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[LF] - Streaming only Builds

retrocharles

1 month ago

Hello Everyone,

I am looking to build a dedicated streaming PC in the future, hopefully you all can help me out :)

Here are some key notes that I like to add:

  • Using my Elgato HD60 Pro as a capture card.
  • Looking for the smallest/minimalist build. Preferably Mini-ITX build.
  • Hoping to keep the total expense around/lower than $800 range if possible, (if its a bit over, I'll probably consider it based on if I really love the build lol)
  • PC will only be used to Stream to multiple platforms such as Twitch and Mixer, using Stream OBSlabs and record for youtube videos. (recorded videos will be extracted and all editing will be done through main PC.)
  • Most likely will only be using the following programs: StreamLabs, Elgato Game Capture, Elgato Stream Deck for Windows, Spotify, Restream.io, and google chrome.

I appreciate any input, please feel free to send PCPARTLISTs, Youtube Videos, links etc.

I was really intrigued by this YT video by DuncanCantDie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4YbJ3-6P1Y

I just like the simplicity, and how small the build is, but I believe he wen't a bit overboard with the parts that it's not within the budget that I like to put in for a dedicated Stream build.

Much appreciated all! Can't wait to see all kinds of suggestions!

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 6 points

Generally a 4-core dedicated CPU is sufficient for 1080p 60fps streaming. The Ryzen 2200G/3200G APUs are great for the task.

If you want something more robust for the long-run, the following 2 options will have you covered:

OPTION 1: integrated graphics i5-9400F - More than enough power to fire up 1080p 60fps + higher quality presets/resolutions.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor $189.99 @ Best Buy
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler $39.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B365M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $84.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot Viper Elite 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $109.98 @ Amazon
Case Silverstone ML05B HTPC Case $58.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic FOCUS SGX 450 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply $83.00 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $626.88
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-17 15:09 EDT-0400

OPTION 2: Although not necessary, the 2600 offers 35-40% faster multi-threaded performance + requiring a dedicated graphics card. If you are targeting "direct multi-channel streams' without online client simultaneous rebroadcasts (eg. restream), consider the Ryzen 2700/2700X. If using restream/etc for multi-platform broadcasts, don't bother with the 2700/2700X unless other future possibilities suggest otherwise (eg. 4K higher quality encoding opportunities).

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $118.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler $39.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B450I GAMING PLUS AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard $123.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $64.98 @ Amazon
Storage Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $109.98 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GT 1030 2 GB SC Low Profile Video Card $90.13 @ Walmart
Case Silverstone ML05B HTPC Case $58.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic FOCUS SGX 450 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply $83.00 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $689.01
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-17 15:13 EDT-0400

NOTES

  • You only need 8GB of RAM. I couldn't resist, doubling up to 16 GIGS only adds $20 to the bill. Consider this a future-proof investment.

  • 500GB storage should be sufficient if you're exporting video editing loads onto your primary gaming machine. Added 1TB, again opens up more possibilities for the long run. Feel free to adjust per requirement.

  • Case option is purely down to user preference. The DAN case used in the YT clip is pricey hence you'd be better off targeting a HTPC. Alternatively if you don't mind something with a little added volume there's a number decent mini-ITX towers on the market. Eg. https://pcpartpicker.com/products/case/#t=10&sort=price These options also allow clearance for beefier or decent Ryzen stock coolers, more affordable standard-sized PSUs + more clearance for decent graphics card options (eg. $130'ish RX 570). Only consider the better GPU path if you require more video output ports for a multi-display arrangement.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Incredible response! Thank you for the part lists, as well as the additional information. I really appreciate this! Especially with the average~ total. These builds are really looking good. I will consider this and look further into these builds!

If I come down to one of these options, do you mind if I contact you for any more questions/ etc.?

Thank you again for your suggestion!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

If I come down to one of these options, do you mind if I contact you for any more questions/ etc.?

No problem!

I'm just curious, what are you running for your primary gaming build? maybe link up a parts list?

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This is currently my primary build.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor $335.90 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $199.87 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA ATX LGA1151 Motherboard -
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.98 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.98 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $112.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $716.77 @ Amazon
Case NZXT H440 ATX Mid Tower Case -
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $117.44 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1742.81
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1722.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-18 11:48 EDT-0400
  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Have you thought about sticking with the i7-6700K for the dedicated streaming build? It's a solid CPU for 1080p 60fps streams and delivers matching performance with the earlier i5-9400 recommendation. Actually the 6700K's overclocking potential surpasses the 9400's boost clock. Depending on the type of games played, eventually you'll be forced off the Z170 platform for a higher core count and better performing CPU hence it's a good opportunity to swap things out.

This alternative allows your $800 budget to secure both a dedicated streaming build + a 15% faster single threaded 8-core intel K-modifier CPU. 8 physical cores translating to more than 60% faster multi-threaded performance which keeps the doors open for game future proofing (plenty of years on the mileage). Judging by the AIO and motherboard tier, i'm assuming you require OC-capability hence sticking with intel. Although if you are targeting higher resolution gaming (1440p/4K/etc) i'd be more leaning towards a Ryzen 3600/3600X/3700X without significant overclocking gains - as hi-res gaming is more GPU bound.

If interested, here's a quick break up of both builds without crossing the $800 mark:

GAMING UPGRADE

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $363.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $0.00
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 AORUS ELITE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $179.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $0.00
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $0.00
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $0.00
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $0.00
Case NZXT H440 ATX Mid Tower Case $0.00
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $543.98
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-18 13:39 EDT-0400

STREAMING UNIT

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor $0.00
CPU Cooler be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler $28.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $0.00
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $0.00
Storage Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $59.98 @ Amazon
Case Silverstone GD09B HTPC Case $93.99 @ B&H
Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $242.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-18 13:42 EDT-0400

This 2-build solution costs just under $800

  • The Silverstone GD09B has a marginally larger footprint + height but not all that bad considering it allows for a beefier cooler, more affordable decent quality PSU and easier cable management. More storage possibilities for the long run too.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE There is something I overlooked in yesterdays recommendation. If you're targeting a mini-ITX you're going to be limited for expansion cards/PCI slots. Hence if using internal PCIe capture cards, you'll need a Micro ATX/standard mobo. External capture cards (USB 3.0) won't be a problem. There may be some workarounds if sticking with Mini-ITX, for example a 3.0 to PCIe adapter but I have zero experience with these types of extensions and prefer everything stemming directly off the mobo to avoid latency penalties.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor $169.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B450M BAZOOKA V2 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $82.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $64.98 @ Amazon
Storage Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $59.98 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 5700 8 GB Video Card $289.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $69.54 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $807.35
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-17 13:35 EDT-0400
  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the suggestion! I will be looking into the build further

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Many apologies, I somehow go the impression when you said streaming only, you meant gaming and streaming from the same computer. Looking at LIVE_AMMO's builds, clued me in to what you were actually asking for, so please ignore my previous build as you do not need a powerful gaming graphics card, this one is far more appropriate:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $118.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B450M BAZOOKA V2 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $82.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $64.98 @ Amazon
Storage Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $59.98 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 2 GB Silent Low Profile Video Card $87.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $69.54 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $553.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-17 17:20 EDT-0400
  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

No worries!

Thank you for taking the time to reconstruct your suggestion, really do appreciate it!

Lots of good list, it’s making the planning of this stream pc to be very Easy!

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