Building a $3k Video Editing Optimized Computer for $1k

Let’s be honest, computers are really affordable these days. Purchase a 5D Mark III and a quality lens and you’ve already out-spent your computer/workstation budget. I have found a way to make buying a new video editing workstation much cheaper by having my friend David Germany (@Davgerm4) build me one. Apple makes a higher profit margin on their devices than any other device manufacturer but the components do not compensate for it.

PC’s are a much more cost-effective route for editing video and let’s face it, most of us are over the Apple craze. Sexy came and sexy went but at the end of the day components are components and the OS X operating system can run on any system, so let’s just break the system with this recipe for a very powerful video editing workstation for under $1,200. Please leave your suggestions, biased opinions and tactful geek hate in the comments below, I’m sure there are shortcomings in this list and I genuinely would like to know what they are. We went toe to toe on web prices and settled on purchasing through Amazon and Newegg. I bit the $79 bullet and got Amazon Prime, the video streaming perks are awesome, let’s face it, we’re all over Netflix too, it takes about 6 months on Netflix  to see everything you’re interested in… twice…


1 x ($124.99) Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91, 80Plus Gold Certified, Modular Power Supply

1 x ($124.99) GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$41.98 “Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)

$35.99 “TP-Link Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter with 3 x 2dBi Antenna (TL-WDN4800)

$289.99 “Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 Ghz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80623I72600K

Newegg Cost Total

Newegg Total: $509
Amazon Total: $567.95
Total Cost: $1,076.96
I’m still deciding on video card and case/tower, suggestions are welcome. Excited for the speed on this sucker! If anyone would like a computer built like this for cheap, shoot a line to David Germany at
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