Stream PC Build

These are the components used in Adam’s Stream PC custom build.

NOTE: The prices for the main computer parts were the prices paid at the time of purchase. Some were back in 2016 and are either a lot cheaper now, or not available.

Case: NZXT Noctis 450 Mid Tower ($140) – A sleek case with built-in red LED. It gets the job done. Cable management, in the Noctis 450, was pretty good also. It allowed me to punch the cables through dedicated slots, so they didn’t get all bunched up above the motherboard. It also has space on the top of the case for a water cooling unit, along with ports for tubes.
Power Supply: CORSAIR RMx Series RM850X 850W ($120) – This is probably overkill for the machine. Most machines run pretty power efficient. However, I thought it would be good to have the extra headroom to let the power curve be better.
Motherboard: ASUS X99-PRO/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 ($333) – USB 3.1, support m.2 drives, and has eight memory slots supporting a total of 128GB of RAM! It is a monster motherboard.
CPU: Intel Core i7-6900K 20M Broadwell-E 8-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 2011-v3 ($1100) – Sporting eight physical cores and a 20MB L3 Cache this is a great processor. There are probably faster CPUs for dedicated gaming, but the primary purpose for this machine is video editing and rendering. I also thought getting a Broadwell chip will put me at the edge and a little more future proof as it is the latest.
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 ($60) – I thought about going water cooled, but I went with this instead to stay within budget. It is doing the job just fine. It also fits in the case just fine with room to spare. It only came with one fan. If I do see a problem with the CPU temperature, I can get another fan, or just upgrade to the water cooling solution.
Thermal paste: Arctic Silver 5 ($7) – I’ve used this on every PC build I’ve done. The CPU fan came with thermal paste, but I’ve just always used this. It isn’t expensive.
Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 64GB Kit ($250) – DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200). While the motherboard can support up to 128GB of RAM, I probably don’t need that. My laptop has 32GB of RAM, and I know I’m always bumping against that when rendering. Having 64GB seemed like the sweet spot.
Harddrive #1: Samsung 950 PRO Series – 512GB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD ($318) – This is my OS/Boot drive. It was a little tricky getting this to work right, but once I did, it is wonderful! This is a fast hard drive. There are tons of articles that talk about how this is the future of SSD. Drives plugging directly into the PCI bus removing the bottlenecks. I followed this video to get it going without disappearing on me.
Hard drive #2: Samsung 850 EVO – 1TB SSD ($307) – This is my main data drive. Most of my work will be on this drive. It is big enough to hold my current work items and small enough not to be super expensive.
Graphics Card: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB ($506)  – You need a good video card to help with the video encoding. I went towards to upper end.  It doesn’t flinch at all.
Capture Card #1: Elgato 4K60 mk.2 Capture Card ($239) – I have an HDMI cable going from the video card in my main machine into this capture card on the Streaming machine. This is capturing my main machine desktop at 2k resolution.
Capture Card #2: Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder ($545) – HDMI cable coming from the out port of the 4k60 capture card on the main PC into the blackmagic card. This is my Panasonic GH5 video feed. I have 3 more ports to add more cameras later.
Monitor #1: LG Electronics WQHD IPS Curved 34-Inch LED-Lit Monitor (34UC97-S) – Not available anymore. Picked up a few of these back in 2015. I found that I had issues with getting the capture cards to work right at the full resolution of the monitor. Had to manually set it to a 2K resolution to work right.
Monitor #2: HP Compaq LA2405wg – Nothing special about this monitor. Just a regular 1080p monitor. This is used as a confidence monitor and is connected to the streaming PC.