Desktop PCs can be built for a number of different reasons. Whilst we tend to focus on building gaming PCs, there are plenty of people that want to build a PC for creating content, browsing the web, and staying on top of daily life.
Aside from gaming, leisurely desktop PCs are most commonly used for content creation. Whether you’re a designer, streamer, editor, or writer, the additional firepower of a PC can make these tasks much easier, mainly thanks to reduced rendering times.
For this build, we’re putting down the controller to focus on a system that will elevate content creation, while sticking to a tight budget. More specifically, this PC will be excellent for video editing, with each part picked out with this task in mind.
But of course, this system will also be capable of plenty of other activities, including playing the latest games.
PC Build Parts List
If you’re interested in building a PC for creating and editing content, we’ll be breaking down all the parts used to assemble our system, as well as showing off the performance in a number of benchmarking tests.
GPU: ASUS ProArt RTX 4060Ti 16GB
Acting as our main inspiration for this build, the ASUS ProArt RTX 4060Ti is rare entity within the PC building landscape. With the GPU being such a vital aspect of gaming PCs, and optional for other systems, it can be difficult to find a design that isn’t tailored towards gamers in some capacity. However, this GPU is specifically designed with content creators in mind, which is portrayed by the professional and modest tones.
Aside from a sophisticated facelift, the ProArt RTX 4060Ti is also packed with plenty of firepower to handle editing tasks fairly comfortably.
Whilst this card has received criticism for its gaming performance for the price point, the NVIDIA Ada Lovelace architecture backing this card is great for editing high-quality videos.
Equipped with 16GB of VRAM, a boost clock speed of up to 2.68GHz, and support for DLSS 3.0, this card does everything in its power to improve the editing process. However, the main selling point comes from the AV1 encoder, which significantly improves the visuals and performance of compressed videos.
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CPU: Intel Core i5 14600K
The processor we’ve picked to put alongside the RTX 4060Ti is the Intel Core i5 14600K, a solid mid-range processor that is well-equipped to take on workstation applications. Whilst this CPU doesn’t provide the generational upgrade we would have expected when compared to the i5 13600K, the 14600K still provides a performance advantage for a similar price.
Also, our testing showed the biggest advantage this CPU had over its predecessor came in productivity-related applications, where the difference in performance was fairly substantial. As a result, the 14600K seemed like a worthy candidate for a creator-focussed build like this one.
That being said, the Core i5 13600K is a strong alternative which can be found for slightly cheaper, especially if you plan on doing some gaming on the side.
Looking at the 14600K specifically, this CPU boasts 14 cores, 20 threads, and clock speeds up to 5.3GHz, making it one of the best mid-range CPUs on the market. Plus, the ability to overclock this processor will surely come in handy when tackling more demanding video projects.
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CPU Cooler: DeepCool AK620 Digital
To keep the CPU and surrounding components as cool as possible, we’ve picked up DeepCool’s AK620 Digital, an air cooling solution with a twist. The original AK620 and its numerous variants have become some of our favourite air CPU coolers within the office, thanks to their strong performance and reliability.
However, the AK620 Digital takes this performance and adds some flair by introducing an LCD display into the mix. This lets builders see vital CPU information such as temperature and usage at all times, which makes it easy to monitor your system and notice problems before they get out of hand.
Air coolers can often be overlooked due to their obstructive and simplistic designs lacking the appeal of their liquid cooled counterparts. However, DeepCool AK620 Digital has faced this issue head-on to provide an affordable cooling solution that looks as good as it performs. Though the sizing may cause some clearance issues within smaller cases, it won’t be an issue for this build.
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Motherboard: ASUS ProArt Z790 Creator WiFi
Our second ProArt component to feature in this build is the ASUS ProArt Z790 Creator WiFi. This motherboard is tailor-made to provide content creators and media professionals with all the tools they need to build a productive powerhouse.
Equipped with a plethora of connectivity features, such as PCI-E 5.0 slots to support the best current and future graphics cards, along with four M.2 slots for a wealth of storage, this is one of the most versatile Z790 motherboards available. In addition, this motherboard supports up to 192GB of DDR5 memory, providing consumers with the tools to cut down on load times, and increase responsiveness.
For content creators in particular, having extensive and varied rear IO ports is crucial for optimising productivity and convenience. ASUS have understood the importance of connectivity within this design, as the ProArt Z790 Creator WiFi includes plenty of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a 10Gb LAN port for high-speed performance.
In terms of design, the ProArt Z790 Creator WiFi unsurprisingly goes hand-in-hand with our graphics cards, adding to the professional black and gold(ish) colour-scheme. On top of this, the ATX form factor will fit nicely into the majority of PC cases, meaning it should be easy to slot into most builds.
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RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5
The Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5 kit has been a mainstay within the GeekaWhat offices since its release, offering an excellent blend of performance, design, and reliability. Whilst there are many variants of this RAM available in a plethora of configurations, we’ve opted for their 32GB 5600MT/s kit. This will provide the performance needed to complete most edits in a swift manner, whilst also keeping costs down to a minimum.
Whilst RGB lighting isn’t considered the most important aspect for a productivity-focused build, the small hint of colour this DIMM slot provides is subtle enough to work within a less gaming-oriented PC. Plus, it acts as a gentle reminder that this build isn’t necessarily designed to be used within a workplace environment.
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SSD: Samsung 990 Pro
Storage is a vital aspect of any creator-focussed PC, as large video files can quickly add up, leaving you with little space to store important footage. Because of this, we’ve splashed the cash on Samsung’s 990 Pro SSD, a high-speed M.2 drive that can deal with any task you throw at it.
For this build, we’ve picked out the 2TB version, but the 990 Pro is also available in a 4TB capacity for those looking to store their files on a single SSD. No matter which variant you choose, the 7.45GB/s read and 6.9GB/s write speeds will provide blisteringly-fast loading and rendering times, meaning you won’t have to wait too long to complete and upload projects.
Whilst this storage solution is on the expensive side for a more price-conscious build like this one, the time and hassle it will save is worth the investment.
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Case: Fractal North
With the PC case being the component that brings the overall design and aesthetic of a build together, we’ve opted for a chassis that resonates professionalism in a way that doesn’t come across as bland or generic. Out of all the PC cases we’ve tested, there was no better case to match this description than the Fractal North.
This chassis has become an instant classic thanks to the wooden front panel bringing a breath of fresh air to the PC building space. Whilst lots of modern cases seem to be rehashes or imitations of older designs, this chassis shows that thinking outside of the box can truly pay off.
What makes the Fractal North even better is that it’s fairly easy to build in and offers supports for a wide range of components. For this build specifically, the wooden panels compliment the black and gold colours on the ProArt GPU and motherboard, leading to a sophisticated design that catches the eye.
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PSU: Thermaltake Smart BM3 750W
To power up our system, we’ve chosen to pick up a more affordable power supply to counteract some of the expenditure on other components. As a result, Thermaltake’s Smart BM3 750W power supply is a great choice for those wanting to stick to a tight budget.
This semi-modular PSU is attached with all the necessary cables needed to get your system up and running, whilst also providing additional connectors for upgrades. Additionally, the ATX 3.0 form factor gives you access to a PCIE Gen5 connector, which makes it easier to plug in our RTX 4060 Ti graphics card.
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1440p, High Settings
Graphics Preset: Custom
Dynamic Resolution: Off
Shadow Quality: High
Crowd Density: High
Motion Blur: OFF
1080p, Comp. Settings
Render Distance: Far
Global Illumination: Off
Ray Tracing: Off
Post Processing: Low
1440p, High Settings
Texture Filtering: 8x
Model Detail: High
Ambient Occlusion: High
1440p, High Settings
Anti-Aliasing: TAA High
Effects Quality: High
Texture Quality: High
Shadow Quality: High
Motion Blur: Off
To see how this PC performs in the likes of DaVinci Resolve, check out our video of this build on the GeekaWhat YouTube channel.