Any PC built for proper video editing or post-production requires high quality components. While all components from motherboard, to random access memory, to power supply are important and serve specific purposes, some components should have higher priority over others. In fact, there are 4 components that have the most impact on the performance of a Regal Computer.
The Central Processing Unit
The central processing unit (CPU) is the most important component for a PC built for video editing and post-production. Most processes for video production, digital design, and media editing are CPU intensive. This means that the speed at which these processes and calculations are performed are determined mostly by the speed of the CPU. The higher the processor speed (measured in GHz) and the more processor cores, the better the CPU. Processor cores can be thought of as separate arms of CPU that execute program instructions. More cores allows a computer to perform more tasks at the same time. This allows for simultaneous video playback and editing, for example. A Regal Computer contains an i-7 CPU, a very powerful Intel chip.
The storage of a PC (usually measured in GB or TB) determines the capacity to store files, folders, and data. Typically, storage comes in the form of a hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid-state drive (SSD). Each of these has benefits and drawbacks. An HDD is an older technology and offers a lower cost per GB when compared to an SSD. However, HDD read and write speeds are much slower as they are limited by the rotation of a mechanical disk. SSDs are much faster, generally up to 10x, than HDDs as they store data using flash memory as opposed to mechanical parts. SSDs are a relatively new storage technology and are thus more expensive than HDDs by about 4-5x per GB.
The Random Access Memory
The random access memory (RAM) serves as a form of computer data storage. In contrast with other forms of storage such as hard disks and DVD-RWs, the time required to read and write data using RAM is unchanging regardless of the physical location of the data inside the memory. In other words, RAM allows for extremely fast access to smaller amounts of memory because it is not limited by mechanical factors such as rotation speed with a DVD or hard disk drive. RAM speed (measured in MHz) should be considered as well as capacity (measured in GB). However, most components, such as CPUs and graphics cards, do not use all RAM capacity except under very heavy workloads. Therefore, 16GB of RAM is usually sufficient for most workstations.
The Graphics Processing Unit
The graphics processing unit (GPU), also known as the graphics card, serves as the main component for manipulating memory to accelerate the creation of images intended for output to a display. The memory size (measured in GB) and the core clock speed (measured in MHz) determine the performance capabilities of a GPU. A top-notch GPU can quickly process and output graphics intensive tasks, such as 3D rendering and video playback, in higher resolutions. Manipulation and output of 4k video is made faster by having a powerful GPU. Slower GPUs will struggle with graphics intensive tasks. This might lead to stuttering video playback, low frame rates, and lower resolution outputs.
While no component of a PC can be overlooked, it is important to prioritize component quality based on the desired task to be performed by the PC. At Regal Computers, we select the components which most influence performance with special care. This leads to the best performance possible from our products.