Extreme High-End Workload: Gaming/ Streaming/ Video Editing PC Guide- Q1 2020

 

 

 

 

 

This guide is an ” Extreme high-end” all arounder rather PC- and not an extreme high-end gaming system. Such users can just pick up the graphics card recommendation here, swap it on the one in the mid-end gaming rig and call it a day. That’s why Ryzen 5 3600 is a gem of a CPU. It is too bad we dont have the Ryzen 7 3700 octa-core CPU. Maybe that’s the reason we don’t have them (yet)?

Streamers- The Current-Gen Content Creators

A lot of streamers re-upload content on Youtube post-editing for easier viewing. While some have editors (or have a hyperactive community to do it for them), many prefer to do it on their own. To have the livestreamed content suitable (and entertaining) for Youtube viewers, multiple editing is done via Adobe Premiere, Vegas Pro or any other video editing software. Either they download their livestreamed content from the platform or have a capture card to record on-the-fly. In both cases, the content is stored in the system. This is done either by using OBS’s built-in record function or an Elgato capture card. Many streamers prefer using the latter option to edit and upload better quality 4K videos, though the first generation Elgato 4K60FPS capture cards are known to produce a lot of heat. I think the MK2 capture card variants have fixed that issue.

They also play games on stream between 1080p- 1440p with dual monitor setup. Most often, such heavier-than-gaming workload users are not really keen on making upgrades with an exception to graphics card and memory after 4-5 years on the same system. With a combination of old, eSport titles and graphics-heavy AAA titles, this system will work smooth under the current workload.

This guide is perfect for such content creators. Otherwise, they can check out the mid-end build.

Streamers- The other content creators

Based on what I’ve seen on Twitch, there is a varying level of streamers. While most just play games, some of them use dual streaming via OBS (and its variants) to Twitch and Youtube, while playing games at high settings and resolution. Streaming platform support both x264 and NVENC encoding.

Dont be a hardware hoarder

This pretty much sums it up in a comical sense!

While most streamers would be happy with mid-end gaming/ streaming system to the R7 2700X combination of this guide, a lot of them have a problem of ‘hardware hoarding’. Performance-wise, you are getting an extreme-high end system either ways. This also applies for peripherals, including microphones. Manufacturers charge a premium for ‘gaming’ and ‘streaming’ centric components and peripherals. Some are justified. Some are just wordplay.

The ‘On-the-fly’ streamers(?)

There are also streamers like Cardboard_Cowboy, TheSushiDragon and Atomic Twins who have some interesting graphics and effects they make on-the-fly for entertainment. The twinsies also have a very active Discord community with a lot of interesting PC hardware related discussions in its Tech-Support section. With the community help, they did build on a system around Ryzen 7 2700X with X470 motherboard.

Using the twinsies as an example, the Ryzen 7 2700X + a good X470 motherboard is a better purchase decision. It is hard to beat US$179 for an 8-core/ 16-thread when The R7 3700X CPU costs a lot in comparison. Many would argue Ryzen 3rd (7 series at the least) gen came too soon. The argument between choosing Ryzen 2nd and 3rd gen vary because their logic, experience, workload, purchase decision, vary.

How to decide?

Having some choices are good. In the case, you’re not doing anything wrong with either the options I’ve given below. But you’re spending good money for a gaming/ streaming/ livestreaming/ video editing setup. Investing that money on a higher refresh 1080p/1440p monitor gives a far better experience to a user than a processor that saves less time than you sneezing in front of it. Streamers don’t just broadcast their content. They enjoy it at the same time. A computer is nothing more than a tool. And money once spent, you’re not going to get it back.

To see both the options, you can click one of the combos below which contains CPU, motherboard and Memory.

Processor: Ryzen 7 2700X

Motherboard: ROG Strix X470-F Gaming

2x 16GB DDR4-3200 C16 Memory Kit: Vengeance LPX  BK DC/ TridentZ RGB

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CPU Air Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S CPU Air Cooler

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Graphics Card: RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra/ RTX 2080 Super Twin / RTX 2080 Super Advanced Overclocked

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Storage:Crucial MX500 1 TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe M.2/ Crucial MX500 1TB SATA III SSD

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Power Supply: 650W 80Plus Gold: RMx Series RMx650/ Focus GX-650

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PC Case: Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C/ Phanteks P600S

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