The low cost system vs the Skylake system
These two systems are essentially the same computer with different default components. The Premiere Skylake System represents the most commonly ordered system. On this page we present the lowest cost system that we would recommend for video editing work. You can change all the components listed here and will get to the same system as present on the Skylake system page, if you change enough items. Although we are calling the other system "Skylake" and this system "low cost" they both use Skylake Intel processors. We are calling them different names to hopefully make it more obvious why there is a price difference!
The main differences:
The low cost has an i5 processor as standard, the Skylake system an i7. The i7 is basically faster and Premiere Pro will use the power to play back more streams of video and more effects. You can change the processor to a Skylake i7 from the options below. Obviously the faster the processor the better, however, an i5 will edit standard definition and high definition. If you are doing a lot of high definition or using 4K material, we would recommend buying an i7 processor.
The low cost system uses a motherboard with less PCI Express sockets and has less "bandwidth". If you add more PCI-e cards internally the low cost system will have problems if you add too many.
The low cost system defaults to an nVidia 1050 graphics card, which is good enough to power the Adobe Mercury Playback engine and considerably better than the high spec graphic cards we were selling with Premiere Pro when the Adobe Mercury Playback engine was first released. However, if you get a better card you will get more real-time effects. In the Skylake system we use a higher specification graphics card as standard - not the most powerful available but a card with is a good compromise between power and price.
The low cost system uses the cheaper of our two quiet cases and a lower wattage power supply - both good enough for the components within, but with less expansion options.
Monitors, speakers, keyboard and cables
The Skylake system includes these items - the low cost system does not, it is just the tower case. These can always be added of course.
The motherboard used as a default in this system has USB3 and USB2 ports built in. The standard motherboard in the Skylake system has these ports and the new USB3.1 ports as well which are twice as fast as USB3. You will need USB3.1 devices to take advantage of this speed.