When it comes to streaming builds, in the not so distant past, you’d have to spend a lot of money to get a CPU with a high core count that’s capable of performing well. However, AMD’s Ryzen CPUs changed that, especially recently with the introduction of the 3rd gen Ryzen processors. The streaming PC build below is based on the excellent Ryzen 7 3700X processor which will allow for very good 720p and 1080p streaming performance while keeping the price respectable at around $1000 total. Though you can also check out our cheaper streaming PC build if this build is above your price point. Nevertheless, this PC build will allow you to produce very good streams on platforms such as Twitch, Youtube, Mixer, and more.
Streaming PC Build
|AMD Ryzen 7 3700X|
|Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi|
|GeForce GTX 1660 Ti|
|Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB, 3000MHz)|
|Sabrent Rocket 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Deepcool MATREXX 55 ADD-RGB|
- Great for 720p and 1080p streaming
- Fantastic for 1080p, great for 1440p gaming
- Great for computationally demanding tasks and multitasking: including 4K video editing, photo editing, 3d rendering, etc.
- Customizble and great upgrade path
CPU: Ryzen 7 3700X
While there are both cheaper, and more expensive options, the Ryzen 7 3700X strikes a perfect price-to-performance ratio for streamers. It comes with eight cores and sixteen threads, which should allow you to game and stream without any issues.
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There’s a base clock of 3.6GHz, which is fairly high. If that’s not enough, the CPU will turbo boost up to 4.4GHz. This is an unlocked CPU, so overclocking is certainly an option. However, you might want to upgrade the included Wraith Prism RGB cooler if you do go that route. There is a total L3 cache of 32MB, and the CPU’s default TDP is 65W.
The 3700X makes use of AMD’s AM4 socket and is made on a 7nm FinFET process. There’s support for dual-channel memory at 3200MHz, and you’ll want some fast memory to take advantage of it fully. Given that a high core count and decent frequencies are a requirement for streaming, the Ryzen 7 3700X is definitely the way to go.
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS Pro Wi-Fi
Since there’s no new generation of B-series motherboards, our recommendation is to go with a B450 board, but one that has a proven track record. The Gigabyte B450 AORUS Pro Wi-Fi is a great motherboard that uses AMD’s AM4 chipset and checks all the boxes.
This ATX-format motherboard has 4 DIMM slots for Non-ECC, unbuffered DDR4 memory. There are also two PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe slots, with dual thermal guards, so there’s plenty of room for storage as well. The VRM section is pretty decent, which is important if you want to overclock.
The AORUS Pro Wi-Fi, as its name indicates, also comes with an Intel Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi module, which is very convenient when you can’t have a cable going to your PC. However, for online gaming and streaming, we’d recommend going for a LAN connection for stability.
The audio section is a Realtek ALC1220-VB chip, which is pretty good as far as integrated audio goes. Last but not least, if you care about the visuals of your system, there are RGB LEDs, as well as headers to connect some more RGB, compatible with Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion software. Add to that the Smart Fan 5 fan control, and you’ve got yourself an excellent motherboard.
Ray tracing is still in its infancy when it comes to mainstream use, so when you’re saving money it makes sense to go for Nvidia’s non-RTX models, and the GTX 1660 Ti is a great option. It will definitely give you respectable framerates in many titles, especially competitive ones like Overwatch or Fortnite. [
The GPU has a base core clock of 1770 MHz, which is fairly respectable, but it can boost up to 1830 MHz. Pair that with a 192-bit memory interface and 6GB of GDDR6 memory, and you get excellent performance. It has support for DirectX 12, and you can also push some VR titles with it if you want.
As far as outputs go, you have three DisplayPort v1.4 and a single HDMI 2.0b, so you should be covered. All things considered, a great bang-for-your-buck proposition.
We already mentioned that you’ll want fast memory, and Corsair’s Vengeance LPX kit that runs at 3000 MHz is a great pick. With XMP 2.0 support and extensive compatibility testing for overclocking, you can rest assured that it will be stable at high frequencies. This is a kit that comes with two 8GB sticks, so it takes advantage of dual-channel, but you still have two vacant slots on your motherboard for upgrades down the road.
Another nifty feature with the Vengeance LPX kit is that it has a low-profile heat spreader. While this may seem insignificant, it does solve a lot of compatibility issues if you want to get an aftermarket CPU cooler.
Storage: Sabrent 512GB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2
Sabrent Rocket SSD is our pick for the $1000 streaming PC build, in a 512GB capacity. That’s plenty of storage for your OS, as well as your games and streaming software. You can also purchase a second HDD if you would like to store your streaming videos directly on your PC as well.
This is an NVMe PCIe solid-state drive, so you can expect read and write speeds of 3450 MB/s and 2000 MB/s respectively. The Sabrent Rocket is also rated highly by its users with durability and consistency not be an issue. There are also SMART and TRIM commands for monitoring and reporting so you can track performance.
While the build itself doesn’t require too much power, a high-quality power supply is essential if you want to ensure nothing goes bad, and you get stable power. Corsair’s VS series is a great option, and we recommend getting it in a 650-watt capacity.
The PSU has an 80+ efficiency, which means it will be at least 80% efficient under load. When not completely under load, though, it will run cooler and use less power than a non-certified PSU. The thermally controlled 120mm fan only runs at full speed when it has to and is otherwise near silent.
This is not a modular PSU, unfortunately, but the black housing and sleeves make it a pretty discrete part of your build. Last but not least, it’s backed by Corsair’s excellent support with a three-year warranty.
A good build deserves a good case, and a good case doesn’t have to be too expensive. Deepcool’s MATREXX 55 is our recommendation here, with support for an E-ATX motherboard and plenty of room inside. There’s a 4mm tempered glass at the side and the front, so you can show off your build. At the front, you’ll get an addressable RGB strip, and there are two extra connectors so you can add even more RGB.
Aside from the ample cable management room, you get excellent cooling options. The large air intakes on the sides of the front panel will keep things cool, and you can mount up to a 360mm radiator at the front, or up to a 280mm radiator at the top, or even a small, 120mm radiator at the back. You get a lot of room for fans as well, and you can fit up to a 370mm GPU inside. While Deepcool may not be as premium of a brand as some others, the MATREXX 55 is a great case if you want to save a bit of money.
Case fans: upHere Wireless RGB LED 120mm (5-pack)
There’s no harm in a bit of extra cooling in your case, and this 5-pack of fans by upHere is a good way to get there. They come with fluid dynamic bearings, which result in a very quiet operation and a higher service life. The 9-piece fan blade is also made to be quiet, but it also pushes quite a bit of air. To mount them, you get an anti-vibration rubber pad on all four corners, to make things even quieter.
In terms of the design, you have RGB LEDs, as well as a wireless remote control. With a single button, you can adjust the LED speed and mode, without any need of opening the case. If you want to add more cooling to your case, and a bit more RGB lighting, this set of fans is the way to go.
OS: Windows 10
As far as a gaming and streaming build goes, the choice for an operating system is obvious – Windows 10. It has the best support for hardware and drivers, and streaming software works best on it. We would suggest going for the Home variant to save a bit, as you won’t be losing anything in terms of essential features. A USB installer is the way to go, since it’s a lot faster than a DVD, and you only need a USB port, so no additional expenses for an optical drive.
Cooler (optional): NZXT Kraken X62 280mm
While the stock cooler that comes with the Ryzen 7 3700X does a good job at keeping it cool at stock frequencies, you’ll want a beefier option for overclocking it. The NZXT Kraken X62 is a well-proven solution that works admirably, and with a 280mm radiator, it will give you significantly lower temperatures.
The cooler comes with two Aer P140mm fans, as well as reinforced, extended tubing and a pump engineered for performance. The fans run quiet and are very durable, and you can use NZXT’s CAM software to monitor the pump speed and temperature of the liquid. This way, you know exactly what’s going on with your CPU. Last but not least, there’s an infinity mirror design on the CPU block, as well as RGB lights.
There are plenty of options and configurations when it comes to making a $1000 streaming PC build. However, the components we listed above all make for a very balanced build that will perform admirably under a variety of conditions including streaming. With this build, you should be able to steam various titles at 1080p. Whether you go for the exact components we mentioned or opt to switch out some of them, you’re getting a great baseline and an excellent platform to upgrade down the road, should you need to with this build.