The Best $2000 High-End Content Creation PC Build – February 2024
Calling All Serious Content Creators!
If you’re looking to put together the ultimate video editing PC at a mainstream price, this is the guide for you! Rather than try to tweak gaming-focused builds to make them a better match for heavy Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and similar application use, just build one that’s designed for content creation from the start! Sure, you could game on this system, but the components have been chosen specifically to maximize application performance and minimize noise, which is what we think professional video editors will value the most.
This Month’s Build, Featuring Intel and Nvidia!
For February 2024, the High-End Content Creation continues to feature Intel’s raging-fast Core i7-14700KF, a 20-core, 28-thread behemoth that offers tremendous content creation chops for the price. It has a total of 8 performance cores and 12 efficiency cores, allowing it to tackle any task with targeted firepower: a few ultra-high speed core for single-threaded tasks or a phalanx of cores for multi-threaded tasks. While not quite as fast as its Core i9 cousin the 14900KF, the much lower cost allows us to fit a powerful GPU into the build, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 12GB, which provides tremendous acceleration in apps like Davinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop. It’s also massively-efficient, which is great for keeping noise in check.
Backing up the CPU and GPU is 64GB of ultra-high-speed DDR5-6400 RAM and a top-end 2TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive, which offers extraordinary I/O throughput. To put the finishing touches on this build, we suggest you equip it with an efficient fully-modular power supply, install it in the quiet, professionally-styled SilverStone Seta A1 case, and cool it with the awesome Deepcool Assassin IV tower cooler. This will give you a silent-running, workstation-class system.
If you’re looking to complete your system, you’ll find our recommendations on the perfect peripherals for a content creation PC later on this page. We use Amazon affiliate links for our readers in the US, which will auto-convert for our readers in the UK, Canada, and parts of the EU, with regional substitutions made automatically based on availability. Your use of these links to purchase the products we recommend will help support continued development of this site.
Intel Core i7-14700KF$393The 14700KF offers blazing-fast performance for a relative bargain price. With 8 performance cores and 12 efficiency cores (up from 8 in the 13700KF), it delivers a total of 20 cores and 28 threads of game- and content-crushing performance. It’s the chip every serious PC user would be proud to have in their system!
This CPU offers tremendous content creation capability, far exceeding anything AMD offers at this pricepoint.
MSI MAG Z790-A Max WiFi$240MSI’s “A” line is legendary for offering up tremendous performance for the price, and this Socket 1700 model based on the Z790 chipset is a perfect match for Intel’s latest CPUs. It features a massive 16+1+1 Phase VRM, four M.2 slots (all being Gen 4 x4), a PCIe Gen 5 video card slot, eight USB ports (one being Type-C), and integrated WiFi 7. Note that it conforms to the DDR5 RAM standard, providing the ultimate in performance for high-end Intel processors.
The new 14th-Gen CPUs require updated firmware, and most motherboards don't have it, but MSI has released its "Max" line to max the transition simple: every Max motherboard is guaranteed to boot 14th-Gen CPUs out of the box!
Video Card –
Asus GeForce RTX 4070 12GB Dual OC$530The RTX 4070 offers amazing performance and amazing efficiency, making it the perfect GPU for any high-end rig! This model comes with a premium dual-fan cooler that provides exceptional cooling capability and extremely low noise levels. And it comes pre-overclocked from the factory, yet has plenty of room for manual overclocking.
While marketed primarily for gaming, the RTX 4070 is an exceptional content creation GPU, far exceeding the performance of the RTX 3070 and all AMD GPUs, while providing a solid 12GB of VRAM and impressive efficiency. It also supports up to four UHD monitors simultaneously!
G.Skill 2x32GB Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6400 CL32$205For the ultimate in speed, you must go with DDR5 RAM, but not just any DDR5 RAM, because you need high-frequency DDR5 to blow past DDR4 RAM performance. And that’s what you get with G.Skill’s Trident Z5 kit running at DDR5-6400 with timings of 32-39-39-102 at 1.40V. This is the real deal when it comes to DDR5 performance!
This DDR5 kit is a great match for the CPU and motherboard - remember, DDR4 is not compatible!
Solid-State Drive –
Samsung 990 Pro 2TB$168For primary storage, you don’t just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going for the 990 Pro PCIe 4.0. It offers mind-blowing performance, up to 7,450MB/s read and 6,900MB/s, plus blistering random speeds that no other drive can touch. The 990 Pro will go down in history as the drive that truly maxed out the PCIe Gen 4 bus.
The speed of this drive will be put to good use in a serious content creation machine. If you'd like to split out your OS and swap drive for even better throughput, just pick up two 1TB drives... or better yet, two of these 2TB drives!
SilverStone Seta A1 Silver$140The Seta A1 from SilverStone is a true watershed product in the case market. Designed around maximizing airflow while providing a professional exterior, the Seta A1 does something no other case can do: give you maximum performance, ultra-quiet operation, and a stylish aluminum front panel all in one package. The key to the A1’s excellent performance are the dual 200mm fans hidden behind that front panel, which spin at a maximum of just 800RPM, meaning they’re far quieter than typical 120mm fans, while producing tremendous airflow.
This case was originally designed as a gaming case, but its professional looks and ultra-quiet operation make it perfect for a content creation PC.
Power Supply –
Thermaltake Toughpower GF A3 750W Gold$90A power supply is about so much more than just a wattage rating, and with Thermaltake’s Toughpower GF A3, you get a modern platform to last you many builds. Of course it has an impressive 750W of capacity, but it also offers Gold efficiency certification, a fully-modular design, and an ultra-silent 120mm FDB fan with zero-RPM mode. But perhaps most important, and what really sets this unit apart, is the Gen5 12VHPWR PCIe connector, meeting the Intel ATX 3.0 specification standard. It means no adapters are required when paired with the latest power-hungry GPUs from Nvidia!
This PSU will provide plenty of power for this system, which under full CPU/GPU rendering load will draw under 500W.
CPU Cooler –
DeepCool Assassin IV$100Deepcool has been around a long time, but only recently did they truly aim to dethrone all the top contenders on the cooler market with well-priced, ultra-performance models. The Assassin IV doesn’t just think out of the box, it redesigns the box, with a dual “pull” fan arrangement that allows for perfect clearance over the RAM slots, which no other extreme dual tower has been able to claim. It does so with a combination of a 140mm fan in the middle and a 120mm fan in the rear, plus 7 massive heatpipes. It’s the best air cooler on the market, and also offers the most streamlined appearance!
This massive, high-powered cooler will keep the hot-running Core i7 processor under control. And it ought to, since it's the most powerful air cooler on the market.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home (USB) @Newegg$139Windows 11 built on everything people loved about Windows 10, and then took it to 11! It adds significant under-the-hood changes to make it faster and more secure, and of course, the interface is sleek too! Note that we’re linking to Newegg, because Amazon long ago stopped selling this physical USB version of Windows, which is the most convenient one to use.
Win11 is definitely what you want on a new PC!
Sound Card –
Creative Sound Blaster AE-7$198 The Guru’s Tip
Stepping up to a dedicated sound card is a good choice if you do a lot of audio work.
The 32-inch Professional 4K Monitor –
ViewSonic VP3256-4K$500 The Guru’s Tip
Any content creator will want a big 4K monitor to work with, and this one is that and a whole lot more!
The Ultimate Business Keyboard –
Logitech MX Keys S Wireless Illuminated Keyboard$110 The Guru’s Tip
Logitech really leapfrogged the competition when it released this keyboard, and no one is close to catching up!
The Deluxe Wireless Mouse –
Logitech MX Master 3S$100 The Guru’s Tip
Perhaps the coolest feature of this mouse from a content creator's perspective is the Flow cross-computer control, which allows you to work seamlessly on three computers without the need for a KVM switch.
The Deluxe PC Headset –
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless$160 The Guru’s Tip
While designed first for gaming, this headset is of such a quality that any content creator can be proud to use it!
Total Cost: $2004
- CPU – Intel Core i7-14700KF ($393)
- Motherboard – MSI MAG Z790-A Max WiFi ($240)
- Video Card – Asus GeForce RTX 4070 12GB Dual OC ($530)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x32GB Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6400 CL32 ($205)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 990 Pro 2TB ($168)
- Case – SilverStone Seta A1 Silver ($140)
- Power Supply – Thermaltake Toughpower GF A3 750W Gold ($90)
- CPU Cooler – DeepCool Assassin IV ($100)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home (USB) @Newegg ($139)
- Sound Card – Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 ($198)
- The 32-inch Professional 4K Monitor – ViewSonic VP3256-4K ($500)
- The Ultimate Business Keyboard – Logitech MX Keys S Wireless Illuminated Keyboard ($110)
- The Deluxe Wireless Mouse – Logitech MX Master 3S ($100)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless ($160)