Building a beefy Streaming Rig + Render Server COMBO WOMBO (part 2)
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Building a beefy Streaming Rig + Render Server COMBO WOMBO (part 2)

I was unhappy with how my original build in
my Talos P1 RGB case review, and apparently so was YouTube – as the entire site had major
issues with processing videos, sending them to sub feeds, and etc. and virtually no one
saw that video when it initially posted compared to my normal releases. My full thoughts on the case itself will still
be contained to that video, so be sure to watch it first, if desired, but we’re going
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description. This build starts with the guts from my old
main rig, Zezima, that I used from September 2016 until January ish of 2018. This was one of my sponsored Intel rigs with
a Core i7-6900K and ASUS X99-A II motherboard. I loaded it up with 32GB of RAM for now – which
I can increase, albeit with mismatched kits, if desired later. For graphics processing, this rig is currently
rocking TWO Nvidia GPUs – the MSI Armor GTX 1080, and my old ASUS STRIX GTX 970 from my
old AMD FX Zarya build that my wife was using for a while. Sandwiched between them is an Aquantia 10
gigabit NIC, as once I expand my network a bit I want this to have full 10 gigabit access
to my NAS and etc. And lastly at the bottom I threw in the Elgato
4K60 Pro capture card. Thankfully there’s a good amount of USB
ports on this motherboard, as I will likely need more video inputs in time. The 6900k is being cooled by the Cooler Master
ML240r AIO, keeping it stupidly cool even under load. Why so much power? Well this rig actually serves dual purposes. It’s replacing my old AMD FX Zarya DaVinci
Resolve render server on top of my server rack. I’m moving it to Windows – which I know
makes some of you sad, but I use a lot of plugins that aren’t compatible with Linux
– and it’s also going to be a streaming rig, too. I used to do a lot of PC building and misc
IRL streams over at and I’m going to be returning to that soon ™. So
I wanted a rig that was capable of handling my Resolve Remote Render workload and a kickass
OBS streams when I’m working at the workbench. The OS and main recordings are handled on
a blazing fast ADATA XPG NVMe SSD, but bulk storage will be moved to my network storage,
as always. The only thing that might REALLY change here
are the GPUs – I may end up giving my wife the 1080 and taking the 980 out of her rig
and swapping it in here, but for now we’re sticking with this. After setting up the hardware and using black
duct tape to secure the other side panel since it won’t shut on its own – a big issue I
had during my review of the case – it was time to get cracking on a Windows install. Motherboard and chipset drivers, OBS and StreamLabs
OBS (just in case), Elgato and Aquantia drivers, Ninite for my core apps I always use. Core Temp to monitor CPU temperatures. I did run into a weird issue where only the
GTX 970 would be detected and drivers for the 1080 just refused to install. It seems Nvidia is distributing 10-series
drivers that require Windows 10 1809 specifically at the moment, and my Windows installer flash
drive was based on 1803. Thankfully once I got it updated and reinstalled
the drivers, both GPUs were detected and working. The second GPU won’t see much use for streaming
– as if I use GPU encoding it’s going to be on the Pascal card – but will help speed
up my Resolve renders. Changing my usual settings in Windows and
uninstalling or un-pinning all the bloatware, we’re good to go. This rig is powerful. In Cinebench, it scored almost 100 points
higher than my highest 8700K run so far. Should be great for OBS encoding and CPU-bound
resolve rendering. I’ll need to load it up with a couple USB
capture cards or webcams, and figure out audio for this setup, but I ended this project on
a much more satisfied note than I had left it in the last video. This is one of three streaming setups I’m
working on for my apartment this month. Get subscribed for more streaming guides and
to see the other setups – I’m pretty stoked. While you’re down there, click the link
to go follow me on Twitch, and maybe give the Like button some love. I’m EposVox, and I’ll see you next time.


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