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This is a build that I made for a friend of mine that does Twitch streaming. It was made with the intent of replacing her aging Laptop (which she currently streams on), it had to be small form factor AND it had to be under $500. I got pretty close to meeting the $500 goal but in the end it was worth going a bit over budget.

Parts Reasoning:

CPU- Originally I had my eyes on the Pentium G3258 because of it's awesome overclocking capabilities for gaming (for a cheap CPU) BUT I had to remind myself that this isn't a GAMING rig... I went with the 4130 because it's still a cheap CPU but it has hyperthreading capabilities which will be important for streaming/multitasking.

Motherboard - Went with the ASRock H97M because it was the cheapest, most reputable brand I could find that had wifi built in.

RAM - I've used the Kingston Fury sticks in another one of my builds and love the amount of performance you get for such a low price. Plus, they're clean looking!

Storage - The WD Green works out because it doesn't need to be a "fast" "gaming" drive, just something cheap and reliable that can hold a decent amount of data.

Case - This was probably where I spent the most time researching, I needed a small form factor case that had a built in PSU, the ability to mount a slim DVD/CD drive AND not break the bank. Went with the silverstone SG05BB-450 because it had the best reviews and fit the bill in all of the above areas.

Optical Drive - Just a slim Samsung DVD/CD drive, cheap but necessary.

Capture Card - We decided on the Avermedia Live Gamer HD because it was cheaper than the BlackMagic Intensity Pro that we currently use in my wife's streaming PC and had similar capabilities. It's also very user friendly and widely compatible with different streaming software, in contrast to the BlackMagic which tends to be very finicky with lots of hardware and software incompatibilities.

And that's it! Feel free to ask questions and post comments below!

Thanks!

P.S. Here's the link to her Twitch Channel http://www.twitch.tv/shiva_goddess

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

The 4130 really only has two main benefits over the G3258, hyper threading and supporting faster RAM where as the G3258 is overclockable so take your pick on that. I fell you made a good choice in the CPU for what you are doing.

I only have one main question, how does it preform when streaming? Streaming is something that generally wants a lot of cores so a quad core is normally a minimum with oct being ideal, and with this being a dual core I'm really curious to know how it preforms especially without a GPU. What do you plan on streaming?

Good looking build. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

The build itself is for my streaming friend, she mostly plays Console games but also plays emulators. I'm hoping that it will perform MUCH better than her current setup (which is through a laptop) but if she feels like she needs more power there is always the option of swapping out the CPU down the line. Unfortunately I couldn't go with much more power than the 4130 at the price point that she was after and the replacement laptops she was looking at online were even LESS powerful than this build.

My hopes are that with this build she can improve her stream and save up for a better CPU in the future, on that can more easily handle running OBS and other applications simultaneously. I'll keep you updated on how it performs though!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Just out of curiosity did you consider any Kaveri processors?? It is a sweet build for streaming by the way. I like it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I did look at some of the AMD chips (and originally this was an AMD build) but I couldn't find any FM2+ mini-ITX boards! It would seem that intel has a pretty strong hold on the mini-ITX world so I was kind of forced into a rough spot with what kind of chip I could put in there... The good part is, if she saves up some more money in the futue (like $280) she could slap an extremely competent 4790 in there without any need to upgrade anything else in the build!

It kind of stinks that I couldn't find a small form factor FM2+ mobo because in all reality it could have been a MUCH more powerful build for about the same price...

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I was just curious. I knew there had to be a reason. Pretty sweet build either way!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

FM2+ mini-itx boards:

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboard/#s=26&f=8

I'm actually planning on doing an A10-7800 console size build sometime in the future.

In your case though, you were probably better off sticking with Intel anyways due to core speeds being faster and more important for emulation.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow cool!

I'll definitely keep this in mind if I do another small form factor budget streaming build! I could throw a 7850k on any FM2+ miniITX board and potentially get much better gaming/streaming preformance since it's a quad core APU as opposed to a dual core CPU.

Thanks for the info!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't get it, so this is just a streaming box and all the gaming is still done on the laptop?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the question!

This is just a streaming box (with some emulators) that's replacing an aging laptop that she currently uses for streaming. The laptop is giving her issues and is severely underpowered for XSplit and running multiple instances of Google Chrome for Twitch notifications. The gaming is all mostly done from an external console such as her 3DS or WiiU. Hope that helps clarify things a bit lol

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

ok that makes since. Thx.

I thought all the gaming was on the streaming box which is why i was confused because you put a streaming card in instead of a graphics card.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Nice build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was for a friend who was on a strict budget lol Knowing what I know now about APU's and FM2+ chipsets I feel like I might do it differently but it has worked out great for her so far!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job on the little streaming build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I was looking at your build, an noticed that this was a small build, but wondered why you just went with the normal stock CPU fan cooling block. Are they any good? As I usually see people go for after market CPU cooling blocks. Whats your opinion on this matter?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I went with the stock CPU cooler for this build because an aftermarket CPU cooler simply wasn't in the budget. The client needed this to stay under $500 and at the time it came to just about at budget with all of the parts and the OS. On most of the other client builds I've done I recommend an aftermarket CPU cooler (whether it's for overclocking or just to keep noise levels down) but only if we can make it work within the budget. Hope that answers your question!

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

I would have used an i5 Intel core For the 13 gets old and laggy fast

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally agree but the budget was pretty much dictating exactly which parts we could put in the build. My friend (who I was building this for) wanted to stick close to $500. Plus it's replacing an ancient HP laptop that she was using for streaming before, this is a huge step up! lol

My wife ( who is also a streamer) has a 4790K in her build and it works GREAT. If I were to a second build for any other streaming friends I think I would have to insist on at least an i5.

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What Games do you stream?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend (the person I built the PC for) streams mostly console games and sometimes does emulators. My wife usually does Pokemon/Mario Kart and Zelda lol

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Then you should be fine it should hold up with basic games just its harder to run some games and would crash a lot if you play the wrong game.

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