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Paul82 [Avatar]
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Long story short, I've been using PD for years, went from 13 to 18, editing effects-heavy full HD and 4K videos. As you can guess from my PC specs below, my machine is pretty sluggish when editing and I'm looking for a possible upgrade. I'd rather not buy an entirely new PC because my rig is still able to suit all my needs except for being a slog at video editing. I was rather looking at upgrading to GTX 1660 which seems to offer decent value for the money. Does it make sense for my machine, or perhaps is there something else I should upgrade?

PC specs:
Windows 10 Home 64-bit, build 1909
CPU: Intel Core i5 4670K @ 3.40GHz
RAM: 16GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (Kingston Fury HyperX)
MB: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. Z87-C (SOCKET 1150)
GPU: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
HDD: fast 250GB SDD for system and fast WD Black for video files

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I had a similar setup from 2014-2018, although I had an i7-4770K. Unfortunately, the only way to see a real improvment in editing performance is to get a much more powerful CPU.

Upgrading to a GTX 1660 will likely help with produce times (depending on the specific types of edits you've made), and will certainly give you the option to use hardware encoding for H.265, but it really won't have any effect on how responsive/sluggish your editing sessions will be.

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That's helpful, thank you. How about a new rig with Intel Core i5-9600KF, 16GB RAM and GeForce RTX 2070, would that improve editing performance significantly? Or is the CPU still not good enough?
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Quote That's helpful, thank you. How about a new rig with Intel Core i5-9600KF, 16GB RAM and GeForce RTX 2070, would that improve editing performance significantly? Or is the CPU still not good enough?

Well, that's better but it's only got 2x the computing power, and I personally wouldn't spend the time or effort to upgrade unless you get at least a 4x improvement.

My suggestion is to take a look at the Passmark site and get yourself something with at a CPU Mark of at least 20k (mine is ~19K). That way you'll see an unmistakable improvement - possibly for not a whole lot more money than an i5-9600KF system would have been.

Also, both the GTX 1660 and the RTX 2070 (or RTX 2060) have Turing NVENC and NVDEC hardware with the same capabilities, so it seems to me that whichever one you can get the cheapest would be a good choice if you're solely using it for editing/producing.

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