My channel is primarily retro game focused and while having a capture card and a crt is what I'm currently doing and the preferred method to stream Retro Content, I wanted to come up with a 1 system solution to not have any outside capture cards from the rig itself because having all 6-8 of my game consoles on the desk at once causes a lot of clutter overall.
Here's what we're looking to do: Why a CRT monitor in 2020, you're going to have input delay with a modern gpu right?:
What we're after for the second gpu is one with a Dvi-I input, DVI-I is an interlaced signal between
DVI-D and DVI-A, and that DVi-A signal is 1 to 1 with VGA, so with a VGA to DVI-I adapter, we should
Theoretically not get any lag in games whatsoever from the display.
As for input lag, Emulation Hub RetroArch has introduced a new feature: Run Ahead Latency,
with it you can set the Frames ahead of the input delay typically in an emulator (2 Frames ahead for SNES9X's
2 frames of natural input delay for example) to make the inputs virtually the same as on Console + CRT
My Current Rig is this:
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-AB35J0M-HD3
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six-Core Processor, 3200 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8.00 GB DDR4 @ 2833 MHZ
HDD: 1TB WD Blue @7200 RPM
GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon RX 550 DirectX 12 GV-RX550D5-2GD REV 2.0 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x8 ATX Video Card
PSU: EVGA 500 BR, 80+ Bronze 500W
Case: Cooler Master Master Box 5 [Partially Broken (acryllic side panel is broken)]
Red Dragon M601 Gaming Mouse
Blackweb Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
(Broken) BenQ XL2411 144HZ 1Ms Monitor [Bottom of the screen is all dead pixels]
LCD TV as a second monitor
(Broken) Logitech G430 Headset
Official Wii U Gamecube Adapter (GCN to USB)
What we Need to Find:
* A New Case with Better airflow: While I love the MB5, after it was damaged in transport
when I moved it made me realize how flimsy some parts of the case are overall, we're
looking for something that's a similar size with standard threading, but has a better
build quality. This one from NZXT seems like it has a lot more air flow overall. *A Mic + Arm Combo for Streaming: After having this headset break and for me to
take streaming more seriously I think investing in an actual microphone setup at this point is
crucial. currently looking at this one by FiFine, who were featured in Linus' Microphone round
up as the best entry level mic, and they might still be the best value here. *A Second Gpu with VGA or DVi-I that is modern-ish: We're looking for something DDR4 or
Better here, right now I have my eyes on this zotac 1030 gt, which has a native VGA port,
DDR5 and runs on the pascal architecture.
* A New 144Hz 1MS Monitor for when we play more modern titles: Simple Enough, looking for
the best bang for the buck monitor here that let's us play more modern e-sports titles like League,
Overwatch, Cs:Go etc. This one from Acer looks good, but there are probably better options.
* A B450 Motherboard: That old B350 Mobo is probably holding the rig back in general, with
only 2 Dim Slots for Ram we're stuck at our 8gbs of Ram, and that's not good as a content
creator, I think this b450 tomahawk looks pretty solid, but I want more input to see if there's
a better value for what we need * A Better Power Supply: That 500W Mustard and Ketchup PSU is still good, but it might not
have enough power to drive an older gpu that's more power hungry, we're probably going
to want to find something in the 750W Range (maybe even modular if we can budget for it,) *An SSD: It's 2020 and I'm still going without one which is killing my productivity and meaning that
Windows 10 and OBS isn't running as fast as they could be.
I always see some kind of Samsung SSD in everyone's rig so I'm assuming this 860 is good for its current sale price.
*A Better cooler + fans to OC the Ryzen better to be able to increase productivity overall: The stock cooler is good but it's not
letting me push the cpu to its full potential, I'm unsure what I could get in this budget though.
I'm welcome to all suggestions and improvements to make sure that I'm not wasting money where I don't need to, thank you <3.