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I am a IT professional, recently got into learning Video Editing for YouTube content creation. Currently I have tested few video editing tools on a laptop with below specs and the render times were devastating and frustrating. I created a sample 2 min project in After Effects and the render time was 8 hours with below specs.

Dell 3542
Intel Core i5 4210U
8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz
Intel HD Graphics Family (Dell)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce 820M (Dell)
232GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB (SSD)

It got me thinking, what's the best PC I can build or Laptop I can purchase within ₹60-70K that would significantly reduce these render times and motivate me in using such powerful application? Even the Apple recommendation would do to if in the mentioned budget as I am open to other applications as well such as Final Cut Pro X.

Note: I plan to editing and creating content in 1080p, not more than that for now.

Thanks in advance!

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    Can you clarify the price? I assume you mean ₹60,000, since $60,000 wouldn't be budget by any standard. Is that right? – Obie 2.0 May 19 '18 at 7:42
  • Yes Obie, its ₹. Sorry I missed that. And thanks for the elaborated answer. It helped a lot! – Nikhil Tamhankar May 19 '18 at 16:23
  • @Obie2.0 Actually also I thought of going for Macbook as I saw on YouTube that Mac integration with their own application Final Cut Pro X is significantly faster than a windows machine running 3rd party apps like Adobe Premiere Pro. A Mac running Final Cut Pro X saves about 70% render time. The problem is that I could only afford a Macbook Air. Would Macbook Air be a good option? If not, as you suggested, I will go for a desktop. – Nikhil Tamhankar May 19 '18 at 16:32
  • That's probably true, that Macs save time. Macbook Air probably wouldn't be enough. However, you can grab a used MacBook Pro with high specs from eBay for about 1049 USD plus shipping. Also, I forgot to consider monitor pricing. Do you already have a monitor? – Obie 2.0 May 19 '18 at 19:24
  • Yes I do have a monitor already. I had a old desktop that is completely working. I will see what all can be reused. – Nikhil Tamhankar May 20 '18 at 5:57
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For budget, don't go with a laptop unless portability is essential for you. Although the performance gap between laptops and desktops has shrunk with recent CPU and especially GPU series, a laptop capable of good video editing will still cost a lot.

I'm assuming that you're looking for something under ₹70,000 (1029 USD).

For price, I'd highly recommend building your own desktop. You'll probably save a few hundred US dollar in labor right there—not so relevant for multi-thousand dollar machines, maybe, but for a budget device it's OK.

The recommended requirements for After Effects are modest, simply a multicore CPU and 16 GB RAM. To get good performance, you'll probably need a little more than that. I'd recommend an i7 CPU (or the AMD equivalent).

  • If you step back a generation, you should be able to grab one of the best Intel CPUs of its generation, the i7-7700k, for about $250 used or even new. For example, here.

  • For RAM, I'd go with 16 GB of DDR4, which should be around $150.

  • For your GPU, try getting a used 1060 for about $200. Depending on what you're doing in After Effects, a GPU could be essential or barely necessary, but CPU is usually a lot more important, so this is a compromise.

  • For the motherboard, you might as well get an H370. Motherboards are cheap to begin with, and anything lower will set future upgrades back unnecessarily. For example, here for $132.

  • For hard drives, I'd get one fast working SSD and one large HDD for storage. You can get a 2 TB HDD (7200 RPM) for about $50, and a 500 GB SSD for only $150 or so.

  • You can probably grab a budget case for about $70.

This totals about $1050 for a mostly new system. It should be very much capable of dealing with After Effects. It's slightly over your maximum (and I haven't included fans, power supply, etc.) but you can slice a little off by getting a lower tier motherboard (save $70), or a 250 GB SSD (save $70), or by getting the RAM used. Using a 6700k (two generations older, but similar speeds and can be overclocked anyway) could also save you a little.

I won't talk about fans, etc., since they'll contribute relatively little to the price.

If you really need a mobile system, it's going to be much harder to find a good one. There are a few good options, though, such as the Acer Aspire VX 15. This has a 1050 Ti GPU, about 16 GB of RAM, and a 7th-generation i7 CPU. Storage is minimal, though, so you'll end up needed an external hard drive, and as a laptop its performance will certainly be lower than than a desktop of similar price.

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  • Would these fit in the Node 202 case? – Zushauque May 20 '18 at 9:02
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    @Zushauque - Not sure. – Obie 2.0 May 20 '18 at 17:21
  • Thanks! I ended up getting a Silverstone RVZ02, slightly bigger but works. Thanks a lot :) – Zushauque Oct 1 '18 at 10:18

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