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Gaming, Streaming, and Editing Build

by ThoughtA

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NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.

Description

Preface

This build is intended for those who have an interest in gaming, editing recorded footage, and streaming on a site like Twitch. A PC with these things in mind will have some differing needs than a strictly gaming PC.

CPU and Cooler

For streaming and editing, we're running an Intel i7-7700, which will handle all modern games admirably. The important feature that we want from this CPU for streaming and editing is hypertheading. Hyperthreading adds an additional logical core for each physical core, resulting in double the number of allowed CPU threads. This helps to close the gap between 4- and 8-core processors without breaking the bank or unreasonably sacrificing single-threaded processing power. The extra threads can help performance significantly with both streaming and editing. The i7-7700 includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B250 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.

Memory

Since editing video can eat up a significant amount of memory quickly, we are using 32GB of memory, with a parametric filter applied to select the best-priced kit of either a 2x16GB or 4x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM. If you are okay with potentially spending more money, you can change the filter to 2x16GB only to leave room for future memory capacity upgrades. However, that will not likely be necessary any time soon.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 960GB of space and a minimum of 4TB 7200RPM mechanical storage. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire. You likely will need significantly more storage space than if this were strictly a gaming PC, though.

GPU

For our GPU, the newly released Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 4 (and hopefully the upcoming Battlefield 1) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

We've updated the filter to include a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason.

Case

The selected case is black, windowless Phanteks Eclipse P400s. This is the "silent" version of the P400, and it includes sound-dampening foam accordingly. You may find this helpful when editing or to help keep a little more noise out of your microphone while streaming. Being windowless will help reduce noise as well, though if you want a windowed case for aesthetics, you'll likely still be fine. The P400S includes 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, along with 2 120mm fans inside.

The P400S also includes a multicolored LED on the front of the case. You have 8 choices of color, or you can turn it off. Additionally, there is an included fan controller for up to two chassis fans.

Note that this case does not have a 5.25" bay, so traditional optical drives are out. You do not need an optical drive to install an OS or most software. Downloading and flash drives will take care of the bulk of those. If you want an optical drive, you can either purchase an external one, or you can add an internal optical drive to your PCPartPicker list, and our compatibility filter will show only cases that can fit it.

A lack of an external bay also means you can't install a hot swap storage bay that has external access. If you want hot swap capabilities, you'll either want to use an external option like this USB 3.0 one or a different case.

There is also a white version and a gray version. There are also windowed options on the site, if you'd prefer that. If you don't want sound-dampening foam, there are non-silent editions on the site as well. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of a five well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Bronze certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build. With the PSU shroud in the case, we don't need to worry about the colors of the PSU matching the theme.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 328W
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Motherboard $49.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $49.99 Amazon Buy
Memory
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  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
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Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
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From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 4TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$109.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $109.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$414.89 FREE $414.89 B&H Buy
Case $79.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $79.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $54.90 -$20.00 FREE $34.90 Newegg Buy
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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Slurth 1 Build 4 points 8 months ago

Update to Ryzen now that it's out?

Tearitup79 1 Build 3 points 8 months ago

Any chance this will be updated to Ryzen soon?

Slurth 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Update to Ryzen?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 9 months ago

Ryzen isn't out yet, and there are also no benchmarks available yet. I'm sure we'll be coming out with some Ryzen guides upon release or soon after, though.

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Just asking, thanks for answering.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 9 months ago

Of course!

ethamb 2 points 8 months ago

Maybe r7 1700 Will be better

Lasher535 2 points 8 months ago

hey could you please do a vid of you making it

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Ryzen!

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Yay!

Slurth 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Why no Ryzen 7 1700? 8 cores and 16 threads for a similar price. To the i7 7700 and 7700k

Slurth 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

No Ryzen? Get an R7 1700 instead guys, it's about $40 more but you get 4 extra cores and 8 extra threads.

Cmdr__Tim 2 points 7 months ago

WE NEED OUR RYZEN!

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Why no i7 7700k? It's only 30$ more. Also, I know the argument, "It's more like a 100$ difference with the motherboard," I get it. But you still get an increase in speed of 600 mHz, and you have the option of re-using it in a build w/ a Z270 board. Plus the PSU having 520 watts for a build of this caliber is a bit tacky.

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 9 months ago

You're going to want to compare the turbo frequencies generally, not the base frequency.

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I retract my previous statement. I still would like to see a non-stock cooler for better thermals and noise on a build of this caliber

ethamb 2 points 8 months ago

The r7 has a decent cooler compared to the stocK Intel cooler Hopefully Intel will use better cooler in the future

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Its a lot more than $30 more. You would need to spend another another $30 to $100 on a board and then you would need a aftermarket cooler which would range from ~$30 to $~110 depending on what you want. 520W is plenty for the build.

526christian 3 points 9 months ago

He's suggesting switching it out for the stock clock frequency increase. Don't need a Z170/Z270 motherboard for that, nor a $30+ cooler.

InvaderGir 1 point 9 months ago

The 7700k doesn't come with a cooler so you'd need at least a $20 cooler like the M9i or more if you ever plan on overclocking.

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah but you will still get better thermals and better performance and lower noise out of it.

InvaderGir 1 point 9 months ago

Not really worth it IMO unless you take full advantage of it's overclocking capabilities. The 7700 already boosts up to 4.2Ghz and has Hyper-Threading.

Doctor_Mudshark 1 point 9 months ago

Why would this build need a larger PSU? There's about 200 Watts of headroom, which you'll really only be using to overclock the 1070. Even if you wanted to SLI another 1070 in this build, it's still enough capacity.

Slurth 1 Build 0 points 9 months ago

I'm saying it looks tacky on a build of this caliber, not if it's enough. What I'm saying is why not spend $20-$30 more to get a better PSU that you can re-use.

AyJaySea 1 point 9 months ago

I'm new to all of this but is there anything that could improve this build even more for an additional $60 or less?

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Yes. Get a non-stock cooler, and get a gold efficiency PSU that is fully modular and has 650 watts.

jdhavens 1 point 9 months ago

Just out of curiosity, is there any particular reason why the H270 series of motherboards from Gigabyte and MSI could not be used?

MajesticWolfe 1 point 8 months ago

This is a great find, thanks! Is there also your suggestion when it comes to the recording part, what you suggest would be great? Also, i'm not the best at this either, but what would be a great all-round capture card? Lots of biased opinions it seems but this site is pretty reputable. Thanks in advance!

Mossyonthehouse 1 point 8 months ago

Instead of the listed motherboard I bought a ASUS B150M-A motherboard and I have been having trouble with the fan connectors that come with the listed case and I don't know what to do, the pin connectors that came with it are 2pin and the motherboard has 4 fan connector pins. So I don't know if there is an extra part i need to buy to make it work or what, if this description ended up being confusing (probably was I apologize, I'm new to building) you can contact me through email at... enderspartan@outlook.com (terrible email name i know, made it when I was 10, I'm sorry)

Nicolettexiv 1 point 8 months ago

I had an issue with the P400 case as well, only because I was using a placeholder Mobo. I wound up getting an adapter that would allow me to connect the case fans to properly -- http://pcpartpicker.com/product/n338TW/4-pin-molex-to-2-x-3-pin-male-computer-case-fan-power-connector-y-splitter-adapter-cable

This worked for me, but I'm not sure if it would suit your set up.

bnomx 1 point 8 months ago

Nice.

DFdoggy 1 point 8 months ago

I'm getting a compatibility error with this build, it says: The Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 395mm long, but video cards over 280mm may block drive bays. Since the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card is 298mm long, some drive bays may not be usable. Is this something I should be concerned about? What should I switch up?

Nicolettexiv 1 point 8 months ago

Get a GPU that's not as long. I have the EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 (267mm) in the Phanteks P400 case, which didn't flag any compatibility issues and has plenty of space. It might help to add the mobo, cpu & case to your part list, then search for compatible GPUs while being sure to set the length filter to 280mm or less, if you don't want to risk an issue w/ the drive bays (if you plan on using them in the future). It might not be that big of a problem - I just opted for a shorter card to avoid any potential issues that I may not be equipped to deal with.

MaraThamilan 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I based my first build based on this guide! Thank you!

Arkrono 1 point 8 months ago

How do I connect the fans in the tower to the motherboard? There is only 1 fan port on the motherboard.

JustAKidThatWantsAGamingPC 1 point 8 months ago

i like this ice cream that i am eating mmmmm so good

JustAKidThatWantsAGamingPC 1 point 8 months ago

an i7?

leiterl 1 point 8 months ago

Hello, I am about to build my very first PC. I was looking to record youtube videos, and stream as well. Does anyone know what additional items I will need to complete my setup?

I realize I'll need: keyboard mouse

but what else would I need? video camera? Also do I need some kind of game capture card to record my gameplay?

Thanks in advance!

koojo 1 point 7 months ago

Don't understand all the naysaying about you're guides. That's what it is. Surely you put consideration in the reasoning behind the selections you make for these. Performance to price point is what I see. I thought this guide was good enough for what you're meaning it to be for. Thanks.

michael1992 1 point 7 months ago

Please check out my customized build if you are interessted in an AMD Ryzen R7 1700 based version:

https://de.pcpartpicker.com/user/michael1992/saved/qsB7P6

Sgtqman19 1 Build 0 points 8 months ago

LMAO Maybe 60fps on BF1 with a 1070? My 970 gets 80fps in battle on BF1. You can play BF1 High settings on 2k resolution and stay above 60fps.

dw0009 0 points 8 months ago

hi <huge noob>

as i understand i'll need something additional for wireless and bluetooth?

is there anything to be aware of when choosing the aforementioned components for this build?

i checked the asrock site and looks like the (currently) suggested motherboard is compatible wit PCIe ssd. would there be problems caused elsewhere by swapping the drive for a PCIe?

thanks in advance and thanks for putting together this parts list

benjaminlehmann 1 point 8 months ago

I want to know answers to these questions on wifi and bluetooth too. Any thoughts people?

ECPC 0 points 8 months ago

This will make you laugh but the last editing software I bought was Premier 5.1 which works well enough on XP with a P4 ! - provided you don't mind rendering stuff overnight / or a few days . You can probably guess why I'm looking at building a new system. Hyperthreading: I THINK I read that this is only of use if the application can access & utilise it. Am I confused or is this so, In which case - what editing software to plump for?

Capture card: A few days ago MajesticWolfe posed a Q " what would be a great all-round capture card?" This interests me too. but my capture requirement is using 1394/Firewire. (My old pinnacle board would fit but I doubt the software will be supported in W10)

ethamb 0 points 8 months ago

I can only dream of having such great gpu

ethamb 0 points 8 months ago

That case iS dope

MaraThamilan 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

yep. I got the variant with tempered glass. It's also very silent once you tune the fans. You can cycle through the LED colors. The cable manage themselves :) And LED lighting and tempered glass makes it look very cool.

Olso 0 points 8 months ago

HiI guys, Im not great with computer tech. Looking to build a new system that will handle editing 4k quite smoothly. would this setup be something that I would be looking at. Cheers.

Slurth 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

I'd get an R7 1700 instead of the i7 7700 now. The R7 1700 has more cores and threads which will help with editing more than the i7 7700.

kdb983 -2 points 8 months ago

Chances are this won't ever be a Ryzen build. People would whine about the 10 less FPS in games compared to an i7 chip. Maybe after a few AM4 MoBo distributors fix their RAM speed issues and some more popular games release some optimization updates for the Ryzen architecture it'll change, but until then, unless you want to do some video editing or heavy multi tasking more than you want gaming, the 7700 is better for just streaming and playing (most) games.

Slurth 1 Build 0 points 8 months ago

No. If you have a choice to invest in some hardware that is a similar price with more cores and threads that will be better optimized in the future for only a 10 FPS loss now, you should get it. If you decide to get an i7 7700 now you're just being stupid when the R7 1700 is better for around the same price. While it doesn't have the performance now, it's soon going to rival/beat the i7 7700 in streaming and gaming and it will DESTROY the i7 7700 in video editing. If you buy the i7 7700 now, you are investing in the past, if you buy the R7 1700 you are investing in the future.

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