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$600 Streaming Machine

by Radio_Memories



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This is an upgrade to my previous build at https://pcpartpicker.com/b/GjN

CPU: AMD FX-6300 (WEI = 7.4 @ stock speed, 7.5 @ 4.0GHz)

Still the best bang for the buck. It will run all of my streaming software without any glitches or lag.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Added this cooler last week. Was using stock cooler, but fan was too noisy for me. Works well with my CPU, but the fan blocks the 1st memory slot. Luckily, I'm using the 2nd and 4th slots.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3

I have the latest rev. 3.0 board and have updated the BIOS. It does what I needed it to do.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 (WEI = 7.8)

Nice blue color, but heat spreaders are too tall if used in 1st slot with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD (WEI = 7.9) and Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM

Just got this SSD last week. It's real fast. The best one I've used so far. From power on to desktop, it boots Windows 7 in just 27 seconds. I had this WD HDD for a while. I'm using it for storage, but if I run out of space, will buy a 1TB drive.

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB (WEI = 7.9, 7.9)

Got this for a heck of a deal on a Black Friday special. It's an overclocked model, and runs nearly as fast as a HD 7870.

Sound Card: Creative Labs Audigy SE

Just an inexpensive sound card to add along with the onboard sound to have an additional input and output.

Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower

The best case I've owned. So much room in this case, plus it runs cool and quiet.

Case Fan: Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-140 66.0 CFM 140mm

Added an extra intake fan to the front.

Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V

I bought this a while back. Nice unit and runs quiet. Wish it was modular, but my case has plenty of room to put the extra cables behind the motherboard tray.

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

I've only used this to load the O/S and the Gigabyte driver disk. It's really not needed any longer in most builds.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

I'm NOT planning to upgrade to Windows 8 or 8.1. I'm to used to Windows 7.

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Trinity596 4 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

where did you get that SSD for $80?

Radio_Memories submitter 6 Builds 5 points 48 months ago

Newegg Black Friday special. It was $85.99 less a 5% promo code.

UndeadSold1er22 1 point 48 months ago

If you look in the list and actually take some time to compare performances Kingston has a 120GB SSD around 80$ with pretty good speed rating.

sqielyr 2 points 48 months ago

Excuse my french but that is some dermn fine cable management.

iThoughtSheWas16 1 point 48 months ago

Nice build. How are you liking the look Arc Midi R2 case?

Radio_Memories submitter 6 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

This is a fantastic case. The smoked window looks cool. Everything you can possibly want is built into this case. Wish I bought another one while it was on sale for $49.99, but my funds were running low for last month.

TheAntiPro 1 point 48 months ago

Ya i got it for $50 for my first build

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

This is like. Exactly what I'm about to build. At the end of this month. To stream.

UndeadSold1er22 1 point 48 months ago

What are you streaming? If you mind me asking.

Radio_Memories submitter 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I stream a live radio show twice a week on http://vaughnlive.tv/radiomemories

I run 3 webcams, all 720p with 192k audio.

UndeadSold1er22 1 point 48 months ago

Hmm you shouldn't have an issue nice build, I just wanted to know so I could give my feedback so thanks.

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

awesome setup for not much money!

aside from the Audigy, what's the other PCI card?

Radio_Memories submitter 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

That other card is an old sound card I have installed, but it wasn't listed here, so I didn't include it. I bought it at Newegg many years ago for $64 because it had a very low latency which is important to keep the audio and video in sync. Here's the link, even though it's been discontinued - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829121122

Ballyn 1 point 48 months ago

Nice choice of parts! I'm currently waiting for my parts to arrive, (almost identical set up) for for an entry level gaming rig. I hope mine turns out as nice as yours.

samh52 1 point 48 months ago

I have a different preference of choice, but do truly think this is my favorite completed build on this site. Bravo, I really am a fan.