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Last updated: November 2, 2022
Main Gaming Rig 2.0 2022
- PC: I went with a custom-configured pre-built PC from Xidax this time around. It was easier and more convenient for me to not build it myself, even with the slightly higher cost overall.
- CPU: Intel Core i9 13900k - 8 P-Core 16 E-Core/32 thread, 5.8GHz turbo clock - THE best gaming CPUs money can buy in Q4 2022. I don't currently have my CPU overclocked yet but check back to this page in the future to see what I've done, this thing can BOOST.
- GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming X Trio 24G - This card is UNREAL. The best graphics card ever (as of time of writing). Crazy rasterization performance and even better RT performance. Crazy expensive. This card makes 4k high-refresh-rate gaming a reality. Beats the 3090Ti by 25-50%.
- Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximum Z790 Hero - No joke, this thing is overkill for 99% of people out there, but it's unbelievably packed with features. Supports Intel 13th gen CPUs and DDR5 and PCI-E gen 5.0. Will allow overclocking to the moon.
- CPU Cooler: "Xidax Ultra RGB 360mm AIO" - All In One (AIO) closed water cooling loop. Has three 120mm fans to provide ample cooling to the 13900k (which is a chip that runs notoriously hot). It's just a rebrand of another popular AIO.
- RAM: 32GB (16GB x 2) G.Skill Trident Z6 6000MHz CL36- VERY fast RAM on the DDR5 platform. These sticks will overclock very well, and they look pretty nice in my case.
- SSD: 2TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus: Absolutely blazing read/write speeds (7100/6600MB/s) on one of the best Gen4 PCIe NVME SSD's money can buy. This thing is FAST! Will load games in an instant.
- HDD 1: 6TB Seagate hard drive - Carried over from the previous gaming build. I needed more storage for my livestreams, this seems to work great.
- HDD 2: 4TB Seagate hybrid drive - Carried over from the previous gaming build. highly recommend, huge storage and faster access to it than your standard HDD drive. Hybrid drives use a small SSD cache, for short term information, allowing for faster reading/writing speeds.
- PSU: "Xidax-approved 80+ Platinum 1200W" (aka BeQuiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1200W) - It's no surprise that a 13900k and RTX 4090 need a hell of a lot of power behind them. Up to 800-900W at full load! This PSU is a BeQuiet! unit that certainly gets the job done.
- Case: "Leviathan X White" (re-branded MetallicGear Neo Qube, a knockoff of the Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo) - Pretty cool-looking case. Not much else to say as I likely won't need to build much in it. But it fits the 4090 just fine and allows it to keep cool.
Stream PC 2022
Sim Racing Rig
-Intel i9 12900k
-ZOTAC RTX 3090 Trinity
-Asus TUF Gaming Z690 Plus Wifi
-EK-AIO 360 D-RGB CPU Liquid Cooler
-32GB CORSAIR Dominator Platinum DDR5 5600MHz CL36 RAM
-2TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 SSD
-Seasonic PRIME 1000W 80+ Titanium Power Supply
-Fractal Design Torrent case
- Mouse: G Pro X Superlight - INSANELY light, and wireless mouse. Got it so I could move it faster since it is lighter. The weight difference from the original G Pro Wireless is noticeable.
- Keyboard: G Pro X Keyboard - This isn't wireless but I enjoy it for the responsiveness. I use the brown switches which are also known as the tactile, non-clicky ones.
- Mousepad: Logitech G840 XL - Do yourself a favor and get a desktop mousepad that goes under the keyboard and mouse. For the most part these are all the same so just find something that is in your price range and as big as your desk has room for.
- Old Racing Wheel: Logitech G923 - Whenever I want to crush Fugglet in some F1, I use this awesome wheel/pedal combo from Logitech.
- Headset: Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset - This one is not crazy expensive, but the quality is way above average. I honestly forget that they are on my head. I use the FPS preset from G Hub for the EQ. The mic that comes with is also great, but I don't use it because I use the......
- Microphone: Shure SM7B Dynamic XLR Microphone - This is the ultimate broadcast-quality microphone. With the right amount of gain, and if you get close to it, you'll get that legendary "radio voice". It's XLR, not USB, so you will need an audio interface that has an XLR input. For streaming, it's perfect. This mic is notoriously quiet without an external pre-amplifier, so in order to make it loud enough, I had to buy a......
- Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator - The Cloudlifter is a piece of gear to boost the signal of a quiet dynamic microphone. It goes between your microphone and your audio interface. The SM7B needs a ton of gain, so this little preamp does it without making it static-y and noisy. Without the Cloudlifter, the SM7B would be unlistenably quiet. After the Cloudlifter, the chain goes into the....
- Roland AIRA VT-3 Voice Transformer - This device allows me to add special effects to my voice. My "Commanding Officer" voice effect is achieved using this device. It's a really fun way to add variety into my stream. Has many cool effects. After that, the signal chain finally ends up at the....
- GoXLR Mixer - This is what I plug my SM7B into in order to connect the microphone to the computer. Has a sample pad that I can add sound effects to. This audio interface is great for my specific setup, and has a software control panel as well as the knobs/faders on the device.
- Main gaming monitor: Acer Predator XB273U - My first experience with a 1440p 240hz display. This thing is amazing for high-action gaming. It's SO smooth! Unbelievable clarity in fast motion, at 1440p nonetheless.
- General purpose monitor: Asus VG27AQ - This used to be my main display. It's a 1440p 165 hz IPS display, that's G-SYNC-compatible with low latency... so a dream and no compromise for gaming in 1440p plus great for editing with more real estate.
- General purpose monitor: Acer V277U - 27", Solid matte 1440p , 75hz with the DisplayPort cable. 350 nit perfect for everything else that is not gaming. Great all-around monitor.
- Monitor Stand - Just love having the functionality of being able to move the monitors freely.
- eLink Pro Arm Rest - Don't always use it but quality sturdy rest for more movement.
- Chair: The Logitech Embody chair, by Herman-Miller* - Ultimate gaming chair, super customizable and incredibly comfortable and stylish. VERY expensive.
- Stream camera: Sony A7r II - This is what I use for my stream facecam. Way overkill, but this full-frame mirrorless camera is crispy for green screen even from far. I use the 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens that came with the camera.
- Boom Arm: Blue Compass Premium Tube-Style Broadcast Boom Arm - This is meant for a broadcast microphone (like the SM7B), but it works great to hold my A7r II. The camera is HEAVY but this manages it. DEFINITELY get the extension tube for this to have more flexibility.
- Off-stream camera: Sony A7 III - This is the camera I use off-stream, for any other video content or photo content for social media. This full-frame mirrorless camera offers great video performance as well as still photography performance.
- Camera lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art - I use this lens with the A7 III for video and photo off-stream. This lens produces BUTTERY smooth blur in the background, and is an amazing all-around lens for photos and video. The f/2.8 aperture lets in a lot of light.
- Camera lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art - This "prime lens" (a fixed-focal-length lens) shoots at an f/1.4 aperture, which allows me to take photos with super blurred backgrounds. It's super sharp and looks beautiful for portraits and more. Not used on my stream camera, used for off-stream photo content.
- Brio - this is not great, but it gets the job done. Have to constantly reset settings, it doesn't feel like true 60fps, but it does have a wide field of view. Most youtubers/streamers use this or C920. It will get the job done at a great price. Higher end options require extreme configurations and camera expenditures, with some good lights this will work well with a green screen.
- Studio Foam - I got this to help dampen the echoes the mic picks up, plus it helps keep the sound isolated in my room as to not disturb the rest of the house. This is 2 inch thick foam and was the best deal I could find.
- Studio lights - Great set of lights at a good price. The built in functionality and ease of use is why I would recommend these. Easy to set up. Crazy amount of control. Complete light coverage.
- Sony a5100 Camera - I don't use this APS-C mirrorless camera much anymore. Not the greatest as of today's standards for quality, and it will overheat during LONG video recordings. I originally got this on sale which is why I went with it. I need a new one or just use my phone.
- Router - The best router in the business when it comes to speed. It can handle anything you throw at it. With speeds up to 2.6 Gbps it helps with large file transfers.
- Green Screen - Custom made to fit my room, drops down from ceiling.
- Heart Rate Monitor App: This uses the apple watch to get my heart rate and allows me to add the browser into OBS.
- Uplift Desk: I got the largest possible stand up desk that I could get. It holds all my monitors plus camera and light gear!