AMD produces multi-core CPU’s designed for streaming, and they’re affordable to boot!
Minecraft is beloved across the world and chances are, you’re one of the legions of fans looking to build a streaming gaming PC that’ll dominate online. You’re in luck because we’re going to reveal a gaming PC build (and CPU) that’s designed to do exactly that.
Streaming is a CPU killer because it requires multiple processes running concurrently. Your computer’s CPU is tasked with streaming and running Minecraft, as well as running recording software and streaming software which is extremely taxing on your CPU.
If your CPU isn’t designed to handle this, good luck enjoying your online gaming experience!
That’s where AMD multi-core CPU’s come in and save the day . . .
AMD 8-Core CPU [FX-8320]
Most of our readers are interested in building high-performance rigs on a budget. That’s why for this PC build, we’re going to choose an AMD CPU laser-focused on streaming performance and cost.
As a matter of fact, a good portion of our readers are interested in having us build out a streaming PC with AMD’s FX-8320 CPU. It’s actually a pretty good choice for this build considering it comes with a clock speed of 3.5 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) and 8 cores.
Streaming Minecraft with this CPU should be no problem!
Sure, Intel CPU’s beat the AMD CPU when it comes down to single-core performance but that’s not the most important here. We’re looking for multiple cores to handle many processes running at the same time.
What makes the AMD FX-8320 so attractive?
For one, it comes with an unlocked clock multiplier which gives you a powerful advantage for overclocking your CPU. On top of that, you can tailor it to your needs, whether that’s performance, low noise, or efficiency.
Below are some of the specs:
CPU Socket Type = Socket AM3+
Cores = 8
Threads = 8
L2 Cache = 4 x 2MB
L3 Cache = 8MB
Die Shrink = 32nm
Thermal Design Power = 125W
Cooling = Heatsink and Fan Included
Minecraft (the actual game) doesn’t stress the CPU, it’s the streaming part that really tests the CPU’s capabilities. In combination, it’s all over if your rig isn’t designed and equipped with the right hardware. This includes the GPU as well.
Basically, your hardware is going to be performing a couple of high-stress functions at the same time. One, it manages the coding and compression of the gameplay to the streaming service. Second, it’s constantly working to display the game to your screen.
Hence, a CPU with multiple cores is the only way to go . . .
That’s why it’s always important to understand what types of games you’ll be playing and whether or not you’re going to be streaming, prior to planning your rig build.
As with any streaming device you have around the house, we always recommend a wired connection. On top of that, make sure that your upload speed is at least 5 Mbps, although we really recommend 10 Mbps.
To check your upload and download speeds, go to Google Fiber Speed Test. We’ve found that it’s pinpoint accurate.
The configuration below (prices subject to change) is going to give you the performance you need to stream Minecraft. Rest assured that we’ve checked compatibility on all the parts so you don’t have to. And, as always, you’re more than welcome to change a few things up based on your budget and needs.
CPU = AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz 8-Core Processor – $398
CPU Cooler = Noctua NH-D15 – $93
Motherboard = Asus M5A78L-M PLUS/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ – $99
Storage = Seagate 500GB 3.5″ 5900 RPM – $25
Video Card = AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 4 GB – $245
Case = HEC HX320 ATX Mid Tower Case – $38
Although the AMD FX-8320 does come with a heatsink and fan cooler, we highly recommend an AIO such as the one we’ve spec’d out. The stock fan cooler is OK but you’ll need something a little more substantial to really take advantage of this CPU and get the maximum performance.
Can the AMD FX-8320 Gaming PC Build Handle Minecraft Streaming?
A little pre-planning prior to building your gaming rig is essential.
Every game has a set of minimum hardware requirements. Understanding the games you like or want to play allows you to design your gaming PC accordingly. Throw streaming into the mix and now it’s supercritical that you methodically go through and handpick each and every component.
Perhaps your gaming PC also doubles up as a personal computer or video editor. It’s something else you need to think about when you plan your build.
Do this right and you’ll have a high-performance gaming PC that you won’t have to touch for years . . . your only focus will be dominating Minecraft online!