Planning to buy a new hardware but need to optimize on cost, what will reduce camtasia rendering time to local file more, better cpu or gpu?

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Planning to buy a new hardware but need to optimize on cost, what will reduce camtasia rendering time to local file more, better cpu or gpu?
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Joe Morgan

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Thats an easy one to answer.
The CPU does the heavy lifting.
Fast hard drives and ample RAM is important to.

Regards,Joe

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Have your operating system on an SSD drive. This will also help with performance of the application (e.g, Camtasia)
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Thanks Guys. That was pretty quick! A followup question, on cpu front is it the no of cores or speed per core thats more vital?
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Yes number of cores is important, but not proportionally. So 8 cores is about 65% better than 4 cores. CPU frequency is proportional, 4 GHz is twice as fast as 2 GHz. When comparing AMD to Intel, also consider cache sizes or L1, L2 an L3. 

Here's an excellent article on CPUs:
https://www.techspot.com/article/1821-how-cpus-are-designed-and-built/

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An NVMe SSD is 10x better than a SATA3 mounted SSD, but even then, it's the CPU that will be responsible for 99% rendering. In an LGA 1151, the best choice is a 9900K or KF (both 8-core, 16 threads the KF is much more $$). I'd also recommend a mobo that can host two NVMe  ssds. Then get as much memory as you can. Memory speed is a consideration if you plane to over-clock (I've successfully - no blue screens my native 3.6 GHz 9900K to 4.8 GHz and for Camtasia rendering, that means 33.3% faster than not overclocking.  

An expensive video card can sometimes produce a marginal improvement (up to 10%) but a faster CPU and as many hyper-threaded cores as you can afford should your target. If you decide to let the video go away at least for the time being, make sure the mobo has an integrated video chip.
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https://pcpartpicker.com/product/XJbC...

Ed, I pulled the plug a month ago and got this: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/utathea...

Would I be able to put a second SSD in there? Do you have any feedback overall?
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The board appears to have 6 SATA-3 ports, 0ne for a DVD and 5 for SSDs and HDDs . Unfortunately it doesn't have any M.2 or DIMM.2 slots so no chance of mounting an NVMe drive.
Did you order a system with this board, or are you building it yourself?
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So last month, work pulled the trigger on working from home and I had to upgrade fast. Given the time crunch, I googled "PC for 4k video editing," and had MicroCenter assemble it for me. (I get that building your computer isn't rocket science but I needed a replacement in short order.) 

This November, I'd be willing to make strategic upgrades (i.e., getting an extra SSD in there, a better GPU, a new motherboard, etc.), but if possible, I'd like to not dump the drawer on everything I got. 
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You . . have a job, that's what's important.
I take 4 or more months just to plan for a computer!
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Ed, I really appreciate that. Thanks for reminding me about what's important.

I was trying to qualify any mistakes I made in this process.