Wanting to build a whole pc from scratch

midnightskyline

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Hello im just looking for suggestions, right now this is my first custom build pc, i'm going to be using it for recording / streaming, < recording could be for 6-12 hours straigth + so i would need something that will stay low CPU / GPU / RAM usage never had a custom build / this is my first time so i am kind of new to it, so just looking at ideas on what you think i should go with, Lets say i set a budget of 800$ would it be worth to go more to like 1200$? or 1100$ or even a little bit more just curious. anyone who can help i much appreciate it and thanks for taking your time of your day to help, Also mods / or admins not sure if im posting in right spot can move  to right spot if not? sorry new to this forums.

 

sam.chen

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The budget would definitely depend on what games you want to stream. If you get a decent capture card, CPU/RAM/GPU usage should be fairly low even after long hours of streaming. I'd recommend checking out some of our gaming builds for some ideas. You really just need to tack on something like the Elgato Game Capture HD60 card or Avermedia Live Gamer HD which will take the resource usage of encoding 1080p video when streaming. 

https://www.custompcreview.com/pc-computer-builds/recommended-gaming-pc-builds/

Personally I'd recommend going with a mid-range system or higher. That way you can get smooth gameplay and have something like OBS or Xsplit in the background taking care of the stream without affecting your gameplay. 

 

midnightskyline

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Can i ask you a question sorry as well, im new to custom building, just wanna make sure i do this right! everything on there is all there parts you need right? also if i were to get a i7 instead would that make a difference? what i7 should i go with as well, and is it capable with everything on the mid range budget? also would cpu liquid cooling be better? never used it so not sure how it works my self if it would be to hard for someone on there first build will leave it a lone, but if it would help in the long run wouldn't mind as well.

Say if i were to get, a i7, would a graphics card like this be okay as well? gtx 970 > 980, i wouldn't mind spending  little more if so, just curious to what the big difference in im use to standard desktops <  just wanna build a nice custom one that will last a while. sorry for all the questions 

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Also i would like to have lights in the pc, and i think the mid range is the one im going to go with, is that motherboard fine for that? if so could you point me in the direction what to buy for that as well, and if anything could be upgraded before buying in the mid range what would you suggest, cpu? or gpu or is it fine, also will the build need to be over clocked?  not sure how to do that if so i might end up taking it to a store to build it since it's my first build and dont wanna ruin it thanks for the help out of your day as well.

 
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Here a few pointers I would like to point out... 

Liquid cooling in many cases are just for aesthetics OR for quite heavy overclocking. Otherwise unless your in a situation where the local area is extremely HOT then you would be able to help keep a hot rig under reasonable temperatures using a liquid based cooling solution.  

However for many people just proper case cooling and possibly a "beefed up" CPU cooler is all it really needed.  

Finally if your budget is at stake AMD is honestly the best in GPUs vs. NIVIDIA and business practices. Everything from underclocking GPUs to UNREASONABLY charging for GPUs is wrong with NIVIDIA. 

 

tom.cpcr

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As sam said, a capture card can make your life a whole lot easier. in terms of graphics card, if you can grab a 970/980 for cheap or second hand, then go for it. Though they're last gen cards, they should suffice for your needs for a while. You can also opt for the GTX 1060 or RX 480 if you want current gen performance.

Lots of motherboard and RAM manufacturers are adding RGB LEDs to their products. Hell, even SSDs are starting to get them. Simply do a google search for "RGB motherboards" to see a huge list of options available. I personally like the ones from Gigabyte, ASUS, and MSI.

If you have any other questions regarding your build, don't hesitate to hit us up. That's what we're here for =)

 
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midnightskyline

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Thanks for all the replys, i would more like to stick with the i5 or i7 do you have a suggestion which one i should get from my research people are saying, i5 > i7 is almost the same just a little bit of a difference? or is the build pretty much alright for that? also if i did switch out the motherboard for rgb how do i know if everything will be capability of working with it noob question sorry Gpu / cpu / ram, does that have to do with more of the pins? and for gen year wise on Gpu newest to oldest i dont mind as much as long as it would be better / last longer, i use the pc 8-16+ a hours a day some times work from home, x 7 days a week, i do as well live in a hot area and it's almost 70-90% 365 days of the year so would water or liquid cooling be better for me here not sure if they're the same thing noob question again, and with all the that in mind would be recording some days 8 -16 hours which shouldn't be to much i am more use to normal desktops so not sure how good this build is compared to that has to be a lot better though, i just dont wanna spend the $ knowing could of got something a little bit better which may help over time if fans are fine i will go with that just wanted to make sure

 

sam.chen

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i5 or i7 really depends on the budget. Ideally an i7 would be ideal as newer games are taking advantage of the additional cores and putting overlays on the streamed videos do require a bit of processing power as does encoding the video with the overlays. Difference will be about 30% in heavily multi-threaded applications. In single threaded applications, performance will be about the same. Not quite sure what you're referring to with RGB. Are you referring to RGB lighting for the mobo, memory, ssd, and stuff?  

As for cooling, I'd recommend picking up an an aftermarket cooler and a case with decent airflow. Of course, watercooling would be more effective, but it depends on the budget. Some of the cheaper air coolers such as the Hyper 212 EVO performs very well despite its low cost. That said, additional cooling can always be added later after you build the system and monitor the temperatures for a while. If it's consistently too hot, then add additional fans or upgrade the CPU cooler. 

 

midnightskyline

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Rgb would be for the mobo correct, alright i will go with fans for first and if anything will go for watercooling budget wise i dont mind spending a little bit more since im always on the computer i added that build up and its around 1200 right now, what i7 would i go for with a build like this as well, and i think that will be all, gonna start getting the build :) thanks for the help as well! also if i dont know how to over clock should i get this over clocked cpu or will it be fine how it is, also for fans would you suggest any better ones if it's a little bit more would go for it, i was looking at different cases i would more want a open one where you could see the lights,

edit: computer case as well if i wanted a more open one to see the lights what would you suggest to go with / with this build? i like the one listed but wouldnt really be able to see the lights when they're on. i was looking at the phenteks eclipse p400s but not sure if its that good for air flow as well

 
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sam.chen

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Personally I would go for the overclockable i7 such as the Core i7-7600K as overclocking does have significant performance benefits and isn't too hard with modern hardware, but the non-overclockable version is quite a bit cheaper, so that would be your call. I'd say check your budget. If it fits in there, I'd pickup the overclockable K series part. If not, then the non-overclockable version is fine. 

As for the case, the Eclipse P400s is good. Around that pricerange I also like the Inwin 303 as well as the NZXT S340 Elite, both of which have nice tempered glass sidepanels. 

 

midnightskyline

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Alright, i got everything picked out, thanks for the help :), can i ask a silly question, which cords will i have to buy as well? or does most it come with cord gonna sound like a silly question since i never bought part by part just wanna make sure it will all be good to go when it gets here i dont have to wait more shipping days,

 
Alright, i got everything picked out, thanks for the help :), can i ask a silly question, which cords will i have to buy as well? or does most it come with cord gonna sound like a silly question since i never bought part by part just wanna make sure it will all be good to go when it gets here i dont have to wait more shipping days,
Typically the motherboard will comes with a SATA data cable or two, the case will provide the cables to connect to the motherboard (various LEDs, USB ports on the front, and power button). Then the PSU usually fills in the "gaps" and come with it own cord.  

Though if your plan on mounting on a decent amount of fans be sure to check your board to see how many system fan spots it have. As you might need grab yourself a splitter if there isn't enough. 

Above all check all your components to check if they include enough cables and connection then buy others if needed. 

 
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