Five Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Video Editing Computer



There are many common video editing computer mistakes people make every day. They buy cheap, buy a brand name, or put no effort into research.

This isn’t surprising. Buying a computer is no easy task, especially if you aren’t a person who’s really infatuated with the technology. There are a lot of working parts of a computer that you need to consider and research, and it can be a very daunting task. This leads a lot of people to make hasty, under-researched purchasing decisions that they’ll come to regret later on.

Video editing computers are especially difficult to buy because you need your computer to do so much. A video editor can easily eat up even the best GPUs when they’re under a heavy workload, so anything less than the best simply will not do. Because of this, choosing which computer is the best may be a long process.

Think of buying a video editing computer as similar to buying a car: it needs to fit your purposes, and you don’t want to buy another one any time soon. It’s a long term investment into a technology that can seem cryptic to many people. Maybe you’re a computer person and you know what to look for, but if you aren’t you should look for help.

You absolutely need to do your research when buying a computer for any reason. But even that research can sometimes be misleading. Because there is so much information out there on the internet, it’s hard to know what to believe and whom to trust. In this article, we’ll go over the 5 most common mistakes made when buying a video editing computer but it also serves as a guide for computer buying in general.


Video Editing Computer Buying Mistake #1: Buying Cheap

Cheap Computer

By far the most common video editing computer mistake we see people make is that they buy a cheap computer. Usually not the cheapest - because most people know that cheap or second hand computers suck - but very close to it. Many people buy video editing computers in the $700 to $800 range because they think that price is good for some arbitrary reason.  In reality, this price range will get you little beyond the basics

To come back to the car buying analogy, this is the equivalent of buying a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While the Impala might have been a good car at one point - and it’s certainly a cheap one now - it’s hard to call it a smart decision in any sense that isn’t financial. It’s great to get a good deal on a car, but not when the car is likely to break down every half a mile. Similarly, a cheap computer will become obsolete very quickly, meaning you might have to shell out extra for repairs, hardware upgrades, or an entirely new computer in less than two years.

When you buy cheap computers, you lose out on a lot of the components that you need for video editing. Even if you can find a cheaper computer that has an i7 processor, you might miss the fact that it’s using an outdated GPU. This is exactly the type of thing you need to be paying attention to when looking for a video editing computer, because one low quality or outdated part can bottleneck the entire system.

If you are in a position where you want to or need to buy cheaply, you need to do even more research. You’ll need to go in with an understanding of what expectations are reasonable to have in your price range, and if you’ll be able to work within that range. For example, maybe you spend more on RAM, even if it means sacrificing for a smaller monitor.

For those in this situation, it’s best to wait. Try to avoid buying for the sake of buying. This is where so many people get stuck with cheap computers - they buy because they need one, so they buy whatever looks good without digging in and looking closely at the hardware. If you absolutely need to buy a cheaper computer, keep watch for holiday sales and times when prices are generally lower. But, start saving immediately because cheap computers do not last long.


Video Editing Computer Buying Mistake #2: Buying a Brand

Another common video editing mistake that people make, often in a bit of a pinch, is buying a brand name. This isn’t to say that buying brand name computers is always a bad thing. Generally, top brands are top for a reason. They likely offered tremendous value or reliability at one point. But, relying on a brand nowadays is a bad idea.

When you saw the title of this heading, you likely immediately thought of Apple. An overwhelming amount of people have a computer buying process that begins and ends with a Google search for “2019 Mac computer.” They decide if they want a desktop or a laptop and buy whatever fits their price range.

Apple computers aren’t bad - in fact, for video editing the iMac is one of the best computers on the market - but they do come with their drawbacks. If you’re not putting the proper amount of research into buying a computer, you’re going to find out about these drawbacks well after you’ve made your purchase. Such issues include underwhelming hardware or increased price for proprietary software or ridiculous add-ons such as the $1,000 stand.

This issue doesn’t begin and end with Macs either. Many people will only buy from trusted brand names like HP and Dell, even if they aren’t particularly loyal to one or the other. While these companies can produce acceptable computers, they come with similar issues people take for granted because this is just what they’ve always known.

Even more tech minded people aren’t completely free of fault here. So many PC gamers will blindly buy Alienware and MSI computers just because they’re known for being good gaming PCs. However, they often overlook common problems such as overheating. It’s not a good sign when your website has an article dedicated to frequent problems such as overheating and shutting down unexpectedly. These computers likely did not undergo proper assembly or testing like we do for every PC built at Regal Computers.


Video Editing Computer Buying Mistake #3: Not Buying for Your Needs

When it comes to hardware, another common video editing computer mistake is not buying for your needs. Video editing computers generally require the highest quality components on the market. Where this mistake most often pops up is when people buy gaming computers for tasks other than gaming. Because people tend to see gaming as the most intense thing you can do on a computer, they trust that they’ll be able to do anything with a gaming computer. This isn’t necessarily the case, though.

One thing to consider here is 4K resolution. Most video editors are going to want a 4K screen for obvious reasons, whereas it’s more of a luxury for gamers. If you are researching PCs for gaming, you might end up with something a little lackluster. Gaming PCs often skimp on RAM, cooling, or storage space.

You certainly can find computers that will handle more than one need. Most video editing computers can definitely play even the most graphically intensive games. But if you plan to use one computer for both gaming and video editing, you may need to make concessions in the hardware department.

Bottom line, if it’s more important that you can edit high quality video the you should prioritize the four most important components of a video editing computer and make sure they are of high quality. If gaming and frame rate are your main concerns, try a custom gaming computer. If it’s more important that you can use your computer in a classroom or on the go, find a laptop.


Video Editing Computer Buying Mistake #4: Buying with No Context

No Context

Another very common video editing computer mistake people make is assuming that a bigger number, or a single number, means a better computer. RAM is the biggest offender here because it’s what many people focus on. Everyone and his mother knows that more RAM means a better computer, right?

Wrong! More RAM doesn’t mean much if the rest of your computer hardware cannot utilize it.  It’s like having a car with turbo chargers but only three wheels. Of course you’re going to need a decent amount of RAM - anything less than 8GB can barely be considered a computer these days. The recommended is at least 16GB, but how many people are ever going to use a full 32GB? Very few, unless the other hardware is up to snuff and the programs one uses can actually utilize all of the RAM.

Another number that people often focus on is the processor generation. We know that the Intel i9 is newer than the Intel i7, so we naturally prefer a computer with an i9. But newer doesn’t always mean better. Especially for video editing, you should be more concerned with the number of cores and clock speed than the generation. An overclocked hexa-core i7 will do much more for you than a stock quad-core i9.


Video Editing Computer Buying Mistake #5: Being Afraid of Customization

Custom PC

It’s become pretty common to see people building their own computers these days. More and more tech minded people are building PCs themselves to have more control over their machine and to help lower their budget. However, people who aren’t fully into tech or don’t have the time to learn tend to shy away. They’re either scared or fear it will be too expensive to customize their computer.

It doesn’t have to be, though. Customization can be a great way to get a computer that fits your needs exactly, and that’s why we’re happy to do them. Even if you don’t know all the technical details of what you want, we make it as easy as possible to understand. Fearing customization too much is definitely a video editing computer mistake, because it can keep you away from your perfect computer. If you’re interested in picking up a custom computer or a video editing computer that won’t be a mistake, we provide the best.



It’s easy to make a mistake when buying a video editing computer.  Going too cheap, blindly buying a brand name or without context, or failing to consider your needs will lead to an underwhelming computer and all the frustration that comes with it. The best way to avoid these common mistakes is to follow this article and moreover do your research. However, if you still have questions or need help, simply fill out a contact form and we’ll get back to you in less than 24 hours.