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Best desktop for video editing

Nowadays, your typical desktop PC on the market can handle simple video editing for simple things such as family birthdays, graduations, or wedding videos. However, if you’re looking to be a YouTuber or enter the video editing industry, you’ll need something with enough specs that pack enough punch to get the job done.


It’s even more true if you want to make full-length videos with high resolutions in 4K or 8K. And not only will you need a beefy GPU that can render all those HD visuals, but you’ll need a powerful CPU that can crunch all that data without burning out and making your system crash.


Benefits of a video editing PC


Choosing a Lenovo desktop or laptop for video editing comes with advantages beyond stitching clips together with fancy visual effects. These are often powerful rigs that will handle any of your personal and business needs. Like to game in your downtime when not working on video projects? Then finding the right setup for your video editing needs will often allow you to play some of the latest and greatest video games.


Here are some additional benefits of getting a good pc for video editing:


        Unlock your full creative potential: While you can edit videos on a tablet or your phone, having a dedicated desktop opens up a world of possibilities for bringing your vision to life on the screen.


        Put out videos in full 4K or 8K resolution: If your budget can afford it, you can purchase the Nvidia GeForce RTX or GTX series and equally matched CPU to put out videos with stunning visuals and see every detail.


        Access larger and/or multiple screens: A multi-monitor setup not only gives you more screen real estate to work with and stay organized, but you’ll see better productivity from better multitasking capabilities.


        Begin your video editing journey: The biggest investment you can make is in yourself. And a “good” PC doesn’t need to mean it needs to be expensive either. There are plenty of fantastic budget video editing PCs available if you are a beginner.


Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Shop now at Lenovo.com to find the right PC to enhance your video editing experience.


Discover Lenovo models that make the best computer for video editing


At Lenovo, we know variety is the spice of life. That’s why we offer a plethora of great hardware models to fit every customer’s needs. Worried about your budget? Looking for the best screen money can buy? How about something that balances power and price? Whatever you require, we’ve got you covered.


To help, we’ve dedicated this entire page to highlighting our favorite models and accessories for video editing computers. Let’s explore some of the best ones for video editing to help you decide (selection will vary by region and inventory):


        ThinkCentre: A famous name in desktop technology, these make great PCs for video editing and day-to-day needs. Built to last, you can be confident your machine has superior performance and reliability you can count on. We offer multiple form factors to match your aesthetic tastes as well.


        Legion: Our stylish, premium gaming desktops offer powerful graphics, high-performance processors and, when paired with an equally capable monitor– offer the most dynamic and crisp screen visuals. All perfect for video editing.


        ThinkStations: Extremely powerful machines designed for business or highly technical uses, these workstations make excellent versatile and beneficial tools to improve performance and productivity. Great PCs for multi-purpose use such as working, gaming, programming, and even video editing.


        IdeaCentre tower: If you’re in the market for a budget video editing pc, then look no further than the IdeaCentre tower. They’re powerful enough to allow for HD video editing, but you’ll likely need to sacrifice the upper ends of 4K. You can easily find one under $500.


        IdeaCentre All-in-One (AIO): If you have a slightly higher budget and want something more modern, the IdeaCentre AIO lets you save space while still getting the job done.


        Yoga AIO:  As flexible as its name, the Yoga AIO provides top-of-the-line performance and power. With 4K resolution and fantastic specs to back it up, you’ll be able to edit videos like a master.


Choosing the best desktop for video editing


When looking for a good computer for video editing, you need to make sure your setup will be able to handle what you’re throwing at it. Video editing requires certain specifications for the best outcome.


Rendering high resolution video in 4K and 8K videos through software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, VEGAS Pro 9, or really any video editing software will be taxing on your rig. It’ll eat up RAM, and you’ll be waiting an eternity waiting for your video to finally finish if you choose poorly.


It’s an investment you’re making into not only your craft but also your personal and professional development. So picking the right video editing computer is critical in ensuring you meet your goals.


Don’t worry, though. We’re here to help. We’ll cover some of the key features you need to look at when shopping around for a desktop computer you can use for video editing (from most important to least):


The processor (CPU)


Honestly, RAM could take the top spot, but everyone knows the CPU is the “brain” of the computer. For serious video editing, you need a strong processor. Generally, you can tell how powerful a CPU is by how many cores it has. For example, a quad-core processor is much stronger than a dual-core processor.


There are two names that dominate the CPU sphere: Intel and AMD. However, most will agree AMD stands on top by offering the fastest, best-valued high-end CPUs. With that said, AMD should be your choice when looking for a good PC for video editing.


RAM


Random access memory or RAM is how your PC “remembers” what it’s doing. It stores temporary data while the CPU processes it to make the magic on the screen happen. Keeping things simple, more RAM means your computer can handle more processes at one time without slowing down or getting overworked.


Trying to play video clips, apply visuals and sound effects, and background music uses RAM to make things happen seamlessly. If there isn’t enough, you’ll deal with video lag and other issues while working on your projects.


Avoiding this requires you to invest in enough RAM. Working 1080p will be fine with around 32GB. However, if you’re looking for a desktop computer for video editing that can put out 4K resolution without issue, you’ll at least 64GB.


Storage Capacity


If you’ve ever downloaded a 4K movie, you know they will gobble up gigabytes on your hard drive. That’s why having enough storage capacity falls number 3 here. You’ll want to invest in an SSD or solid-state drive which offers quicker speeds and read/write times. And they often come with tons of storage at 2 TB for around $250.


Even then, you might still need to think about an external storage solution because a video editor will never have enough storage space. And don’t forget to buy one that can be used for backing up finished projects. Trust us, you don’t want all your hard work disappearing.


Graphics Card (GPU)


Normally, you think GPUs are only for gamers and cryptocurrency miners. However, video editing software can take advantage of the extra horsepower to make for a smoother rendering process.


Luckily, you don’t need to spend on premium GPUs since more affordable models still offer great benefits.


For GPUs, there are two big players here too. This time it’s Nvidia and AMD. We’d say Nvidia takes the edge with its GeForce series. Find a video editing PC with a nice mid-range Nvidia GPU, and you’ll be more than happy with your purchase.


The Monitor


Alright, the monitor isn’t mission-critical to having the best desktop computer for video editing, but it can make a difference in your workflow and have an impact on the final product. If you are shooting videos in 4K, then you will need to edit them on a 4K screen for best results.


Monitors that display more vibrant, accurate colors will help you meticulously judge the color while you’re editing. And don’t forget about the dynamic contrast levels offered by HDR, which will assist in balancing whites and blacks during the editing process.


Finally, if you’re looking for added productivity and organization, then adding a second monitor will give you more real estate to work with.

Whatever monitor you choose, make sure it has the image quality to bring the best out of your work.


Finding budget video editing PCs at Lenovo.com


A lot of people think you need to spend a ton of money to get a decent PC that can edit quality videos. That’s far from the truth.


Here at Lenovo, we have plenty of affordable PCs that work great as budget or beginner video editing PCs. Want to spark the young director in your life? Or looking to surprise that friend of yours who just spent all of their money on an incredible camera to shoot footage?


Then check out our desktop PCs above and find the right one today!


Shop Lenovo.com for the best computer for video editing


Still can’t decide which will be a good computer for video editing? You can also check out our Lenovo FAQ for guides, tips, and tutorials for all things computer and laptop-related. Perhaps a desktop doesn’t work for you, and a video editing laptop is better suited to what you’re looking for.



Best desktop for video editing

Nowadays, your typical desktop PC on the market can handle simple video editing for simple things such as family birthdays, graduations, or wedding videos. However, if you’re looking to be a YouTuber or enter the video editing industry, you’ll need something with enough specs that pack enough punch to get the job done.


It’s even more true if you want to make full-length videos with high resolutions in 4K or 8K. And not only will you need a beefy GPU that can render all those HD visuals, but you’ll need a powerful CPU that can crunch all that data without burning out and making your system crash.


Benefits of a video editing PC


Choosing a Lenovo desktop or laptop for video editing comes with advantages beyond stitching clips together with fancy visual effects. These are often powerful rigs that will handle any of your personal and business needs. Like to game in your downtime when not working on video projects? Then finding the right setup for your video editing needs will often allow you to play some of the latest and greatest video games.


Here are some additional benefits of getting a good pc for video editing:


        Unlock your full creative potential: While you can edit videos on a tablet or your phone, having a dedicated desktop opens up a world of possibilities for bringing your vision to life on the screen.


        Put out videos in full 4K or 8K resolution: If your budget can afford it, you can purchase the Nvidia GeForce RTX or GTX series and equally matched CPU to put out videos with stunning visuals and see every detail.


        Access larger and/or multiple screens: A multi-monitor setup not only gives you more screen real estate to work with and stay organized, but you’ll see better productivity from better multitasking capabilities.


        Begin your video editing journey: The biggest investment you can make is in yourself. And a “good” PC doesn’t need to mean it needs to be expensive either. There are plenty of fantastic budget video editing PCs available if you are a beginner.


Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Shop now at Lenovo.com to find the right PC to enhance your video editing experience.


Discover Lenovo models that make the best computer for video editing


At Lenovo, we know variety is the spice of life. That’s why we offer a plethora of great hardware models to fit every customer’s needs. Worried about your budget? Looking for the best screen money can buy? How about something that balances power and price? Whatever you require, we’ve got you covered.


To help, we’ve dedicated this entire page to highlighting our favorite models and accessories for video editing computers. Let’s explore some of the best ones for video editing to help you decide (selection will vary by region and inventory):


        ThinkCentre: A famous name in desktop technology, these make great PCs for video editing and day-to-day needs. Built to last, you can be confident your machine has superior performance and reliability you can count on. We offer multiple form factors to match your aesthetic tastes as well.


        Legion: Our stylish, premium gaming desktops offer powerful graphics, high-performance processors and, when paired with an equally capable monitor– offer the most dynamic and crisp screen visuals. All perfect for video editing.


        ThinkStations: Extremely powerful machines designed for business or highly technical uses, these workstations make excellent versatile and beneficial tools to improve performance and productivity. Great PCs for multi-purpose use such as working, gaming, programming, and even video editing.


        IdeaCentre tower: If you’re in the market for a budget video editing pc, then look no further than the IdeaCentre tower. They’re powerful enough to allow for HD video editing, but you’ll likely need to sacrifice the upper ends of 4K. You can easily find one under $500.


        IdeaCentre All-in-One (AIO): If you have a slightly higher budget and want something more modern, the IdeaCentre AIO lets you save space while still getting the job done.


        Yoga AIO:  As flexible as its name, the Yoga AIO provides top-of-the-line performance and power. With 4K resolution and fantastic specs to back it up, you’ll be able to edit videos like a master.


Choosing the best desktop for video editing


When looking for a good computer for video editing, you need to make sure your setup will be able to handle what you’re throwing at it. Video editing requires certain specifications for the best outcome.


Rendering high resolution video in 4K and 8K videos through software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, VEGAS Pro 9, or really any video editing software will be taxing on your rig. It’ll eat up RAM, and you’ll be waiting an eternity waiting for your video to finally finish if you choose poorly.


It’s an investment you’re making into not only your craft but also your personal and professional development. So picking the right video editing computer is critical in ensuring you meet your goals.


Don’t worry, though. We’re here to help. We’ll cover some of the key features you need to look at when shopping around for a desktop computer you can use for video editing (from most important to least):


The processor (CPU)


Honestly, RAM could take the top spot, but everyone knows the CPU is the “brain” of the computer. For serious video editing, you need a strong processor. Generally, you can tell how powerful a CPU is by how many cores it has. For example, a quad-core processor is much stronger than a dual-core processor.


There are two names that dominate the CPU sphere: Intel and AMD. However, most will agree AMD stands on top by offering the fastest, best-valued high-end CPUs. With that said, AMD should be your choice when looking for a good PC for video editing.


RAM


Random access memory or RAM is how your PC “remembers” what it’s doing. It stores temporary data while the CPU processes it to make the magic on the screen happen. Keeping things simple, more RAM means your computer can handle more processes at one time without slowing down or getting overworked.


Trying to play video clips, apply visuals and sound effects, and background music uses RAM to make things happen seamlessly. If there isn’t enough, you’ll deal with video lag and other issues while working on your projects.


Avoiding this requires you to invest in enough RAM. Working 1080p will be fine with around 32GB. However, if you’re looking for a desktop computer for video editing that can put out 4K resolution without issue, you’ll at least 64GB.


Storage Capacity


If you’ve ever downloaded a 4K movie, you know they will gobble up gigabytes on your hard drive. That’s why having enough storage capacity falls number 3 here. You’ll want to invest in an SSD or solid-state drive which offers quicker speeds and read/write times. And they often come with tons of storage at 2 TB for around $250.


Even then, you might still need to think about an external storage solution because a video editor will never have enough storage space. And don’t forget to buy one that can be used for backing up finished projects. Trust us, you don’t want all your hard work disappearing.


Graphics Card (GPU)


Normally, you think GPUs are only for gamers and cryptocurrency miners. However, video editing software can take advantage of the extra horsepower to make for a smoother rendering process.


Luckily, you don’t need to spend on premium GPUs since more affordable models still offer great benefits.


For GPUs, there are two big players here too. This time it’s Nvidia and AMD. We’d say Nvidia takes the edge with its GeForce series. Find a video editing PC with a nice mid-range Nvidia GPU, and you’ll be more than happy with your purchase.


The Monitor


Alright, the monitor isn’t mission-critical to having the best desktop computer for video editing, but it can make a difference in your workflow and have an impact on the final product. If you are shooting videos in 4K, then you will need to edit them on a 4K screen for best results.


Monitors that display more vibrant, accurate colors will help you meticulously judge the color while you’re editing. And don’t forget about the dynamic contrast levels offered by HDR, which will assist in balancing whites and blacks during the editing process.


Finally, if you’re looking for added productivity and organization, then adding a second monitor will give you more real estate to work with.

Whatever monitor you choose, make sure it has the image quality to bring the best out of your work.


Finding budget video editing PCs at Lenovo.com


A lot of people think you need to spend a ton of money to get a decent PC that can edit quality videos. That’s far from the truth.


Here at Lenovo, we have plenty of affordable PCs that work great as budget or beginner video editing PCs. Want to spark the young director in your life? Or looking to surprise that friend of yours who just spent all of their money on an incredible camera to shoot footage?


Then check out our desktop PCs above and find the right one today!


Shop Lenovo.com for the best computer for video editing


Still can’t decide which will be a good computer for video editing? You can also check out our Lenovo FAQ for guides, tips, and tutorials for all things computer and laptop-related. Perhaps a desktop doesn’t work for you, and a video editing laptop is better suited to what you’re looking for.



You should look for a fast CPU, plenty of RAM, a high-end graphics card, a large hard drive or SSD, and reliable peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard.

Aim for at least 16GB of RAM, but ideally 32GB or more. This will enable your computer to run multiple applications and process large video files without slowing down.

Desktops are generally more powerful and customizable than laptops, but if you need to be mobile, a laptop may be the better choice.

A graphics card is essential for video editing. Choose a high-end dedicated graphics card to ensure smooth video playback and rendering.

A solid-state drive (SSD) is preferable because it's faster and more reliable than a traditional hard drive. However, if you need more storage capacity, you may want to consider a hybrid drive.

Aim for a monitor with a high resolution of at least 1080p, good color reproduction, and a size that fits your desk and viewing distance.

A mouse with adjustable sensitivity and precision will help you work more efficiently when editing video.

While a touch screen can be helpful, it's not essential for video editing. Instead, prioritize a high-quality monitor and peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard.

A keyboard with programmable keys and good tactile feedback can speed up your workflow in video editing.

You'll need a large amount of storage capacity for video editing. Aim for at least 1TB and consider adding external storage for backups.

A UPS can protect your computer and files from power surges and outages, which can damage hardware and corrupt data. It's a good investment if you're editing video professionally.

Look for studio monitors or other high-quality speakers that provide accurate sound reproduction. Avoid using consumer-grade speakers for video editing.

Look for headphones designed for studio use, with over-ear, closed-back earcups for great sound isolation and accuracy.

The microphone you choose will depend on the type of video production you're doing. Look for a condenser microphone for most video applications.

While it can be helpful to have a built-in card reader, it's not essential for video editing. External card readers are affordable and convenient.

Look for a quiet but efficient cooling system to reduce noise and avoid overheating during long video-editing sessions.

Use a comfortable chair, keyboard, and mouse, and adjust the height of your monitor to avoid strain on your neck and eyes.

You'll need a video-editing software such as Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, and possibly other software such as After Effects or Photoshop.

Yes, a desktop computer can be used for live video streaming, but it requires proper planning and setup to ensure stability and reliability.

Choose a desktop with a strong warranty and robust technical support to protect your investment and ensure that any technical issues are promptly addressed.

Some essential features include a fast processor and good GPU, plenty of RAM, a large hard drive or SSD, and a reliable display.

Focus on processors with many cores and high clock speeds, with at least 6 cores and 3.0 GHz clock speed.

At least 16GB, but 32GB or more is preferable for 4K video editing or for more complex projects.

An SSD is preferable since it's much faster than traditional hard drives, but it might not have enough storage capacity, so you can pair it up with HDD.

Aim for at least 256GB of SSD and 1TB of HDD. For more storage, you can opt for an external hard drive or Network Attached Storage (NAS) which can save cost

A good GPU is essential for faster video rendering times, look for NVIDIA or AMD GPUs with at least 4GB of VRAM.

Look for a monitor with high resolution, preferably 4K, with HDR compatibility and a color-accurate display that can cover your video format's color space.

A custom-built desktop is often better since you can pick the exact specifications that fit your needs.

Desktops are preferable to laptops because they enable greater customization, more powerful specs and expandability with peripherals like external drives.

Yes, specific software requirements might dictate the kind of desktop specifications required like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or DaVinci Resolve.

Look for a motherboard that has enough expansion ports for peripherals like GPUs, enough RAM slots and enough space for multiple storage media.

A good audio card that can support multiple audio streams and has low latency. An external audio interface may also be helpful.

A larger form factor is preferable since it has larger cooling systems for desktops with hot running components, space for drives and upgrading parts.

Update drivers, invest in a UPS backup system, close programs running in the background, and choose a fast and reliable internet connection.

A quiet computer is preferable for video editing, but heavy-duty computers might work better for heavy rendering projects that require more processing abilities.

Look for USB 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and Ethernet for fast data transfer and connectivity.

Invest in a good firewall, antivirus software, and avoid downloading or opening files that may contain malware or viruses.

Wireless devices might not be the best fit for video editing because of latency issues. It's recommended to use wired peripherals.

Multiple monitors provide better viewing space, which enhances the multi-tasking aspect of video editing.

It's recommended to adjust rendering settings depending on the work being done. This could save time and space.

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