Harmonaz wroteApologies in advance in case it appears I didn't research enough before posting here. Been researching for almost 2 weeks now and can't figure out anymore on my own so here I am!
The fact you've given is so much information is great because that's exactly what we need to help you. We're happy to help here and it makes it much easier when we actually know what people are looking for, so no worries and thanks for not posting something like "need pc lul, thanks, 1000 k".
Harmonaz wroteI'm thinking of using Da Vince Resolve as its free - but does that mean forking out more on a graphics card? Would I be better off buying software like PowerDirector and getting a cheaper GPU? Perhaps its more related to the actual work I want to do so what do you think based on the scenarios I explained above?
I'd probably just keep using Premiere Pro, especially if it's what you're used to. For your use case, you don't really need a discrete GPU. However, with something like an R7 2700(x) or 3700x, you would need a discrete GPU as those don't have integrated graphics.
Harmonaz wroteDo you need an operating system?
Never done this before, but I'm going to try and install Win10 pro myself. From what I've read, I need to create a usb boot disk, buy the key off ebay or something and then hopefully the rest will be smooth sailing right?
Yeah, it's ezpz. Download the "Media Installation" tool or whatever it's called for Win10 from Microsoft's website and make a bootable USB with that. Then if you want to validate the OS, just buy a key from somewhere that is not ridiculously over-priced, should be able to get a key for less than 25 quid easy.
Harmonaz wroteSo based on the needs I mentioned, will a ryzen 7 3700X render my videos much faster than a 2700X? If yes, I don't mind forking out the extra £150 or so. Heck, if it renders faster, I don't mind getting a 3900X.
Well, the 3900x is £500 and you'll want to pair that with a £150+ motherboard IMO, so that'll go way over your £1000 budget for sure. I'd stick with an R7. The 3700x can be as much as 10-15% faster in Premiere Pro over a 2700x, which is noticeable for sure. I don't think it's worth twice the price though to be honest.
Harmonaz wroteMotherboard - The most confusing part for me to find out about. Here's a few I've looked at but by no means do I have a preference. I just hope it can take full advantage of the CPU/RAM/GPU. Two M2 drive slots would be nice, but not necessary. USB-C would also be nice as it sounds like many peripherals tend to use it yet most of the motherboards I checked don't seem to have it?
[list]MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX ~ £85
MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ~ £120
MSI B450-A Pro Max ~ £60
Aorus X570 AORUS Elite ~ £191
ASUS TUF X570-Plus - £180
Gigabyte B450M DS3H - £60
The B450 Tomahawk has a USB-C port for sure, so does the B450 Gaming Pro Carbon. The X570 boards also both definitely have USB-C. Though most stuff is still using Type A USB ports anyway, but I would agree that at least 1 x Type C is a nice feature to have. Either get the B450 Tomahawk(MAX) or Asus TUF X570 and ignore pretty much everything else to be honest. I'd keep an eye on prices for the X570 TUF over Black Friday because it might come down close to £150, maybe even for the wi-fi version. Otherwise, B450 Tomahawk(MAX) for £80-90 is a great deal and more than enough for an R7 2700(x)/3700x. If you really want the 2 x m.2 slots, then get the B450 Gaming Pro Carbon over the Tomahawk(MAX) for the extra 25 quid or so- pretty much the same mobo but Pro Carbon has a couple extra features. The X570 TUF also has 2 x m.2 slots so no need to worry if you go with that.
Harmonaz wroteSSD - Sabrent 1TB M2. Maybe this is overkill, but I think this new M2 tech is really cool so I want! If you end up recommending a motherboard with two M2 slots, I might get two drives.
I wouldn't say overkill at all. SSD's in the 1TB range are the best value right now IMO, and even the entry level NVMe SSD's like the Sabrent Rocket and Intel 660p are really well priced. I'd personally be getting a 1.02TB Intel 660p for 90 quid because they're an absolute steal IMO.
Harmonaz wroteRAM - Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz C16 XMP 2.0 ~ £70. Haven't gone 32 GB since I'm not editing large 4k videos (yet). Is 3200 MHz good enough or is it worth getting something faster?
If you can get 3600MHz for a good price, sure, but 3000/3200MHz is the best value currently and fast enough really. Should be able to get a 16GB kit closer to 50 quid than £70 though, and might even see some deals with Black Friday coming up.
Harmonaz wroteGraphics - as mentioned earlier, I'm really not sure what to do here. Buy some editing software and use a cheap GPU, or use Da Vinci Resolve and use a more expensive card? Then there's the issue of me possibly not having monitors that do more than 1080p (not forever as I will get new monitors, just not now). The few graphics cards I was recommended from youtube are listed below but I can't tell whats good or bad and how suited for my needs they will be.
ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC edition 8GB GDDR6 ~ £410
MSI RADEON RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC Graphics Card '8GB GDDR5, 1366Hz ~ £170
XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition 1286MHz, 8gb GDDR5 ~ £127
ASUS GPU Nvidia GTX1650 Dual OC 4G Fan ~ £156
I honestly wouldn't get any of these. You're not really going to need GPU acceleration so you'll mostly be using the CPU anyway, so for that reason, £400 on a GPU is just silly in this situation IMO.
If you do end up using GPU acceleration in something like Premiere Pro, an NVidia GPU will be better than AMD so the RX 570 and 580 are out for that reason, but the GTX 1650 is just too low-end and poor value. So, a GTX 1660(Super) would be a good shout, or honestly, a GTX 1650 Super for 150 quid would be a pretty good fit IMHO.
Since you'll need a discrete GPU with an R7 CPU, I'd look at a 1650 Super for £150ish or a 1660 Super for £200ish.
Harmonaz wroteCase - from youtube - NZXT H510 ~ £75. I am really not bothered about looks. Just want a case that'll do the job. If there's a dirt cheap case out there that will house all my parts and allow enough air flow etc etc - I'm happy.
Plenty good cases under £70/75. The NZXT H510 is a fine case if you like it, but I'd personally be looking at a Phanteks P400A or Cooler Master NR600.
Harmonaz wrotePSU - Anything that is Gold standard and gives out 650 Watts or more is good right?
Not necessarily. Plenty of poor quality Gold rated PSU's out there that are worse than good Bronze rated units.
So, I'd probably be looking at something like this;
PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor (£139.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX AM4 Motherboard (£114.49 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN TUF Gaming Allian 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£59.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£88.88 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox NR600 (w/o ODD) ATX Mid Tower Case (£69.88 @ More Computers)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 (EU) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£64.98 @ Amazon UK)
Plus a GTX 1650 Super for £150 or, as I said above, you can maybe look at a GTX 1660 Super for an extra 50 quid. Either way, this takes you to <£750 total. So this leaves you plenty cash to upgrade to a 3700x if you really want, or swap the mobo to an X570 TUF. You could also add more storage and/or an aftermarket CPU cooler if you want.