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Streaming has grown exponentially the last couple of years thanks to eSports claiming mainstream status and services such as Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook allowing users to stream at freewill. For this very reason, we’ve decided to put an article together outlining the best streaming PC build money can buy.
The following guide is going to talk you through everything you need to know when building a streaming PC. Further to this, we’re going to break down the main aspects of a streaming PC and explain why each area is specific to streaming needs.
When it comes to this streaming PC custom build, you can be sure of fantastic aesthetics, excellent FPS across all AAA game titles, outstanding streaming performance, and solid value for money.
Even though this article is tailored towards streaming builds we never lose sight of our core values. Let’s waste no further time and dive straight into it.
The budget for a streaming PC can be broken down like any other custom build – entry-level, mid-tier, and high-end.
If you’re looking to get into streaming but don’t want to take out a mortgage doing so, it can be done on a tight budget but you need to figure out what games you are likely to be streaming and how intensive they might be on the CPU, GPU, or both.
This article is dedicated to being the best streaming PC build, with the focus not just on streaming performance but gaming too.
With this streaming PC build, no longer will you have to worry about running the most demanding games in ultra settings, this build can do it all. Multi-tasking at the highest level becomes a breeze thanks to the hyper-threaded make-up of the CPU and other strong internal components ensure a high-quality experience for you and your viewers.
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How We Choose
Piecing together builds is something we do here at WePC on a regular basis, so creating the best streaming PC was just another day in the office. How we decide which component best suits each specific build is a process we’ve done hundreds of times. It all comes down to three simple core values:
- Value for money
- Respected, trustworthy brands
- Maximum performance
By sticking to these values we know the end result will be something we’re proud to recommend to you, the consumer.
How We Test
We build each of our selected PC’s from scratch to make sure all the parts we recommend work well together, fit into the selected case, and provide the best performance possible for the price range.
Once built, the PCs are used in the office for everyday work as well as a range of games from light to heavy-duty. While we test, we also run benchmarking tests to see how well our builds perform, all while keeping an eye on the temperature of the components themselves.
We know how much some of our readers enjoy overclocking their PC’s, so we made sure to test that out too. So, you can feel safe knowing that these machines can be pushed beyond their basic capabilities. But, please make sure you know how to overclock before trying to over-task your builds.
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Our Recommended Custom Build Details
We’ve discussed what this build can do and what the requirements are. Now, let’s talk about what components go inside of this streaming PC build.
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This is by far one of the finest builds I’ve been a part of thanks to the nature of the build. What we wanted to create was the ultimate gaming/streaming machine and I think we’ve achieved that nicely.
Aesthetically this is one of the most attractive builds we’ve put together, it looks immense from every angle thanks to the sleek design of the case and the implementation of well thought over RGB options.
The CPU is one of the highest-ranked processor’s money can buy right now, it sits side by side with the best RTX 3080 available in today’s market and shows clearly we aren’t playing games (mind the pun) with this one. Our benchmarks suggest the 5900X is by far the best multi-tasking CPU without going overboard and opting for a 5950X.
With great overclocking capabilities and room for expansion, the Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) is the perfect motherboard to accompany the Ryzen 9 5900X. The board comes with USB 3.1 Gen2 slots, PCIe 4.0 support, fast RAM support, and Wi-Fi. With this product from Asus, you are getting a reliable and sturdy board that oozes quality.
To help ease your building process, we have selected the EK 360mm. This liquid cooler features three 120mm fans, which are, of course, quiet and feature impressive RGB lighting. The radiator is 360mm, giving you plenty of room for heat dissipation and keeping those temps down. There are cheaper alternatives but we have gone for the combination of performance and looks over value.
When you look up the perfect RAM pairing for a Ryzen 5000 CPU, 3000MHz+ RAM is pretty hard to beat for the price. While 4000MHz would be ideal, the G.Skill 32GB 3000MHz RAM kit is an excellent choice for this streaming/gaming PC build. With 32GB at your disposal, you’ll be able to run every game you could imagine, plus stream, multi-task, and do plenty of heavy workload tasks as well.
While this is a streaming PC build it is also designed to be gamed on simultaneously so is going to need a monster graphics card. Well, what about AMD’s latest RX 6900XT? That’s right; we are going for one of the best cards on the market. This GPU is one of the highest performing cards in the benchmarks and features the specifications you are going to need to stream and game without a hitch.
The Sabrent PCIe 4.0 SSD features sequential read and write speeds up to 5,000 MB/s and 4,400 MB/s, which is already much faster than the highly regarded Samsung EVO 970 Plus (PCIe 3.0). With this 1TB device, you have enough space for your operating system and a selection of your most played gaming titles. This SSD may not improve streaming quality but it will enable you to load everything much quicker.
If you are likely to be creating content and saving large files, the SSD needs back up, and it comes in the form of this Seagate BarraCuda 3TB HDD. This internal hard drive is perfect for storing all your files that don’t require a quick boot up, saving your precious SSD space for your operating system, games, and applications.
Fractal Design is widely known as one of the biggest case manufacturers in the business. They offer extremely high-quality cases with superb aesthetics and endless features geared towards gamers. This case is perfect for the streaming PC for two reasons – acoustic performance and style.
A safe and efficient PSU is essential for a build of this quality, and that’s why we’ve gone for the popular Seasonic FOCUS GX-850 gold-rated PSU. It offers superb efficiency and enough power to allow maximum overclocking potential from this PC. It is gold-rated, which means it’s extremely safe and efficient, exactly what a PC of this quality deserves. We could have gone for something more powerful, but it would just be unnecessary spending.
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Things To Consider
The processor is as most will know, the engine of your build and one of the most important aspects of any rig whether it be a work station or a gaming build.
The first thing to consider when building a gaming/streaming rig is whether or not the CPU can handle the titles you aim to play at the desired settings. Luckily, a lot of modern games have been designed to take most of their running power from the GPU, meaning you can get away with a lesser CPU and still get solid results.
However, streaming is a different kettle of fish entirely. Streaming requires multiple programs running simultaneously so you want to be looking at CPUs that are both powerful and multi-threaded.
The graphics card (GPU) is a gamer’s best friend, even more so now technology has shifted towards GPU demanding games. The best way to increase FPS, 9 times out of 10, is to upgrade the GPU you have. Annoyingly, however, the GPU is the most costly aspect of a build to replace/upgrade so it can be pretty daunting to do so.
For this reason alone we’ve decided to equip our build with the latest tech making it extremely powerful for years to come. The GPU we have used is going to be able to handle AAA game titles at high/ultra without an issue.
We know the importance of a GPU and made it one of our priorities.
RAM or memory, is a bit of an enigma when it comes to gaming/streaming builds. But as a general rule of thumb the more the merrier. Because streaming/streamers depend on multi-tasking and heavy workloads you really are going to need some quick RAM to help bolster up the performance power of the rig.
Specifically, with the Ryzen chips, 3000Mhz+ memory will boost performance exponentially so it’s pretty vital, to us, that we included this.
Storage space, whether you’re a gamer, streamer, or browser, has varying degrees of importance. Streamers usually require a healthy amount of storage because many will not only stream live but will save the file after to clip the best scenes of their session. It doesn’t take long to fill up 250/500GB storage space when you’re saving 5 hour-long streaming clips daily.
Capacity aside, load times are another essential area when it comes to storage. For this reason, we have equipped each of the builds with the latest SSD storage solutions which as many will know, dramatically increase load times. There’s nothing worse for a streamer than having hundreds of people look at a loading screen. This certainly won’t be an issue with the SSD’s we’ve gone for in these builds.
Lastly is the case. Many will think the case is a pretty mundane piece of kit unless you’re specifically looking for something that is going to be really quiet. Well, we don’t think they’re mundane at all here at WePC.
Picture the scene, you’re there in front of the camera, behind you is the gentle hum and raw presence of a gnarly looking build. Aesthetic appeal is pretty big for streamers and we can see why, they want to create the best environment possible for their viewers and one way of doing that is to splash out on a cool looking case, throbbing with RGB.
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Operating System & Peripherals
A streamers setup wouldn’t be complete without the Elgato Stream Deck. This live content creation controller is the perfect accessory to supplement the best streaming PC build. This features 15 LCD keys, that are all fully customizable and easily allow you to directly integrate with your apps.
The Elgato Wave 3 bundle is the final accessory and features a USB condenser microphone with a tight cardioid polar pattern to capture your speech with precision. You also get a shock mount and pop filter shielding your audience from pops and hisses.
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