WWiB: Stream-PC May 2018

In the first What Would inco Buy herein I will be outlining my choices for a dedicated streaming computer as if I was to buy one today. First however we need a baseline specification of requirements for a Stream-PC; which are as follows:

Minimum Requirements

  • 4 Thread Multithreaded CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • Integrated Graphics
  • Cheap

A lot of parts fit this description and you may even already meet or exceed these with something you have like a laptop. The 4 threads and 4GB RAM will be able to easily reach 1280*720 resolution at 30 frames per second, which is a good place to start streaming so as to not restrict your viewer base. Meanwhile the integrated graphics will let you hook up a monitor to configure and run the Stream-PC, it can even be the same monitor as your main PC just switch inputs using the OSD.

Minimum Specification

  • AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU with Vega 8 Graphics – $139 AUD
  • ASRock AB350M HDV Motherboard – $89 AUD
  • Antec 4GB (1x4GB) AMD4UZ124001704G-1S DDR4 2400MHz – $60 AUD
  • Kingston SSDNow A400 240GB SSD – $79 AUD
  • Corsair VS350 ATX Power Supply – $39 AUD
  • Silverstone Kublai KL06 Mini Tower Case – $59 AUD

Total – $465 AUD (prices will vary depending when and where you buy)

The above meets the minimum requirements with particular praise going towards the Ryzen 2200G. The 2200G has the threads we need and a rather kickass iGPU that is on par with current low-end dGPU’s (think FaceRig) at a completely unbeatable price when paired with a B350 motherboard. Which RAM you pick in particular is unimportant so if you can get 2400Mhz, otherwise 2133Mhz is functionally the same as far as this build is concerned because the main thing is the price. With the SSD you could go a 120GB and save some money but because of the way they work a 240GB has many more writes in it giving it a much longer lifespan.

As with the RAM the particular power supply isn’t overly important as we just need it to have enough juice and to fit, a legit brand is necessary though because the alternative will be dead parts. My main requirement for the case was 2 fans included, so while you could get a cheaper case having a fan at the front and back will give you optimal airflow for any setup. Silverstone I think has outdone themselves considering the price-point of this case giving us an inverted motherboard layout which keeps the PSU away from dust as well as fantastic drive expansion options.

Technically we won’t need to purchase a copy of Windows 10 for this build as an unactivated copy will do everything we need it to do, so just download+install it without activating and you are good to go! If you think you are going to need more threads or more RAM however check out the next machine below.

Stream-PC May 2018

  • AMD Ryzen 5 2400G APU with Vega 11 Graphics – $225 AUD
  • ASRock AB350M HDV Motherboard – $89 AUD
  • Antec 8GB (1x8GB) AMD4UZ124001708G-1S DDR4 2400MHz – $110 AUD
  • Kingston SSDNow A400 240GB SSD – $79 AUD
  • Corsair VS350 ATX Power Supply – $39 AUD
  • Silverstone Kublai KL06 Mini Tower Case – $59 AUD

Total – $601 AUD (prices will vary depending when and where you buy)

The above specification is what I would recommend for a bit more oomph and where you should really stop when looking at a Stream-PC, anything more is probably going to be wasted for this application. Basically we’ve stepped up to 8 threads and 8GB which gives us room to run much higher resolutions and framerates in the future (1080p60?). If you need to do other things on the PC at the same time this will also allow for that (Arma 3 server?), otherwise this is the same machine.

So in conclusion this has been a look at what I would get brand new if I was looking at building a Stream-PC today, if you have something of similar spec already it will do the job or if you are looking at second-hand parts this is also a guidepost. If you have any further questions feel free to leave a comment and thank-you for your time!

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by Xexus Designer

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