Build Guide: The Best PC Hardware for Streaming

October 20, 2017 | By Mark Ferguson | PCDIY

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Have you ever wanted to start streaming your favorite video games but you never knew what kind of PC hardware was required to achieve such a thing? Well look no further because we’ve written this build guide to showcase some builds that we’ve recently completed for some of our Team NZXT streamers.

Streaming setups can be complex and there are multiple variables to consider, but the actual PC hardware doesn’t have to be that complicated. Copy one of our Team NZXT PC setups below and spend less time watching other people stream and more time streaming yourself!

TEAM NZXT

  • LOLRENANAY

  • LADEE DANGER

  • AVA

  • FEMSTEPH

Now, before we get started, let us clarify that this build guide isn’t necessarily designed to teach you everything you need to know about streaming. Instead, it’s aimed at helping beginners purchase or build a PC that will be capable of handling the demands of streaming their favorite games to popular sites such as Twitch and YouTube.

In this guide, you will find 4 systems designed and built for some of our very own Team NZXT streamers. These 4 systems will give you an idea on what kind of hardware is preferred by the pros and what they rely on when powering their stream. We’ve also included links to watch past streams of streamers building streaming PCs which will be used for future streams. Confused by that last sentence? So are we.

Let’s just jump right in and meet the NZXT Team!

TEAM NZXT STREAMER: LOLRENAYNAY

BIO: Renee started out as a YouTuber in 2008, uploading content primarily geared towards the Call of Duty community under the pseudonym “MissDoesntMiss.” After a year of growing and learning, she decided to branch out into other games and started her variety channel, lolRenaynay.

BUILD: Renee’s build is no stranger to high-end equipment and includes a strong combo with an Intel i7-7700k and a GTX 1080ti. You can’t get much better than this when it comes to handling the streaming workload without compromising FPS. Her build also includes a Kraken X52 to help keep her CPU cool and 16GB of G.Skill RAM in order to help with any background processes that she keeps open during her streaming session.

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    CASE

    NZXT S340

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    MOBO

    Asus ROG Z270 Maximus IX Hero

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    CPU

    Intel i7-7700K

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    CPU COOLER

    NZXT Kraken X52

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    GPU

    EVGA GTX 1080ti FTW3

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    RAM

    G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB

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    SSD

    Crucial MX300 1TB

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    PSU

    EVGA Supernova NEX 650W

TEAM NZXT STREAMER – LADEE DANGER

BIO: Brittney has been a passionate gamer since her early years, which transitioned into her love of streaming on Twitch. With the original intentions of going into costume design, she stumbled upon cosplay after attending her first Dragon*Con in 2009. Since then she has attended numerous conventions in the US and Internationally. Brittney has worked with multiple video game companies as a professional cosplayer and hopes to inspire creativity and positivity into the gaming community.

BUILD: Ladee Danger’s build doesn’t include an i7 or a 1080ti like the other 3 but make no mistake, this system is still very capable of handling her streaming requirements and despite what most people think, an i7 isn’t always required in order to host a successful stream. Her system includes an i5-7600k and a GTX 1070. This combo is preferred if you are interested in keeping the cost low without sacrificing too much when it comes to streaming performance. Her build also includes a Kraken X52 to keep her system cool during long streaming sessions and will help lower the temps if she decides to overclock her CPU.

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    CASE

    NZXT S340 Elite

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    MOBO

    Asus Strix Z270E

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    CPU

    Intel i5 7600K

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    CPU COOLER

    NZXT KRAKEN X52

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    GPU

    EVGA GTX 1070 SC

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    RAM

    G.SKILL TridentZ 16GB

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    SSD

    Crucial MX300 275GB

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    PSU

    EVGA Supernova NEX 650W

 

TEAM NZXT STREAMER – AVA

BIO: From raging on H1Z1 to singing Disney songs, it is never a dull moment in Ava’s stream. Experience an interactive chat and tilt inducing gameplay with one of Twitch’s most entertaining streamers.

BUILD: Ava’s build is similar to lolRenanay’s build with an i7-7700k and a GTX 1080ti, but she opted for a Kraken X62 in order to gain even more cooling performance. Her system also includes 16GB of RAM and is ready to tackle any game or process she decides to throw at it which means she can focus on gaming while providing entertaining streams from a reliable PC.

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    CASE

    NZXT S340 Elite

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    MOBO

    Asus Prime Z270-A

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    CPU

    Intel i7 7700K

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    CPU COOLER

    NZXT KRAKEN X62

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    GPU

    EVGA GTX 1080ti FTW3

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    RAM

    G.SKILL TridentZ 16GB

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    SSD

    Crucial MX300 525GB

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    PSU

    EVGA Supernova NEX 650W

TEAM NZXT STREAMER – FEM STEPH

BIO: With a background in video game publishing, FemSteph made the transition to become a full-time broadcaster on Twitch to further pursue her passion in gaming. A variety caster at heart, she plays everything from First-Person Shooters, to Puzzle Platformers, to Survival Horror and will always entertain with her rage-induced dialogue.

BUILD: FemSteph’s system includes the infamous i7-7700k and GTX 1080ti power combo in order to handle the demanding games that she streams such as The Witcher III. Like Ava, FemSteph also chose the Kraken X62 in order to keep her CPU cool during intense streaming sessions and 16GB of G.Skill RAM in order to handle any background applications.

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    CASE

    NZXT S340 Elite

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    MOBO

    MSI Z270-A Pro

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    CPU

    Intel i7 7700K

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    CPU COOLER

    NZXT KRAKEN X62

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    GPU

    EVGA GTX 1080ti FTW3

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    RAM

    G.SKILL TridentZ 16GB

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    SSD

    Crucial MX300 1TB

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    PSU

    EVGA Supernova G2 850W

FPS OVERVIEW

While streaming performance varies based on hardware, driver support, streaming software and encoding options, we’ve prepared an FPS overview chart in order to give you an idea of what kind of performance you might expect for each build. Please keep in mind that these numbers only reflect performance while simply gaming and not while streaming. However, most hardware encoding options will minimize the performance dips caused by streaming and allow you to perform close to the predicted FPS.

There you have it! Now that you’ve seen what the professionals use, it’s time to build or buy your own PC so you too can start streaming your favorite games.

Thank You for Building with NZXT


Thank you for reading this build guide. If you want to see more like it or if you have suggestions for improvements, please leave a comment below and we will be sure to incorporate them into our future guides. We write these guides for the love of PC games and the PC community so your feedback is very important to us. Thanks again!

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