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.

All the products included have detailed descriptions justifying why I think they are ideal for someone looking for a professional streaming PC or someone looking to upgrade components to be able to achieve a higher quality stream. 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. 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 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 - Core i7 9700K

The i7-9700K CPU from Intel features 8 cores running at 3.6 GHz (boost clock of up to 4.9 GHz). This CPU is one of the best available from Intel right now and it’ll have absolutely no problem playing the most demanding games.

The “K” at the end of 9700K means that the processor is unlocked, so it can be overclocked if you want to really squeeze everything you can out of the chip. Do note though, that these Intel K chips do not come with stock coolers like some CPU’s do, so we’ll need an aftermarket cooler whether we want to overclock or not, more on that below.

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Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
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Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor

  • 8 Cores and 8 Processing Threads
  • 3.6 GHz up to 4.9 GHz Boost
  • Unlocked for Overclocking

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 part is only necessary if you are going with the Intel CPU or you want to overclock your AMD CPU. AMD’s 3600X does come with their Wraith Spire cooler, but it’s not really sufficient if you want to push the CPU to its limits with an overclock. Both of these CPU’s have been shown to overclock very well and for the price of a decent cooler, you’d be silly not to at least bump the numbers a little bit!

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

  • Two virtually inaudible silent Wings PWM fans
  • Achieves only 24.3Db(a) at maximum fan speed
  • Seven high-performance copper heat pipes. Overall dimensions without Mounting material (L x w x H): 5.7 x 5.35 x 6.40 inch

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 - MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard

For the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 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.

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MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard
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MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard

  • Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen 2000 and 3000 Series CPU’s
  • PCI-E Gen 4 & Lightning Gen 4 M. 2 slots
  • TURBO USB 3. 2 GEN2 with reversible Type-C connector

Intel - MSI Z390-A PRO Gaming Motherboard

For the Intel i7-9700K you’ll need a motherboard with the Z390 chipset.

This board from MSI 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 Turbo M.2: PCI-E Gen3 x4 interface for faster NVMe SSD support.

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MSI Z390-A PRO Gaming Motherboard
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MSI Z390-A PRO Gaming Motherboard

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

Memory


At this budget you really want to be getting 16GB of DDR4 memory. 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.

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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR DRAM 3200MHz
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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR DRAM 3200MHz

  • 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 3200MHz

Storage


You’ll definitely want to be running Windows + 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 an SSD with more/less capacity and a further mechanical drive should you need it. I’ve recommended a 500GB drive in this build which should allow plenty of space for windows, applications, and media. It can easily be paired with a mechanical harddrive (or SSD) with a higher capacity for you to store your stream VODs and other media on.

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HP EX900 M.2 500GB PCIe 3.0 X4 Nvme SSD
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HP EX900 M.2 500GB PCIe 3.0 X4 Nvme SSD

  • Sequential read/write speeds up to 2,100 Mbps/ 1,500 Mbps, an industry top leading reliability (MTBF) 2M hours, and endurance (TBW) up to…
  • M.2 2280, HP controller Offering with 4 flash memory channels that support PCIe 3.1 x4 and NVMe 1.3
  • Higher order LDPC error Correction for high speed parallel decoding and real time error Correction to ensure data integrity and security
  • 500GB Capacity

Graphics Card


The RTX 2080 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 and even 1440p for some well optimised games like Apex Legends or Fortnite. Since it is based on NVIDIA’s new Turing 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.

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Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 8G Graphics Card
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Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 8G Graphics Card

  • NVidia Turing architecture, Real time Ray Tracing, Updated NVENC encoder
  • Windforce 3x cooling system with alternate spinning fans for cooler temperatures during heavy load
  • 8GB GDDR6, 256 bit interface
  • 3 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x USB Type-C

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 Fractal Design Meshify C is a mid-sized tower case with a tinted tempered glass window. It’s black-on-black aesthetic is sleek and minimal, which is probably why I love it.

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Fractal Design Meshify C
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Fractal Design Meshify C

  • Streamlined high-airflow design: the performance and capacity of a larger tower in a remarkably compact Mid-tower size
  • Distinctive new styling with stealthy black-on-black aesthetic: designed angular mesh front panel maximizes air intake
  • Great cooling support: 2x preinstalled Fractal Design dynamic x2 gp-12 120 mm fans deliver optimum airflow with minimal noise
  • Flexible storage options: room for up to 5 drives with sturdy steel drive trays with vibration-dampening rubber grommets cushion hard drives

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 the 750 GQ has 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.

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EVGA 750 GQ, 80+ GOLD 750W, Semi Modular
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EVGA 750 GQ, 80+ GOLD 750W, Semi Modular

  • Fan Size / Bearing: 135 millimeters Fluid Dynamic Bearing, Modular Design to reduce clutter and improve airflow
  • 80 PLUS Gold certified, with 90 percent (115VAC) / 92 percent (220VAC~240VAC) efficiency or higher under typical loads
  • Heavy-duty protections, including OVP (Over Voltage Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OCP (Over Current Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), and SCP (Short Circuit Protection)
  • 5 Year Warranty and unparalleled EVGA Customer Support

Monitors, Peripherals and Streaming Accessories


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Be sure to check out our budget and ultimate streaming builds as well.

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