If you are looking for a relatively cheap budget streaming PC build for live streaming on Twitch, YouTube, and other streaming platforms, then this build is what you should be considering.
This PC build is great for streaming games such as Fortnite, PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds), Overwatch, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Rainbow Six Siege, Battlefield 5, and more without completely breaking the bank.
Most people don’t want to or can’t afford to build two separate PCs (one for gaming and one dedicated to streaming). Therefore, we have decided to create a single budget PC build that is great for both gaming and streaming with a great upgrade path.
$700 Streaming PC Build Summary
|Thermaltake G21 Case|
|AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor|
|GTX 1050 Ti|
|ASUS ROG Strix B450-F|
|Kingston HyperX FURY (2 X 4GB) 2666MHz DDR4|
|Silicon Power 512GB SSD|
|EVGA 500 W1|
- 720p and 1080p streaming
- 1080p 60fps or greater gaming
- Customizable and great upgrade path
- Much better gaming perfomance compared to consoles
- Great for streaming Fortnite, PUBG, and Overwatch
- Can be used a dedicated streaming PC or as a single PC streaming setup.
Case: Thermaltake G21 Mid-Tower Gaming Case
The G21 is an aesthetically pleasing mid-tower case by Thermaltake. It has all the necessary features and is more than ample for housing the components of this build. It also has good airflow and supports up to a 360mm radiator if you wish to implement liquid cooling.
The Thermaltake G21 is solidly built and has a clean minimalist design. This builder-friendly case also sports dual 4mm tempered glass panels allowing easy access to the components of your rig.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler
The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor is a mid-range CPU that delivers cutting-edge performance for its price.
This six-core processor is capable of executing two threads per core. Therefore, it can execute 12 threads at the same time, which makes it excellent for video encoding, processing, game streaming, rendering, and much more.
It also comes bundled with a Wraith Stealth Cooler included. This included CPU cooler is surprisingly very good at keeping temperatures low while also being quiet. And with its 65W thermal design, this processor doesn’t consume much energy.
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is one of the best budget-friendly graphics cards on the market today. It is small, quiet and runs cool. With 4GB of RAM, it is capable of supporting most AAA games at 1080p 60fps or greater.
It has a single fan cooler which can maintain the card’s ideal operating temperature. Said fan is also operated by a low-power motor. Swept blades, as well as double ball bearings, are added for enhanced efficiency.
This 75W graphics card requires no additional power connector as it gets power from the PCle slot, meaning there’s no need for another power cable.
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
For the motherboard, we decided on this affordable but high-quality board from Asus. The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming motherboard is compatible with 2nd generation AMD Ryzen AM4 processors. Therefore, it is perfect for the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 as well as other first and second-generation Ryzen CPUs.
This motherboard features 5-way optimization with auto-tuning and Fan Xpert 4 for comprehensive cooling options. It also provides detailed sound signature by utilizing the S1220A codec, SupremeFX. Moreover, this motherboard has NVMe M.2, Gigabit LAN, and USB 3.1 Gen2 support.
RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY 2666MHz 8GB (2 X 4GB) DDR4
Twitch recommends at least 8GB of RAM, so we’re getting these 2x4GB sticks from Kingston. The Kingston HyperX FURY (2 X 4GB) DDR4 RAM is a high-performance 2666MHz memory module that is affordable.
These memory sticks are designed for overclocking, with a pure aluminum heat spreader facilitating faster heat dissipation.
Additionally, it works with almost any DDR4 motherboard on the market, so rest assured it will be compatible with the Asus motherboard we have selected for this budget streaming PC build.
SSD: Silicon Power 512GB Solid-State Drive
As for the storage, the Silicon Power 512GB SSD provides great value for its price. It will facilitate noticeably faster boot and load times leading to much better PC performance than an HDD.
This SSD also has a slim profile that makes it easier to integrate into the SSD housing of the Aerocool case.
A bonus function is the SP Toolbox Software, a free-download health monitor tool that you can use to monitor the state of this SSD.
PSU: EVGA 500 W1
For the power supply unit, we recommend the EVGA 500 W1. It measures at 3.3 inches tall, 6 inches long and 5.5 inches deep making it a compact 500W budget PSU that will fit the Aerocool case.
This PSU comes with the features you’d expect such as under and over voltage protection, overpower and overcurrent protection, as well as short circuit protection. It also has a big fan that automatically adjusts the speed depending on the load.
And since we are to use a mid-size case for this PC, then the length of the PSU cables should not be a concern at all.
Operating System: Windows 10
Windows 10 is arguably the best OS (Operating System) for PC gaming today. After the nightmarish experience some gamers had with Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10 has proven to be a saving grace.
Moreover, the latest version of DirectX– DirectX 12— requires Microsoft Windows 10. DirectX 12 is a graphical API that enables powerful new visual effects and rendering techniques for more lifelike gaming. Therefore, we recommend Windows 10 as the OS for this build.
How to get windows 10 for cheap:
Step 1: Install Windows 10 on a USB Drive
Step 2: Install Windows 10 From That USB Drive
WiFi: Get a WiFi adapter
Because this motherboard doesn’t include integrated WiFi, you will need a WiFi adapter to connect to the rest of the world to show your gaming prowess. The good news is that there are plenty of affordable and good-quality USB WiFi adapters on Amazon that you can choose from.
This PC build is a great combination of performance, affordability, and versatility. Powered by the AMD Ryzen 2600 processor that’s one of the more powerful yet reasonably-priced CPUs today, this PC should let you play and stream the latest AAA games on streaming platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and more. It also provides a great upgrade path if you require more performance in the future. We hope you found this article helpful and good luck with your PC build!