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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
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  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
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Memory
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  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
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Storage
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  • 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"
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Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
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Case $79.99 $79.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $64.99 FREE $64.99 Newegg Buy
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Comments Sorted by:

TechLewis 3 points 4 months ago

Would this build be better for gaming than the "excellent build" you have posted, or possibly hold up close to the "magnificent build"? Im more into gaming than streaming, but I would like to keep the great streaming quality an option.

Armstep 2 points 3 months ago

First timer giving this a shot.. Wish me luck.. Thanks for the info

sundeepguntu 1 point 4 months ago

I am building a new system with Ryzen 7. Any feedback on AB350M Pro4 ?

ShadowSpeed11 1 point 4 months ago

What difference is there between B320 & B350?

WinnerzEatRice 1 point 4 months ago

Includes RGB Ram

forgets case is windowless

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 4 months ago

It's just the least expensive RAM meeting the parametric filter's criteria. Getting qualifying non-RGB RAM right now would cost more.

WinnerzEatRice 1 point 4 months ago

Oh, I was unaware that it was the cheapest for your criteria, my bad there.

Splitco 1 point 4 months ago

What would you recommend for a screen that is under $400

asdetevo 1 point 4 months ago

You mentioned you were filtering for Micro ATX mobos, but the one you have listed and the parametric filters both have filters on for ATX mobos. Which is it?

ThoughtA staff submitter 4 points 4 months ago

That was an error, and I've fixed it now, thanks.

asdetevo 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks for clarifying!

PMick_21 1 point 3 months ago

When deciding on the parts were you taking cost into consideration? What I mean is are there any changes I could make to improve the pc without taking cost into consideration.

opticalent 1 point 3 months ago

Can someone help me? I can't get back to the actual parts list for any build. Is there a way to reset it?

Jackredfrog 1 point 3 months ago

is 550w really enough? 650w psus might be better in my inexperienced opinion...

dragonzzpwn1 1 point 3 months ago

Wait, so you're relying on AMD's stock cooler?! I thought you would use a third party cooler, such as the corsair H115i

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