We are no longer building custom PC systems.
After building around 900 systems since PC video editing took off in the 1990s, it is time to wind down this side of the business. We can still offer service and support, both for our own systems and PCs in general, and are well placed to advise - in a consultancy capacity - on what will give you the best value for money for this type of application.
With the release of software like Adobe's Premiere Pro CS5/6 & CC , with their full 64 bit processing and direct usage of a high-end graphics card, "software-only" editing is now a reality for all levels of work.
Whatever software you choose for video editing, a current-generation CPU is advised, and the Intel i-series CPUs offer a good balance between cost and performance. New for 2013 were the four thousand series CPUs, updated again in 2015 with the six thousand series and the Intel Z170 motherboard chipset, whilst the Skt 2011 series of CPUs on the X99 chipset have the advantage of a quad-channel RAM bus and a minimum of six physical cores (12 with hyperthreading)
If you are moving to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, and are working in HD, then I would recommend an i7-based system, since it's the CPU that does the work of decoding the video files. In SD that load is pretty trivial, so any of the sample systems will handle it. In HD, not only are the frame sizes bigger, but the compression tends to be more complex too, so typically 4x-8x as much processing power is needed.
The specs of the sample video editing systems on this page are based around the needs of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/6 & CC editions, using the latest Intel i-series CPUs, which we feel give good value for money.
Intel-chipset PCI-Express motherboard with on-board SATA, audio, USB2/3 & gigabit ethernet, 600/650W PSU (750W+ on hex-core X99 systems) & 120/140mm quiet fans, 1TB + 2 or 3TB SATA 600 hard drives (for system & video), dual layer DVD+/-R/RW, Nvidia GTX series multi-output PCI-Express graphics card, Windows 7 (or 8.1) Pro 64bit O/S