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JOF [Avatar]
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Looking to buy new desktop: What would you PowerDirector users suggest to edit 4K video?

Windows machines only.
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It may help to describe the type of 4k file and format that you wish to work with like hdr, 10 bit, etc. Desktop or laptop?? Your budget, expertise, etc. Some users can then recommend something within your expectation.
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DESKTOP: TOWER
4K files MP4, 8-bit H.264 & H.265

Usually clips are short and most of my videos are between 1 and 14 minutes. I shoot with an EM5 MK 3, Gopro8 usually at 4k 60p and a DJI drone at 2.7K.

Budget: I guess I'll like to keep it under $2000 USD
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Should be easy to come up with a desktop well within your means.

Though it's impossible for us to recommend an exact model (there are way too many!) if you shop around and use these benchmarks to choose your processor, you should be all set. Look for a processor that rates at least a 10,000.
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

Get at least 12 gigs of RAM and Windows 10 Pro. At least a terrabyte of storage. Two if it's available. If you're buying a traditional hard drive, that should also be easy.

Graphics cards are a bit trickier. Fortunately PowerDirector doesn't require a lot of graphics power, but it does benefit from a good card. Just see what's within your budget. And DON'T buy a gaming machine! You'll spend a fortune on hardware that won't benefit you much as a video editor.

After that, it's a matter of your budget. My rule of thumb is that, once you spend over $1000 (not counting your monitor), you get less benefit the more you spend. At least as far as PowerDirector is concerned.

Besides, technology has a habit of depreciating very quickly. This year's $2000 computer is next year's $1000 computer. You can't "future proof" yourself by spending a fortune for state of the art hardware.

I'm sure others will disagree with me. (I also buy almost exclusively refurbished computers rather than brand new.) But if you want enough power to do the job and you want the best bang for the buck, those are my recommendations. Keep it simple, stay within your budget and use the benchmark reports.

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Quote Should be easy to come up with a desktop well within your means.

Though it's impossible for us to recommend an exact model (there are way too many!) if you shop around and use these benchmarks to choose your processor, you should be all set. Look for a processor that rates at least a 10,000.
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

Get at least 12 gigs of RAM and Windows 10 Pro. At least a terrabyte of RAM. Two if it's available. If you're buying a traditional hard drive, that should also be easy.

Graphics cards are a bit trickier. Fortunately PowerDirector doesn't require a lot of graphics power, but it does benefit from a good card. Just see what's your budget. And DON'T by a gaming machine! You'll spend a fortune on hardware that won't benefit you much as a video editor.

After that, it's a matter of your budget. My rule of thumb is that, once you spend over $1000 (not counting your monitor), you get less benefit the more you spend. At least as far as PowerDirector is concerned.

Besides, technology has a habit of depreciating very quickly. This year's $2000 computer is next year's $1000 computer. You can't "future proof" yourself by spending a fortune for state of the art hardware.

I'm sure others will disagree with me. (I also buy almost exclusively refurbished computers rather than brand new.) But if you want enough power to do the job and you want the best bang for the buck, those are my recommendations. Keep it simple, stay within your budget and use the benchmark reports.


THANK YOU! Appreciate your help.
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