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Gaming, Streaming, and Editing Build

by ThoughtA

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 Pinnacle Ridge Ryzen processor, the Ryzen 7 2700, which will handle all modern games very well. The important features that we want from this CPU for streaming and editing are its 8 cores and 16 threads via SMT. SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) 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 2700 includes a solid stock cooler, so we won't need to add a 3rd party cooler. You can add a larger cooler to the part list if you think you'd like to try overclocking.

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 B450 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 be compatible with the Ryzen 7 2700 out of the box.

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 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The RTX 2070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. For those interested in VR, the GTX 2070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

To keep the noise and temperatures 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 Fractal Design Define R6 Blackout, which is an updated version of the Define R5. The Define R6 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 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and 1x externally-accessible 5.25" bays that you can use for a hot swap storage bay or an optical disc drive. In addition, there are 6x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" bays for any extensive hard drive needs you may have.

It also comes with 3x 140mm fans - 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. If you are okay with some more noise but want more cooling, the case's ModuVent system allows you to remove parts of the case's exterior to mount more fans.

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+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 309W
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Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
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Memory
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  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
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Storage
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  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
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  • Capacity: 4000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce RTX 2070
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
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Case $131.05 $12.99 $144.04 Newegg Buy
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Toreseen 3 points 1 month ago

Considering building PC (or at least ordering the parts) today, but still kinda on the fence, mainly cause I'm a noob at this. Has anyone build this PC (ore one similar) or can anyone confirm that its good and works? Anyone recommend any changes?

rogdog56 1 point 1 month ago

Hope you haven't ordered yet. Wait until CES 2018 for Ryzen 3000. It's just around the corner and may be amazing

czach75 1 point 1 month ago

You think they'll be out that soon. I was told March but that was just someone on a forum

japob420 0 points 1 month ago

Id only change the cpu because the 2700 isnt all that great with gaming compared to the cheaper ryzen 5 2600X. But if gaming isnt a huge concern then it should be a fine cpu to go with. https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-Ryzen-5-2600X-vs-AMD-Ryzen-7-2700/3956vs3957

FLATL1NER 2 points 8 days ago

It's a gaming and streaming build, these are generally done at the same time so the extra cores will help.

HiHolly10 0 points 1 month ago

If your doing basic gaming and it’s first build a good price range would be 500-800 also ryzen a cpu would be better for the price range

IMmure 2 points 1 month ago

I noticed the video card change. Any significant differences between the 1080 and the 2070?

kirklandman 1 point 1 month ago

I am close to pulling the trigger on this today but the case is sold out! Is there any comparable cases out there? Or should I wait for this case to come back in stock?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

I've updated the case to one that is in stock and is extremely similar but also includes a front panel USB-C port. Sorry for the inconvenience!

rogdog56 1 point 1 month ago

Wait for ryzen 3000 and then change the list. New processors are only a month away

Philippo19 1 point 5 days ago

I think now they are 6 months away

rogdog56 1 point 5 days ago

That comment was Pre CES.

Easyblacks 1 point 1 month ago

Could we get an updated computer case, please? Last thing I need to order. T.i.a

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

What country?

Easyblacks 1 point 1 month ago

All good, just ordered the white version for the extra money. Thanks!

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thesheik12 1 point 1 month ago

Is there a replacement/substitute for the MSI - B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ... it's back ordered with no estimated delivery date

ClientCode 1 point 1 month ago

Does the website offer to build the pc for you, for extra money?

rogdog56 1 point 1 month ago

No but if you went on the forums or reddit I'm sure you could get someone to build it for you

JaimeGawsies 1 point 1 month ago

I'm currently trying to figure out a build for myself. I mainly want a new computer to edit videos in premiere pro, after effects and final cut pro. BUT I also want the computer to do gaming in Fortnite and stream. Would this build hold up good? Is this computer too much for my needs? please help.

thanks.

RobShaver 2 points 1 month ago

Make sure your system complies with the Adobe Premiere Pro CC system requirements: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/system-requirements.html

Client_Code 1 point 1 month ago

Its more than you will need trust me

fairtradesloth 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Hey, thinking of doing this build except swapping the CPU for the 2700x and the GPU for either a GTX 1070TI or GTX 1080. If I do that would I still be alright with the stock cooler with the CPU, or would I need any sort of extra fans or coolers? Also, would it perform ok in Lightroom and 1440p gaming around 60fps on high/ultra settings?

Noxast 2 points 1 month ago

Generally speaking AMD's stock coolers are fine (although some people always suggest going 3rd party), though if you're planning on overclocking you should definitely buy a 3rd party cooler. Obviously that also depends on whether or not you're running a properly ventilated system. This build should be good in both Lightroom and 1440p at high settings depending on the game.

fairtradesloth 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Thank you! Most my parts have arrived and I'm doing some final research for the build. Planning to build it on Monday...can't wait!

LMC 1 point 1 month ago

Hey how did the build go? You happy with it so far? Love to know I’ll be building a pc in late January.

fairtradesloth 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Happier than I even expected to be! It's performing great, it's beautiful and it was a lot of fun to build! I was nervous but looking back, there was no need...overall, it's very easy to do. The hardest part was just getting over the nerves! I wrote about my build here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/VW8Ycf you'll have a lot of fun my friend!

Client_Code 1 point 12 days ago

Have you had any problems with the graphics card? I read it breaks after a while?

N1k3lz 1 point 1 month ago

Would it be possible to drop the GPU entirely or downgrade to make a dedicated streaming PC? I will be streaming console and video streaming, no PC gaming.

Cheers

Noxast 1 point 1 month ago

The CPU doesn't have dedicated graphics, but you can certainly downgrade if you'd like.

UndeadMailbox 1 point 1 month ago

Hi, I am Getting my First Gaming pc, and dont want to start out with One of those Entry Level Pc's, I have been gaming for a LONG time and am finally getting an upgrade, Would this be a good pc to be upgraded to?

Client_Code 1 point 1 month ago

I am new to the scene as well but I asked a few pros who build pc's as a hobby, they said its great but pretty expensive to get as an entry level pc. If you buy can you let me know if it works well? Thanks hope I could help. :D

ccomeaux 1 point 1 month ago

would you need more case fans or CPU fan for lower temps?

illumironi 1 point 1 month ago

Can I use the listed power supply if I plan to overclock?

elix1234 1 point 1 month ago

I'm wondering as well. But I leaning towards no, maybe.

Client_Code 1 point 1 month ago

Any tips on how to get the pc down a few dollars maybe like 50$-100$ cheaper? Except for the case. Thanks for the help :D

elix1234 2 points 1 month ago

change the ssd to 250gb, get a 2tb hdd instead and you can get 16gb ddr4 3000mhz ram for around $100.

blucarelli 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

Could substitute the 2700 for a Ryzen 2600 or 1700. A GTX 1060 or RX series amd GPU would also be sufficient. With the exception of the case, cutting costs means cutting performance.

Used parts are an option, usually can save 30% or more off retail (60% of retail is a good goal)

Cyclonic2 1 point 1 month ago

Is it possible to replace the RTX 2070 to GTX 1070 TI?

illumironi 1 point 29 days ago

If I overclock would the rtx 2070 work for a 1080 240 hz setup or would I need 2080 or 2080ti?

gvm523 1 point 24 days ago

Would it still be a good build for gaming with 2x8GB?

Starman49843 1 point 24 days ago

I just bought all the parts and paid a guy to put it together for me. Question is: where is the disk slot? I'm using the R5 case, but there's literally no place to put the disks to play the games which was the whole point of spending all this money on a GAMING pc. Am I just dumb? Was there a part not on the part list that I was supposed to magically know I would need? I'm not a tech guy, I just bought the things the part list said to buy, took them in and paid a guy to put it together for me and I still can't play games that require a disk? Why weren't ALL the parts on the part list? Isn't the point of a part list (for a gaming PC, no less) to make sure that you have ALL the parts needed to play games? Not everyone is a computer whiz and need to be told these kinds of things. Please tell me I'm just not seeing it and it's just hidden or something.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 23 days ago

An optical drive is sold separately. You can purchase a 5.25" optical drive and install it to use with disks if you wish. There isn't one included because PC gaming with disks is rare and becoming rarer these days.

fratrick_swayze 1 point 23 days ago

Considering pulling the trigger on these parts today or tomorrow. Want to game and stream, editing not important.

I believe I would be better off streaming with the dual PC setup, but am hesitant to pull the trigger on that kind of investment since I'll be new to streaming. I'm attracted to this build because it looks like if I find that streaming isn't for me, I'll still land on a good gaming PC, which I definitely want.

Would you anticipate running into any issues with this rig streaming and gaming? I know that as new games come out, it will obviously be outdated slowly as gaming requirements increase. Should I consider investing in a better graphics card to mitigate this? I've read that OBS pulls on the graphics card to render frames on single PC streaming setups, but not sure how valid that is.

Or would you recommend going for the dual PC setup for a similar price point instead if streaming is equally as important as gaming?

Any advice appreciated. I've built a computer before (years ago), so I know that there will always be troubleshooting no matter what. But any warnings would be helpful as I try to determine single vs dual setup for streaming. Also, if I go single PC and enjoy streaming, I wouldn't mind investing more in a dedicated streaming rig and keeping this one as the gaming rig. Wondering if you think that's the best strategy at the first go $1500 price point.

Many thanks!

blucarelli 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

Honestly if you're just getting into streaming I wouldn't make this kind of investment. The likelihood of it "paying off" is slim unless you are truly sensational, or have a great gimmick. For dedicated streaming a used prebuilt with a dedicated GPU would be primo (960 and up simply because of availability)

userpicker 1 point 21 days ago

I already have a "EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply" , any reason to believe that wouldn't work with this build? in place of the corsair?

blucarelli 1 Build 2 points 16 days ago

It would work just fine, and leave some room for future upgrades.

ArtieStrongestManintheWorld 1 point 18 days ago

First Time Prospective Builder,

Are there any parts I can cut back on if I'm not interested in streaming. I'm looking to switch from a Macbook to a desktop for the purposes of video editing and quality gaming. I've tried reading into it, but I keep hearing conflicting things. It seems like to cut back on one item, it substantially affects the other three as well.

Thanks!

itsyipp 1 point 9 days ago

I'm a hardcore gamer but haven't built a new rig in over 10+ years.

Plan on getting into streaming consistently and doing a lot of content creation in general with this rig. Also don't really want to go the route of having a 2nd PC to do the streaming while I game on a separate PC. My first priority with this build is gaming. Editing comes 2nd. Is this a good build suited for what I need?

Katerina 1 point 8 days ago

Are you sending goods to another country? Ukraine

illumironi 1 point 8 days ago

Will I be able to take advantage of a 1080p 240 hz g sync monitor with this build? I’d like to play A majority of games, specifically Fortnite, at atleast 144 FPS, if I can get to 240 even better

bestfamgames 1 point 5 days ago

Built it for my son - super great computer, thank you ThoughtA. I went with a white case, added a k70 keyboard, logitec mouse, logitech speakers, samsung monitor, and a blue yeti mic/boom.

I wish I could post photos with comment as it looks simply awesome.

I have gotten a few times "your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart" for more information check out windows (scan code inluded). I was told to check into Driver Power State Failure... thoughts ThoughtA?

Again, thank you!

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 5 days ago

That sounds great, congrats!

It sounds like you're having an issue with drivers not playing nice with your system. You could try updating your drivers first, which is a good thing to do anyway since the drivers out of the box will by nature be out of date a lot of the time. Namely, you can update your graphics drivers and the drivers for your motherboard. All of these can be downloaded from the manufacturer.

For more info and help, I recommend posting over at the Troubleshooting subforum.

Also, if you'd like to post your build with photos and comments, you can create a Completed Build (top left button)!

RoCNOD 1 point 2 days ago

FYI the 2070 manual requires a 650W PS or above. Mine works on my 550W though.

verenom 1 point 17 hours ago

Any recommendation on another motherboard? The reviews on the B450 don't seem that great.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 29W - 29W
ADATA - Ultimate SU650 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K4000 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB VENTUS Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 89W - 309W