This Ultimate Streaming Build is for those that really want the best performance currently available, even if it comes with a premium price tag. If you’ve got money to spend and want to put it into a PC that can handle gaming and streaming at high resolutions and high framerates, then this Ultimate Streaming Build is for you.

All the products included have detailed descriptions justifying why I think they are ideal for someone looking to build one of the best streaming PC’s money can buy. 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 Intel or AMD Part Lists.

Part List


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. Both of these CPU’s are top of the range consumer CPU’s and will easily handle even the most demanding of games and applications.

Intel - Core i9 9900K

The current king of Intel CPU’s is the i9-9900K, especially when it comes to gaming. With 8 cores and 16 threads, it has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz boosting to a massive 5.0 GHz. The 9900K also offers significant overclocking opportunities which is why we’ve paired it with a high-performance AIO 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 whilst gaming.

Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
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Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor

  • 8 Cores and 16 Processing Threads
  • 3.6 GHz up to 5.0 GHz Boost
  • Intel UHD Integrated Graphics 630

AMD - Ryzen 9 3950X

Now we’re in the realm of the best consumer processors currently available, there’s three main choices for AMD builds, the 3800X, 3900X and the 3950X. Any of these processors will give you incredible performance in gaming, streaming or demanding applications.

The 3950X features a whopping 16 cores, 32 threads at speeds of 3.5 GHz (4.7 GHz boost). 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 no sweat.

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor
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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor

  • 16 Cores and 32 processing threads
  • Cooler not included
  • 4.7 GHz Max Boost
  • Unlocked for Overclocking

CPU Cooler


To take full advantage of either the 9900K or the 3950X’s abilities to overclock, I’d recommend getting an AIO liquid cooler. Corsair’s H150i Pro cooler includes three of Corsair’s ML120 fans which have great air flow, meaning a cooler CPU. The reason a larger 360mm radiator is helpful is because it gives a larger surface area for the air to flow through, giving better performance when compared to smaller 240mm radiators.

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!

Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB 360mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
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Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB 360mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

  • Customizable RGB backlit pump head produces vivid lighting effects to match your build
  • Corsair iCUE software allows you to adjust RGB lighting, individual fan speeds, and pump speed while monitoring CPU and temperatures
  • Zero RPM mode: zero RPM cooling profiles allow fans to stop entirely at low temperatures, completely eliminating fan noise

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).

Intel - Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite Gaming Motherboard

For the Intel i9-9900K 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 which is something you’ll definitely want to take advantage of.

Other features from this board are the 4x DDR4 DIMM slots for the option of memory expansion, 2x M.2 slots and an integrated I/O shield.

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite Gaming Motherboard
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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite Gaming Motherboard

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

AMD - Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard

For the AMD Ryzen 3950X you’re going to need either an X570 chipset motherboard.

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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Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard
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Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard

  • Supports AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen
  • Dual Channel ECC, 4 DIMMs
  • Extended VRM Heatsink
  • Dual Ultra Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2 & Thermal Guard

Memory


Most users aren’t going to see much notable difference between 16GB and 32GB of RAM, but seeing as this is the Ultimate Build, you probably want all the capability you can get. This is a 32GB kit of DDR4-3600 which means you get 2x 16GB sticks of RAM.

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 64GB, but unless you are really spending large portions of your time editing some really complex video graphics, it would be completely overkill.

G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory
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G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory

  • 32GB Dual Channel memory kit – two matched 16GB modules
  • Full timings of CL16 (16-19-19-39) at 1.35V
  • PC4-28800 specification, rated to operate at speeds up to 3600MHz
  • 288-pin DDR4 memory, equipped with G.Skill Ripjaws V Black Heatsinks for improved heat dissipation

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 something with less/more capacity. We’ve recommended a 1TB drive which should allow plenty of space for windows, applications and stream 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.

Samsung 970 EVO 1TB SSD NVMe M.2
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Samsung 970 EVO 1TB SSD NVMe M.2

  • Built with Samsung’s industry leading V NAND technology for reliable and superior performance
  • Read speeds up to 3,500MB/s with a 5 year limited warranty and exceptional endurance up to 1,200 TBW
  • Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard reduces risk of overheating and minimizes performance drops
  • 1TB Capacity

Graphics Card


In this build, I’d recommend the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. It’s one of the most powerful video cards on the market today and can generate some seriously high framerates even at higher resolutions like 1440p or 4K. Since it is based on NVIDIA’s new Turing architecture, you can take full advantage of the new NVENC encoding chips built into it which you can use for streaming. This takes a massive workload off your CPU so you can achieve higher framerates in game while streaming.

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.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card
452 Reviews
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card

  • Real Boost Clock: 1545 MegaHertz; Memory Detail: 11264MB GDDR6
  • Dual HDB fans and all new cooler offer higher performance cooling and much quieter acoustic noise
  • Adjustable RGB LED offers configuration options for all your PC lighting needs
  • 3 year warranty

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, 360mm Radiator for the CPU cooler and the length of our Graphics Card.

The Corsair Obsidian 500D is about as overkill as you can get for a case. It’s absolutely packed with features with a price tag to match! Show this one off to your mates for instant envy.

Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE ATX Mid Tower Case
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Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE ATX Mid Tower Case

  • 3x LL120 RGB Fans Included
  • Smoked Tempered Glass Front and Side Panels
  • Solid Aluminum Top Plate and Door Handles
  • Integrated COMMANDER PRO fan and lighting controller

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.

be quiet! are well known for their reliable and efficient power supplies and the Straight Power 11 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 fully 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.

be quiet! Straight Power 11 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX
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be quiet! Straight Power 11 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX

  • Virtually inaudible Silent Wings 3 135mm fan
  • Funnel-shaped fan opening of the PSU case for high airflow intake
  • Full cable management for maximum build flexibility
  • 80PLUS Gold efficiency (up to 93%)
  • Powerful multi-GPU support with four PCI-Express connectors

Monitors, Peripherals and Streaming Accessories


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Need a cheaper streaming build? Be sure to check out our budget and professional streaming builds as well.

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