One of the worst things for me about streaming is the fact that my computer gets hit real hard from encoding the video as well as running the game. Some games, this isn’t really a problem. Encoding doesn’t take anything in particular away from playing Diablo 3, for instance. I would really like to play something like Metro: Last light without burning my computer up so I am going for a dual PC streaming solution.
Before I continue with the rest of the post, I have to share this with you. I usually am the one that tell people to pay close attention before ordering. But during ordering, I had to cancel the order once to fix a mistake and now that it’s sent I noticed that I’ve done another error. Double, triple or quadruple check your shit.. Seriously. Even me, who has been building machines for 13-14 years still screw up if I can’t focus on what I’m doing and now I have to send back a case so I can get a new one.
When you search for game stream machines or hardware suggestions, you’ll basically only get people talking about intel. I would mostly argue for an i7 when it comes to streaming or.. actually computing in general but as someone who haven’t got the most money in the world, going for a cheaper 8-core AMD is the way I’m going.
The complete list of hardware for the encoding PC, explanation follows:
- AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
- MSI 970A-G43
- Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz CL9
- Crucial M500 SSD 120GB
- AMD HD 5770 1GB
- AVerMedia Live Gamer HD
- BlackMagic Design Intensity Pro
So for CPU I’m going with an AMD FX-8350 Black Edition. Even though 8-cores doesn’t make up for not having hyperthreading, the price alternative for me is an i5-4440 (at time of ordering) and for multicore encoding the AMD will do a whole lot better. Across the board, the i5 is doing quite good in comparison with the FX-8350 but for my use the AMD looks like it’s going to crush the alternative.
The motherboard is basically the cheapest motherboard I could get for the AM3+ socket. This is a technique that I’ve developed throughout the years; Buy the cheapest you can get that has all the features that you need. I am glad that I’m getting an MSI board however as I really enjoy MSI as a producer of hardware.
RAM-wise I’m getting 8 GB of the Corsair Vengeance memory sticks. Well, I am getting 16 GB but I had to order 8 right now so it’ll have to do the next couple of weeks. I got these simply because, again, it’s the cheapest alternative. Hopefully I’ll be able to take off the heatsink or I might (most likely) have issues with the Noctua NH-U12S that I’m going to put on the CPU.
Crucial M500, because I just need a quick and reliable disc for the OS and it was the cheapest at the moment of ordering. I’ve only had one SSD from Crucial and it died but that was a while ago. The M500 is a relative fast reader but a relative slow writer which is fine by me as I only need to read programs of SSD and not create a whole lot of files.
The HD 5770 is just a random card that I used a while ago in my main PC. This PC doesn’t need a whole lot of GPU power but I thought I’d might as well use the cards I have laying around.
Read this post for an introduction to the capture cards I’ll be using in this build.