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Build Guide

Gaming, Streaming, and Editing Build

by ThoughtA

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.



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 an Intel i7-6700, which will handle all modern games admirably. The important feature that we want from this CPU for streaming and editing is hypertheading. 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 4- and 8-core processors without breaking the bank or unreasonably sacrificing single-threaded processing power. The extra threads will help performance significantly with both streaming and editing. The i7-6700 includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary. Since we aren't overclocking our CPU, the stock cooler will be sufficient in keeping temperatures acceptable.


Our motherboard is a parametric selection from a sparse set of options. All six of the potential motherboards share similar features and will work perfectly for the build. They feature the B150 chipset and an LGA 1151 socket for compatibility with the i7-6700. They include 4 DIMM slots for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, along with 6 SATA 6.0Gb/s ports for multiple storage drives.


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.


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.


For our GPU, the newly released 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 4 (and hopefully the upcoming Battlefield 1) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of Mordor. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1070 will have no problem playing any and and all applications currently on the market.

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.


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.


For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of a five well-reviewed semi or fully modular units, all of which are 80+ Bronze certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build. With the PSU shroud in the case, we don't need to worry about the colors of the PSU matching the theme.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 268W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $426.55 $426.55 Austin Computers Buy
Motherboard $121.90 $121.90 Amazon Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 32GB (2x16GB), 32GB (4x8GB)
$339.00 $339.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$209.00 $209.00 Mwave Australia Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 4000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s, SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$155.31 $155.31 Amazon Australia Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Length: 224 mm - 403 mm
$629.00 $629.00 Scorptec Buy
Case $109.00 $109.00 PCCaseGear Buy
Power Supply $133.95 $133.95 Amazon Australia Buy
Total: $2123.71
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

Turbo7 4 points 22 months ago

Can this connect to wifi? Or do I need to buy a wifi card? What's the best OS for this build? I'm going to use it for software development: well not yet but I'll be learning how to code on this

evaldespino 2 points 23 months ago

I am looking into this as my first build. What is the easiest way to get an OS without a disc drive? USB? Also does anyone have any suggestions for adding a disc drive?

Obelisk. 3 points 22 months ago

You can find many external disk drives on amazon. This is the one that I am using. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00VWVZ0V0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=20DOAAUFIL938&coliid=I1C1LCZBT0VLVE

jimmyfallon123321 2 points 22 months ago

Use a flash drive

combatorca 2 points 22 months ago

If you happen to have a disc drive you could just hook up the SATA and power with the case open, install the os, then remove the drive and close your case back up.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 22 months ago

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Regnum 2 points 23 months ago

Hey all,

I'm looking to use this part list for my first cpu build, however I'm pretty concerned about how I'll go about building it. Haven't really had any electrical experience as of yet (but is the reason why I want to build my own cpu in the first place) - so I was wondering if there's some sort of guide available etc. which will make make the process easier.

Apologies for my ignorance, Cheers in advance :p

danyul 1 point 23 months ago

There's a video I watched that really helped. This video by linustechtips is very helpful. It's an old video but really nothing is outdated (except the hardware).

combatorca 1 point 22 months ago

This Newegg 3 parter video was all I ended up needing in terms of instruction when I did my first build, they cover both assembling hardware and getting your OS/drivers up to speed!

octo13er 2 points 23 months ago

Hi! Very interested in this build, wanted to ask if it's a good idea to use another case of my preference with this build. (Don't really like the design). Thanks

DeCanter 1 point 24 months ago

I want to make a PC for live streaming from a canon 3300 with high quality stream rates and record it at the same time. I need very good quality audio as well. Will this motherboard have high quality audio or will I need a better motherboard or sound card. Will there be room for a magewell quad HDMI card, I will be using vmix or obs and a quality video editing software. Thank you.

Kdiz603 1 point 24 months ago

Not sure if this will help, but for recording audio I use an external sound card. It's good for inputting all sorts of goodies http://www.wirerealm.com/guides/top-10-best-audio-interfaces

Kdiz603 1 point 24 months ago

Also some recording programs such as cue base go through the cpu. So check what program you want to use and you will be able to gauge what CPU you want. The 6700k is awesome for sreaming and can do some decent video editing. January 5th the 7700k will be released as a replacement for the 6700k. So you can wait to maybe get a price drop or take a look at the 7700k.

DeCanter 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you for your input. Much appreciated.

Kdiz603 1 point 24 months ago

For sure, also the gigabyte z170x gaming 7 is a nice board. It has a creative sound blaster quad core chip intergrated into it...something like 180 for the board and 350 for the chip. For music 16 gb of ram will be fine. Try to find ram with a cas latency of 14 at 3200mhz. An ssd like a Samsung pro 950 m.2 in the m.2 slot will improve read write speeds dramatically. They are expensive though so chose what program you want to run at super speeds. That gigabyte board has 2 m.2 slots, which almost all have 1. The only catch is that you can only have 1 graphics card and 1 sound card because it shares the most bottom 8x or 4x (can't remember) pci-e slot. If you only want to run one graphics card and one sound card and have 2 m.2 ssd's, then that will be totally possible. You will kill one pci-e Lane and one Sata express port, but since you would have 2 you can enable raid mode and have your whole computer running at top read write speeds, and the one lost sata port will be negotiable. You would still be able to use a mass storage device like a western digital black 2tb. The WD black is nice as well if you just want to stack a bunch in there and your not going for extreme speeds but You will have a comprimisable speed cut, but at the same time it will be faster than most other drives.

Kdiz603 1 point 24 months ago

Also that board they posted is a mini atx...much smaller platform and fewer features...atx will provide more features such as the m.2 ssd slots

Cole_Foster 1 point 24 months ago

Does the case come with mounts/brackets for the SDD? I'm not sure if this is a stupid question of not.

Kalunmiles 2 points 24 months ago

2x SSDs can be mounted using the included brackets behind the motherboard tray, and 2 more can be mounted in the drive bays behind the PCU shroud. Also you can purchase drive bays separately to mount in the main compartment.

Cole_Foster 1 point 24 months ago

Ok, Thanks!

retroskeleton 1 point 23 months ago

how would i dowload an os from a usb??? or would a external optical drive work as well

LilJoe 2 points 23 months ago

well you download the windows media creation tool and you run it and select your usb as the download location, and when you first build your computer, you make it boot from your usb. Go through the setup and voila! You have a windows 10 computer ready to go! Well you do need to buy windows but that's self explanatory.

BlitzKrieg3231 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Really, a PSU by Seasonic?? Why not EVGA or Corsair?

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

What's wrong with SeaSonic? EVGA, Corsair, SeaSonic, Silverstone, etc. are all reliable brands.

Why not EVGA or Corsair?

Probably because of the use of a parametric filter.

DonutLose 1 point 23 months ago

I was just wondering if it can run BF1 1444p 60+Fps.

Justinf1998 0 points 22 months ago

Yea, but you have to put it at the lowest settings

combatorca 2 points 22 months ago

This article benchmarks the GTX 1070 getting an average of 79 FPS running BF1 on DX 12 on Ultra/1440p, so I really doubt you'll need to run at the lowest settings lol

Ikon780 1 point 23 months ago

What do you guys think of this build: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/rqZLf8 Any advice will be very much appreciated!


Justinf1998 1 point 22 months ago

What are you using it for?

Ikon780 2 points 22 months ago

Gaming, streaming and editing

Shawnyg 1 point 22 months ago

I'm planning on purchasing all of the parts for this build, it being my first. The compatibility notes, does anyone who has or have had this experienced that?

Mooncubus 1 point 22 months ago

Deciding on my first build and am considering this one. So does this need a wired or wireless adapter added to the build or is there an Ethernet port built in already? That's kinda essential to streaming, why was it not mentioned at all?

526christian 1 point 22 months ago

Because nearly, if not every desktop motherboard comes with an ethernet port on the back-panel I/O.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 22 months ago

Pretty much every motherboard available includes ethernet. If you want WiFi, you'll need to add an adapter.

Tesolite 1 point 22 months ago

Does the build look aesthetically pleasing ? Could anyone share their experience with the build with multiple games ? Thanks in advance. Also, this will be my first time building a PC, and I'm wondering if it will have enough space for comfortable and easy building, so please share your experience of setting it up as well. Thanks.

EDIT: Noticed that the parts change frequently. As long as the price and performance difference is not too big, what would be the best-looking setup ?

Mizulyn 1 point 22 months ago

What's a good, decently priced monitor for something like this?

YoItsLit 1 point 22 months ago

If i want to go off this but steer to the Gaming side a bit, what would be the best options for parts to change?

Thanks in advanced

SQ_Rains 1 point 22 months ago

hello um do you at least have a photo of the build its self i mean i would like to know what it looks like completed and also the colors don't really go along with the build.

Aptic 0 points 23 months ago

Will this run and stream Overwatch on Ultra at 60 fps? That would be awesome _^

Ryanboss52 0 points 23 months ago

Next time try and match the colors like get some hyper fury x that's black, then most of the colors would match

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IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

There shouldn't be any, unless you live in the middle of a desert with no air conditioning.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 22 months ago

The part list uses parametric filters, which select the best-priced part based on set criteria, and it also uses parametric selections, which select the best-priced part out of a set of hand-picked parts. This means the part list changes dynamically to keep the price lower.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i7-6700 3.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Team - Vulcan 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 23W - 23W
Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - X300 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 74W - 268W