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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 i7-6700, 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 will help performance significantly with both streaming and editing. The i7-6700 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

Our motherboard is a parametric selection from a sparse set of options. All six of the potential motherboards share similar features and will work perfectly for the build. They feature the B150 chipset and an LGA 1151 socket for compatibility with the i7-6700. They include 4 DIMM slots for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, along with 6 SATA 6.0Gb/s ports for multiple storage drives.

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: 334W
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CPU $269.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $269.99 Amazon Buy
Motherboard $69.99 $1.99 $71.98 Newegg Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
$259.99 FREE $259.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$237.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $237.99 Amazon Buy
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
$424.99 -$25.00 FREE $399.99 Newegg Buy
$25.00 mail-in rebate
Case $79.99 -$10.00 FREE $69.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply $54.90 -$20.00 FREE $34.90 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1507.83
Mail-in Rebates: -$55.00
Shipping: $1.99
Total: $1454.82
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

slavir 3 points 13 months ago

Would this build be able to stream, record, and run a game 60fps 1080p all at the same time? If not what would you look to upgrade to get it to that level?

Jordc 1 point 12 months ago

Yes

StormChas3r 1 point 12 months ago

Yes, but only if you have a good internet connection.

Burnakai 3 points 12 months ago

Hi I really have been wanting to get involved with streaming and making videos; however, I don't know how much i can afford right now. Is there anyway i could make this build cheaper?

SilverxD 1 point 12 months ago

You could change the 1070 for a 1060 which is pretty good if you're plan to be playing at 1080p settings, but if your're planning on playing more than 1080p I don't promise a 60fps always at ultra settings, another thing you could change is the RAM memory with only 16gb your good to go, 32gb should be an upgrade later on when you got the money.

zahir414 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Many high end games wont wont at 60fps at 1080p on the 1060 so getting a 1070 would be a good choice if you wanna keep it for the next 2-3 years cause as games become more demanding the 1070 will later become a 1080p gaming gpu.

aaronrules 3 points 11 months ago

I tried streaming the other night and quickly found out that one of the problems is USB bandwidth...especially if you are streaming a console through OBS (or other options) on a PC. I have a USB mic, USB capture card, USB webcam, and a mouse hooked to my PC now, and ran out of USB bandwidth while trying to stream from my PS4. I have been trying to find out how many busses are used for the USB's in this build but can't find it.

Can someone help me with this question?

MightyDirtKing 2 points 13 months ago

A little silly question. i7-6700's base clock speed is 3.4GHz, but even if you do not OC i7-6700K, the base clock speed is still 4.0GHz. Does that make a huge difference? (especially for the money)

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 13 months ago

The Turbo Boost speed will often matter more, unless you're dealing with some wonky thermal situations.

Kehrenok4u2 2 points 12 months ago

Hey, I'm interested in this rig for the power and potential to stream and edit but also know this is probably a bit overboard for what I need. I am not intending to play high end games, just minecraft, league, csgo and such. Is there any recommended downgrades to be powerful enough to stream and edit efficiently yet not overkill/wasteful on what's in the rig?

IcepickXIII 1 point 12 months ago

You can probably switch out the GTX 1070 for a GTX 1060. It's still a pretty powerful card, though I'd recommend you get the 6GB version just so you're not sacrificing too much performance. Another thing you could probably do is just got 16GB of RAM to thin out the costs. If anything, I'd keep the CPU the same just for the sake of the hyperthreading.

Hope this helps!

zahir414 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I would suggest keeping the 1070 because sooner or later you would want to try high end games and it would be a problem if you didnt get 60fps on them and many high end games require a 1070 for 60fps at 1080p..

IcepickXIII 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah, you bring about a good point with the 1070, Zahir! Kehrenok, if you're planning on tackling high-end games down the road, definitely follow Zahir's suggestion. The 1060 will definitely struggle with newer titles.

trippler91 2 points 11 months ago

I am really looking to make this build as I want to build my first build seeing as it is built for what I want to do with it (gaming, streaming, and video editing). This may be a dumb question, seeing as how it says editing in the title, but would this build be ok as far as audio producing/editing goes? I am wanting to produce music and mixes (produce/DJ in spare time). Thanks!

IcepickXIII 1 point 11 months ago

I'm still new to this myself, but I'm sure with the combination of the i7 and 32GB of RAM will allow for pretty good audio workstation performance. I can't see FL Studio or Ableton going terribly nuts on those parts. Same goes for DJ programs like Itch or Scratch.

If anyone more experienced has any input, go ahead and chime in!

Dry_Rain 1 point 13 months ago

Hi, I'm quite interested in this build and I'd like to ask, does the case of the computer come with all the intended screws for all of the parts of this build? or will I have to buy those separately?

ShriyansM 1 point 13 months ago

The parts that you order would most likely have the screws needed for it. Also the case should also have the necessary screws.

Megatronlol 1 point 8 months ago

What about the cables that connect everything? Is there a kit to buy for this or will a new power supply usually have these things?>

ShriyansM 1 point 8 months ago

A new power supply should have the cables.

KF_isher 1 point 13 months ago

(Warning PC newbie questions incoming); First of all, will it be able to run a 144hz monitor + 2 small (17", 5ms, 4:3) monitors all at the same time? On terms of 1-10 where would it place for graphical performance/frames per second? THanks for taking the time to answer :D

RichHomieKirby 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Yes it will run on a 144hz monitor and two small monitors depending on if you're using hdmi, dvi, DisplayPort. The current one on the list has 1 dvi, 3 DisplayPort, and 1 hdmi. Make sure your monitors support these inputs and you have the needed cables. I have an extremely similar build with an Asus ROG OC GTX 1070 and an i7-6700k and performs extremely well in newer games and is more than enough for 1080p, and capable of 1440p in most games, and some even in 4K. Few cards at the moment are better than the 1070, such as the 1080, titan pascal, and in some situations the 980 ti.

KF_isher 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks for the awesome reply! Much appreciated :D

Iron-Rham 1 point 13 months ago

Question, I've been trying to keep all the purchases strictly Amazon for simplicity, this product matches the one given, correct? https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Desktop-DDR4-2133-PC4-17000-CT4K8G4DFD8213/dp/B00MMLUSIE/

Stripekit 1 point 12 months ago

Hello, computer noob here. I read through the preface and it said that a nvidia geforce gtx 1070 would be best to use but the actual card showing is some gigabyte card due to the parameters set. I guess my question is, if I go for the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card will I still get the same performance in gaming, recording, streaming, and vr as compared to the nvidia?

Dudej11 1 point 12 months ago

It is the same card, just different size and look. Prices differ, but the overall card is the same.

CrispyCram 1 point 12 months ago

Quick question, would this more "budget friendly" build still work just as well for streaming games? I plan on 1080p but only 30 FPS, internet can't do 60. How about recording and editing? I plan on using shadowplay if it means anything.

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/9sqRzM

Thanks!

towerdivermp 1 point 12 months ago

I wouldn't get 32 gb of ram, but sure, it would work just fine for your needs

SinYang 1 point 12 months ago

I wonder when they will finally include a build with an optical drive...

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 12 months ago

It's not likely. Not many people want or need an optical drive in their build anymore.

If you'd like an optical drive for yourself, you just need to make sure your case has an external 5.25" or slim 5.25" bay to fit it.

RebelAndroid 1 point 12 months ago

Just wondering but it says that you would need significantly more storage if this were strictly a gaming PC, wouldn't you need less?(because you dont need to store large amounts of video)

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 12 months ago

You likely will need significantly more storage space than if this were strictly a gaming PC, though.

:)

Jordc 1 point 12 months ago

would I be able to change the case to NZXT SOURCE S340 BLACK without making any changes to the build thanks

Hunter_Lala 1 point 12 months ago

So uhh... Building my first pc so might be a pretty newbie question, but would my build be a stronger version of this build? Or am I not getting enough bang for my buck? http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Lfxw7h

Ad4pt 1 point 12 months ago

Hope i'm not to late with answering your question, there are some questionable parts in your build, i'll address them here.

  1. The motherboard you're using has an onboard soundcard, so I don't see the use of picking up another one.

  2. You have 2 coolers selected for your CPU, one being air, other one being water. Seeing that you picked a K series, which means overclockable, if you're not overclocking, go for air and downgrade to a non-K series. I would suggest if you're to overclock pick the a water cooled cooler. In that case, I suggest the pcpartpicker or pcpartpicker First one is said to be more easily installed.

  3. Your storage options look a bit weird to me, two ssd's? I would recommend to go for one ssd (256 gb is the best option if you want to put windows and some games on there) And go for a Internal Hard drive, for more mass storage, like pictures and such. some option are pcpartpicker or pcpartpicker

  4. Your PSU is overkill . You're build requires a PSU with at least 400W, if you overclock I recommend a bit higher, but the one you have now is too much.

  5. Your case looks brutal, that's fine. But are you sure spending 200$ on a case? I recommend going a bit lower and spend the money on something else

  6. Just go for a normal GPU, I don't know where Hybrid is good for, but a normal 1070 will do. And if you save money go for a 1080.

To sum it all up, your build is not bang for buck. I highly suggest if you are wanting to build a new computer, go for this build, and upgrade what you need. BIG TIP do you research on what you pick, can save you a lot of money and even troubles

Hope I helped you! -Ad4pt

Hunter_Lala 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks man. I kinda figured I was doing something wrong lol.

ETweet 1 point 12 months ago

I had a question about the case and that was does the gigabyte geforce 1070 actually cover other bays once it is in the case? If it does, what would be another case that could be selected where it wouldnt cause that issue?

Space_Rover 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

NZXT S340

Stripekit 1 point 12 months ago

Hey I have another question, I'm still a PC newbie. The list does not include any fans, would I need to buy some?

Space_Rover 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

The case comes with 2 fans, one in front and one in the back. It isn't necessary to buy more, though it would improve temperatures.

Victor_MERCIER 1 point 12 months ago

Hi everyone ! I'm looking for a PC that allow me to play, record, stream, and also work on CAO softwares (CATIA, SolidWorks, etc...) This built seems quite awesome, but I'm not confident with the CAO thing ? What do you think ? Do you have some adjustment, ideas ? Thanks fellow !

apricotjam 1 point 12 months ago

Hello, 2 questions.

1.) Do you happen to know of any motherboard options that will work that also have a coaxial out for sound? I run a long coax cable under my house to avoid cable management issues.

2.) Is there space on these motherboards for a wifi card and a sound card in addition to the graphics card if there are no options for question 1?

lukeb1001 1 point 12 months ago

would i need to put my own software and operating system on there or is it already completed?

Brorito137 1 point 12 months ago

yes you would need to put in your own software. You can it with a usb stick and buy it online, or get an optical drive and go to a electronic store and get a copy of whatever software you want to be running on. But make sure the optical dive can fit in the case

Brorito137 1 point 12 months ago

could i know how high the framerate would it be for 1080p on ashes of the singularity. Thank you if you respond

ghostexmachina 1 point 12 months ago

Hello. First time builder here. Why are the recommended mobos all micro atx?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 12 months ago

They turned out to be cheaper, basically. It's a pretty common trend.

ghostexmachina 1 point 12 months ago

What am I sacrificing if I go micro atx over atx?

sickness01 1 point 11 months ago

i usually find that going between micro and atx is that you get slightly better cooling with a atx, extended atx, etc, and you normally have more ram slots, more pci slots, more sata ports.

this isnt always the case though

Dolnorgen 1 point 12 months ago

Wouldn't it be better to go for faster RAM than bigger RAM, in this case 32 gb seems a bit too much ?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 12 months ago

When you're editing video, you can fill up your memory very quickly. That being said, your particular uses may benefit more from faster RAM than more capacity.

TheSandiestHook 1 point 12 months ago

Is there cooling included in any of this?

Space_Rover 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Yes, the I7 6700 comes with a cooler. Since it can't be overclocked the stock cooler is fine.

ghostexmachina 1 point 12 months ago

What sacrifices, if any, would I be making by going micro atx over regular atx mobos? Thanks.

spookyxboo 1 point 11 months ago

Hello! Quick question:

The video card you recommend has SLI capabilities, but your motherboard doesn't seem to support it. To future proof, what would you recommend for a motherboard that is SLI compatible?

Janx 1 point 11 months ago

Is there room for a Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler in this build? Might need the extra cooling as house does not have A/C.

Smulian 1 point 11 months ago

I made a slightly cheaper version with half the HDD and half the RAM: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/bdKhFd Will there be enough space in the case to support a second 2TB HDD?

Out of curiosity, how well would this build support working with CGI and rendering software (blender, photoshop, maya, cinema4D, 3ds max etc)?

Fcat 1 point 11 months ago

I'm looking at building a system based on this build solely for video editing 4k footage alone with Sony Vegas Pro, is there anything i can/should remove, upgrade or add that will help tailor this system just for editing ?

Thanks

Tarakiv 1 point 11 months ago

Would this build be good for video editing and rendering fo semi professional.

QuotableNotables 1 point 11 months ago

This machine isn't within my budget, could I downgrade to an I5-6600, gtx1060, 16gb of ram, 500mb SSD and 2-3TB HDD and still stream, record and edit at 1080p, 60fps on high settings on most games?

androiddude7 1 point 11 months ago

500MB SSD? I'm sure you mean 500GB haha. For the CPU, go for a 6600K which is overclockable so you can achieve much better performance. You will need a cooler as well since it doesn't come with one. I suggest the Hyper 212 EVO if you want a cheap and reliable solution, however a good All-in-One liquid cooler would be phenomenal if you can afford one. A GTX 1060 6GB is fine. I guess as long as you're strictly doing 1080p gaming.

32GB of RAM are a lifesaver for your kind of work; if you really can't afford it, sure, go with 16GB but make sure it's fast RAM and don't process vids and game at the same time.

Other than that you should be fine.

Cheers, Michael.

IamANAS 1 point 11 months ago

Why there is no check mark on " Compatibility Check " ?

atk.delta.9 1 point 11 months ago

How would I go about getting additional HDMI outputs. I need at least two. One is for Streaming to TV, the other another attached to a monitor 15 feet away. Any suggestions?

TheycallmeDMA 1 point 11 months ago

Because I am not going to be gaming, I will only be video editing, could I possibly downgrade the video card? and maybe get more RAM? or would this video card still be required for video editing?

Hamberry 1 point 11 months ago

I need build my first pc gaming like permalink:- https://pcpartpicker.com/list/qgFTZ8 Please, share your comments................

KyleTheBoss95 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, PC building noob here. What CPU and GPU could I upgrade to make it even more powerful, without breaking the budget too much (maybe $100-$300 more)? And what motherboard would be compatible with it? Because whenever I look for a more powerful CPU, the motherboard always ends up being incompatible. Thanks!

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willyboy420 1 point 11 months ago

Can this build play ARMA 3. I am using a 40 inch tv 4k tv? Thank you guys

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

There is no reason to get an i7 6700 over the i7 6700k, it's only 25 dollars more, allows you to overclock, and is faster at stock speeds than the 6700. And a $63 dollar motherboard for this build? That is insane, sir.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 11 months ago

It's more than a $25 difference in the end, as you'll need a Z170 motherboard and an aftermarket cooler as well.

Would you mind telling me what features in a more expensive motherboard would you like to have that the parametric selection of motherboards doesn't have?

Slurth 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It's just a cheap motherboard for such a beefy processor.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 11 months ago

Price doesn't say much by itself. Pointing out a price difference isn't pointing out a quality difference.

Megatronlol 1 point 8 months ago

What about a 7.1 gaming sound card? Anyone use 7.1 and have something like this for their build?

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 13 months ago

Everything you're questioning is already addressed in the write-up.

You're going to need to point out what differences there are between LGA 2011-3 and LGA 1151 if you're going to keep claiming that 1151 is unacceptably inferior to 2011-3.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 13 months ago

So would I. Unfortunately, there's a dearth of reviews on them.

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