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The Gaming PC You Need To Start Streaming In 2022

Joining the streaming world in 2022? We find out if now is a good time to start streaming and which specifications and PCs are perfect for streamers of all levels

 

Should You Start Streaming In 2022?

 

The last two years have seen a huge rise in Twitch and YouTube streaming. With everyone in lockdown in 2020, both platforms increased their numbers for both streamers and viewers by the millions. Twitch saw a 69% increase in watch time, and YouTube doubled their watch time for streaming content. In 2021, these numbers did not slow down and grew by 13% according to Streamlabs, in a contrast to the comments made by industry experts who thought the pandemic increase was just temporary.

The question is - is now a good time to get into streaming or upgrade your kit and go professional?

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Should You Start Streaming In 2022?

If you are buying a gaming PC to get into live streaming on either Twitch or YouTube, then 2022 is absolutely the time to do it. If you've already started streaming and you just need to upgrade or change your setup, then the rest of this guide is going to very useful, and also give you an idea of how you can grow your streaming next year and beyond.

Live streaming platforms are growing and realising that there are new streamers coming aboard by the thousand. This means the technology that drives discoverability (the ability for viewers to find you and watch your streams) needs to improve and give newcomers a chance. Twitch is already trialling new methods to increase the discoverability of new streamers, and offers a much easier route to being found on their platform. YouTube have been changing their algorithms for years to compensate for the explosion in live streaming, now having much better traction for newcomers than Twitch.

There are, however, plenty of YouTube creators who will tell you it is not the best time to get started. These seem to be outliers, as the general consensus is - if you have something to share with the world, and keep creating high quality content, then you will see a measure of success.

Eagle Garrett, a full time streamer and Twitch partner said "Twitch just doesn't have a lot of good discoverability right now. Even though they're taking steps to try and improve some of that [..] they haven't done anything that is impactful enough to make Twitch a viable option to jump into and really get going,". With that said, Eagle Garrett also concedes that there are exceptions to the rule, and the ones who succeed on the largest streaming platform are the ones who plan their journey carefully.

How To Succeed On Twitch & YouTube

Most of the advice from naysayers is aimed at those wanting to begin live streaming and rapidly make a full time living from it, while those who want to take their time in creating quality content will have an easier journey. Gael Level - a creator and streamer with 110,000 subscribers on YouTube and 13,700 Twitch followers, advises new streamers to - "Try to do it as a hobby, and then, if it's something you really, really enjoy, you might be able to pursue it more professionally,".

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Gael's wide range of tutorials allow new streamers to not only get started but grow their following, improve their presence, and become successful in live streaming, and he is not alone in his opinion that streaming is still 100% viable in 2022.

One famous creator, Ludwig, has an enviable reputation on both live streaming platforms, with 2.24 million subscribers on YouTube, and over 3 million followers on Twitch. No stranger to the highs and lows of streaming, Ludwig provided his audience with his best advice for new streamers, and encouraged newbies to set achievable goals and understand why they wanted to be a streamer in the first place.

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Ludwig, and other professional creators like him, agree that as long as you have a good idea of what you want to stream and why, then you will be successful. Maybe you don't want to be the number one streamer on Twitch. Maybe you just want to build a community. Maybe you just want to have fun and play games. And live streaming really is a lot of fun.

Which PC Specification Is Best For Streaming?

The first thing you'll need is a gaming PC, of course, which is capable of not only playing games, but also transcoding footage and streaming it live to Twitch or YouTube. Processors and graphics cards have allowed gamers to do this since streaming began, so the current technology is now at a stage where any high quality gaming PC is already perfect for streaming high resolution video and audio to the internet, depending on your broadband package.

The main components that will allow you to stream quality video & audio are the motherboard, processor, your GPU and RAM (memory). As long as these meet a certain minimum, there is no reason you can't compete with any of the big streamers as far as quality.

As we all know, the very next logical step for any gamer in 2022 is to share their gaming footage online - be it Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Twitch or game streaming newcomer, Binge. Besides live streaming, most creators will want to edit their footage themselves and upload to video sharing platforms, so their PC really is a battlestation and workstation combined.

At CCL we have worked very closely with professional streamers and gamers to ensure our Custom Build PC specifications and Next Day Gaming PCs are able to play the top games and stream gameplay online, and handle any other workload they need.

Motherboard

There is no such thing as "the best streaming motherboard", but there are a few specifications that matter. As you need more from your setup, you'll also need more from your motherboard, so expansion is absolutely important. You will want a motherboard that has four DIMM slots for RAM upgrades, good connectivity for audio & video needs, capacity for high memory clock speeds, and fast interfaces such as PCIe 4.0. A nice-to-have is on-board Wi-Fi and high speed ethernet connectivity, too.

Processor

Your processor will be doing a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to streaming, so it is paramount you have a CPU that can multi-task with ease and transcode (convert game footage into video and transmit to a platform like Twitch) video without struggling to keep up. Chillblast wrote an in-depth article about the best processors for streaming, and we highly recommend it if you'd like to learn more.

If you want to stream gameplay, then a processor will need to juggle this workload. While gaming usually relies on single-threaded performance, you'll be need at least six cores and twelve threads to handle your gaming and transcode the video at the same time. The workload is distributed across multiple cores and threads, so having too few cores will possibly end up with lower resolution gameplay being sent to your viewers, or your gameplay stuttering due to heavy strain on the processor.

Overclocking is a great way to increase performance in a gaming PC, so having the ability to tune your processor with ease is a massive win. Most of the AMD chips allow you to overclock with little knowledge, and Intel also offers overclocking on the CPUs they designed for gaming. The difference is, with Intel CPUs there is a learning curve before you jump in, though they do now offer incredible support on Unlocked chips. Intel's guide on overclocking is a must-read if you're looking at increasing CPU performance.

AMD's B350, X370, B450, X470, B550, and X570 chipsets all offer support for overclocking, but if you go for an "A" series AMD chipset, you won't have this option. Intel only supports overclocking on their "K" series processors, and you'll need a "Z" Intel chipset motherboard that also supports overclocking. Note - when you're overclocking, you'll need a CPU cooler to reduce thermal output, so factor this in to any purchase. It does not come without risk, either, so a healthy amount of research

Graphics Card

Your graphics card naturally needs to take the burden of gameplay rendering away from the processor, so here you'll need a powerful modern graphics card that is capable of high performance, and will come in extremely useful for transcoding, too.

Nvidia NVENC (Nvidia Encoder) is a feature found in Nvidia graphics cards that performs video encoding, which takes the compute-intensive task away from the processor, and hands it off to a dedicated process in the GPU. NVENC is available on GeForce 600 series onwards.

VCE is AMD's equivalent transcoding solution, which until recently had a pretty bad press. NVENC is still capable of encoding 2.59 times faster than VCE, according to Parsec, but AMD have made improvements via their Adrenaline Update to address some concerns. The video below has a detailed comparison by YouTuber, EposVox, if you would like to know more about NVENC vs VCE:

Verdict: To get the best out of live streaming games, however, most professionals will recommend you use an Nvidia GPU just because it has incredible form in this department, and puts less strain on your processor. Whilst AMD are making improvements in this area, NVENC currently outperforms all other transcoding options. By using NVENC and OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), you will be able to stream at high bitrates and the best quality available.

Memory

8GB of RAM is enough for most streaming requirements, though when streaming more demanding games you may experience stream quality issues or lag, and you won't be able to have many large applications open that require a good amount of RAM to run. For a streaming PC, 16GB DDR4 RAM is recommended with as high a clock speed as you can get. OBS - the most commonly used streaming software - eats around 300MB RAM when using it to stream high quality game video, and chat windows may use around 200MB, too. Once you factor in any browser tabs you have open or running on a second screen, it soon mounts up. If you plan on running any capture software, audio editing applications or want to communicate with your followers/friends on other windows, then 32GB RAM is recommended to avoid any problems.

Which PC Is Best For Streaming

If you don't want the task of build a streaming PC yourself, then our custom built gaming PCs are what you need.

We've split our best streaming PCs up into three categories - Beginner, Advanced, Professional, and there's five PCs that we recommend for high performance gaming as well as live streaming in high quality resolutions, multi-tasking and even editing your footage using popular video editing software such as DaVinci Resolve.

Each of these PCs are Custom Built and come complete with Windows 10 and are fully covered under a MendIT® 3 years Warranty, which includes parts and labour. If your system fails due to any kind of hardware error in the first 30 days, your system is covered by a standard Collect & Return service. After these first 30 days, a fully qualified MendIT® engineer is dispatched on the next business day to repair your streaming PC onsite!

Note: All of these PCs are currently featured in our Christmas "Give the Gift of Gaming" curated deal collection, and you can see all of our festive deals by clicking here - Christmas Gaming PC Deals.

Beginner Streaming PC

This streaming PC specification is ideal for those just starting out in live streaming, but packs enough punch to ensure you are getting the best gameplay experience as well as your viewers being able to watch in high resolution.

 

Beginner Streaming PC

 

The Horizon 3 Intel GTX 1660 is designed to handle 1080p gaming and streaming, with an Intel Core i3 quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a GeForce GTX 1660 to provide excellent performance and an easy upgrade path, should you need it. By upgrading the RAM to 16GB DDR4 RAM for an extra £38 using our simple customisation options, you have the makings of a powerful streaming PC.

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Advanced Streaming & Gaming PCs

For those who will be playing more demanding games, these PCs are capable of handling AAA titles, Ray Tracing (Horizon 5 AMD RTX 3060) and all the bells & whistles of the latest releases.

 

Advanced Streaming PC

 

The Horizon 5 AMD GTX 1660 PC is a superb streaming PC, with an AMD Ryzen 5 hexa-core processor with overclocking capabilities, added memory with 16GB DDR4 RAM and Nvidia's powerful GeForce GTX 1660 that will handle all the latest titles at high resolution. The extra storage will enable you to store more games and video clips, and the fast SSD storage means your games and essential apps will load super-fast.

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Advanced Streaming PC

 

The Horizon 5 AMD RTX 3060 brings the world of Ray Tracing to your screen with an AMD Ryzen 5 hexa-core CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM with a clock speed of 3200MHz, and GeForce RTX 3060 with 12GB VRAM for stunning lighting and reflections in RTX games. More than enough for streaming at the highest quality, and with performance levels at the top end of benchmarks, the Horizon 5 is only a few steps behind our Nazare range of gaming PCs.

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Professional Streaming & Gaming PCs

If you aim to become a professional streamer, or you just want the best gaming and viewer experience, these two streaming PCs are what you need. The Nazare range of PCs at CCL are widely regarded as the absolute highest quality in terms of performance and reliability, with specifications that allow you to play the latest titles at the highest resolutions and speeds.

 

Professional Streaming PC

 

This specification sets the bar at the highest level for pro gaming and streaming, with the all new GeForce RTX® 3070 Ti affording you the most incredible gaming experience and performance. Coupled with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU and Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL 16GB DDR4 3200MHz, you have both overclocking and out-of-the-box power. For aesthetics you have complete RGB control, with memory, Corsair iCUE H100i Elite Capellix CPU liquid cooler, Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB ELITE Fan, MSI MPG B550 GAMING EDGE WIFI motherboard, and Corsair iCUE 4000X case illumination for an entirely immersive experience for both your viewers and you.

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Professional Streaming PC

 

Gaming excellence is personified with this extreme gaming and streaming system. The Nazare 7224 iCUE RTX leaves nothing on the table, offering bleeding-edge, raw gaming power in the shape of the 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 and an epic GeForce RTX® 3080 GPU, with games loading at top speed thanks to the top selling 1000GB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD. The ultra-reliable Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL 16GB DDR4 3200MHz memory includes ten bright, individually addressable RGB LEDs for custom illumination, as does the Corsair iCUE 4000X RGB case, which comes complete with three AirGuide RGB fans. To cool the CPU (and adequate cooling if you decide to overclock) you have the Corsair iCUE H100i Elite Capellix liquid cooler which also includes RGB lighting.

Topping things off with the super-fast 2,400Mbps Built-in Wi-Fi, extra storage in the massive 2TB Seagate BarraCuda HDD and durability of the MSI Z590 PRO WIFI RGB-enabled motherboard, you will want for nothing when you're gaming, recording & editing footage or live streaming in up to 4K resolution.

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