Video game streaming (also known as game broadcasting) is now more popular than ever, with streaming websites such as Twitch and YouTube allowing anyone to broadcast themselves playing video games live to the world. It has also become an incredibly simple thing to do, as long as you have the proper hardware and know-how.

This guide is your one-stop-shop for building a computer to stream games online. We’ll explain what you need to do in order to stream online, what PC hardware you’ll want to use in your build, and how to get the best possible performance out of that hardware.

Clear, high-framerate, low-lag streams are one of the keys to being a popular streamer. This guide will show you the PC hardware you need to produce a high-quality stream.

In Section 1, we’ll review a number of Example Streaming PC Builds. If you want to explore a two-PC setup (only recommended for hardcore streamers), also check our sub-section on the Two-PC Setup.

In Section 2, we’ll go in-depth on how to properly set up your PC and Optimize for Streaming.

In Section 3, we'll cover a number of recommendations for crucial Peripherals.

In Section 4, we wrap things up with a discussion of Lighting and Backdrops.

After you've built your machine and optimized everything, we also offer some help on the software side of Setting Up Your Stream.

Also, you'll need to make sure your internet upload speed is fast enough to stream. If you're not sure your internet is fast enough, go to our Upload Speed sub-section.

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