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2019 Streaming/Gaming Build - Thermaltake Micro-ATX i5 9600K

by rel904



Date Published

Feb. 6, 2019

Date Built

Jan. 26, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.01 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

13 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

44.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


This build is dedicated for streaming. No GPU was added as it is not a gaming rig, but it does have some future proofing in the sense that if it is no longer used for streaming, a GPU can be added and used for gaming.

For being my first build, it was really a breeze to put this together. The Thermaltake Core V21 case works so well with customizing and makes it easy to access any part of the build without headache.

The one issue that I came across (and knew I was gambling) was the 9th gen i5 not working with the bios that came with the mobo. In mid 2018 MSI came out with a bios update to allow for 9th gen, but the board that I received was manufactured 3 months prior. In order to update this, I had to order a cheap chip that fit, but after the update, everything worked without issue.

Edit After reconsideration and Nvidia's partnership with OBS to get better performance, I decided to add the new MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB Gaming X. Waiting for a separate gaming rig did not go over well with y impatience. So far I've been able to game and stream at 900p@60fps with little hiccups (besides certain games giving me fits).

Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Easily overclocked to 5GHz from 3.7 with highest temps barely breaking 60° C

Corsair Vengeance RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Speed set to 3200 with no issues

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GAMING X Overclocked +57Mhz with memory overclocked to +500Mhz. Stress tests at 100% power has the temps around 63° C

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diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

More pics?

rel904 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah I'll get more pics up

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Interesting build and purpose. What do you think about NVIDIA claims that a streaming PC is not needed with their RTX GPUs?

rel904 submitter 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

I'm not too sure, but a lot of streamers run off one rig. Normally you let the CPU do the encoding and GPU runs the game. The RTX may be able to handle it, but I would still want them separate. Another reason for 2 PC's though is that the gaming one may crash, and if it does, your still able to keep the stream up.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 2 months ago

Well, if you’re using a capture card (or something similar), it’s all reliant on CPU power to do the encoding.

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

NVIDIE and many Streamers have reported that the RTX cards handle thr video encoding just fine with only a drop of a few fps when streaming.

maddog62 1 Build 0 points 2 months ago

That was written last June well before RTX cards were released.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 2 months ago

Well, it's because the CPU is doing the encoding, not the GPU.

Gibbytronix 1 point 2 months ago

That is one clean streaming pc. Mind to show us pics?

Newbgaming 1 point 2 months ago

Nice streaming pc, how is the hd60 pro, and what's it like to build in that case

rel904 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The hd60 pro is good, no latency so no complaints. I love the case. 5 sides open up for ease of access to all components and has some good cable management areas. I also like how they let you move the power/reset buttons and USB ports to either side so that you don't have to worry about placement of the case.

Lividpupp 1 point 2 months ago

Let me start off by saying this build is amazing but could someone help me I have around $800 and want a streaming pc I game on my Xbox one x but I still would like to play steam games from time to time any help would be appreciated.

SSmade 1 point 2 months ago

Streaming via GPU is way more stable. Anyways, if you chose to stream via CPU why don't you go with 2700X (totally not an AMD fan, but red **** is better for rendering)?

rel904 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

You get better quality via CPU when streaming. Yes, GPU is more efficient and frees up the cpu, but this is a dedicated streaming build and I do not feel I needed a GPU. After streaming a few times already, 1080p is easily obtained with no hiccups or drag. I went with Intel because that is what I know and being my first build, didn't want to take a risk on something unknown.

ozark_aviation 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Love the case!

rel904 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Me too! So great to work with as well as it's easy access to every component.

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Don't spam.

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