For the ultimate streaming setup, many pros use two PCs: one to run the game and one to handle broadcasting the Twitch stream. In this video, we’ll be doing it all from one PC. There are some great pre-built PCs out there specifically made to do this, like the CyberPowerPC ProStreamer or the Alienware Area 51. Packing that much functionality into one case does increase the price, though. Let’s break down the hardware you’ll want to consider if you’re planning on streaming solo.
When it comes to streaming, your CPU does most of the heavy lifting. You’ll be relying on your processor to encode video, run chatbots, loyalty point notifications, music players, etc. and you want to do it all while avoiding dropped frames, which cause a not-so-nice viewing experience for your audience. You’ll want to allocate a large amount of your budget for a good GPU for streaming in high definition. To output 720p or more at 60fps, you’ll want to choose a CPU with multiple cores, beefy clock speeds and hyper-threading as a bonus. If you’re building a budget streaming rig and are fine with streaming at a lower quality than 720p or dropping below 30fps then this can be achieved with even an i5 or its AMD equivalent by optimizing your broadcast settings, capturing video from a console, minimizing the number of windows you have open while streaming and avoiding CPU-intensive games.
If you are someone who likes to have apps like Spotify, chat bots, Discord, loyalty points, and Steam open in addition to OBS and the game you’re streaming, then RAM will be another important piece of the puzzle. Most streamers typically will use around 4GB of RAM while streaming so make sure your system has at least 8GB. If that’s not in the budget, then don’t use these extra apps to keep stream stutter to a minimum.
If you stream low-CPU usage games, or capture gameplay from a console, then you may be able to save a pretty penny by forgoing a dedicated GPU and get a better experience by putting those savings into a better CPU. For triple-A titles, though, a good GPU is a very important piece of the puzzle if you plan to stream and broadcast from the same PC.
Future-proof your streaming setup by picking a motherboard that has extra slots for later expansion. Find a storage drive you can record on locally that is large enough to archive your streams. You’ll also want to find a case with good noise dampening so your audience doesn’t hear the case fans on your stream. Gauge the PSU you want to use be heading over to http://pcpartpicker.com to calculate your power needs for the different setups you’re envisioning. This site also allows you to compare component prices & reviews.
Let us know what your favorite game to stream is and feel free to shoutout your channel in the comments.
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