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Gaming/Streaming build - first one in forever

coffeeman885

Firstly, I have built a pc before but I was using the brand new, sick-ass Athlon 64 in it so... it's been a little while. I've kinda kept up over the years with the intent of building a new rig, it just hasn't happened. What I want now is a rig that will allow me to game and stream on twitch. That is really it - I don't plan on doing much of anything else with it. I might do more in the future but who knows.

 

Location: US and I have a Microcenter up the road from me.

 

Budget: As low as I can realistically get it. I'm having to save up. I have $450 right now so the more expensive build - the longer it will take me to get it built.

 

Theory: I would like to get three solid years out of my rig before needing to upgrade. I have made up three builds so far and I think it kinda covers my bases but I would like input. I don't think that an i3 could pull gaming and streaming effectively from what I understand about the requirements for the two not to mention some games now seem to be going towards 4 cores or GTFO.

 

I think the FX-6300 (FX-8320 if need be) could pull the weight but I don't know - I've read a lot of mixed reviews and it's hard to pull the empirical data out of the fanboydom/hate. The AMD build is just so cost effective, if it will work that is.

 

The other two builds are i5-4690K and i5-6600K builds. I was gung-ho on a Skylake build because I thought I could hold on to stuff for three years or so and just upgrade the cpu and gpu but from what I'm reading it seems like I will probably have to do a mostly new build if I go three years. With Skylake stuff going up in price recently and no prediction of when future price drops will be, I am leaning more towards the i5-4690K build (if it's worth $200 more than the AMD build). It's almost $100 cheaper and I think power-wise it's negligible.

 

I want to OC just because I want to fiddle with it at some point. It is not the biggest concern right now though - I can start OCing on the upgrade if I can save a good chunk of money now.

 

On the Intel builds, the only "futureproof" things I'm looking at is the cooler (I assume a new fan is the only thing it would need for my next gen) and psu (five year warranty should get me through two builds)

 

Please let me know how these look and if it's worth me getting one over the other.

 

Thanks

 

 

AMD Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor  ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($81.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 380 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card  ($203.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)  ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: Logitech G402 Wired Optical Mouse  ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $667.31
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-30 15:13 EST-0500

 

i5-4690K Build

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($199.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler  ($41.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($81.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB NITRO Dual-X OC Video Card  ($208.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)  ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: Logitech G402 Wired Optical Mouse  ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $887.19
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-30 15:14 EST-0500

 

 

i5-6600K Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($249.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler  ($41.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($117.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($81.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB NITRO Dual-X OC Video Card  ($208.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)  ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: Logitech G402 Wired Optical Mouse  ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $942.18
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-30 15:14 EST-0500

CPU: Xeon E3-1231 v3  Mobo: Asrock H97M Pro4  Memory: 16 GB EVGA SC  GPU: MSI R9 390 (mild OC)  Storage: 240GB Crucial BX200 | 1TB Seagate WD Blue  PSU: 650W EVGA GQ  Case: Thermaltake V21


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If you want to spend more than for the FX-based system, that's what you should look into: (no OS)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($232.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card  ($298.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Logitech G402 Wired Optical Mouse  ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $808.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-30 15:22 EST-0500

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB GDDR6 Motherboard: MSI PRESTIGE X570 CREATION
AIO: Corsair H150i Pro RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB 3600MHz DDR4 Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic PSU: Corsair RM850x White

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What are you planning on streaming (I'm just curious) 

 

I don't know if i could recommend AMD with Zen Being ***"around the corner"*** (mileage may very) 

Current: R2600X@4.0GHz\\ Corsair Air 280x \\ RTX 2070 \\ 16GB DDR3 2666 \\ 1KW EVGA Supernova\\ Asus B450 TUF

Old Systems: A6 5200 APU -- A10 7800K + HD6670 -- FX 9370 + 2X R9 290 -- G3258 + R9 280 -- 4690K + RX480

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If you want to spend more than for the FX-based system, that's what you should look into: (no OS)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($232.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($62.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($64.99 @ Amazon)

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card  ($298.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($43.99 @ NCIX US)

Mouse: Logitech G402 Wired Optical Mouse  ($39.99 @ Micro Center)

Total: $808.92

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-30 15:22 EST-0500

 

I've kinda looked at xeons but not much. I will have to look into it. What makes this a better build than the i5-4690K build other than $60 or so?

 

What are you planning on streaming (I'm just curious) 

 

I don't know if i could recommend AMD with Zen Being ***"around the corner"*** (mileage may very) 

 

Yeah, I've done the "wait for AMD's new processor" thing before - still don't have a system. I will definitely be playing RB6 Seige and Fallout 4. I all over the place otherwise: Don't Starve, Rocket League, Path of Exile etc...

CPU: Xeon E3-1231 v3  Mobo: Asrock H97M Pro4  Memory: 16 GB EVGA SC  GPU: MSI R9 390 (mild OC)  Storage: 240GB Crucial BX200 | 1TB Seagate WD Blue  PSU: 650W EVGA GQ  Case: Thermaltake V21


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I've kinda looked at xeons but not much. I will have to look into it. What makes this a better build than the i5-4690K build other than $60 or so?

 

 

Yeah, I've done the "wait for AMD's new processor" thing before - still don't have a system. I will definitely be playing RB6 Seige and Fallout 4. I all over the place otherwise: Don't Starve, Rocket League, Path of Exile etc...

The Xeon is faster, and has 8 threads which would greatly help with streaming, it's like an i7-4770 without the integrated graphics for the pice of an i5.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB GDDR6 Motherboard: MSI PRESTIGE X570 CREATION
AIO: Corsair H150i Pro RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB 3600MHz DDR4 Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic PSU: Corsair RM850x White

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The Xeon is faster, and has 8 threads which would greatly help with streaming, it's like an i7-4770 without the integrated graphics for the pice of an i5.

Well... after a little trip to Microcenter where I found out that E3-1231s are currently $209 and I can price match the mobo with newegg and get $20 off for buying them together - yeah seems like this might be the winning combo. Do I need 16GB of ram? I was planning on getting 8GB and throwing another 8GB stick in soonish when I'm not trying to save ever dollar I can. I just noticed the R9 390 in there too - for the price of the other stuff... why not I guess. I think that will be the last thing I buy since I would imagine they would creep down a little over the next few weeks/ month.

CPU: Xeon E3-1231 v3  Mobo: Asrock H97M Pro4  Memory: 16 GB EVGA SC  GPU: MSI R9 390 (mild OC)  Storage: 240GB Crucial BX200 | 1TB Seagate WD Blue  PSU: 650W EVGA GQ  Case: Thermaltake V21


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Well... after a little trip to Microcenter where I found out that E3-1231s are currently $209 and I can price match the mobo with newegg and get $20 off for buying them together - yeah seems like this might be the winning combo. Do I need 16GB of ram? I was planning on getting 8GB and throwing another 8GB stick in soonish when I'm not trying to save ever dollar I can. I just noticed the R9 390 in there too - for the price of the other stuff... why not I guess. I think that will be the last thing I buy since I would imagine they would creep down a little over the next few weeks/ month.

8GB of RAM is no longer a sweet spot to get, RAM is relatively cheap so just grab 16GB imo

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB GDDR6 Motherboard: MSI PRESTIGE X570 CREATION
AIO: Corsair H150i Pro RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB 3600MHz DDR4 Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic PSU: Corsair RM850x White

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