Building a Minecraft Streaming PC is Cheaper Than You Think!
Streaming Minecraft has become big business. The game is so popular now that thousands of people make a living publishing guides and tutorials on the game and from raking in the advertising dollars they generate, now you can join them as building a Minecraft streaming PC is easier than you think.
If you want to join their ranks and build a Minecraft Streaming PC read on and find out how you can build a system for around $550.
I’ve already looked at a budget-focused system to play Minecraft on but let’s take a look at what you need to stream the game.
Before you read any further let me just outline this is not a guide on how to stream Minecraft, just a recommended build that can handle streaming.
Playing Vs Streaming
As I showed with my sub $400 system Minecraft is not that demanding a game to play compared to some titles. When you’re streaming though there’s a few things to take into consideration.
Firstly streaming requires a good wired cable connection and the most important factor to consider is upload speed.
Streaming services will allow you to adjust the quality but if you want people to tune in and regularly watch your streams you’re going to want to provide them with as high a frame rate as possible and the best graphics you can manage.
Services like Speedtest will allow you to check your current speed.
Next, the CPU and graphics card on your Minecraft Streaming PC are going to be busy.
They will be working to display the game to your own screen, while at the same time managing the compression and coding of your gameplay to the streaming service.
As such I’d recommend a minimum of an i5 quad-core CPU.
This will take up a large chunk of the budget but along with the graphics card (and your internet connection) it’s one of the most important elements.
Given the recent announcements from hardware manufacturers ASRock and MSI on overclocking I would recommend investing in the Skylake architecture – Intel’s 6th generation of processors.
I’ve previously written about building a Skylake PC system for $500, so take a look if you want more information.
Building Your Minecraft Streaming PC
If you’re new to PC building, don’t fret! If you can build a Lego kit you can put a PC together. It’s that straightforward.
However, in case you need some guidance I’ve prepared a guide to help walk you through step by step, it’s pretty easy but I’ve prepared some short video tutorials.
Click the link in the top left of the below window to bring up a playlist, that shows you everything from installing a power supply, to a CPU fan.
The techniques and skill level required to build a Minecraft Streaming PC are no different from building a normal gaming PC.
As I mentioned above, choosing to build your own system will save you a bunch of money when compared to buying a pre-built system.
Minecraft streaming PC components:
Please note prices are subject to daily fluctuations.
- CPU: Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $183
- CPU Cooler: CPU comes with an Intel fan
- Graphics card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card $150
- Motherboard: ASRock Z170M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $80
- Hard drives: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5″ 7200RPMInternal Hard Drive $36
- Memory: Mushkin Essentials 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $42
- Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $30
- PSU: Cooler Master Elite Power 400W ATX Power Supply $30
If you’ve any questions about Minecraft Streaming PCs, would like recommendations on other components or hardware you could use, drop me a line on Twitter, send me a picture on Instagram, check out my Awesome board on Pinterest, or join my community on Facebook.
If you’re interested in leaving Windows behind and building a dedicated Steam Machine, see my earlier post for details on the best Steam Machine build for your budget.
If you want a simple to follow overview of how to put a gaming PC together, including short video tutorials, have a look at my guide.
So have you built one yet?
Have you managed to put together your own Minecraft Streaming PC yet? Got any questions on building one? Let me know in the comments or send me a message.
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