Short System Description
Slip Stream is an air-cooled workstation designed for live streaming custom PC builds. Our previous workstation had done very well, and was starting to show some serious age. This build is designed around a 6-core Ryzen 5 2600X processor and a GTX 1660Ti 6GB video card.
Long System Description
Slip Stream was our 41st build, several years into running the business. At this point, I’d gained a good handle on lead generation and overall marketing.
At this point in the business, we were regularly doing our PC builds on Facebook Live, and were starting to regularly see things related to production quality that could be improved on. While Facebook Live on a smartphone is fine for most people, it has some technical limitations.
Facebook Live (mobile) defaults to (and works best with) a vertical alignment. While this is fine for a 10-30 second on-the-fly video, it doesn’t work well for cinematic viewing (16:9 aspect ratio). Using your phone limits you to WiFi, which isn’t quite as good of a connection as ethernet. Lastly, directly using a video source within the Facebook Live app restricts you to a single video feed.
To provide better content for our viewers on social media, and to bolster our growing build schedule, we decided to construct a new workstation that would last a long time, gave us a wide upgrade platform, and worked well with our brand.
This new workstation allows us to use the typical cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio, is able to use several dedicated cameras with various preplanned angles, gives us a solid ethernet connection (better bitrate), and is built with long-term reliability in mind.
Hardware Selection Reasons
Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
I chose this processor for the high single-core and multi-core performance.
Ryzen 2000 offered a very competitive performance across the board. In addition to the attractive performance, we would be able to easily upgrade to a Ryzen 7 or even a Ryzen 9 as ours needs changed.
An Intel option may have been more powerful, but lacked a wide upgrade path, and cost more.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
I chose this CPU cooler for the excellent cooling performance of air. While water does cool better, air is more reliable, and this cooler also runs extremely quietly.
This cooler also looks nice in the case, making for a very sleek interior.
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro WiFi
I chose this motherboard for socket compatibility and robust design.
Gigabyte is also one of my preferred motherboard manufacturers.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x16GB DDR4-2666
I chose this memory kit for motherboard compatibility and robust design.
Corsair is also one of my preferred memory manufacturers.
Storage (SSD): Crucial P1 500GB NVME
I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Slip Stream was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 500GB model for OS, programs, and general storage.
Crucial is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.
Storage (HDD): Seagate Barracuda 2TB
I chose this HDD for robust design, high capacity, and low cost.
Seagate is also one of my preferred HDD manufacturers.
Video Card (GPU): Gigabyte GTX 1660Ti 6GB
I chose this GPU for long-term performance and robust design.
Gigabyte is also one of my preferred video card manufacturers.
Power Supply (PSU): SeaSonic Focus Gold 750
I chose this PSU for wattage, robust design, and long-term stability.
SeaSonic is also one of my preferred power supply manufacturers.
Case: Cooler Master MasterCase H500
I chose this case for robust design, airflow, and long-term stability.
Accessories: 2x HD60 Pro, Stream Deck Mini
I chose this capture card for robust design, PCI-based integration, and long-term stability.