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First time, 2 builds 1for gaming 1 for streaming

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March 9, 2013 1:22:44 AM

Hello, My plan is to make two separate PC's one for gaming on and the second one is to just stream with.

First PC
Purchase Date: Hopefully in a week
Budget Range: under $1800 is best but $2000 is the top money saved will go towards a monitor and second PC
System Usage:Gaming gaming and more gaming, Currently it would be Starcraft 2, Skyrim, crysis
Monitor: Still using a CRT but Suggestions are welcome (Cost will not be added too cost of Machine)
OS: Will be Win7 64bit (cost not a factor)
Preferred Website: Newegg and amazon
Location: New York City
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: Heck if I'm making the machine why not!
SLI: Yeppers
Why Are You Upgrading: I was using a machine someone else built for me until a few days ago when something Burnt in it. The machine gave off a really bad electrical burning smell and I don't feel safe turning it back on.

My current plan was to go with something I saw recommended in another thread but was unsure about the solid state drive, I've been doing fine with the normal hard drives and haven't a SSD yet.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($135.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($133.20 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1633.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 21:56 EST-0500)

Second PC
The streaming & video capture PC. I'm keeping this one separate from the first since I don't want to impact gaming performance with running other programs.

Purchase date: 14 days after assembly of the Gaming rig
Budget: $1500 + the leftovers from PC1 being under $2000
System usage: Streaming and video capture of the other PC and Console systems
Monitor: hopefully the old CRT
OS: win7 64bit
Overclocking: If needed

All I really have for the streaming PC so far is the recommended chip set and some hard drive space for storing of videos for editing later. My real question is how much ram do I need for 1080p streaming and editing?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($135.97 @ Amazon)
Total: $438.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 22:12 EST-0500)

So that is both machines and where I'm at now with them. Hopefully machine one parts will be ordered by next Friday. The monitor situation is that I have been using a 22'' NEC FE2111sb for about a decade now and really could use advice on what to replace it with, preferably something widescreen. Remember cost of PC's is for PC only and separate funds will be used for a monitor, combined PC cost should not exceed $3500.
March 11, 2013 3:48:25 AM

Definitely an interesting idea to go with dual computers, good setup!
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March 14, 2013 3:11:37 PM

Thanks, I figure it would be better to have two machines that can each do a dedicated job rather than one machine that would take a performance hit doing two at once. It should also make it cheaper to upgrade or replace them. Also, having two machines means that if one melts down again I'll not need to go to a friends house to use their machine for internet access. So tomorrow I order machine one as it's listed here.
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March 19, 2013 11:40:58 PM

It's a great set up so I have no complaints, only thing I personally would have done is dual 4gb 670's however I have a triple monitor setup and stream haha
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