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Custom PCs for Streaming: Twitch, Mixer, & YouTube Broadcast

Video game streaming is becoming more and more popular as more players are getting involved, communities are growing, and the opportunity to make money has been proven legitimate. During the COVID-19 shutdowns, American-owned streaming platforms grew 57%, and in Q2 of 2020, 7.6 billion hours of streamed gaming was watched - an all-time high. The market is huge, growing, and you could have a piece of it.

Twitch, Mixer, and YouTube Gaming allow players to broadcast their gameplay to the world for free. It’s easy, fun, and all you need is the proper computer to pull it off. iNET-PC can help with that.

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Streaming PC Tiers

iNET builds custom PCs for gamers and streamers that fit their budget. No matter your game, style, or level of commitment, iNET can build a great streaming PC for you. There's never been a better time to start streaming, and iNET in Waukesha can help you get started.


The bare minimum for streaming. Best for people looking to get started with a tight budget.

Your standard streaming build. It's not the minimum requirements, but the recommended specs for a smooth streaming experience.

This PC can comfortably stream most games and is equipped with nearly the highest level specs.

This PC can do everything the High-End builds can and more. Will be able to run OBS & other streaming software concurrently. Will be able to run most recent games on the highest settings. Your favorite streamer is using something similar.


1660 TI

RTX 2060/2070

RTX 2080/2080 TI

RTX 2080 TI/RTX 30XX
CPU i5 10400 i5 10400 i7 10700k i9 10900k
RAM 16GB 16/32 GB 32GB 32/64GB
Motherboard Asus B460 Prime Asus B460 Prime Asus Z490 TUF Asus Z490 TUF

Dual PC Streaming Setup

As a disclaimer, this is not for those on a tight budget. It’s always better to get one PC with a faster CPU and GPU if you’re just starting out in streaming. As you might expect, a dual PC setup can easily be twice as expensive.

For those of you looking to make a serious investment in your streaming setup for the best possible performance, here’s how a dual PC stream setup works.

PC #1: The Game's PC

This PC is your central PC and you should approach building it as though you were building a PC just for gaming. It’s pretty straightforward. Just build a PC good enough to comfortably handle the most demanding games you want to play. We have a list of games people have asked us to build PCs for - check it out to get a better idea of what your intended game requires.

PC #2: The Stream's PC

Here’s where it gets a little tricky. This PC’s job is to encode and stream your gameplay, so it’s going to be built differently than your typical gaming PC.

There are 3 major points to recognize about this PC:

  1. Capture Card: You will need a capture card to record information from your gaming PC. Motherboards do not usually have video input devices on them. A capture card with HDMI and HD support will solve this.
  2. Less Power: Your streaming PC does not need to be anywhere near as powerful as your gaming PC. It's safe to say 4GB of RAM, a mechanical hard drive, and a low-end motherboard is all you'll need. With an i5 (or equivalent) and 60 fps, you should be set to stream on any of the major platforms.
  3. Graphics Card is NOT Necessary: The streaming PC will not need high-powered graphic capabilities. You can definitely get by with a CPU and an integrated graphics processor - just enough to output to a monitor.

That being said, you will need a second monitor for a dual PC setup. However, you can settle for a lower-end monitor.

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How it works…

The gaming PC’s graphics card will output the same data to your capture card as it does to your gaming monitor. The capture card will be the link between the gaming PC and the streaming PC. The streaming PC will take the streaming footage from the capture card and upload it live to Twitch, Mixer, or YouTube Gaming (which will be displayed on your streaming monitor).

how dual computer streaming setup works


Why iNET Business Computers are Better

  • Sleeker and FasterMass-produced PCs weigh you down with needless bloatware. Freed up disk space means faster boot-ups and more processing power for business software.
  • Customized PCYou have the final say on what goes into your PC. If you need extra storage space, a particular keyboard, or a battery of software for your job, we'll build your PC with those options installed.  If you don’t want to deal with the details, iNET’s techs will pick the best parts and software based on our intake meeting.
  • Milwaukee’s Best Computer WarrantiesAll our custom desktops get three-year parts and labor warranties. All laptops get one-year warranties, twice the length of industry competitors.
  • Immediate Responses: No Call Centers. No Wait times. In two rings of the phone or less, you’ll be speaking to a PC professional, someone who assembles and repairs custom computers like yours day-in and day-out.
  • Live, Local Tech Support: iNET offers unmatched IT support in the Milwaukee area. Our in-house technicians can normally complete major repair jobs in under 4 business days. 
Contact the computer and IT experts at iNET-PC to get a better streaming PC.

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