Build your AMD Ryzen PC for streaming

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With livestreams becoming a worldwide phenomenon, it's now more important than ever to pick hardware and software carefully if you plan to join in on the fun! We'll go over both aspects to help you get started.

Types of Streaming Setups

When deciding on the type of PC live streaming setup you'll need, budget and physical space required become crucial considerations in the decision process.

Single PC

As the name implies, a single PC is all you need to start streaming with this setup. But if you're streaming a game, your system has to handle two heavy tasks simultaneously, which is why having a powerful CPU and GPU is essential for this kind of setup.

Dual-PC

In this type of setup, you offload the streaming workload to another PC so that your primary gaming PC can focus on doing one thing – gaming. The other PC will need a capture card and all the other streaming peripherals (mic, camera, so on) connected to it. However, this setup does increase the costs involved because you need an entire PC and a capture card in addition to your gaming PC.

Popular Streaming Software

Regardless of the type of streaming setup you pick, you'll need applications that capture and livestream your content to your audience. Although there are numerous ways to do this, the two most popular ones used by streamers today are:

Building a Powerful Streaming PC

Now, if you're going with the most popular streaming setup – the single PC setup, picking powerful core components is absolutely critical. Failing to do so might not only affect your own gaming performance, but it might also result in a sub-par viewing experience for your viewers. Stutters, constant buffering, and pixelated streams are usually a result of less-than-ideal hardware and/or encoder settings.
Building a Powerful Streaming PC
Let's go over the core components that shoulder most of the livestreaming and gaming workload:

Processor (CPU)

The CPU affects both livestreaming and gaming performance, so with a single PC streaming setup, make sure your processor is up to the task. In this type of streaming setup, sub-par streams are usually the result of a weak/inadequate processor.
AMD's Ryzen lineup has made workstation-like performance available to the mainstream platforms, and this has been instrumental in the growth of livestreaming, even on a budget. For serious streamers who are more likely to stream the latest games at the best possible quality to their audience, we'd recommend an AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT processor with 12 cores and 24 threads.
However, if you're on a budget, hardware encoding (shifting the streaming and encoding load to your graphics card) is also a possibility, which would allow you to get away with even a Ryzen 5 3600XT processor. But keep in mind – if you're playing graphics-intensive games that already push the limits of your GPU, your livestream is likely to suffer.
Processor (CPU)

CPU Cooler

Once you're done picking out a powerful CPU to handle your livestreaming demands, the next task is cooling that processor well enough to make sure you can extract every ounce of performance out of it. Here's where liquid AIO coolers come into the picture. They bring the thermal performance of liquid cooling to your system without the hassle of dealing with pumps and pipes to create a custom cooling solution.
CPU Cooler
If you're going for a Ryzen 9 3900XT processor, MSI's MAG CoreLiquid 360R is an ideal choice – unlocking the full potential of AMD's Precision Boost Overdrive to improve system performance. On the other hand, for a Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 5 CPU, the MSI MAG CORELIQUID 240R will offer better value and excellent cooling performance.

Motherboard (Mainboard)

While the CPU and its cooling are indeed essential to a streaming PC, the platform they sit on is equally important. Reliable power delivery, the ability to push your hardware to their limits, additional faster storage slots, and access to premium features are just a few of the most fundamental reasons to invest in an excellent motherboard.
Motherboard (Mainboard)
Motherboards like MSI's MEG X570 ACE, MSI MPG B550 Gaming Carbon WIFI, and the MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk cover a broad range of performance and price tiers.

Graphics Card (GPU)

Even for a gaming system, the graphics card is an essential part of your PC; this doesn't change when you're building a livestreaming + gaming PC. If you're planning to use your GPU to encode your livestream, make sure that not only can it handle games at the resolution you play at, but it will also be able to process your stream at the same time.
Graphics cards like MSI's Radeon™ RX 5700 GAMING X would do quite well when you're gaming and streaming at 1080p.

Memory (RAM)

AMD's Ryzen architecture offers better performance with higher memory clocks. Now, if you're planning to stream and play games on your PC, make sure that you get the best kits possible and also enough RAM to handle the heavy multitasking. Memory kits like the HyperX FURY DDR4 RGB 3600MHz would do quite well to make sure that your system is more than ready to take on any task you throw at it, even simultaneously.
Memory (RAM)

Storage #1: Solid State Drive (SSD)

MSI's B550 and X570 motherboards grant you access to latest-gen storage devices (PCIe 4.0 SSDs) available in the market today. They offer double the performance of the fastest last-generation storage devices – making them an ideal choice for those who need to work with large raw files.
Storage #1: Solid State Drive (SSD)
Seagate's FireCuda 520 PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD 2TB drive comes with enough storage for both your games as well as stream recordings without compromising on speed. However, you most likely need additional storage to archive your old footage on your system, which is where the next hardware part comes into the picture.

Storage #2: Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

While fast SSDs are great for active work and installing games, the storage they offer might not be enough to store all your stream recordings for when you need to edit and work on them later. It is here that hard disk drives outshine SSDs – offering excellent storage capacities at much more attractive prices. Nevertheless, a high-performance hard disk drive does help even if you're using it for archiving purposes.
Seagate's Ironwolf HDD series is an ideal choice that will be able to meet all your archival and storage needs.

Power Supply Unit (PSU)

Once you've decided on your parts, the next step is making sure that you can reliably power them. Thanks to AMD's efficient 7nm architecture, you won't need a very high-wattage PSU, and can instead focus on getting a quality unit that will safely power your system for years to come. An 80-Plus Platinum or Gold high-efficiency power supply from Cooler Master will ensure that you're minimizing power wastage.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)

PC Case

Now that you have all your parts decided, the last step is to get a case that's worthy of showing off your gorgeous build. After all, many streamers leave their PCs in the background when they stream, and if you plan on following them, make sure that the case looks good and delivers good airflow.
MSI's range of PC cases from the MPG SEKIRA to the MAG VAMPIRIC cover all types of looks, features, and preferences – offering premium features like front panel USB-C connectivity, proper cable management, power supply shrouds, tempered glass panels, as well as vertical graphics card mount support.

Recommended Parts for a Livestreaming + Gaming PC Build

To make things easier, we've created a parts list that caters to all kinds of streamers – from the ones who want the most premium streaming and gaming experience for themselves and their viewers to those just starting out and are more budget-conscious.

Premium Streaming PC Build Parts

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 9 3900XT
  • Motherboard: MSI MEG X570 ACE
  • Graphics Card: MSI Radeon™ RX 5700 GAMING X
  • Cooler: MSI MAG CORELIQUID 360R
  • Memory: HyperX FURY DDR4 RGB 3600MHz
  • HDD: Seagate Ironwolf 6TB
  • SSD: Seagate FireCuda 520 PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD 2TB
  • Power: Cooler Master V850 PLATINUM
  • Case: MSI MPG SEKIRA 500G

Mid-Range Streaming PC Build Parts

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 7 3800XT
  • Motherboard: MSI MPG B550 GAMING CARBON WIFI
  • Graphics Card: MSI Radeon™ RX 5700 GAMING X
  • Cooler: MSI MAG CORELIQUID 240R
  • Memory: HyperX FURY DDR4 RGB 3600MHz
  • HDD: Seagate Ironwolf 6TB
  • SSD: Seagate FireCuda 520 PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD 2TB
  • Power: Cooler Master V650 GOLD
  • Case: MSI MPG GUNGNIR 110R

Budget Streaming PC Build Parts

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 5 3600XT
  • Motherboard: MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK
  • Graphics Card: MSI Radeon™ RX 5600 XT GAMING X
  • Cooler: MSI MAG CORELIQUID 240R
  • Memory: HyperX FURY DDR4 RGB 3600MHz
  • HDD: Seagate Ironwolf 6TB
  • SSD: Seagate FireCuda 520 PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD 2TB
  • Power: Cooler Master V650 GOLD
  • Case: MSI MAG VAMPIRIC 100R
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