Best Streaming PC 2020 (budget & live office/gaming)

Jacob Jacob 11 June 2020
Best Streaming PC 2020 (budget & live office/gaming)

Live Streaming has gotten mainstream these days. Popular sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch heavily supported this form of media. It became profitable for content creators and relevant companies. With this in mind, it is no surprise that some of us shifted to this art as our main source of income. If you are planning to build a career in live-streaming, you will need the necessary tools. So better stick around as we take a look at the top five streaming PCs available on the market today. We made this list based on our own opinion, research, and customer reviews. We’ve considered their quality, features, and values when narrowing down the best choices possible.

5. SkyTech Archangel

Best Streaming PC 2020 (budget & live office/gaming)The SkyTech Archangel is the second cheapest streaming PC on our list. Regardless of your content, this unit is capable of handling anything you throw at it. It comes with a processor that is powerful enough to handle video games and live streaming simultaneously. It also has a beefy graphics card that ensures a smooth render of your content. Under the hood, you will find a 3rd generation Ryzen 5 3600 with 6 cores, a GeForce GTX 1650 with 4-GigaByte GDDR5 of VRAM, 8-GigaByte DDR4 3000MegaHertz RAM, and all of that powered by an 80 Plus Certified 500-Watt power supply. There is more to highlight in terms of the SkyTech Archangel's hardware components. Still, none of those have much relevance in terms of streaming performance. We can assure you that this PC will provide smooth 60 plus frames per second on a 1080p resolution if your content is to live stream your gameplay.

Its pros are:

  • It is built with the latest hardware components
  • It comes with an SSD for a fast & responsive system
  • It has pre-installed Windows 10 64 bit OS
  • It is aesthetically-pleasing with its white case and fans

However, the cons are:

  • It has no streaming camera included
  • It also doesn’t have a monitor and a capture card

But if you are looking for an affordable PC that runs games and live-streams your gameplay simultaneously, then the SkyTech Archangel is a strong contender to beat. You will not be spending over a grand for this unit, which is a plus. Furthermore, if you find this unit appealing, you have an option to upgrade your graphics card to either GTX 1660 or RTX 2070, but of course, it will cost you more.

4. SkyTech, the Shadow

Best Streaming PC 2020 (budget & live office/gaming)SkyTech Shadow offers almost identical performance and hardware components found on the Archangel. The only difference is that the previous unit uses a more powerful processor, which ultimately makes the system slightly more expensive. The SkyTech Shadow, on the other hand, uses a somewhat inferior processor that makes this unit cost far less, making it the cheapest streaming PC on our list. Under the hood, it runs on the 9th generation intel i5-9400F processor with 6 cores. It also has a GeForce GTX 1650 with 4-GigaByte GDDR5 of VRAM and 8-GigaByte DDR4 3000MegaHertz RAM. All of that is powered by an 80 Plus Certified 500-Watt power supply.

Its pros are:

  • It comes with the latest hardware components
  • It has an SSD for a fast & responsive system
  • It also has a pre-installed Windows 10 64 bit OS
  • It has a visually-pleasing black case and fans

However, the streaming camera and monitor are not included. If you prefer the Intel processor than AMD and have a limited budget, then the SkyTech Shadow is perfect for you. In real-world scenarios, there is not much difference in terms of streaming performance and multitasking between the Intel i5-9400F and Ryzen 5 3600. So deciding between the two will all go down to personal preference

3. CyberpowerPC Elgato Stream Machine Pro ESMPRO100

Best Streaming PC 2020 (budget & live office/gaming)This PC is intentionally built for streaming purposes. CyberPowerPC has collaborated with Elgato, a famous brand that designs hardware and software for content creators. Other major brands contributed to craft this unit masterfully. It has everything you need to be a content creator streamer. All you have to do is plug it up to start streaming. It comes with high-end hardware components to handle any form of content, rendering, and live streaming all at the same time. The system is even liquid-cooled to keep the unit's performance at peak.

Under the hood, you will find

  • a 9th generation Intel i7-9700k which is overclockable
  • 16 GigaBytes of DDR4 3000Mhz RAM, 240-GigaByte SSD
  • a massive 2 TeraBytes of HDD
  • a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with 6 GigaBytes of GDDR6 VRAM
  • an Elgato HD60 Pro capture card and more

The Elgato HD60 Pro enables this PC to stream and record your content simultaneously. It is a kind of hardware that optimizes video capture with a dedicated encoding to bring your live stream content to professional quality.

Its pros are: 

  • It includes Elgato HD60 Pro Capture Car
  • It comes with high-end components
  • It has both SSD and HDD for a responsive system and vast storage
  • It comes with a free keyboard, mouse, and headset

However, the cons are:

  • It is expensive
  • Streaming camera and monitor are not included

If you’re looking for a custom-built PC that is ready for streaming then we highly recommend checking out the CyberpowerPC Elgato Stream Machine Pro. It has everything you need for hassle-free content creation.

2. Elgato Stream Machine Elite ESME100

Best Streaming PC 2020 (budget & live office/gaming)Similar to product number 3, this PC comes with higher specifications. It has a much better capture card called Elgato4K60 Pro Game. If you are looking for a PC that offers the best performance that you will ever find on the market, this system will be one of the top contenders. In terms of gaming, the most used computer resource is the graphics card. However, once you start streaming your gameplay online, it will push your computer resources limits. This includes rendering, recording, and encoding while playing video games. And because of that, it tends to push the capabilities of your computer system. And that is why having the appropriate component for the job is crucial.

Under the hood, you will find

  • the 9th generation Intel i7-9800x with 8 cores and overclockable processor
  • a whopping 4 terabytes of hard drive storage
  • 1 TeraByte of NVMe SSD
  • 32 GigaBytes of DDR4 RAM
  • GeForce RTX 2080 with 8 GigaBytes of GDDR6 VRAM
  • an Elgato 4K60 Pro Game capture card
  • and a pre-installed Windows 10 64 bit operating system

Its pros are:

  • It comes with top of the line hardware components
  • It has high-end capture card included
  • As well as free keyboard, headphone, and mouse
  • It has a liquid cooling system for optimal performance

However, the cons are:

  • This PC costs a lot
  • It has no monitor included

So if you are looking for a computer unit that offers the latest and advanced hardware components with one of the best capture cards for streaming, then look no further than the Elgato Stream Machine Elite. It is a great PC that can handle any task you throw at it.

1. CUK Stratos Mini Monoblock

Best Streaming PC 2020 (budget & live office/gaming)The Stratos Mini Monoblock by Computer Upgrade King is by far one of the best PCs on the market. Whether you use it for rendering, encoding, photo and video editing, streaming, gaming, or all of those simultaneously, this PC can handle it as easy as ABC. No matter what purpose you use the computer for, it will do the job without a hitch. One of the key aspects that makes the CUK Stratos Mini Monoblock a league of its own is its compact size and custom liquid cooling. Other than that, the case included ensures that the system is cooled correctly at all times, enabling the PC to be at optimal performance 24/7.

Under the hood, you will find

  • a 3rd generation Ryzen 9 3950X with 16 cores. That is the world’s most powerful 16-core processor
  • 64 gigabytes of DDR4 3200Mhz RAM
  • 2 terabytes of NVMe SSD
  • another 2 terabytes of HDD
  • a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with 11-gigabyte GDDR6 VRAM
  • a gold-certified 650-watt power supply
  • a pre-installed Window 10 64 bit operating system

Its pros are:

  • It has top of the line hardware components
  • It comes with a free keyboard and mouse
  • It is a compact and space-saving unit
  • It is water-cooled for optimal system performance

However, the cons are:

  • It is expensive
  • It has no monitor and capture card included

If you want a unit that can do more than just streaming, then the CUK Stratos Mini Monoblock is the ultimate choice. It is a PC that sits on the top of the hierarchy. And that’s all for our top five streaming PCs on the market.

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