fine. Just look at its cooling fan size. It should reach 4.0GHz easily without too much heat produced.

  • jose

    how will the ryzen work with the 1070 in premiere?

  • mike

    Is a nvidia GPU with a AMD CPU any diference than nvidia with intel, for premiere and after fxs, cudas etc.. ??

  • Bamboclot44

    when I totaled it came to roughly $1,230 not exactly under $1k as claimed… still pretty good though

  • Kav Lis

    This might be a stupid question since I have never built a computer before. Can I use my PowerMac G5 tower for this, if I gut everything out?

    • Kirigaya Kazuto

      It depends on the motherboard size. But I think B350 can fit within PowerMac G5 case.

  • Kirigaya Kazuto

    3 months had passed and Ryzen lineup is getting better with the upcoming AGESA update. It will render faster if you have a faster memory as it can support (according to AGESA changelog) up to 4000Mhz DDR4 RAM speed.

    Will switch to Ryzen as soon as my budget fits 😉

  • Robert Marx

    the video card is out of stock everywhere. what is a comparable unit that’s actually available now?

    • Kyle

      Crypto currency miners are snatching them all up and inflating prices. It’s a pain

  • Michael Jensen

    Since the the video card is unavailable, I’d sure like to see an update on this!!

  • Wolf

    Thanks a lot for this build, it looks superb.

    One question though, it’s been six months since you made that list and the GPU is not available anywhere. What is an equivalent compatible GPU to use now in this build?


  • Brandon Leslie

    They are doing it wrong: RX480 v GTX1070

  • deplorable rhetorica

    I am not a math genius but there is no way to get anything near this config for less than 1300-1400 and this was posted inthe spring of 2017…WtF

  • Shay J. Katz

    Is this workstation compatible with Avid Media Composer. I know that in the past Avid stopped supporting AMD based systems.