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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 the new AMD Ryzen 7 1700, which will handle all modern games admirably and is a workstation powerhouse at its price. The important features that we want from this CPU for streaming and editing are its 8 cores and 16 threads via SMT (Simultaneous Multithreading). SMT 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 8- and 16-core processors without breaking the bank or unreasonably sacrificing single-threaded processing power. The extra cores can help performance significantly with both streaming and editing. The Ryzen 7 1700 includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. This CPU is overclockable, and you can crank out quite a bit more performance if you choose to go that route.

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 B350 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. All motherboards selected will have the new AM4 and will be compatible with the Ryzen 7 1700 out of the box. We are also filtering for micro ATX motherboards, which tend to save you money without cutting out anything you'd miss.

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.

We've limited the filter to DDR4-2800 and DDR4-3000 as Ryzen CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory. At the current time, using memory rated over 3000MHz is not advised without doing extra research as DIMM support can be hit or miss. AMD is working on releasing additional BIOS updates to add better compatibility for higher frequency memory.

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

In light of recent stock shortages due to the current cryptocurrency mining craze, we've updated the GPU to the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. It's one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.

To keep the noise down, 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. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

The selected case is black and windowless be quiet! Pure Base 600. The Pure Base 600 includes sound-dampening foam, and we're forgoing a window since windows can leak out a surprising amount of sound, especially when compared to a panel that features additional sound-dampening foam.

This case includes 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 externally-accessible 5.25" bays that you can use for hot swap storage bay or optical disc drives. In addition, there are 3x 3.5" and 5x 2.5" bays for any extensive hard drive needs you may have.

It also comes with a 140mm front fan - 140mm fans tend to generate less noise for the same amount of air movement as 120mm since they don't need to spin as fast. In the rear, there is a 120mm fan for exhaust. Neither fan should generate much noise, but if you wish to slow them down, the case comes with a 3-step fan controller.

If you'd like a slightly different aesthetic, you can opt for the black with silver trim version of the case. 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 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: 374W
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Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
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Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
$369.99 FREE $369.99 Newegg Buy
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
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$519.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $519.99 Amazon Buy
Case
Power Supply $66.59 FREE $66.59 SuperBiiz Buy
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Comments Sorted by:

Matteusvdw 1 point 3 months ago

I ordered this build and have been struggling the past two days. I built it up and when i turned it on I got no display, and after 10 minutes it shut off with a quick beep, before repeating that loop . I went out and got different ram, same deal. Went out and got a new motherboard (same model), same deal. I tried a new monitor, same deal. I can try a new PSU, but I'm 90% sure that its a ram issue. Have you built this before with the Team - Vulcan ram? The only time I see the ram change in this build is when it switches from red to black. And if so, any troubleshooting?

scrippie10 1 point 3 months ago

I ordered this build and hopefully will be building it on Sunday. I ended up choosing the Red Vulcan Ram over the gray/black for cosmetic reasons.

Did you find the solution to the issue? I'm hoping that doesn't happen to me.. but just in case it does I'd like to know an update on your system.

Thanks in advance

Matteusvdw 1 point 3 months ago

I don't want to scare you, but it didn't go well for me. I'm returning every part because I want to design my own build. But I think you should be ok, because I might just been the most unlucky person ever. I tried 2 different PSU's that weren't this one, I tried a new (better) mother board, and new ram on both motherboards accepted list and still couldn't post. I grounded myself, wore rubber shoes, did everything I could. I think maybe it was my GFX card since it was the only thing I couldn't replace. Let me know how it goes and I wish you the best

scrippie10 1 point 3 months ago

LOL idk what's going on I just finished the build but it wont let me install windows 10 I get a multitude of different BSOD error messages. However the system thankfully does not turn off for me.

Did the system at least let you get that far (let you start installing win 10) before it turned off? I just posted on Tom's hardware hoping they can help me find a solution.

Matteusvdw 1 point 3 months ago

Nope, you've gotten way farther than me. I never got anything but a black screen and the power cycling. Hope they can help you figure out whats wrong!

Mike37Alpha 1 point 3 months ago

If you see a blank display upon turning it on, check these in order: RAM, Video Card, CPU, Motherboard. Make sure they're all connected properly and if they are, at least one of them is bad.

EricB93 1 point 2 months ago

How did this build end up? Did you get through the issues you described?

Demonbarrage 1 point 2 months ago

Have you made sure that the video card power connector is plugged in?

opticalent 1 point 3 months ago

I don't see any additional CPU cooling on here, is there a need for additional fans or 3rd party cooling of any kind?

Outlaw_123 1 point 3 months ago

You dont need an extra cooler unless aggresive oc. This cpu comes with a stock cooler which also allows some oc. Additional fans would probably be needed, but Im not sure on that.

Outlaw_123 1 point 3 months ago

32 gb of ram is overkill. 16 is enough even if streaming, editing, etc. Other wise good build

Siamurai 1 point 2 months ago

So I need some feedback from my build list. I've never built a PC and before I finalize the build list, I want to know some opinions on it. I plan to use it for gaming and video editing. I've done a lot of research on every component but I have yet to put it into practice. Any feedback is appreciated!

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Siamurai/saved/#view=fRGccf

dwardinator 1 point 2 months ago

could downgrade the 1.1 tb ssd (bit op) and put a 120g one to put windows on and a few programs and then upgrade the graphics card other that that amazing build

nikonx 0 points 2 months ago

Is there a good way to add thunderbolt ports to a machine like this? I haven't built a PC in a long time and my Mac external RAID drives are Thunderbolt 2.0.

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