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Gaming, Streaming, and Editing Build

by ThoughtA

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 1080 is one of the best price for performance cards on the market and an absolute powerhouse. The GTX 1080 will provide a consistent 60fps on many demanding games like PUBG) at Ultra at 1080p, and even 1440p for some games like Shadow of War. For those interested in VR, the GTX 1080 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 and windowless be quiet! Pure Base 600. The Pure Base 600 includes sound-dampening foam, and we're forgoing a window since windows can leak out a surprising amount of sound, especially when compared to a panel that features additional sound-dampening foam.

This case includes 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 externally-accessible 5.25" bays that you can use for hot swap storage bay or optical disc drives. In addition, there are 3x 3.5" and 5x 2.5" bays for any extensive hard drive needs you may have.

It also comes with a 140mm front fan - 140mm fans tend to generate less noise for the same amount of air movement as 120mm since they don't need to spin as fast. In the rear, there is a 120mm fan for exhaust. Neither fan should generate much noise, but if you wish to slow them down, the case comes with a 3-step fan controller.

If you'd like a slightly different aesthetic, you can opt for the black with silver trim version of the case. 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.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 384W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $429.00 $429.00 BudgetPC 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
$158.00 $158.00 Shopping Express 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)
$454.70 $454.70 Amazon Australia Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 960GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
$275.00 $275.00 Umart Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 4TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$164.00 $164.00 Skycomp Technology Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $725.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1080
  • Length: 223mm - 403mm
$699.00 $699.00 Umart Buy
Case
Power Supply $105.00 $105.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $2319.70
* 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:

OngoingGenie 2 points 2 months ago

Hi, I'm new to building PC's and I've always wanted to be a streamer. I bought this entire build after hearing about this site and how it works. My problem is that no matter what guide I follow, I can't seem to get this build to work. There seem to be a few problems but bear in mind I've really no clue what I'm doing.

  1. I've no clue where to begin putting together the CPU Cooler or what all of the pieces of it do, plus the Intel Core I7 came with a CPU Cooler so now I've no idea what to do with those.

  2. I'm not sure if there's supposed to be a USB connecter that connects into the motherboard? I know that cable should look vary similar to the HD Audio connecter, which I did have and plug in, I'm just not sure with the USB connecter because It's seemingly missing and I'm not even sure if it's a requirement?

  3. I've not idea where and how to place the SSD Card in this build. I put in the Hard Drive that came with this build in it's correct spot I think, but I can't find anywhere to put the 1TB Solid State Drive.

  4. The little cables, specifically the Power SW, Reset SW, and all of those, according to all of the guides I've watched I should have 5 of those little cords, but I only have 3. I appear to be missing the + and - Power LED cables and I'm not sure that that's normal or not.

  5. The case in this build comes with 2 fans pre mounted. However, I'm not sure where to plug them in, because the cords that were attached to them were meant to have 3 little holes, (the little metal roods on the motherboard, I'm not sure what there called) but the System Fan Headers on the motherboard have 4 little roods, so when I plug the mounted fans in there's 1 little rode left exposed and that might not be a problem, but I'm really not sure.

  6. I've got a bunch of extra SATA and MoleX and other cables I've no idea what to do with or where they go. There's also a decent amount of cables coming out of the case that I've not clue what to do with. I plugged in the USB 3.0, ( the blue tipped cord) and the 24 pin plug in it's appropriate spot but despite that there still a bunch of cables coming out of the case that I'm clueless on.

I know that was a lot, and I'm asking for a lot here, but if anyone could help me I would really appreciate it. I bought this exact build exactly as Thought A specified above and I feel completely overwhelmed.

blah18 1 point 1 month ago

you can learn from youtube, exactly step by step. That is what i did.

Ian139 1 point 1 month ago

Just compromise on the issues, ex for the + and minus cables, just forget about them and so on. For extra cables, just leave them aside and hide them. For question 5, it is ok to have an extra node. For question 3, just look at the case manual. For us, all cables should be there, USB 2.0 cables are smaller, and 3.0 cables are larger and should have a slot I the motherboard.

OngoingGenie 1 point 3 days ago

Sorry I never replied, I ended up having someone else let me construct and answer all.my questions. Sorry about that

nightbeast 1 point 2 months ago

The z370 board is worthless without a (K) series processor. I also can't find any even semi-reputable site that finds a Mushkin SSD drive to be worth it compared to Samsung, Crucial, WD, etc. Toshiba is also on the lower end of HDD manufacturers. Please look into the best 3 companies for HDDs and SSDs and only recommend them.

4inhand 1 point 2 months ago

What board would you use?

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Here's the same filter, but with all Intel 300 chipsets.

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#K=6,10&L=4&N=4,16&f=2&sort=price&c=129,131,130,128&page=1

It really doesn't save you much, and the z370 boards are nice in case you want to upgrade later; but these are all of your board options for an 8700.

SuperCMTR 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Changes i would do CPU: i7-8700k Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 Mobo: Asus Rog Strix Z370- E Atx Gaming Motherboard Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16gb DDR4-3000 Storage- Kingston 240gb ssd, Western digital black 2tb hdd GPU: GTX 1070 case: NZXT s340 black

pac_71 1 point 3 days ago

I took your inspiration and made a few mods. Went to an Air Cooled Noctua - NH-D15 Cooler, upgraded to GTX 1080 as best bang for buck GPU performance, Logitech Keyboard MK850 Keyboard Mouse combo, same Be Quiet! 600 case (as the OP) but with window as it couldn't be sourced in AU without the window.

https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/DBdF4q

sakuyaslove 1 point 1 month ago

Can you recommend a build similar but take into account that I will be doing everything you said PLUS editing 4K footage from Phantom 4 pro as well as using premiers multi camera feature. I also plan on doing high end virtual reality with Vive.

Please and Thank You :D

zSPC 1 point 1 month ago

The best possible build for your needs would be this: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/bmQrMZ, however it is a good deal more expensive. If it's out of your price range, you could downgrade from 64GB of ram to 48 or 32, go from a 1080 TI to a 1080 (if you feel comfortable with worse performance in VR) and downgrade the SSD.

KaMa2 1 point 11 days ago

I think that any h370 board will do the job just right

Dictaorofcheese 1 point 5 days ago

Hi, I've never built my own PC. I'm currently saving up to buy parts to build my very first desktop pc. So my question is this: It says that this PC build is meant for streaming and editing video, but would I need to add more or higher more costly parts for it to be a purely gaming PC? I almost never stream, and when I do, its cuz my friends want to see a cool game I'm playing. So would this build be okay to use for solely a gaming PC? Or would I need parts that prioritize gaming, rather than editing footage and streaming? Thanks!

-Brian

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PrivatePengu 1 point 23 days ago

the ssd wouldnt fit inside the bracket so i put it on the outside of it,

Please refer to page 32 of the Pure Base 600 manual.

"Install the SSD onto the SSD bracket"

Make sure you are placing the GPU in the correct PCI-E slot, and that you have removed at least 2 expansion slots in the rear of the case. Also, could you please elaborate what "can't seem to get it to go in" means? First of all, there is a slight notch on the PCI-E slot which you may have to tick open, sort of like with the memory installation. Secondly, RAM and GPUs take a bit more force than expected to push in.

I am not sure if I can help you with the motherboard situation. It appears that the Pure Base 600 does not come included with a standoff moving tool - or at least that isn't mentioned in the manual.

Hope this helps!

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Goku1040 1 Build 1 point 26 days ago

I build an AMD PC. Overall it's better for streaming and editing.

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
MSI - Z370-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Corsair - Vengeance RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory 29W - 29W
Crucial - MX500 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - MD03ACA-V 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Inno3D - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Twin X2 Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 110W - 384W