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Should I fix my streaming PC's USB issues or upgrade to something new?

Joakim from Sweden is having issues with his streaming PC rig and wants to know if to fix it or upgrade to something new

Question by Joakim from Sweden | Answered by Tyler Bernath in Computer Systems from Sep 4, 2019 @ 12:11 CDT

Hi!

I'm a streamer that currently uses my old build as a dedicated streaming PC. However, my gaming PC starts messing up every once in a while, with USB ports and slow load times so i think i need to replace my motherboard on that.

What would be the best decision for me? Is it worth keeping my CPU or should i upgrade that too? If i build a high-end Ryzen system, would i be able to get rid of my streaming PC, and keep the quality streams? Is it worth upgrading my GPU or should i wait for the next generation?

  • Gaming PC: ASUS Z270 Strix i7 7700K oc'd to 5.0GHz GTX 1080 Strix OC 32GB Vengeance DDR4
  • Streaming PC: Z97 Pro Gamer i7 4770 GTX 970 16GB DDR3

Thanks in advance!

Joakim,

I would start by trying to rectify the issue with your current "gaming" PC. Your symptoms of USB port issues and slow load times make me think you have an unstable overclock. Have you tried to run it stock to see if the issue clears up?

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In all honesty, your current gaming PC is a solid build and should be able to handle streaming without the need for the second machine; what is your current storage situation?

As for building a high-end Ryzen; if you want to go this route, I would suggest you start your build by budgeting for an X570 motherboard and R7 3700X or higher for the added cores and SMT. You can keep your 32GB of DDR4 if its at least 3600MHz and your GTX 1080 is still a capable GPU.

Assuming you are going to part out or sell your two current machines to pay for the Ryzen build, you should be very close to coming out even or at the most out of pocket by around $100 USD.

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