How to Build a PC for Streaming?


Videogame broadcasting or streaming is all the rage in 2022. It has made millionaires out of ordinary people like PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) and MrBeast (Jimmy Donaldson). If you wish to become a livestreamer of games on Twitch.tv or YouTube yourself, you need to build your own streaming PC.

Let’s discuss how to build a pc for streaming. This is because most pre-built PCs don’t have the specs needed to make streaming work, or they’re at least too overpriced.

How to Build a PC for Streaming


To build a PC for streaming, you need parts that offer you a clear, high frame rate, and low lag stream when all is said and done. Most popular streamers have that sort of rig, but it will cost you at least $600 to get such a rig. To wit:

  • Shop for Streaming PC Builds: You need to scope out streaming PC build examples on the Internet. If you’re a hardcore streamer, you can explore a two-PC setup or even multiple displays (two to three monitors), while others might only have a podcast-type build.
  • Setting Up Your PC: You’ll need the right parts like video card, GPU, capture device if you’re gaming as a streamer, and so forth in order to setup and optimize your PC for streaming. You’ll also be recommended peripherals like headphones and speakers.
  • Setting Up Your Backdrop: Other things you should consider that many first-time streamers neglect is lighting and backdrops. You might need a green screen to make you blend in with the rest of your gaming surroundings and so forth.

What about Software and Upload Speed Help?

Your Internet provider should give you amazing upload speed that’s enough for a livestream. If you’re unsure if your Internet is fast enough, here’s a guide:

  • 480p: 1.2 mbps
  • 720p: 2.5 mbps
  • 1080p: 3.5 mbps

You’ll also need capture software and editing software so that you’re not just uploading raw footage of you playing hours and hours of content. Things like Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut Pro. You’ll need them to at least cut up the stream to edible 10-minute to 30-minute bits.

Streaming pc specs?

For streaming most modern games at 720p HD or 1080p Full HD, use this build of PC. Hunt for these hardware parts and software build your own PC for $1,200.

  • Case: NZXT H510
  • CPU: AMD R5 5600X
  • Storage: 1TB Team SSD
  • Graphics Card: GTX 1660 Ti
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • RAM: 16GB Dual-channel DDR4-2400
  • Motherboard: Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master MasterWatt 650

The GTX 1660 Ti is highly recommended for playing any game maxed out at 1080p or even at 1440p. It’s also dependable for streaming demanding games thanks to NVIDIA’s hardware encoding. The center of this build is Ryzen 5 5600X though.

The CPU can deal with even modern multithreaded games with hyper-realistic graphics and game responsiveness when faced with the best of the best players out there thanks to its 6 cores and 12 threads at 4.5GHz and beyond.

Keep in Mind the Following

It’s a lot more complicated to build a PC for streaming than this guide lets on. However, it does give you a sneak peek on what’s entailed, what you should take into consideration, and what to look for in case you wish for a more in-depth guide on this topic.

References:

  1. Linus Tech Tips, “I’m Bored. Build a Gaming PC with me!!“, YouTube.com, May 21, 2021
  2. How to Build a PC for Streaming: Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and More“, LogicalIncrements.com, December 23, 2021

Andy Avery

I really enjoy helping people with their tech problems to make life easier, ​and that’s what I’ve been doing professionally for the past decade.

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