Question Dedicated streaming PC with old hardware or just use a 3900x?

Aug 6, 2019
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I had an old PC around that I decided to take apart to see if I can repurpose components to build a dedicated streaming PC.

What I have in hand is:

Intel i5 4590 (4 cores at 3.30 Ghz boosting to 3.70 Ghz)
2x 8 GB Crucial Ballistix 1600 Mhz C9
GeForce GTX 770

The motherboard I have to scrap because it was a MicroATX with only one PCIe slot for the GPU, so I cannot use it to mount a capture card to it.

I've been looking around at Ryzen builds and I keep coming in at least $250-300 to replace the motherboard, CPU, Case, not to mention maybe upgrading RAM. This plus the capture card puts me in at least $500. Buying an LGA1150 motherboard to fit this i5 processor seems like a dumb idea, considering it has been phased out for a while.

On the other hand, I currently have a 3700x that I can sell and the 3900x is going for $400 right now, meaning I might end up paying $200 when I factor in the sale of the old CPU.

I don't know if the latter is the best route to go. I like the idea of having a second PC, but I did not want to spend $500 to get it. I'm just wondering if the 3900x is the better option, considering that is the only component I have to upgrade, which greatly reduces the cost.

Any suggestions?
 

Nemesia

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That Amazon 3900X deal is amazing. 409 instead of 499. Look I'm not gonna tell you to buy that 3900X because it's a 12 cores 24 threads. The 3700X can do the job too.

You would need a X570 board or a B550 releasing soon if you want to upgrade to a Ryzen 4000 series down the line. You would need some 3600MHz CAS16 RAM too.
 
I had an old PC around that I decided to take apart to see if I can repurpose components to build a dedicated streaming PC.

What I have in hand is:

Intel i5 4590 (4 cores at 3.30 Ghz boosting to 3.70 Ghz)
2x 8 GB Crucial Ballistix 1600 Mhz C9
GeForce GTX 770

The motherboard I have to scrap because it was a MicroATX with only one PCIe slot for the GPU, so I cannot use it to mount a capture card to it.

I've been looking around at Ryzen builds and I keep coming in at least $250-300 to replace the motherboard, CPU, Case, not to mention maybe upgrading RAM. This plus the capture card puts me in at least $500. Buying an LGA1150 motherboard to fit this i5 processor seems like a dumb idea, considering it has been phased out for a while.

On the other hand, I currently have a 3700x that I can sell and the 3900x is going for $400 right now, meaning I might end up paying $200 when I factor in the sale of the old CPU.

I don't know if the latter is the best route to go. I like the idea of having a second PC, but I did not want to spend $500 to get it. I'm just wondering if the 3900x is the better option, considering that is the only component I have to upgrade, which greatly reduces the cost.

Any suggestions?
3900x all the way IMO. Even using a 3700x you shouldn't have much issue. I stream and game on a 9900k and don't lose many frames. A 3900x will upgrade your current system, versus wasting money on an outdated PC that will serve no other purpose than to stream.
 

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