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Gaming, Streaming, and Editing Build

by ThoughtA

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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+ 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: 384W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $339.99 FREE $339.99 B&H Buy
CPU Cooler $13.89 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $13.89 Amazon Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$129.99 -$30.00 FREE $99.99 Newegg Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
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)
$299.99 FREE $299.99 Newegg Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$229.99 $0.99 $230.98 Newegg 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: 223mm - 403mm
$499.99 FREE $499.99 B&H Buy
Case $79.99 $79.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $66.99 FREE $66.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Base Total: $1766.81
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $0.99
Total: $1737.80
* 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.

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SakuranboNeko 3 points 1 month ago

Awesome, I've been looking for a monster to run all my stupid art programs and let me edit videos at the same time. Been wanting a build guide that had at least 20g ram recommended.

I'm a good 98% clueless concerning tech, but I'll be using this as a base for building my own.

But I have no idea about video cards. What's a decent spec for video cards concerning streaming, editing videos and 3D programs? (as far as actual gaming is concerned, I'm pretty content at 60fps and am looking for more practical power house over high poly count lol)

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

well the 1080 in the part list is actually really good.. I would get one though that hasnt a blower style cooler

psychopassed85 0 points 8 days ago

You would get a non blower enthusiast level card in a completely closed/silent case which has an aircooled coffeelake i7? Thats "very healthy" for all your components. Just because its a locked I7 doesnt mean they dont get hot, especially these new ones. Not to mention the *** paste theyve always had. I think you would be better off saying it should have a better and more silent air cooler. Blower cards are the best for cases like these and mini itx cases. They suck all the hot air out keeping all your components alot cooler than a custom card. Except your gpu XD

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 4 points 8 days ago

Get enough fans and problem solved. This is a mid tower and not a mATX or mini ITX case. Im running a strix 1080 Ti in a corsair 100r that has pretty bad airflow and the GPU never really exceeds 64 °C. And my i7 7700 stays around 67 °C with a be quiet pure rock slim. I'm pretty sure this case has better airflow than my 100r.

SForPres 1 point 1 month ago

Even for workloads like yours, you probably won't need more than 16GB, for price to performance, I would get that, but if you can afford, you could get 32GB as a 'because you can' thing.

SakuranboNeko 1 point 12 hours ago

Yeah, I know. But between photoshop and Illustrator, having a lot of ram makes working with a 4k canvas a breeze and I dont have to say a prayer that nothing crashes anytime I save.

carbon3421 -1 points 1 month ago

Gtx 1070 or 1080 or radion 580

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

no.. thr rx 580 is overpriced and is much much weaker than the 1070 or 1080

LatiosGaming 0 points 29 days ago

I would recommend a Vega 56 despite the power requirement. I've heard they are amazing at non-gaming workloads.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 2 points 29 days ago

yeah but when you have gaming in mind.. then no.. vega isnt a good idea

LatiosGaming 2 points 29 days ago

Gaming may not be Vega's strong suit but that's not to say it can't do at least a respectable job. The whole idea of AMD is to create a product better for a certain price that can do everything you could possibly ask of it (within reason, obviously an R3 SKU for example shouldn't be asked to render a video) at least respectably. Like Ryzen, Vega is a Jack of all Trades.

carbon3421 0 points 29 days ago

but its better than nothing

Pawacorn 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

An out of stock (very likely until next year) locked CPU on the expensive Z370 chipset?

It doesn't make any sense right now to recommend this.

Why not wait until B360/H370 chipsets are out and the i7-8700 is actually in stock before recommending this?

The R7 1700 with a B350 motherboard was perfectly fine for Gaming, Streaming, and Editing in the #7 revision, not to mention it costs less.

LatiosGaming 2 points 29 days ago

The problem is the 1700 doesn't overclock well on B350 boards, not to mention the significantly lower quality the dies are becoming as the top 5% are used in Threadripper, making for poor bins.

Pawacorn 2 Builds 2 points 29 days ago

It's not like you need to overclock it for the intended use.

However, you could get the higher binned Ryzen 7 1700X, a X370 motherboard, faster RAM, with a non-blower GTX 1080 for the cost of the build in the current #9 guide all for virtually the same price. Plus one hell of a 3rd party cooler.

And no shortage of the CPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core Processor $299.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Scythe - Mugen 5 51.2 CFM CPU Cooler $46.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-AX370-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard $103.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $295.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Mushkin - Triactor 3D 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $259.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Toshiba - 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $109.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB WINDFORCE OC 8G Video Card $532.00 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $63.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1782.79
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $1752.79
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-26 13:48 EDT-0400
LatiosGaming 2 points 29 days ago

It's bin is irrelevant now. The 1700X isn't binned high enough for it to be noticeable. That is a good build regardless.

NWhite4720 2 points 1 month ago

People need to remember that this is a build guide. A lot of the stuff is selected through parametric filters so it lists the cheapest of something with predetermined spec requirements. This means the parts could be poor quality, or not have the features you want if they are inexpensive. You should look into parts yourself, rather than just purchasing whatever is listed here. Also I'd wait to buy Coffee Lake because there are only Z370 boards which only benefit unlocked processors.

m32_hamer 2 points 22 days ago

Would I ,with this build, Be able to play/stream/record Pubg and Destiny 2?

Triniking 1 point 18 days ago

It should. Most streamers I visit still use i7 6700s and 7700s for 1080p60Hz streaming.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Yes, the 6 corer are very good for that

HerbyW 2 points 12 days ago

Alright guys so i asked one of my Friends about this build as hes helping me with buying a pc as im a noob and this is his response.

I would make a few alterations to that build to make it better for gaming and cost efficient. I mean it would work if that's what you want to know. But it's a bit op in some areas that aren't much use for gaming and the 6 core cpu would actually be worse for gaming. There are currently no games made to date that make use of all 6 cores. So you're getting a cpu with more cores at a lower clock speed than say an i7 4 core. Like 1ghz lower than the 7700k And the 7700k is a little bit cheaper than 8700 Also, unless you're gonna be doing some hardcore video editing of leaving a hundred tabs and apps open the 32gb of ram is a bit much. You could just get 16gb of the same speed ram and you wouldn't notice the difference in games. At half the price-ish You could then take these savings and get yourself a better graphics card like a 1080 Ti You may wanna go for a 650w + power supply too. That's one thing you really don't wann cheap out on. Another thing with the ram is that it's LED ram... and you don't have a windowed case, so you'll never see it.

Does anyone disagree with anything he has said as i want to make my build as good as possible. Thanks, H

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

That part about no games taking advantage of more than 4 cores is not true. LED Ram yeah true but thats just cosmetics

ut what do you wanna use the system for?

HerbyW 1 point 7 days ago

Ok thanks, Gaming. But i have decided not to go for this build instead i am going with this https://pcpartpicker.com/user/HerbyW/saved/87xbjX But i think im going to change the cooler and power supply as a couple people have said they are not the best for the money

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $287.89 @ B&H
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $57.79 @ SuperBiiz
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $5.55 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - Z270-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $89.88 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $154.99 @ Newegg
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.00 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - FireCuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $99.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card $468.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $86.89 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $88.89 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $246.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1781.73
Mail-in rebates -$55.00
Total $1726.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-18 05:43 EST-0500

I made some changes here ;) Faster memory, The 1070 Ti is cheaper and has once overclocked similar performance as the 1080 Ti, Better SSD and a better PSU and air cpu cooler :D

VibratoryGold7 1 point 4 days ago

Do you mean 1080? The 1070 ti is nowhere near the 1080 ti, even when overclocked. It does manage to trade blows with a stock 1080.

Speckled 1 point 1 month ago

I am going to use your build guide for my computer too! Thank you so much! This is amazing!!!

Nater650 1 point 1 month ago

I’m going to use this too for streaming to YouTube

LatiosGaming -1 points 1 month ago

I have a much better idea. Nearly identical performance for $200 less. Also, unlike this build guide, you can build my list immediately. Coffee Lake processors are extremely diffcult to find, often have to be preordered, and aren't worth it. Try this: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/LatiosGaming/saved/Y4kD8d

Nater650 2 points 1 month ago

Nice

LatiosGaming -2 points 1 month ago

You can overclock this build as well unlike the Coffee Lake chip in the build guide. The stock cooler is very good and will give you a pretty decent overclock of about 700-800 MHz.

Nater650 2 points 1 month ago

Nice

Although why an SSD that’s double the size of the one in the build guide

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Matsozetex 1 Build 2 points 29 days ago

Rather than that go for a Ryzen 7 1700 for the extra threads that will be marginally better than the 1600.

LatiosGaming 0 points 29 days ago

I personally like the 1600 better because it overclocks better. It all depends on what you want to do. I'm fully aware of how good the 1700 is. Planning on getting its Pinnacle Ridge counterpart in a few months.

Matsozetex 1 Build 2 points 29 days ago

Ryzen 1600 and 1700 should have the same overclocking ability, but with the Ryzen 7 you should have a beefier cooler because you are overclocking more cores.

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philip staff 10 Builds 4 points 28 days ago

Plenty of people find guides useful to either build as is, or to take as a starting point for customization. Further, different people have different interest levels in following all the details - if they don't want or need to follow all the nuanced details and specs then that's ok. There's no need to tell them to go pre-built. Many of our guides are used for first-time builders, who then after getting their feet wet go on to be more involved in part selection on subsequent builds.

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DR.ZHIVAGO 1 point 29 days ago

Hello, I had already commented on another build about this being necessary for gaming and streaming to sites like twitch. I am a super noob when it comes to PC building and have never done it before. My goal is to use it for gaming and streaming but my question is, is this absolutely necessary to game and stream? Or can I get away with something more along the lines of the modest gaming PC and still game and stream?

LatiosGaming -1 points 29 days ago

No. You need at least a quad core with multi-threading to game and stream well, and that's pushing it. A hexacore with multi-threading or better is recommended. This build guide here is not a good build because you won't be able to purchase all the parts for about 2 months or more. Some parts are also overpriced. Here is something that will do the exact same thing as this build guide for $200 less. You could do a lot of things with that extra $200, such as buy a better cooler, get a nice 1080p 100 Hz monitor, etc. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/LatiosGaming/saved/Y4kD8d

IsseiGremory 1 Build 2 points 28 days ago

What are you talking about with that crap? 4c/8t being the minimum is ludicrous. I stream perfectly in 1080p or 720p depending on the game, with my FX-6300.

LatiosGaming 0 points 28 days ago

It's not ludicrous and I'm not sure how you survive with that 6300

ninjacookies00 1 point 26 days ago

It is definitely ludicrous since 4c i5s can stream pretty well without much else happening and I can guarantee that you would see no difference between an i9 7980XE (18c/36t) and an i5 8600K (6c/6t) from the viewers prospective.

LatiosGaming -1 points 25 days ago

I refuse to believe an i5 (7th Gen) can handle GTA with a 1080p60 stream in the background. Perhaps I should have clarified that I meant without sacrificing game settings. The hexacore i5s would need a slight reduction in settings as well (however not nearly as bad as they are very fast), depending on the intensity of the game.

RommyParker 1 point 28 days ago

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LatiosGaming 1 point 26 days ago

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tortoiseman4 1 point 11 days ago

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joezim007 1 point 24 days ago

"With the PSU shroud in the case, we don't need to worry about the colors of the PSU matching the theme."

But there is no PSU shroud...

adilakif 1 point 21 days ago

Question:

If you look at CPU's intel webpage Memory type for the CPU is DDR4-2666. You added DDR4-3000 Memory to the mix. Are they compatible ?

JoseAngelSantana 1 point 17 days ago

Greetings,

I'm brand new here, and this is my first post. Please forgive any "beginner's mistakes", as i jump right in.

I'm going to build my first computer and your system seems very close to what I need.

Questions:

1) How would an Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core LGA 1151 Processor (I think it's called 8th generation), affect this system?

2)I will be using it almost exclusively for photography, using Photoshop with very large 30-40Gig SmartObject layers files. (It's a bit crazy but that's why i need a new computer.) What modifications to your system might I need to make for this use?

2a) I will be using it for short form 2-3min video edition in Premier Pro. What modifications to your system might I need to make for these uses?

3) I might need 64gigs of RAM would that work in this system? Or, can I get away with 32?

Thank you, in advance.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

1) The 8700k would increase your performance. But if you get the 8700k i would get a beefier CPU cooler. Something with a 160W tdp or above. The be quiet dark rock pro 3 is a really good one.

2) i would swap out the 960GB SSD with a 1TB SSD from Western digital. No other modifications needed.

2a) No other things

3) Thats up to you. But you can always add another 32GB to your system or have 64GB from the start

MidnightShinobi 1 point 16 days ago

noob question here- would this build be suitable for needs of gaming (of course), editing film, but also photoshop, and recording music on a digital audio workstation? Help!!

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Yes, it would work really good for that.. But i would get a video card that hasnt the blower style cooler.

SForPres 1 point 14 days ago

Since this is streaming and editing as well as gaming, I think Ryzen 7 or even Threadripper, if you could fit it in this kind of budget, would be a better idea.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

threadripper? thats ways more expensive

SForPres 1 point 6 days ago

I know this. That's why I said Ryzen 7 or Threadripper IF you could fit Threadripper into a $1700-$1800 budget. I wouldn't expect you to, I was just saying Threadripper wasn't an impossible thing to fit in.

SForPres 1 point 4 days ago

Wow...I actually forgot about the 8 core lol. Well, I guess you can.

HerbyW 1 point 13 days ago

Im abit of a noob to be honest and need some help before i buy these parts. Is there anything missing other than a monitor and windows?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Mouse and keyboard

qwertmert 1 point 11 days ago

your telling me that you didn't include windows ?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

they usually don't include windows

rusiben 1 point 7 days ago

will tweek case .....looking for a thermalake case

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Thermaltake is stupid. That company steals from other companies

hakunamatata21 1 point 3 days ago

what is the point of adding a cooler on a locked processor

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Better performance and its quieter

ten8yp 3 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

Great build... I would probably go with a better cooler but everything else seems pretty balanced.

Kendal92 1 point 1 day ago

Will this computer be able to run xplanes 11 with a ton of add on

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

yeah no problems!

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 7 days ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 0 points 9 days ago

They have so many Ryzen PCs... Don't get salty mate

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