Is a Ryzen Gaming Streaming PC worth it?
Why am I upgrading?
As of September 2017 I have been using my I5 2500k for 5-6 years. The i5 2500k has been an amazing CPU that has stood the time of technology advancement. But now it is getting closer and closer to upgrading this relic of a PC. Don’t get me wrong it’s still a 1080p 60 FPS beast (for the most part), and surprisingly holds it’s own running poorly optimized games like PUBG. As of now, I have been looking into getting into streaming and more video editing and the 2500k can do it but I want to do it better, more efficiently, and faster
Obviously being an Intel fanboy I was looking at getting one of the Skylake or Kabylake CPU’s. But AMD Ryzen series caught my eye after building a Ryzen 5 1500 budget PC for a friend down the street.
TLDR conclusion at the bottom of post
Researching Ryzen for Gaming and Streaming
So I did the research and want to save you the time and hassle of doing all the research I have done and gather all my findings and thoughts into this short blog post.
At this point I have watched a ton of YouTube videos. Read a lot of first hand accounts, from Reddit, and Tom’s Hardware. The consensus from a lot of the benchmarks for gaming have Intel being more superior single core power as expected. Even though Intel is the more powerful CPU, AMD still holds it’s ground either being slightly behind Intel in FPS or sometimes even beating it out.
IT IS ALL SITUATIONAL STATS and I want to say that stats are way to close to even care about. Intel will beat out AMD in some situations and AMD will beat out Intel in other situations. This made me want to save some money and and consider getting the AMD chip. Plus the AMD chips will be more superior in multi tasking which is what I am shooting for in my next build. Theoretically all the extra cores and threads will make it easier for a Ryzen build to stream and game without too much strain on the CPU and dropped frames while using a streaming app like OBS.
Obviously I can’t personally attest to the capabilities of Ryzen streaming and gaming capabilities yet, since I don’t have the PC at the moment. But luckily we have many YouTube videos of people running the benchmarks for us. Here are a few videos for you to watch and decide for yourself.
In this video Linus Tech Tips Compares a few CPU’s with their streaming gaming capabilities. Make note that he is using all the top of the line hardware. But as you will see in the video that Ryzen encodes and plays games very well and had them come out on top for most statistics.
If you want to check out more Ryzen videos here is a YouTube link
Choosing X chip or non X Chip
Personally I decided to go non-x and overclock the regular 1600 chip. But if you don’t intend on overclocking then maybe you would want to consider the X chip for the slightly faster stock clocks.
Is a Ryzen Gaming Build for me?
A Ryzen gaming build is for you if:
- You want to stream and game on one PC rather than a a dual PCstream setup
- Save money. An Overclocked Ryzen 5 1600 can be comparable to getting a Ryzen 5 1700
- All the Ryzen Chips are unlocked and ready for overclocking
- Plan on doing intensive multitasking jobs such as editing videos, 3D rendering and such
- Don’t mind have weaker single core power than the Intel counterpart
- Want more cores! for maximum multitasking AKA lots and lots of Chrome tabs being open
The Build I will Personally Go with
All prices are dated from the post now and are from Amazon and Newegg, you may be able to find slight deals here and there.
- CPU: Ryzen 1600 – from $209-$215
- CPU Cooler: Be Quiet! Pure Rock $34.99
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM – $69.99 (When Choosing a motherboard go with a 350 or 370 for overclocking if you plan on OC)
- GPU: GTX 1060 ( I already own this part) Specifically it’s the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC $309.99
- HDD: SSD 120 GB – $40+ and 1TB HDD – $40+ I’m not picky with brand of HDD’s and SSD’s
- RAM: I chose 3200mhz as some tests have showed that it could have some effect, but why not have some fast ram anyways with the new build. Price depends on if you go 8gb or 16gb
- Case: I am choosing from Micro-Atx cases, which is why I went with a Micro-ATX gaming board. Now cases will be personal preference but the cases that I am considering are. The Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 Or the Panteks Enthoo EVolv for their sleek designs. Now maybe you don’t have the same taste as me, then no problem their are so many cases out there on Newegg, Amazon or Wherever you find your deals online or in-store.
- PSU: For the power supply I like to go fully modular for maximum cable management. I rarely look at the rating of the PSU such as bronze, titanium, Platinum or gold. I usually just look at the price and if it is fully modular. We can debate it out till we all die, but whatever this SeaSonic M12II will do.
Yes, Ryzen is great for gaming and streaming it handles the workload of a CPU intensive game and the encoding of a stream without a hitch and is totally worth it. Ryzen is less powerful than Intel as per usual, but the mid range Ryzen 5 series is great for the price and can compete with an i7 7700k. But just because Intel is the most powerful doesn’t mean the AMD is weak if they are only a few steps behind in terms of power.
If you are looking for max frames and not streaming on the same PC then Intel may be the way to go. I personally have decided to go AMD this time around as it will be more of a workhorse PC for me with streaming and video editing. Also, I believe that coming from the i5 2500k that the build I put together will do what I want and more for the next 5 years.
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