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Gaming, Streaming, and Editing Build

by ThoughtA

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Description

Preface

This build is intended for those who have an interest in gaming, editing recorded footage, and streaming on a site like Twitch. A PC with these things in mind will have some differing needs than a strictly gaming PC.

CPU and Cooler

For streaming and editing, we're running the new Intel Coffee Lake processor, the i7-8700, which will handle all modern games admirably and features an increased core count over previous Intel generations. The important features that we want from this CPU for streaming and editing are its 6 cores and 12 threads via Hyperthreading (Intel's implementation of Simultaneous Multi Threading - SMT. Hyperthreading adds an additional logical core for each physical core, resulting in double the number of allowed CPU threads. This helps to close the gap between 6- and 12-core processors without breaking the bank or unreasonably sacrificing single-threaded processing power. The extra cores can help performance significantly with both streaming and editing. The i7-8700 includes a stock cooler, but we're opting to use a larger 3rd-party cooler to decrease sound a bit. This CPU isn't overclockable, so we won't be having to manage as much heat.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for Z370 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. All motherboards selected will be compatible with the i7-8700 out of the box.

Memory

Since editing video can eat up a significant amount of memory quickly, we are using 32GB of memory, with a parametric filter applied to select the best-priced kit of either a 2x16GB or 4x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM. If you are okay with potentially spending more money, you can change the filter to 2x16GB only to leave room for future memory capacity upgrades. However, that will not likely be necessary any time soon.

Storage

We're use parametric filters to incorporate an SSD with at least 960GB of space and a minimum of 4TB 7200RPM mechanical storage. Everyone's storage needs differs, so feel free to change those capacities to your heart's desire. You likely will need significantly more storage space than if this were strictly a gaming PC, though.

GPU

For our GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1070 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like Battlefield 1) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

The selected case is black, windowless Phanteks Eclipse P400s. This is the "silent" version of the P400, and it includes sound-dampening foam accordingly. You may find this helpful when editing or to help keep a little more noise out of your microphone while streaming. Being windowless will help reduce noise as well, though if you want a windowed case for aesthetics, you'll likely still be fine. The P400S includes 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, along with 2 120mm fans inside.

The P400S also includes a multicolored LED on the front of the case. You have 8 choices of color, or you can turn it off. Additionally, there is an included fan controller for up to two chassis fans.

Note that this case does not have a 5.25" bay, so traditional optical drives are out. You do not need an optical drive to install an OS or most software. Downloading and flash drives will take care of the bulk of those. If you want an optical drive, you can either purchase an external one, or you can add an internal optical drive to your PCPartPicker list, and our compatibility filter will show only cases that can fit it.

A lack of an external bay also means you can't install a hot swap storage bay that has external access. If you want hot swap capabilities, you'll either want to use an external option like this USB 3.0 one or a different case.

There is also a white version and a gray version. There are also windowed options on the site, if you'd prefer that. If you don't want sound-dampening foam, there are non-silent editions on the site as well. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of five well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 384W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $425.00 $425.00 Umart Buy
CPU Cooler $35.00 $35.00 Mwave Australia Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • SATA 6Gb/s Ports: 6 - 10
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$169.00 $169.00 Umart Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
$499.00 $499.00 Skycomp Technology Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$330.00 $330.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 4TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$165.00 $165.00 Umart Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 223mm - 403mm
$808.50 $808.50 Newegg Australia Buy
Case $109.00 $109.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Power Supply $118.00 $118.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $2658.50
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Compatibility Notes

  • The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
  • The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
  • Flag compatibility notes as incorrect

Comments Sorted by:

orey10m 3 points 1 month ago

I am trying to get the price down on this one, but I don't game and want the focus to be on Editing. I've saved a version here: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/orey10m/saved/Bzz9WZ

Any suggestions on places to skimp, to get this down to $700?

DevynEleven 1 point 1 month ago

You can get the price down by a good amount by going for a Ryzen 5 or 7, and an AM4 motherboard. I would personally go for a 7 1700, as it's cheaper and has more cores than the CPU featured here

deathraydave 1 point 1 month ago

Get rid of the ssd. Maybe switch to a ryzen 5 1600. And why do you need 16gb of ram for a 1050ti build?

orey10m 1 point 1 month ago

Honestly I don't even understand the correlation of the Video Card and the amount of RAM... seems like you're saying if I'm using a 1050ti card (lower end than the 1080 shown here), it wouldn't make sense to have all of that RAM because it won't be able to utilize it all or something? Thanks for the question. I'm still very new to this

So would 8GB of RAM pair/balance better to 1050ti builds? at what point would you consider 16GB necessary? if I were to do a 1060? 1070?

PrivatePengu 1 point 11 days ago

It's because a 1050 TI is a pretty popular budget GPU, and most people on a 1050 TI budget shouldn't double the amount of money they spend on RAM by going for 16 gb.

If you're buying a 1070, then you'd probably want 16 gb of ram, because if you're going for a 1k+ build then you might aswell get the extra ram. But it's not necessary in a 700$ 1050 TI build.

That's at least what I think he meant.

Taffyo02 1 point 1 month ago

Buy a ryzen

BEATINGMYSON 1 point 10 days ago

bro if you want to edit i think you should go for ryzen 7 1700x bro also research more

ahays87 2 points 2 months ago

New Build

henryracine 1 point 2 months ago

why buy a z370 mobo if you have a locked processor you could of saved there or paid a little more for the unlocked version of the cpu

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 2 months ago

Unfortunately, Z370 motherboards are the only 300 series motherboards available right now.

thejaggerman 1 point 27 days ago

Why is this not a ryzen 7 build? I just am wondering what the trade offs are! Thanks

General_D3fault 1 point 23 hours ago

Is there a full tower case that you would recommend fpr this build instead of a mid tower?

mark6364 0 points 1 month ago

I thought Coffee Lake CPU's didn't support Quad Channel RAM. Am I wrong?

ThoughtA staff submitter 0 points 1 month ago

You are correct! You can still use 4 sticks of RAM running in dual channel though.

mark6364 0 points 1 month ago

Thanks for clearing that up!

samtrollbot 0 points 1 month ago

Anyone have any experience with this build? I have a few questions.

When will the i7-8700 will be available again? In the notes it says the GPU will be a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. But then the filter uses the Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card. Is this a good place to save money and what might a similar/cheaper GPU be? Should I be concerned about the Compatibility Notes?

Thanks,

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-8700 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Deepcool - GAMMAXX 400 74.3 CFM CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 29W - 29W
Intel - Pro 6000p 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB TURBO Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 110W - 384W