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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.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 374W
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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
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
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  • Capacity: 4TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
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Case $104.99 $104.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $69.99 -$20.00 FREE $49.99 B&H Buy
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Base Total: $1513.43
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Total: $1494.42
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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Team - Vulcan 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 29W - 29W
ADATA - ULTIMATE SU650 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K4000 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
PNY - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 105W - 374W