This budget build is for those looking to get up and running with a PC capable of gaming and streaming for as little money as possible. I’m constantly updating this kit to make sure all the components selected are giving you the best bang for your buck, hitting that sweet performance spot at a brilliant price point.

All the products included have detailed descriptions justifying why I think they are ideal for someone looking to get into streaming with a high performing setup without breaking the bank. Although prices shown are in US Dollars, all amazon links will automatically take you to your local amazon store, so you can see the component in your local currency.

I’ve included parts for both AMD and Intel builds at this budget. You can toggle between them using the controls below. If you do end up building one of these please make sure you don’t mix an AMD CPU with an Intel Motherboards and vice-versa. When in doubt, please refer to the AMD or Intel Part Lists.

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CPU


You have a couple of options when it comes to CPU which will decide the architecture that you’ll use for the rest of your build. The main decision is between AMD and Intel.

AMD processors typically offer a better price for performance whilst Intel processors perform ever so slightly better in some games due to their higher clock speeds. For that reason, if you’re on a really tight budget I’d recommend choosing AMD, as your build as a whole will be cheaper.

AMD - Ryzen 5 3600X

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X processor has 6 CPU Cores with 12 threads (the same as the 3600), but with higher base and boosted clock speeds of 3.8GHz and 4.4GHz respectively. Although in this build I would recommend using the RTX NVENC chip found in the graphics card to handle the encoding of the stream, this CPU could absolutely handle it if you wanted to instead use the x264 encoder.

Coupled with a decent graphics card, the boost clock will give high framerates in even the most extreme single-threaded games. Those high speed 6 cores/12 threads will still come in useful when it comes to any kind of intensive workloads, be it editing your highlights, rendering out stream graphics or just general heavy multitasking.

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor

  • 6 Cores and 12 Processing Threads
  • Wraith Stealth Cooler Included
  • 4.4 GHz Max Boost, Unlocked for Overclocking

Intel - i5 9600K

The i5-9600K is from Intel’s Coffee Lake Refresh featuring 6 cores at 3.7 GHz which will be absolutely plenty to get good performance out of even the most CPU intensive games. The “K” at the end of 9600K means that the processor is unlocked, so it can be overclocked if you want to really squeeze everything you can out of the chip.

It’s worth noting that the i5-9600K does not come with a stock cooler like some CPU’s do. You’ll need to pick up an aftermarket cooler to the build. I’ve included one below which should allow a modest overclock without breaking the bank.

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Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
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Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor

  • 6 Cores and 6 Processing Threads
  • 3.7 GHz up to 4.6 GHz Boost
  • Unlocked for Overclocking

CPU Cooler


The Hyper 212 from Cooler Master has been well renowned for several years now as an aftermarket cooler for it’s great cooling performance and relatively quiet operation. This should allow for a modest overclock on any unlocked processors.

This part is only necessary if you are going with the Intel CPU or you want to overclock your AMD CPU. If you are just wanting to use the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X without an overclock, it comes with an included cooler that will adequate.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition

  • Direct contact Technology 4 heat pipes with exclusive direct contact Technology effectively provide excellent heat dissipation
  • Precise air flow stacked fin array ensure least airflow resistance which allows cooler air flow into the heatsink
  • Cpu socket support: Intel LGA2066, LGA2011 v3, LGA2011, LGA1151, LGA1150, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1366, AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2…

Motherboard


Motherboards aren’t the most exciting part of a build, but you do need to ensure that the one you choose is compatible with all your other components. It’s important here to make sure you are choosing the motherboard that matches the CPU you have chosen (AMD or Intel).

AMD - ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming

For the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 you’re going to need either an X570 or a B450 chipset motherboard.

The reason I recommend going with the ATX X570 chipset is because it is a newer chipset and should provide better compatibility with the new Ryzen CPU’s. It’s also worth finding a motherboard with 4x DDR4 DIMM slots for the option expanding on your memory capacity later on.

Other things to look out for in a motherboard that you may need are M.2 slots, WiFi compatibility and audio capabilities.

MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS Motherboard

  • Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen 2000 and 3000 Series CPU’s
  • 10 Power Phase Design
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio, 8 SATA3, Hyper M.2

Intel - Gigabyte Z390 UD Gaming Motherboard

For the Intel i5-9600K you’ll need a motherboard with the Z390 chipset.

This board from Gigabyte has shown it performs well with overclocking these new Intel CPU’s if that is something you are looking to take advantage of.

Other features from this board are the 4x DDR4 DIMM slots for the option of memory expansion, M.2 connection for faster SSDs and 8x USB 3.1 ports for all your streaming peripherals.

Gigabyte Z390 UD Gaming Motherboard
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Gigabyte Z390 UD Gaming Motherboard

  • Supports 8th/9th Gen Intel CPU’s
  • Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • New 10+2 PWM Design

Memory


Although 8GB will probably be enough for streaming, more games and applications are wanting to take advantage of memory availability and 16GB will have you covered for the next few years at least. Thankfully RAM prices have been dropping over the last few months, so a 16GB kit (2x 8GB sticks) is ideal if you can afford it.

If you’ve used the motherboard from this build you’ll have 2 free slots left afterward if you ever did want to push to 32GB, but it’s really not necessary unless you are editing video daily or some other RAM intensive tasks.

For these new Ryzen CPU’s to perform to their best, we’ve chosen their recommended speeds of 3600 MHz.

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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR DRAM 3600MHz

  • Each Vengeance LPX module is built with a pure aluminum heat spreader for faster heat dissipation and cooler operation
  • XMP 2.0 support for trouble free, automatic overclocking of RAM speed
  • Low profile heatspreader makes this memory ideal for systems with large air coolers
  • DDR DRAM 3600MHz

Storage


SSDs have dropped dramatically in price recently, so even in the budget build it’s worth picking one up to run your Windows install from along with some other key applications. The speed difference compared to a mechanical drive is incredible.

Since everyone’s storage needs are different, feel free to choose an SSD with more/less capacity and a further mechanical drive should you need it. I’ve recommended a 240GB drive in this build which should allow plenty of space for windows, applications, and media.

WD Green 240 GB Internal SSD M.2 SATA

  • SLC (single-level cell) caching boosts write performance
  • Ultra-low power-draw
  • Shock resistant

Graphics Card


The RTX 2070 SUPER is one of the best new ‘budget’ cards on the market. Even in a budget build, the majority of your money will be spent on the graphics card as not only will it be running your game, it’ll be encoding your stream too. Since it is based on NVIDIA’s new Turing architecture, you can take full advantage of the new NVENC encoding chips built into them which you can use for streaming. This takes a massive workload off your CPU so you can achieve higher framerates in game.

To learn more about using the NVENC encoder for you stream, watch my video (shown right) on how it compares to x264 encoding and how you should be using NVENC for your stream.

In terms of graphical performance, the RTX 2070 SUPER will should have no problems keeping a consistent 60-120fps on many demanding games like PUBG, Apex Legends or Fortnite. It can also handle most games at 1440p if you are using a higher resolution display.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super WINDFORCE OC 3x 8G

  • Turing Architecture, Ray Tracing Cores, Tensor Cores, NVIDIA DLSS
  • 8GB 256 bit GDDR6, 14Gbps, NVLINK (SLI ready)
  • 4K Ready, 4 display ready, Spectra RGB lighting
  • 3 x DisplayPort 1. 4, 1 x HDMI 2. 0b

Case


Cases are largely personal preference, so feel free to shop around for something you prefer aesthetically. Just make sure that it fits our ATX Motherboard and the length of our Graphics Card.

The NZXT H510 is a mid-sized tower case featuring a large acrylic window, a front-panel USB C port, a shroud to hide your power supply and some great options for cable management to keep your build looking clean.

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NZXT H510 - Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case

  • Front I/O USB Type-C Port and Tempered glass side panel with single screw installation
  • Patented cable routing kit with pre-installed channels and straps makes wiring easy and intuitive
  • Builder-Friendly Internal Layout: Simple and intuitive internal layout enables easy and quick building

Power Supply


The most important thing with a power supply is that it’s a well-reviewed product from a trusted brand. It may be tempting to save some money and pick up one of the cheaper power supplies that are available, but this is what is providing power to every component in your build. If it fails there’s a good chance it could cause some damage to the more expensive components.

EVGA are well known for their reliable and efficient power supplies and this one is 750 W which is easily enough for this build and it’s 80+ Gold certified.

Another great feature of this PSU is that it is semi-modular, meaning you only have to plug the cables in that you require. This helps keep the inside of your PC clutter free since you aren’t having to deal with all the extra cables you get with a non-modular power supply.

EVGA 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
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EVGA 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

  • EVGA 750W GQ: Active clamp +DC to DC design for efficient operation
  • 80 Plus Gold certified
  • 5 year warranty

Monitors, Peripherals and Streaming Accessories


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