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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 Intel Coffee Lake processor, the i7-8700, which will handle all modern games admirably and features an increased core count over previous Intel generations. The important features that we want from this CPU for streaming and editing are its 6 cores and 12 threads via Hyperthreading (Intel's implementation of Simultaneous Multi Threading - SMT. 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 6- and 12-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 i7-8700 includes a stock cooler, but we're opting to use a larger 3rd-party cooler to decrease sound a bit. This CPU isn't overclockable, so we won't be having to manage as much heat.

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 Z370 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 i7-8700 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

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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 384W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $339.99 FREE $339.99 B&H Buy
CPU Cooler $23.49 $23.49 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$108.99 FREE $108.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
$339.99 FREE $339.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$249.98 $249.98 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 4TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$105.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $105.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 224mm - 403mm
$509.99 $4.99 $514.98 Newegg Buy
Case
Power Supply $66.59 FREE $66.59 SuperBiiz Buy
Base Total: $1745.01
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $1750.00
* 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.

Compatibility Notes

  • The be quiet! - Pure Base 600 (Black/Silver) ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 425mm long, but video cards over 280mm may block drive bays. Since the MSI - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DUKE OC Video Card is 312mm long, some drive bays may not be usable.
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ndivenyi 1 point 1 month ago

Why not 4x8 ram?

Nater650 1 point 1 month ago

ndivenyi 2x8 is cheaper and it frees up 2 ram slots for expansion

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