Buying a computer? READ THIS FIRST!
Before the pandemic started, it was relatively easy to find a “bang-for-your-buck” computer... just search for computers on Amazon and you could find something decent and capable of running HitFilm in your first few results.
This is no longer the case.
Right now, almost any computer under $500 is PURE GARBAGE. Above $500, there are still quite a few bad apples. Even in the $1000+ category, it’s very possible to end up with a computer that will disappoint you. Here are some tips to help you find a good computer for HitFilm in 2021.
MAKE SURE that any computer you get has an Intel Core i3, i5, i7, or i9; or an AMD Ryzen 3, 5, 7, or 9.
If you see “Pentium”, “Celeron”, “Athelon”, “A4”, or anything that’s not a Core i-series or Ryzen, run for the hills.
Threadrippers and newer Xeon processors will run HitFilm, but will NOT take full advantage of them, and in many instances will run slower than the “desktop-class” chips. Save your money unless you have a specific need for them. (Credit: Triem23)
MAKE SURE that whatever computer you get has an SSD. No computer in this decade should be using a mechanical hard drive for its main drive.
It is recommended to have at least 512 GB of storage. (Credit: Triem23)
In 2021, 8 GB RAM should be a BARE MINIMUM for a new computer, but 16+ GB is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you do settle for less than 16 GB, ensure you have the option to upgrade it in the future. (Credit: Triem23)
HitFilm works best with a dedicated graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD. Make sure it has at least 2 GB of VRAM (this is the majority of current dedicated GPUs), as that is the minimum requirement for editing 4K in HitFilm. (Credit: Stargazer54)
MAC USERS: Do NOT buy the new M1 Macs at this time! HitFilm is not optimized for M1 yet and you will be disappointed with the performance. Stick with what you’ve got for now, or get an Intel Mac.
If you’re unsure about finding a new computer right now, feel free to ask, ESPECIALLY if you’re on a tight budget.
(Edit: Modified some parts and added a few more items based on others’ suggestions. Thanks!)