We get lots of questions about streaming and professional gaming in our shop. As many gamers begin thinking about starting YouTube gamer channels or jumping into the world of Twitch, the need for quality equipment and information is growing.
Streaming and professional gaming can be a very lucrative business if it is done right. Our opinion on professional gaming/streaming rigs, is to run a single PC for gaming and streaming instead of separate PCs each dedicated to either streaming or gaming. If you put your money into a quality, beefed up rig to run both sides, you will be much happier.
Many people who choose to run two rigs usually come to that decision because of their situation. In the beginning, when they decide to become a professional streamer, they have an older system that they buy a couple of parts for to get it to a solid streaming performance level. Then they put a lot of money into a gaming rig that will play their games.
Now when you look at the price of these two paths, the money is about the same but the frustrations are different.
With the two PC setup where you are modernizing an older PC to handle your streaming and buying a new rig for gaming, you will also need a capture card. Most capture cards come with multiple drivers that tend to just work but not always work well. There is also a chance of major Windows 10 updates removing those drivers without any warning. Trying to keep your equipment synced between the two rigs is a constant battle. And, you will also be limited on the streaming software that you can use.
The single PC is going to need extreme components that cost more than a high end gaming rig but you won't need a capture card and you won't have the syncing headaches that come with the two rig setup. You also don't have to run double motherboards. If you put strong components in your rig built on a strong foundation from the beginning, you can avoid the double motherboard setup.
Our first streaming and professional gaming rig is based on the Intel i-7 Skylake architecture. This will give you a run-out-of-the-box experience. The learning curve with the Intel Skylake processors is smaller than working with a system running Haswell or the AMD FX line of CPUs. However, we will offer a Haswell system for the extreme gamers that are willing to do their own work under the hood. When the Rizen chips and Vega GPUs are released, we will also offer a Rizen/Vega system.
Take a listen to our podcast to hear our opinion on the two rig vs. single rig setup when it comes to professional gaming and streaming. We also give you tips on starting your streaming channel business including things like having a backup rig to keep you going when you have a failure in your main rig. Trust me, it will happen.
And as always, we don't build liquid cooled systems. Why?? Having a long experience with liquid cooled systems and weighing the pros and cons of air cooled vs. liquid cooled... We continue to land on the side of air cooled. Does this mean that we have to do extra homework to get the components right? You bet ya! But it saves a lot of money in the long run when you don't have to deal with hidden damages lurking in a liquid cooled system.
Much like a race car driver that equips his car with a nitrous setup and never really learns to drive for speed...he tends to rely on the brute force of the nitrous to get him to the finish line and eventually burns up his car in the process. Take the time to learn to drive smart.
I know it is easy to get lost in the sea of opinions out there so, let us know if you have any questions about streaming and professional gaming. We're here for you!