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I have $850 to spend on an Intel based computer, built mainly for the use of live streaming with this capture card, so everything must be compatible:
http://www.amazon.com/Blackmagic-Design-Intensity-Pro-Capture/dp/B001CN9GEA

I'm not going to be using it for any sort of gaming, just strictly streaming, recording, and video editing. Thanks <3
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The below modified from my post in: http://www.overclock.net/t/1243789/going-for-a-2nd-stream-build-need-video-card

I'm not entirely up on what kind of hard drive speeds you'll need if you're saving a large raw video files to your computer (rather than just streaming them out, where you should be fine). I think certain types of recording to your computer can benefit from RAID for fast hard drive access times. But frankly, that's above my knowledge base.

Build total before rebates & including shipping: about $755

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Yeah, that's by and large true for microcenter, but they tend to draw people in on really good CPU+mobo deals, then overcharge everything else.

Running SC2 & streaming very high quality on the same machine you should get an i7-2600k & overclock it. The only superior solution would be $400 more. The extra speed from overclocking will actually be a big help for your purposes.

Build:

CPU: i7-2600k
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57960&vpn=BX80623I72600K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1259
When in stock (often not the case), Microcenter often has these on sale for $50 or even $100 less. If there's a microcenter near you, call ahead and see if they have one in-store. If so, sweet bonus.

Motherboard: MSI z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130646
Some Microcenter has motherboard combo deals if you buy a CPU from them. If you can get a Z68 or z77 board from them for significantly less than $100, it can fit in this space instead. Though I'd stick to the brands: Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte, MSI.

CPU Cooler: HR-02 Macho - good performance and quiet, not as cheap as a slightly louder Coolermaster 212:
http://www.amazon.com/ThermalRight-HR-02-MACHO-Thermalright-Macho/dp/B005ERSN7G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334522473&sr=8-1

RAM: 2x4gb g.skill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546

Video Card: Integrated graphics.

Case: haf 912 (best of the budget cases)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC%2D912%2DKKN1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1259

Power Supply: Antec earthwatts 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
Overkill but on sale... this week. Next week the recommended PSU will likely be different. Does not come with a power cord. Don't forget the promo code.

HDD: 2TB 7200 RPM Drive
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=66010&vpn=ST2000DM001&manufacture=Others&promoid=1259
You probably don't need 2TB, but it's pretty cheap @$110. You can get 1TB for $90 or 500gb for $75 at the same website.

SSD: You could get a tiny SSD for your OS, but frankly, I don't see it improving your experience much.

DVD drive (if you don't have one)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW%2D24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1259

Note: Windows/monitor/mouse/speakers/other peripherals not included.

If you don't have a power cord for the earthwatts:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=3104&vpn=PWR&manufacture=nGear%20Technologies%20Inc%2E
Edited by MisterFred - Today at 2:10 pm View History

Your capture card can fit in the first, second, third, or 5th expansion slots. If you get a video card later, put the capture card in the 5th slot and the video card in the 2nd slot.

P.S. I picked a motherboard a tiny bit more expensive that has all three major video outs for integrated graphics (VGA, DVI, HDMI).

P.P.S Specials change. The PSU might be $20 more tomorrow.

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The below modified from my post in: http://www.overclock.net/t/1243789/going-for-a-2nd-stream-build-need-video-card
I'm not entirely up on what kind of hard drive speeds you'll need if you're saving a large raw video files to your computer (rather than just streaming them out, where you should be fine). I think certain types of recording to your computer can benefit from RAID for fast hard drive access times. But frankly, that's above my knowledge base.
Build total before rebates & including shipping: about $755 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Yeah, that's by and large true for microcenter, but they tend to draw people in on really good CPU+mobo deals, then overcharge everything else.
Running SC2 & streaming very high quality on the same machine you should get an i7-2600k & overclock it. The only superior solution would be $400 more. The extra speed from overclocking will actually be a big help for your purposes.
Build:
CPU: i7-2600k
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57960&vpn=BX80623I72600K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1259
When in stock (often not the case), Microcenter often has these on sale for $50 or even $100 less. If there's a microcenter near you, call ahead and see if they have one in-store. If so, sweet bonus.
Motherboard: MSI z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130646
Some Microcenter has motherboard combo deals if you buy a CPU from them. If you can get a Z68 or z77 board from them for significantly less than $100, it can fit in this space instead. Though I'd stick to the brands: Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte, MSI.
CPU Cooler: HR-02 Macho - good performance and quiet, not as cheap as a slightly louder Coolermaster 212:
http://www.amazon.com/ThermalRight-HR-02-MACHO-Thermalright-Macho/dp/B005ERSN7G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334522473&sr=8-1
RAM: 2x4gb g.skill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546
Video Card: Integrated graphics.
Case: haf 912 (best of the budget cases)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC%2D912%2DKKN1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1259
Power Supply: Antec earthwatts 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
Overkill but on sale... this week. Next week the recommended PSU will likely be different. Does not come with a power cord. Don't forget the promo code.
HDD: 2TB 7200 RPM Drive
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=66010&vpn=ST2000DM001&manufacture=Others&promoid=1259
You probably don't need 2TB, but it's pretty cheap @$110. You can get 1TB for $90 or 500gb for $75 at the same website.
SSD: You could get a tiny SSD for your OS, but frankly, I don't see it improving your experience much.
DVD drive (if you don't have one)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW%2D24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1259
Note: Windows/monitor/mouse/speakers/other peripherals not included.
If you don't have a power cord for the earthwatts:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=3104&vpn=PWR&manufacture=nGear%20Technologies%20Inc%2E
Edited by MisterFred - Today at 2:10 pm View History
Your capture card can fit in the first, second, third, or 5th expansion slots. If you get a video card later, put the capture card in the 5th slot and the video card in the 2nd slot.
P.S. I picked a motherboard a tiny bit more expensive that has all three major video outs for integrated graphics (VGA, DVI, HDMI).
P.P.S Specials change. The PSU might be $20 more tomorrow.

Why get a z77 when you have SB CPU, there will be no benefit unless you plan to upgrade? Which is kinda pointless if you already bought a new SB.
Stick with z68 or get Ivy and the z77.
Power supply, I would wait for a 430cx at that price.

Also, would you want at least something like a 6450 type card for streaming, or does it not matter?
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^ Both wrong. 430cx is a cheap unit for a reason, underrated 12v rail. Corsair needs to bring the 400w

First guy - 650w is extremely overkill for his build. And as the 2nd guy said, the Z77 is pointless. 2600k a bit much for an $850 build.
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@hybleaf Streaming takes only CPU resources. The GPU is only needed to play the game. Since the game is on another computer, no reason for a video card.

@Confessed. Check out the OP's purpose for building the computer. Streaming benefits from hyperthreading, and there's no video card needed. For the OP, sure an i5-2500k will work. But the i7-2600k will allow you to stream at a higher frame rate @1080p resolution.

The z77 and the power supply aren't losing you anything. See below.

Powersupply. Fair enough point. I don't like to recommend the Corsair 430w system because for a few unlucky users it develops coil whine, which is harmless to your computer but irritating. The Rosewill Green 530w is also on sale this week, which could drop the price another $10. Just to clarify, the computer will use only a tiny amount of power, WELL under 200w, I'm sure, but there aren't really any good sub-400ish watt power supplies. The earthwatts 650 is massive overkill, it's true. Then again, so is a 400w power supply. And the earthwatts is one of the least expensive quality units since this week isn't offering a lot of hot PSU deals.

There's not a lot of difference between Z68 and Z77 for sandy bridge, it's true, but neither is there much of a difference in price. The real reason I default to z77? Less stuff to look through, and onboard USB 3.0 headers standard. Not much use with the haf 912. But who knows, maybe OP secretly has his eye on some fancy modern case with USB 3.0 on the front like the Zalman z9 or something. Dropping to z68 would lose save $10 at most anyway.

Waiting for ivy bridge means waiting, and with the rumors that sandy bridge is a better overclocker, I wouldn't worry much about losing the possible minor performance benefits.
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