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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 (Simulatneous 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 GTX 1080 is 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 PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 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 R5. The R5 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 8x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" bays for any extensive hard drive needs you may have.

It also comes with 2x 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.

If you'd like a slightly different aesthetic, you can opt for the 'Titanium' colored version of the case, or the white or Blackout versions . 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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 304W
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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
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
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Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
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From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 4000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
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Case
Power Supply $49.99 -$10.00 FREE $39.99 Newegg Buy
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Base Total: $1275.34
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Total: $1250.34
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

lionheartlui 3 points 2 months ago

will this work just fine with a 1070?

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It should. Streaming is CPU intensive. You wont get as good fps while playing games but your stream will be the same

Happycow 2 points 2 months ago

Id be able to put a 1080 ti in this build right?

Brion_Sundae 2 points 2 months ago

Yeah, you can. Though unless you want to play at crazy high FPS or 4K, a 1080 will be enough.

KittyCatKane 2 points 2 months ago

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101darkknight 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks for the guide! I'm still pretty dang new to a lot of this. Any recommendations on a monitor that will get the most out of this build? Also, is a specific CPU cooler needed?

ashudow 2 points 2 months ago

Stock CPU Cooler will do you good at stock speeds. Use a dedicated CPU Cooler if you want to overclock the CPU. As for a monitor, something 60Hz, and at least a 1080p monitor (1920x1080) should do you a great deal. Really any monitor will do you good

101darkknight 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks a ton! So do all CPUs come with a stock cooler? (Just out of curiosity)

As for the monitor, I've got two BenQ - RL2450HT 24.0" 1920x1080 Monitors from my last build back in 2014. I'm still trying to find their Hz value and what that means so hopefully they will work well

ashudow 3 points 2 months ago

Most Intel CPU's come with a stock cooler (Intel CPU's that don't have a letter). AMD CPU's all come with their stock cooler (which is way better than Intel's cooler)

As for your monitors, they have a 76Hz refresh rate as this article specifies: https://www.cnet.com/products/benq-rl2450ht-led-monitor-24-series/specs/ Your monitors could use a small upgrade to something 120Hz or 144Hz (you will juice more power out of the 1080 that way)

101darkknight 1 point 2 months ago

If I run two monitors, would I really only need one of them to be 120 or 144 Hz since I only run the games on one monitor at a time? I'd love for the gaming to look as good as possible with this build, but I don't mind at all how well the second monitor performs because I just use it for side stuff (homework, spotify, etc.)

Thanks a ton! Super helpful!

ashudow 1 point 2 months ago

Just use the monitors you have, its all good

Takka 2 points 2 months ago

Not all CPUs come with a stock cooler, for example some intel processor do not come with one like the i5 7800.

Based on the name of the monitor, I am pretty sure it is a 60hz monitor.

Hopes this helps

101darkknight 2 points 2 months ago

Thank you!

Takka 1 point 2 months ago

Welcome buddy

ParAdiGm717 1 point 2 months ago

Note: i5-7800 doesn't actually exist. You could be talking about two cpu's, the i5-7600k and all k models of Intel's lineup don't have a stock cooler. Also, The i7-7800x doesn't have one but is also a $350 cpu so you should have money in the budget for a cooler.

Takka 1 point 2 months ago

I meant Core i5-7400 lol

Brion_Sundae 2 points 2 months ago

Hz is like the "upload" rate of a monitor. I did some research, that monitor should have 60Hz. So that means that your monitor uploads a new picture 60 times in a second.

Abhishek1025 1 point 5 days ago

DELL U231 Ultra monitors

kilometers 1 point 2 months ago

What would the build be for intel processors? Or is AMD strictly better for gaming and streaming.

ashudow 1 point 2 months ago

An Intel Core i7-8700K or i9-7800X would do you perfectly to replace the AMD parts (just remember to get the right motherboard with the correct chipset when purchasing a certain CPU)

morphheuz 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

There is no i9-7800X. Its either the i9-7900X or the i7-7800X. But if you go S2066 platform dont waste your money on less than 8 coes like the i7-7820X. The boards are way to expensive to go 6 cores or even 4.

ashudow 1 point 2 months ago

Sorry I mean't i7 lol

HavocLegend 1 point 2 months ago

This may be my first pc build it looks really good. I am a pc noob and while researching I came across this build and I really want to try this out. Please replay back to this comment if I should really get this build because again, I am new to pc. I would appreciate if you can link me other pc builds like this because I really do to be in the gaming business. Thank you.

HavocLegend 2 points 2 months ago

Also I have a $1,500 budget. What can I add to this within this budget range? Thank you for the replys.

OddGod 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

If you wanna overclock, use that money for a third party cooler.

Alex_Slone 1 point 2 months ago

hey im thinking of building this too it looks good i have to build a computer for a class in school and the teacher said this one i found is a really good price and is really good for what i will use it for and he knows his stuff so if i cant find a better im probably gonna go with this one too

Zirf 2 points 1 month ago

seriously? your teacher asked for this?

Brion_Sundae 1 point 2 months ago

If you want a strictly gaming build, you can go for 16 GB of RAM. 16 GB is enough for gaming and a few tabs open, and you can opt out on some storage if you want to save money. Another thing would be to go for an Intel chip since they perform slightly better than AMD in gaming (Raises pitchforks). Other than that, you should be fine.

bigbwolfy 1 point 1 month ago

I was thinking of switching that expensive SSD out for a smaller one to save a little money. The only that will be on it is the OS and any thing essential to the OS but all the games and their updates/dlc will be going on the 4tb hard drive so it might save a bit there.

tmj1003 1 point 2 months ago

How would this work for a mechanical engineer? i.e. using cad, web browsers, occasional game, simulations, etc.

EronKutov 1 point 2 months ago

It would work great! In general, any build you find online that have an "editing" focus will also do great with CAD software. The two tasks require similar things.

mythgeek22 1 point 2 months ago

Anything I should consider doing differently when I buy this If i plan on having $500-$1000 to spend on updates in 2-3 months?

Thanks bro

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Just save and get a 1080ti

Starman49843 1 point 1 month ago

Is there an alternative to the Team - Vulcan memory? The reviews on newegg are mixed and someone had a stick arrive dead on arrival, and others say it's a cheap knock-off brand. Thanks!

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah you can do basically any DDR4 ram. I would suggest at least 3000mhz and for streaming 16+Gbs of ram.

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Team Vulcan is generally very cheap. Here is a bit more expensive ram. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VYgPxr/gskill-memory-f43000c15d32gvr

Starman49843 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks.

huntdown 1 point 1 month ago

if i want to day trade and have dual monitors will this be possible on this set up ?

cbet_lulu 1 point 1 month ago

Hi!

How many USB ports does this build have? I can see it says in the description that there are 2 USB 3.0 ports. What do I have to change about this build to have more?

Thanks

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

The case has 2 USB 3.0 ports, but the motherboard will have several more, depending on which motherboard is selected by the parametric filter.

ColonnaJ94 1 point 1 month ago

This is a very interesting build, and I might actually go with this.. Though, I had a couple of questions first.. If I wanted to put a Ryzen 7, 2700x, 1080 TI GPU in there instead of suggested 2700 and 1080..what else would i have to change? Also, would a 1080p, IPS, 144hz Ultrawide Monitor or a 4k, IPS, 144hz monitor be better for video editing and gaming? - I've never built a PC before so I'm kind of new here.. Coming from a 2014 Macbook pro

Jersie 1 point 1 month ago

Hi, PC building noob right here, this seems like it would be an awesome thing to build for my next computer! But do you think it would work with this case instead? https://pcpartpicker.com/product/tD38TW/nzxt-case-cas340wbr1 I think it just looks better and is cheaper :3 I've only bought a prebuilt computer (this one https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-580-023w-i5-7400-Graphics/dp/B077S27YLP/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1538601770&sr=8-4&keywords=HP+Pavillion+gaming&dpID=318W8FLYRhL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch) and have just used hand me down laptops, so thanks! :D

TPN_MeDS 1 point 1 month ago

you can easily edit this part list and add that case instead. It will give you compatibility issues if any are found.

Starman49843 1 point 1 month ago

The video card is not available from Dell. It says "no longer available" so does that mean they'll never get it again? If that's the case, is there a comparable option that'll be just as good and still compatible with everything else in this build? Thanks.

Starman49843 1 point 1 month ago

I'm currently building this. Why did the video card change? Is this one better or should I wait and get the one that used to be there?

Nickelony 1 point 1 month ago

Really? a 550W PSU is enough for this build?

TPN_MeDS 2 points 1 month ago

according to PC Part Picker it will only use about 375 Watts

Joshua2597 1 point 1 month ago

Will I be able to add my current ram Ripjaws 288 DDR4 with the current ram on this list?

Fitoperezphoto 1 point 20 days ago

Quick question!

This will be my first build. I'm a pro video editor using Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Would this work with this motherboard instead? MSI Performance Gaming AMD Ryzen 1st and 2nd Gen AM4 M.2 USB 3 Crossfire ATX Motherboard (B450 Gaming PRO Carbon AC)

I want something with WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as USB type C.

And the case listed in the parts list is no longer available. Could you please suggest a different one please?

Thanks so much! Fito

cleb_duster 1 point 14 days ago

Beginner here, can anyone give me any advice on how best to improve this build without a focus on streaming as i would just be using it for gaming/editing? In terms of both expense and efficiency if possible, thanks!

Sev547 1 point 5 days ago

What would be another good case for this build the define R5 seems to be sold out everywhere

lmack61 1 point 3 days ago

I've read many reports that using 32gb(4x8gb) and filling all 4 slims can severely limit ram speed on ryzen systems. If you buy a quad kit at 3200 then its likely not to get over 3000mhz according to the reports I've read? Is there an validity to this as I've just purchased a 32gb quad kit 3300 cl16-16-16-36 and am worried about its compatibility. If you have any advice I would appreciate it .

Cosmohig 1 point 2 days ago

If I'm worried about power should I look somewhere else, modify, or build two? I'd say a good budget would be $2,000-$2,500. My priority is editing and rendering videos as fast as possible.

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 Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 29W - 29W
ADATA - ULTIMATE SU650 960 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB Turbo OC Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 88W - 304W