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Best streaming PC: kick off your online fanbase with this PC setup

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PC gaming is a lot of fun, but what's even more fun is being able to broadcast your gameplay for the world to check out live. Twitch streaming is a huge thing, and if you're thinking about launching your own Twitch channel, you'll need a great setup to go with it.

A lot of Twitch streamers might advocate for a dual-stream setup, where you have one PC that's only dedicated to playing your games on, and another one that broadcasts that game feed to Twitch. The advantage of this is that it ensures no resources are used up that can affect your game in any way, allowing you to smoothly stream with high framerates in 1080p. 

However this dual-stream setup is expensive, as you're essentially building two totally different PCs. So an easier solution is to build a PC that's strong enough to play your latest games as well as stream them. You can also add in a second PC at a later stage if you like, but for most Twitch beginners, a single PC will do just enough, as long as you manage your stream settings and game settings correctly.

When building a streaming PC, you'll want to have a decent budget in mind that can accommodate expensive components such as the GPU and CPU. You'll also want to make up your mind if you're willing to spend the extra cash on exactly the component you're looking for or if you're willing to compromise a bit and get say a slightly less powerful GPU or a small hard drive. Remember - you're building a PC that's going to be two tasks simultaneously - playing a game as well as broadcasting it. Whatever components you choose, make sure you check out our guide on how to build your own PC for all kinds of helpful tips and tricks. 

Ready to start building your own streaming PC? We've listed some of our favorite components on this page to build a really strong streaming PC that will last you for a while before needing to upgrade. 

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ASUS ROG Strix Z690-G WiFi 6E LGA 1700 (Intel 12th Gen) Micro ATX Gaming Motherboard (opens in new tab)
This motherboard is ready for 12th Gen Intel Core processors, supports PCIe 5.0,DDR5 and out of box Windows 11 ready. Other features include AI Overclocking, AI cooling, AI networking(GameFirst VI) and AI noise cancellation.

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Corsair DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 5200MHz C40 (opens in new tab)
As modern CPUs feature more and more cores, the unprecedented speed of DDR5 ensures your high-end CPU gets data quickly, enabling faster processing. The extra bit of RAM ensures that you have enough memory to play your games as well as fire up your streaming software at the same time.

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Lian Li O11 Dynamic mini (opens in new tab)
This compact case can house plenty of fans, drives, and full-length GPUs, with plenty of room to spare. It's very comfortable to build into, and will offer plenty of space to upgrade in the future as well.

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Intel Core i7-12700KF  (12 Core) 3.60 GHz (opens in new tab)
Intel Core i7 3.60 GHz processor offers more cache space, and the hyper-threading architecture delivers high performance for demanding applications with better onboard graphics and faster turbo boost. It's great for whatever game you throw at it, so you'll be gaming for years without the need to upgrade.

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Lian Li Galahad AIO360 CPU Cooler (opens in new tab)
Keep your CPU temperatures in check with this fantastic 360mm cooler from Lian Li. RGB lighting will sync to your motherboard to suit your tastes, while the three radiator fans ensure that temperatures remain well within safe ranges.

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MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X (opens in new tab)
This powerful GPU from MSI will not only breeze through the latest AAA games, but it'll also have plenty of juice leftover to help transcode your stream. No more dropped frames or stuttering games - this GPU can handle it all.

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Cooler Master MWE 850 PSU (opens in new tab)
You'll need a strong PSU to keep things running smoothly, and this fully modular PSU from Cooler Master is the perfect fit. You'll be able to connect the power cables for only what you need, thus reducing clutter inside your case. It's strong enough to power your most demanding components without breaking a sweat.

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SAMSUNG 980 PRO 1 TB PCIe 4.0 (opens in new tab)
For the gold-standard in fast PC storage, this Samsung SSD is exactly what you need. Boot up your computer in seconds and fire up games without any lag or delay. You can also pair a second drive in an additional M.2 slot for even more storage.

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Lian Li UNI Fan SL120 3 Pack Black - with Controller (opens in new tab)
Keep your PC nice and cool with this pack of Lian Li fans that are easy to chain together and work as either an intake or exhaust. 

Nick Rego
Nick Rego

A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys reviewing PC components, 3D Printers, projectors, and anything shiny and expensive. He can also be found baking up a storm in the kitchen, which we are more than happy to encourage.