On this page you will find a list of the hardware I use for gaming, streaming and making YouTube videos. Live streaming and video editing are particularly hardware intensive, especially with video games, so a well optimized setup is important. I am not an expert when it comes to computing hardware but over the past 5+ years I have had a fair bit of experience with what works (and what doesn’t!). I’m often asked what is the most important piece of hardware for streaming and YouTubing and it is, without a doubt, your CPU. Encoding is hard on CPUs, and a slow or inefficient CPU will be a massive bottleneck in video creation as well as making it impossible to stream with a good clear picture. Read on for the hardware I currently use.
I am now sponsored by AMD! I have been provided immense support by AMD in the form of a long term sponsorship including a PC that is custom built for high-end gaming, streaming and making YouTube videos. Through this sponsorship I am able to produce better gaming content more quickly, stream at higher qualities and play better games on higher graphics settings. Check out the video and list below to learn more about how AMD is helping to power ZiggyD.
CPU – AMD FX 8370
8 Core, 4.0/4.3 GHz processor. Overclockable with AMD Overdrive. Performance oriented towards intensive applications like video editing and streaming.
Graphics – AMD R9 Fury X (Crossfire Dual Cards)
Two AMD R9 Fury X linked together using Crossfire Technology. High end performance for 4k gaming and VR ready.
Motherboard – ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
RAM – 32GB Corsair DDR3 RAM
Plenty of RAM for the 50 or so browser tabs I usually have open at once.
Harddrives – 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD & 4TB WD Black
SSD for OS and games. Stream vods and videos are directly recorded to HDD to prevent bottlenecking.
Power – Corsair HX1200i
1200 Watt Fully Modular power supply.
PC Case & Cooling – Origin Genesis Case v2 with Origin PC Cryogenic Custom Liquid Cooling System
With Sentinel Lightning Control this case was provided by Origin PC in Australia, who built and tested this full setup in collaboration with AMD. This case is large and built to accomodate a dual graphics card setup with water cooling and plenty of fan cooling with space to spare. Oriented with HDD expansion bays in the front and cabling on top for easier management.
You can learn more about this sponsorship in my AMD Sponsorship announcement video.
Learn more about how I handle sponsorships and promotional content on my personal code of ethics page.