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$1000 budget: single or dual pc setup for streaming?

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July 17, 2014 10:34:41 AM

I’m going to have a chunk of change to spend in the fall and I’m planning to use it to go all-in on streaming games to Twitch. My budget is $1000 (with some wiggle room upward). Would I be better off building a single powerful PC to use for both gaming and streaming, or building a more conservative gaming rig and then a secondary rig just for capturing/streaming?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2014 10:43:10 AM

A single rig would be the best way. I built this 1200 a minute ago (case is just a placeholder)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($309.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1258.85
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 17, 2014 10:45:45 AM

single rig, go with a 780 or 770. and get an i7. use multiple hard drives as well to reduce competition between games and your stream when capturing. just built a 1500 dollar gaming and streaming rig for a friend. 16 gigs of memory would also be nice. lemme see what i can find for around 1k

also do you plan to overclock, cause if you dont wanna mess with that, you can save mone, and the i7 will still be plenty even without overclock. most users dont understand how powerful there chips are and how little of the chips potential they actually use.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2014 10:55:23 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($115.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1218.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

OR, fx 8350 is also a good gaming/streaming rig

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($116.90 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1054.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2014 12:09:47 PM

If you don't plan to overclock your CPU then this would be a good option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.90 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($359.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1021.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

The Xeon E3 1230v3 is an i7 without the integrated GPU and cannot be overclocked.
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July 17, 2014 11:34:55 PM

numanator said:
If you don't plan to overclock your CPU then this would be a good option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.90 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($359.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1021.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

The Xeon E3 1230v3 is an i7 without the integrated GPU and cannot be overclocked.


huh, never thought of that, thats an amazing loop whole for pricing, especially, like you said, for a user you doesnt have OC knowledge. then scale down to an H board aswell. VEry nice...
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July 29, 2014 10:42:45 AM

TheFluffyDog said:
single rig, go with a 780 or 770. and get an i7. use multiple hard drives as well to reduce competition between games and your stream when capturing. just built a 1500 dollar gaming and streaming rig for a friend. 16 gigs of memory would also be nice. lemme see what i can find for around 1k

also do you plan to overclock, cause if you dont wanna mess with that, you can save mone, and the i7 will still be plenty even without overclock. most users dont understand how powerful there chips are and how little of the chips potential they actually use.


I was also able to increase my budget to 1500. I do also need a monitor (prefer 144hz), Windows 8.1, and a keyboard (mechanical). Any suggestions for these components or upgrades to previously mentioned systems? Thanks for all your help!
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