If you have a little more to spend than the budget build and want to be able to push the quality of your stream without impacting on system performance, there are a few components that it makes sense to upgrade. The components chosen are suitable for a build that should last you a good few years streaming the latest titles.

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CPU


The Intel i7-12700K is one of the fastest CPU’s currently available, and a great choice for high performance gaming and our Performance build.

With the new architectural design from the Alder Lake series the chip houses 12 cores and 20 threads, it has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz boosting to a massive 5.0 GHz. The “K” at the end of 12700K means that the processor is unlocked, so it can be overclocked if you want to really squeeze maximum performance out of the chip, which is why we’ve paired it with a high-performance cooler.

I’d definitely still recommend using the NVENC encoder that comes as part of the latest NVIDIA graphics cards to handle all of our stream encoding. But if your heart is set on using the x264 encoder, this CPU could absolutely handle it.

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Intel Core i7-12700K 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor

  • 12 cores, 20 threads (16 performance, 4 efficient)
  • 3.6 GHz base frequency up to 5.0 GHz boost
  • 25MB L3 Cache, 12MB L2 Cache

CPU Cooler


The be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 is well renowned for its great cooling performance whilst keeping things quiet with its two fans. This really is an excellent and well priced air cooler for a modest overclock without overheating or becoming too noisy.

Since this CPU has been shown to overclock well, I’d definitely encourage you to bump the numbers a little bit if you know what you’re doing.

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be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4

  • Two virtually inaudible silent Wings PWM fans
  • Achieves only 24.3Db(a) at maximum fan speed
  • Seven high-performance copper heat pipes

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.

For the Intel i7-12700K you’re going to need a Z690 chipset motherboard. The Z690 is a newer chipset and should provide better compatibility with the new Intel CPU’s.

This board is filled with the latest technologies making it perfect for higher performance set-ups. It includes; the very latest 5th generation PCI-e solution, huge storage options with 3x M.2 slots, fast networking through Wi-Fi 6 and 2.5GbE LAN, and 4x DDR4 DIMM slots for the option of memory expansion.

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Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard

  • Next Gen Connectivity: PCIe 5.0, Triple NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2, SuperSpeed USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C
  • Fast Networking: WiFi 6 802.11, 2.5GbE LAN
  • Supports addressable LED & RGB LED strips

Memory


When streaming, you’re likely to have a few applications open simultaneously that will require some memory.

Thankfully RAM prices have been dropping over the last few months, so a 16 GB kit (2x 8 GB sticks) is ideal for streaming and gaming together.

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 32 GB, but it’s really not necessary unless you are editing video daily or performing some other RAM intensive tasks.

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G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory

  • DDR4-3200, 288-Pin, CAS Latency CL16 (16-18-18-38) at 1.35V
  • 42mm module height
  • Available in 5 different colors

Storage


You’ll definitely want to be running Windows, and some key applications from an SSD in this build, and with a little more in your budget I’d recommend getting an M.2 drive. “What’s the difference between M.2 and a traditional SSD drive?” I hear you ask. Essentially, M.2 drives operate directly through the PCIe interface whereas traditional SSD drives use SATA which is slower. So your M.2 drive will be fast (like really fast!).

Since everyone’s storage needs are different, feel free to choose something with more/less capacity and a further mechanical drive should you need it. I’ve recommended a 1 TB drive in this build which should allow plenty of space. It can easily be paired with a mechanical hard drive with a higher capacity for you to store your stream VODs and other media on.

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Kingston NV1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

  • Up to 2,100MB/s Read, 1,700MB/s Write
  • Available in a range of capacities (250GB-2TB)
  • Ideal for systems with limited space

Since mechanical hard drives are much cheaper per GB than SSD’s or M.2 drives, it can be worthwhile getting a large mechanical drive for your build to store your stream VODs and other media on. This 2 TB drive from Seagate is still pretty quick at 7200 rpm and is well renowned for it’s reliability.

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Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5

  • Rock-solid reliability built on over 20 years of BarraCuda innovation
  • Multi-tier Caching technology for increased performance
  • Up to 220 MB/s maximum sustained data transfer rate

Graphics Card


The RTX 3070 Ti is currently one of the best price for performance cards on the market, being able to easily achieve high framerates for all games at 1080p or 1440p. It can even run most well optimised games at 4K resolutions. This card houses three powerful WINDFORCE fans keeping your GPU running at low temperatures even when pushing for the highest framerates.

Since it is based on NVIDIA’s new Ampere architecture, I’d recommend you take full advantage of the new NVENC encoding chips built into them 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.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card

  • WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System with alternate spinning fans
  • Protection metal back plate
  • 2 x HDMI 2.1, 2 x Display Port 1.4a

Case


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

The Mesify C from Fractal Design has been a long term favorite of mine, with its clean design and a tinted tempered glass side window. There’s excellent airflow through the mesh front panel, and a power supply shroud with plenty of cable management options to help your build look cleaner.

Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case

  • Streamlined high-airflow design
  • Newly designed angular mesh front panel maximizes air intake
  • Tinted tempered glass side panel for a clean looking exterior with full interior visibility

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 850 W which is easily enough for this build and it’s efficiency is rated highly at 80+ Gold certified.

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

EVGA SuperNOVA G6 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

  • Fully Modular to reduce clutter and improve airflow
  • 80 PLUS GOLD certified
  • 10 Year EVGA warranty included as standard

Monitors, Peripherals and Streaming Accessories


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Got less/more to spend? Be sure to check out our budget and ultimate streaming builds as well.

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