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Posted · Original PosterOP

Budget (including currency): Sub $1000

Country: US of A

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Davinci Resolve. Photo editing and 4k video editing

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Good afternoon,

I am having some trouble figuring out the most cost effective direction. I recently bought a laptop for night college courses and general computer stuff and got the bottom of the line one of these...


AMD Athlon™ Gold 3150U (2.4 GHz, up to 3.3 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 2 cores) + AMD Radeon™ Graphics



Anyway, shortly after buying it, I got into drones. Then I really got into drones. Now I'm giving a drone business a go. 


Problem is this thing is lacking in the video editing horsepower. It will manage 1080 ok but really gets into trouble on 4k. I upped the ram to 16gb and while that helped, it's still a matter of making an edit, heading to the kitchen or the tv and waiting for it to apply the color or whatever it was you did.


Since having sunk most of my money into drones and startup costs, what direction should I go here?

1) Upgrade this thing or is there some drivers or anything that would give me any sort of chance?

2) I have a family member willing to give me what I paid for it so they can have a new laptop. I could either build a desktop but then have to factor in a monitor, or buy a better laptop.

3) Is it reasonable to buy a refurb off Amazon with the monitor, keyboard, mouse setup and then just max out the ram and add a GPU? I liked Linus' cheap gaming rig he did with the Optiplex. Do the same principals apply for cheap editing?

4) ? Any other ideas?


I used to be into building desktops and don't think I'd have a problem but the last one I put together was when the "new" Windows XP was released. It's been cheap laptops ever since.


Thanks everyone!





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2) is the most sound option, but I would go with see if it can work until t absolutely doesn't work anymore

CPU: Intel core i7-8086K Case: CORSAIR Crystal 570X RGB CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB Storage: Samsung 960 EVO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal PSU: EVGA 1000 GQ, 80+ GOLD 1000W, Semi Modular GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200mhz Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E Gaming

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There's unfortunately nothing you'll be able to do to improve this thing, take advantage of the family member's offer.


But a decent machine for that purpose will obviously cost quite a bit more...

Desktop: i7-5960X 4.4GHz, Noctua NH-D14, ASUS Rampage V, 32GB, RTX2080S, 2TB NVMe SSD, 2x16TB HDD RAID0, Corsair HX1200, Thermaltake Overseer RX1, Samsung 4K curved 49" TV, 23" secondary

Mobile SFF rig: i9-9900K, Noctua NH-L9i, Asrock Z390 Phantom ITX-AC, 32GB, GTX1070, 2x1TB NVMe SSD RAID0, 2x5TB 2.5" HDD RAID0, Athena 500W Flex (Noctua fan), Custom 4.7l 3D printed case


Dell XPS 2 in 1 2019, 32GB, 1TB, 4K


GPD Win 2

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Go new... or used... so the lowest i would go is many programs will only work "fine" (more like okay) with 4k if you have 8GB of VRAM an RX580 and maybe a first gen Ryzen if you can get it for cheap...

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Hybrid option: Get an SSD and try to put it in there.  I'm betting the HDD in there is hurting your performance.  A lot.  

If that doesn't do it for you, put the HDD back in, take advantage of your family member's kind option, and use the SSD in the rig you build.  



Folding@Home Stats | Current PC Loadout:

Small                        Bigger                        Biggest
Fractal Design Focus G       NZXT H1                       Fractal Design Meshify C
FX-8320                      Ryzen 3 3200G                 Ryzen 7 3700X
120mm AIO                    120mm AIO                     Noctua NH-D15
A motherboard                ASRock B450 mobo              MSI x570 mobo
16gb DDR3                    16gb DDR4 @ 3200              16gb DDR4 @ 3600
a melange of HDDs/SSDs       WD 1tb m.2                    WD 1tb m.2/2tb HDD
PNY GTX 1070 x2              MSI RTX 2080 Super            MSI RTX 2080 TI
some 650w PSU                650W SFX-L 80Plus Gold        EVGA SuperNova 750w 80+ GOLD PSU


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