If you are looking for a relatively cheap budget streaming PC build for live streaming on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and other streaming platforms, then this build is what you should be considering.
This PC build is great for streaming games such as Fortnite, PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds), Overwatch, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Rainbow Six Siege, Battlefield 5, and more without completely breaking the bank.
Most people don’t want to or can’t afford to build two separate PCs (one for gaming and one dedicated to streaming). Therefore, we have decided to create a single budget PC build that is great for both gaming and streaming. This relatively cheap streaming PC build also has a great upgrade path.
$700 Streaming PC Build Summary
- 720p and 1080p streaming
- 1080p 60fps or greater gaming
- Customizable and great upgrade path
- Much better gaming perfomance compared to consoles
- Great for streaming Fortnite, PUBG, and Overwatch
- Can be used a dedicated streaming PC or as a single PC streaming setup.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3600
AMD released a crop of new CPUs recently, but by far the most popular option for people looking for bang-for-buck is the Ryzen 5 3600. It’s a six-core, twelve-thread CPU that performs admirably in a host of situations and doesn’t cost too much.
Even though the base frequency is 3.6GHz, the Ryzen 5 3600 can turbo boost up to 4.2GHz, which is impressive, to say the least. It comes with a 65W TDP and AMD’s Wraith Stealth cooler, so you shouldn’t have any issues with cooling.
It’s made on AMD’s AM4 socket, so you can have it on a previous generation B450 chipset, to save a few bucks, and supports dual-channel DDR4 memory at 3200MHz. All things considered, a great pick for a budget-minded enthusiast.
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi
The B450 motherboard models are the ones to go for if you’re on a budget. Gigabyte’s B450 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi is one of the best picks here, and it checks all the boxes for a decent streaming build. You have support for AMD’s AM4 CPUs (which includes 3rd gen models, too), as well as DDR4 memory and M.2 SSDs.
You also have Intel Ethernet LAN, as well as a dual-band 802.11ac wireless module so you don’t have to buy an additional adapter. Pair that with a Realtek ALC1220-VB audio chip, as well as RGB lights and additional headers, and you’ve got an overall great motherboard. Oh, and it looks nice in just about any build, too.
While there are new AMD GPUs, if you’re on a budget, you could save a bit and go for an RX 580. It’s a very respectable GPU even by today’s standards, and you can get a high-end XFX XXX edition for a great price. The GPU comes with a factory overclock at 1386 MHz, as well as 8GB of memory, so you should be more than covered.
The XFX Double Dissipation technology makes sure to keep it cool, but note that you’ll need at least a 500W PSU to keep it running. With an enhanced VRM section, temperatures are reduced quite a bit compared to other models, and you also have an excellent port selection at the back.
Just about any AMD rig nowadays works best with fast RAM, and fortunately, RAM prices have come back to normal in the past few months. For a very reasonable price, you can pick up a kit of Corsair’s Vengeance LPX memory, in a 2x8GB configuration and running at 3000MHz. With C15 timings and extensive testing, the memory was designed for overclocking, and the XMP support allows you to keep it stable at 3000MHz.
Add to that the low profile heat spreader, and you can fit it in just about any rig, with just about any CPU cooler, without compatibility issues. Yes, there’s no RGB on the RAM, but the performance you get for the price makes it more than worth it.
It makes no sense to go for a mechanical hard drive nowadays when you can pick up Sabrents’s Rocket SSD, in a 500GB capacity and an NVMe PCIe M.2 form factor, for a reasonable price. With speeds of up to 3450 MB/s and 2000 MB/s MB/s read and write respectively, you’ll get a fast, snappy OS with quick loading times in your games and software. Additionally, this SSD comes with SMART and TRIM support, so you can rest assured that it’s running at its best all the time.
A bad power supply can spell disaster in a build, taking along other components if it dies, and therefore our budget recommendation is Thermaltake’s Smart 500W model. It’s an 80+ White Certified PSU that guarantees 80% efficiency under typical load.
It also has a 120mm ultra-quiet fan so your system doesn’t sound like a jet taking off under load. You’ll find all the necessary protections here – OPP, OVP, and SCP, as well as a selection of high-quality components inside. Finally, you have a five-year warranty on the PSU, which is confidence-inspiring, to say the least.
The only downside to the PSU is that it’s not modular, so you’ll have a bit of cable management work to do, but that’s something you won’t get if you’re on a budget.
Case: AeroCool Cylon RGB
Even if you’re on a budget, there’s no reason not to put your build in a beautiful case. The AeroCool Cylon RGB is an excellent choice with a full acrylic side window and an RGB strip at the front, and lets you showcase your build easily. The front LED strip has 13 lighting modes, 6 of which are RGB flow and 7 are solid color modes.
The case is pretty good in terms of space and supports a GPU up to 371mm. As far as cooling goes, you can have a 120mm fan on the top, and a 240mm radiator at the front. The dust filter is removable, so you can clean it easily, and the case has plenty of room for cable management, too. An overall great case for a reasonable price.
Operating System: Windows 10
Windows 10 is arguably the best OS (Operating System) for PC gaming today. After the nightmarish experience some gamers had with Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10 has proven to be a saving grace.
Moreover, the latest version of DirectX– DirectX 12— requires Microsoft Windows 10. DirectX 12 is a graphical API that enables powerful new visual effects and rendering techniques for more lifelike gaming. Therefore, we recommend Windows 10 as the OS for this build.
How to get windows 10 for cheap:
Step 1: Install Windows 10 on a USB Drive
Step 2: Install Windows 10 From That USB Drive
WiFi: Get a WiFi adapter
Because this motherboard doesn’t include integrated WiFi, you will need a WiFi adapter to connect to the rest of the world to show your gaming prowess. The good news is that there are plenty of affordable and good-quality USB WiFi adapters on Amazon that you can choose from.
This PC build is a great combination of performance, affordability, and versatility. Powered by the AMD Ryzen 3600 processor that’s one of the more powerful yet reasonably-priced CPUs today, this PC should let you play and stream the latest AAA games on streaming platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and more. It also provides a great upgrade path if you require more performance in the future. We hope you found this article helpful and good luck with your PC build!