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.

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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. 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 Intel i9-9900K is one of the fastest CPU’s currently available, 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. Yes, there are now 10th Gen Intel CPU’s available, but the stock and delivery times are still pretty woeful, so until that is fixed, I’m still recommending the 9900K.

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.

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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 3900X

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 3900X features a whopping 12 cores, 24 threads at speeds of 3.8 GHz (4.6 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 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor

  • 12 cores, 24 threads, 4.6 GHZ boost clock, 105W TDP
  • Wraith Prism Cooler included
  • World’s most advanced desktop processor

CPU Cooler


To take full advantage of either the 9900K or the 3900X’s abilities to overclock, I’d recommend getting an AIO liquid cooler. Cooler Master’s MasterLiquid ML240R RGB cooler includes two of Cooler Master’s MR120R fans which have great air flow, meaning a cooler CPU. Plus, it’s got RGB all over it, and everyone knows RGB makes your PC go faster!

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 MasterLiquid ML240R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

  • 240 millimeter Radiator low: profile dual chamber addressable RGB pump
  • Sleeved FEP Tubing
  • Removable pump cap

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 ATX LGA1151 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.

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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS ELITE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • 12+1 Phases digital VRM solution with DrMOS

AMD - Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard

For the AMD Ryzen 3600X 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 WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • 12+2 Phases digital VRM solution with DrMOS
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2 with single thermal guards

Memory


With a higher budget, I’d recommend getting a 32 GB kit (2x 16 GB sticks) for your build, especially if you are going to be doing some more RAM intensive tasks like editing video. This kit from G.Skill runs at 3600 MHz, so it’s perfect for AMD Ryzen, feel free to get something a little slower if needed for Intel builds. It’s also RGB, so make sure you’re picking up a case with a tempered glass side panel so that you can show off your glowing RAM sticks.

G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory

  • 32GB kit containing 2x 16GB modules
  • CAS Latency CL16 (16-19-19-39) at 1.35V
  • Equipped with Trident Z Neo RGB heatsinks

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 1TB drive in this build which should allow plenty of space. It can easily be paired with a mechanical harddrive with a higher capacity for you to store your stream VODs and other media on.

ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

  • Up to 4 times faster than SATA: Read/write speeds of up to 2100/1500MB/s
  • 3D NAND Flash: Higher capacity, durability, and power efficiency
  • M.2 2280 Form Factor: Supports desktops and notebooks with the latest Intel and AMD platforms

Since mechanical harddrives 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


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. It’s definitely worth pairing with a high refresh rate monitor to take full advantage of it’s capabilities. 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.

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EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card

  • Adjustable RGB LED
  • All-Metal Backplate, Pre-Installed
  • DisplayPort 1.4, 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, CPU cooler radiator, 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, like smoked tempered glass front and side panels, 3x LL120 RGB Fans and an integrated COMMANDER PRO fan and lighting controller.

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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
  • 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.

Corsair 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 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 clutter free since you aren’t having to deal with all the extra cables 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 that.

Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

  • 80+ Gold certified
  • Fully modular
  • Zero RPM fan mode: at low and medium loads, the cooling fan switches off entirely for near-silent operation

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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