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Building Your Streaming PC: A Buyer’s Guide to Streaming PC Specifications

Building Your Streaming PC: A Buyer’s Guide to Streaming PC Specifications

Posted by Doctor Memory on 30th Apr 2024

Welcome to the world of live streaming, where every frame counts and your PCs performance can make or break your broadcast. In this comprehensive guide, we will dive into the nuts and bolts of what makes a streaming PC tick, ensuring you're equipped with the knowledge to build a setup that not only meets but exceeds the demands of modern streaming platforms.

Whether you are a seasoned streamer looking to upgrade your rig or a newcomer eager to make your mark in the digital arena, understanding the intricacies of your hardware is key. From CPUs that can handle the heavy lifting of encoding to GPUs that deliver crisp, clear graphics, we’ll explore the minimum specifications needed to keep your audience engaged and your stream running smoothly.

What is a Streaming PC?

In the realm of digital content creation, a streaming PC stands apart as a specialised tool, fine-tuned for the singular purpose of broadcasting content to the world. Unlike a standard gaming PC, which is optimised primarily for performance in gameplay, a streaming PC is a dual-threat juggernaut: it must handle high-performance gaming while simultaneously processing and transmitting live video and audio streams to platforms like Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook Gaming.

A streaming PC is a marvel of modern technology equipped with a robust processor, a high-end graphics card, ample RAM, and a suite of dedicated software that works in concert to deliver a seamless streaming experience. It is the vehicle that transforms your gaming prowess into entertainment for the masses, all in real-time.

But it is not just about power. It is about stability and reliability. A streaming PC is your studio, stage and broadcast booth all rolled into one. It's what ensures that your audience sees every epic win, every heart breaking defeat, and every moment of unscripted hilarity with the clarity and smoothness they demand.

Considerations Before Buying a Streaming PC

Before you invest in a streaming PC, there are several critical factors to weigh:

  • Performance Requirements: Assess the types of games you will stream and the quality of the stream you wish to deliver. Higher resolutions and frame rates will demand more from your PC.
  • Budget Constraints: how much you are willing to spend. A higher budget allows for more advanced components, but a modest budget and good choices can lead to perfect streaming outcomes.
  • Component Compatibility: Ensure that your chosen components work well together. The processor, motherboard, RAM and GPU must be in harmony for optimal performance.
  • Future-Proofing: Consider the longevity of your setup. Opt for components that will remain relevant and upgradable for years to come.
  • Brand Preferences: Some streamers prefer certain brands for reliability and customer service. Research and choose what aligns with your preferences and needs.

Essential Components of a Streaming PC

When it comes to streaming on PCs, the quality of your streaming and overall experience depends on the components you choose. In this regard, XUM Gaming PCs offer three different models, each designed to cater to specific streaming needs and preferences.

Intel B760M Streaming PC

The Intel B760 chipset is an excellent foundation for streamers who want cutting-edge technology at a sensible price point. It accommodates the latest standards, ensuring streaming PC is equipped with:

  • PCIe 5.0: For the fastest and most future-proof expansion cards.
  • DDR4 Memory: Providing the necessary speed and capacity for multitasking and streaming.
  • Wi-Fi 6E: Offering the latest in wireless connectivity for uninterrupted streaming.
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-13700F
  • Graphics CardNvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super 12GB - Delivers crisp, detailed visuals for an immersive streaming experience.
  • Memory32GB DDR4 3200Mhz
  • Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD.
  • MotherboardB760M-HDV/M.2 - A reliable base with advanced features for a future-proof build.
  • Cooling System: Peerless Assassin 120 SE.
  • CaseXUM Legend with 6X RGB Fans—Customize RGB Lights.
  • Power Supply: XUM 850W 80+ Bronze.
  • Additional FeaturesVR-ready capabilities pre-installed in Windows 11 and a comprehensive suite of ports, including HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB 3.2, to ensure maximum connectivity.

Processor: Intel Core i7-13700F

The Intel Core i7-13700F is a powerhouse CPU tailored for high-demand tasks like streaming and gaming. It features a 16-core, 24-thread configuration, combining performance and efficiency cores to handle intense multitasking. It makes it an excellent choice for streamers' robust performance to manage game and streaming workflows smoothly. With its advanced architecture, the i7-13700F ensures smooth and responsive experiences.

Motherboard: B760M-HDV/M.2

When building a streaming PC that strikes the perfect balance between cost and performance, the B760M motherboard is an outstanding choice. It is designed to meet the needs of streamers who want high-quality builds without breaking the bank. This platform supports the latest technological advancements, such as PCIe 4.0. This feature is crucial for high-speed storage and top-tier graphics cards, ensuring the PC stays up-to-date and at the forefront of performance.

The B760M motherboard boasts a sophisticated multi-layer PCB design, enhancing the overall stability and durability of the system. It is crucial for streamers who rely on their setup day in and day out, as it ensures longevity and consistent performance.

The power delivery system of the motherboard is robust and designed to support the latest generation of processors. It means that even during the most demanding tasks, such as live streaming or video editing,. The PC will perform smoothly and stably.

Storage is a key consideration for any streaming PC, and the B760M motherboard excels in this area with multiple M.2 slots that support the latest NVMe SSDs. It translates to lightning-fast load times for operating systems, applications and games, and streamers for a significant advantage for quick access to their content. Connectivity is another critical aspect, and the B760M does not disappoint, offering high-speed Ethernet and the latest Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity options to ensure a stable and fast internet connection for uninterrupted streaming.

For streamers, having access to a wide array of peripherals is often a necessity, and the B760M motherboard accommodates this need with an abundance of USB ports, including both Type-A and Type-C. It allows for a multitude of devices to be connected simultaneously, from webcams and microphones to external storage and more. The inclusion of premium audio capacitors means that the sound quality is crystal clear, which is vital for engaging streams and an immersive gaming experience.

Intel H510 Streaming PC

The Intel chipset documented as H510 provides a stable foundation for streamers who require a dependable system that supports essential features without breaking the bank. It is an intelligent choice for those looking for a reliable setup to facilitate their streaming activities.

Intel H510 Streaming PC Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-10440F
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB - Offers excellent graphics quality for a top-notch streaming experience.
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4 2600MHz
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD
  • Motherboard: ASRock H510-HDV/M.2
  • Cooling System: Alpine 12
  • Case: XUM Legend, 6x RGB Fans and customizable RGB lighting
  • Power Supply: XUM 700W 80+ Bronze
  • Additional Features: VR Ready, Windows 11 pre-installed, HDMI, Display Port and a variety of USB ports (4x USB 3.2, 1x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0)

Processor: Intel Core i5-10440F

The Intel Core i5-10440F is a dependable processor that provides a solid combination of efficiency and performance. It features 6 cores and 12 threads, making it ideal for tasks that require moderate multitasking abilities. This CPU handles streaming and gaming at a basic level, making it a suitable option for entry-level streamers or gamers on a budget. Its architecture allows for steady performance, which is crucial for a seamless streaming experience without a significant investment.

Motherboard: H510-HDV/M.2

The H510-HDV/M.2 motherboard is a testament to the balance between affordability and functionality, making it an excellent choice for streamers who are conscious of their budget but unwilling to compromise on quality. This motherboard is built to support the essentials that ensure a smooth streaming experience.

With its support for the latest Intel processors, the H510-HDV/M.2 provides the necessary power to handle live streaming and gaming. The motherboard PCIe Gen3 x4 interface caters to modern storage needs, allowing fast data transfer speeds for streamers that require quick access to their content and applications.

The H510-HDV/M.2 also offers a variety of display outputs, including HDMI, DVI-D, and D-Sub, to accommodate multiple monitor setups, which is a common requirement for streamers. The motherboard's audio capabilities are not left behind, with 7.1 CH HD Audio ensuring the sound quality is up to par for both streaming and gaming.

For connectivity, the H510-HDV/M.2 is equipped with Intel Gigabit LAN, providing a stable and fast-wired internet connection for uninterrupted streaming. The motherboard also includes a range of USB ports, allowing streamers to connect multiple peripherals necessary for their setup.

In terms of durability, the H510-HDV/M.2 is built with a high-density glass fabric PCB design, protecting against electrical shorts caused by humidity. This feature is important for streamers, as their equipment often operates for extended periods.

AMD Streaming PC Build

If you are a streamer who prefers AMD architecture, we have built an optimised one that offers good performance and value for you. This setup is specifically designed to meet the needs of streamers who require a dependable system for live broadcasting, video editing, and even running eSports simulators.

AMD Streaming PC:

  • Motherboard: AMD A320, A520 / B550
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5500
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM
  • Storage: 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD
  • Cooling System: A40 Pro
  • Case: XUM Titan with 4X RGB fans and customizable RGB lighting.
  • Power Supply: XUM 700W 80+ Bronze
  • Additional Features: Pre-installed Windows 11, VR readiness and a comprehensive set of ports (HDMI, DisplayPort, 4x USB 3.2, 1x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0)

This AMD-based streaming PC is a part of our recommended systems. Striking a balance between cost and performance for streamers and content creators.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5500 is a highly versatile processor that provides your PC with the power of 6 cores and 12 threads. It is specifically designed to offer excellent multitasking capabilities and responsive performance for both gaming and streaming.

This CPU is particularly noteworthy for its ability to effortlessly handle multiple tasks simultaneously and as such, it is an excellent option for content creators and streamers who need a processor that can keep up with their demanding workloads. With its 12-thread capability, the Ryzen 5 5500 ensures that you can enjoy smooth operation even when broadcasting live, editing, and engaging with your audience.

It is a cost-effective solution that doesn't compromise on the performance required for a high-quality streaming experience.

Motherboard: AMD A320 / A520 / B550

The AMD A320, A520, and B550 motherboards are the backbone of many streaming PCs, offering a range of options to suit different needs and budgets. The A320 serves as an entry-level solution, providing the essentials for a basic build, while the A520 steps up with additional features like PCIe 3.0 connectivity.

The B550, however, is the standout choice for streamers looking for more versatility and future-proofing, thanks to its support for PCIe 4.0, which is crucial for faster data transfer speeds and next-gen graphics cards.

These motherboards are designed with durability in mind, featuring multi-layer PCBs that enhance system stability—a critical factor for streamers who depend on their setup to perform consistently over long periods. The power delivery systems are robust across the series, ensuring that even the most demanding processors are well-supported for tasks like live streaming and video editing.

When it comes to storage, the B550 motherboards shine with M.2 slots that support NVMe SSDs, offering streamers the advantage of rapid load times for their operating systems, applications, and games. Connectivity is also a strong point, with options for high-speed Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6E on the B550, ensuring a stable and fast internet connection for uninterrupted streaming.

The range of USB ports available on these motherboards caters to the needs of streamers, who use various peripherals to enhance their streaming quality. From webcams and microphones to external storage, these motherboards can handle it all. Additionally, premium audio capacitors across the series ensure that the sound quality is top-notch for streamers and their audiences.

Other Components Required for Streaming PC:

CPU Cooler: Antec A40 PRO

Step into a world where your CPU breathes cool air, even when your streaming PC is hard at work. The Antec A40 PRO is your silent sentinel, standing guard against the onslaught of heat. With its direct-contact heat pipes and a PWM-controlled fan, it ensures that your AMD or Intel processor is cooled efficiently, without distracting noise.

The Antec A40 PRO is not just a cooler; it's a statement of performance and silence. Its sleek design and thermal prowess make it an ideal companion for your streaming adventures. Whether you are broadcasting to an audience of thousands or recording for an upcoming project, the A40 PRO works in the shadows to keep your sessions fluid and uninterrupted.

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 1650 OC

In the realm of streaming and gaming, the Asus GeForce GTX 1650 OC Edition emerges as a champion of balance. It’s the bridge between the past and the future, offering a taste of Nvidia Turing's prowess without the need to venture into the high seas of the latest GPU market.

Since Nvidia has only launched 3 SKUs in its latest Ada Lovelace GPUs, the RTX 4070 Ti offers the lowest point of entry into the world of modern graphics with DLSS 3.0 and next-gen Ray Tracing cores.

However, thermals are important if you want to deliver a smooth stream while enjoying a fluid gaming experience. It’s not fun when a streamer decides to treat you to a headache-inducing slideshow-fest that’s nearly unwatchable and makes you want to click away immediately.

The MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12G GAMING X TRIO has a few tricks up its sleeve to deliver best-in-class cooling efficiency throughout even the longest gaming sessions. It features MSI’s Trifrozr thermal design with triple TORX FAN 5.0 fans to keep your RTX 4070 Ti cool even during your most demanding gaming + streaming sessions. Each fan on this graphics card is a TORX FAN 5.0, the culmination of fan design improvements that increase air pressure and airflow through the heatsink.


The XUM 512GB PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe SSD is a powerhouse of speed and reliability, designed to elevate your streaming and gaming experience to new heights. Here’s a creative piece about this SSD:

In the digital arena, where speed is king, The XUM 512GB SSD reigns with lightning wings. With read and write speeds that soar up to 3500 MB/s,

Your games load in a flash, no time to stress.

Warzone's vast maps are stored with ease, No lag, no stutter, just a smooth breeze. And when the stream's live, and the audience awaits, This SSD delivers, no room for debates.

With a warranty of trust and a promise of quality, XUM stands behind its technology. For the streamer's rig, it's a perfect fit, Ensuring every frame is a hit.

So game on, dear streamer, with peace of mind, For with XUM's SSD, you'll always find. Your motherboard is ready to perform with XUM's SSD, it's the new norm.

PSU: XUM 700W 80+ Bronze

A 700W 80+ Bronze power supply unit (PSU) is a robust foundation for a mid- to high-end PC build. It’s designed to deliver reliable power with efficiency that meets the 80+ Bronze standard, which means it operates at 82% efficiency or higher under typical loads. Here’s a creative piece about such a PSU:

In the heart of a beastly rig, the 700W Bronze stands tall, A silent guardian, a watchful protector, it powers it all. With efficiency, that's more than just a claim, It turns electric currents into a tamed flame.

For the gamer, the streamer, and the creator of worlds, It offers strength, stability, and flags unfurled. No flicker, no falter, no fear in the fight,

It keeps the pixels dancing, from morning till night.

So build your dreams, and cast your spells, For the 700W Bronze will serve you well. It's not just a PSU, but a promise of might, Ensuring your PC's power is ever so bright.

Case: XUM Legend, 6x RGB Fans and Customizable RGB lighting

The XUM Legend Cases with its 6x RGB fans is a spectacle of colour and performance, designed for those who dare to stand out. Here’s a creative piece about this dazzling feature:

Behold the XUM Legend, a beacon in the night, Six RGB fans, and a rainbow in flight. Customisable hues, a symphony of light, Crafting a spectacle—oh,  what a sight!

In the heart of the battle, the colours shift and dance, Each fan a warrior, in the RGB expanse. With every hue, a new emotion brings The XUM Legend, where colour sings.

A whisper of air, a storm of vibrant glow, It's not just cooling, it's the main show. For the gamer, the dreamer, and the artist within, The XUM Legend's lights, are where fantasies begin.

So let the colours flow, and let the fans spin, With the XUM Legend, it's always a win. A case not just seen, but vividly felt, In the aura of RGB, hearts will melt.


How do I select a CPU for my streaming PC?

When choosing a CPU, consider how many cores it has. A quad-core processor is a minimum, but a hexacore or higher is ideal for handling the demands of streaming and gaming simultaneously.

What should I know about GPUs when building a streaming PC?

Understand what kind of games you’ll stream. For high-resolution and intense graphics, invest in a high-end GPU like NVIDIA’s RTX series or AMD’s Radeon series.

When building a streaming PC, what should I consider when choosing RAM?

Selecting RAM for a streaming PC involves considering speed, capacity, and reliability. A brand like XUM offers a range of memory modules that meet these criteria, ensuring your streaming setup can handle intensive multitasking and gaming workloads effectively

Why is SSD preferred over HDD for streaming PCs?

SSDs are preferred because they have no moving parts, resulting in faster read/write speeds, which is crucial for reducing lag during live streaming sessions.

How to ensure my streaming PC has enough storage?

A: Calculate how much data you’ll handle. A 500GB SSD for your operating system and most-used applications, plus a 1TB or larger HDD for additional storage, is a balanced approach