Two PCs. Streaming Question How-to

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Hardware' started by hyt3k9, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. hyt3k9

    hyt3k9 2[H]4U

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    I've scoured the internet, and to no avail..
    I'm trying to use my current-gen gaming system and my last-gen gaming system to create a mullti-desktop streaming settup with or without my capture card. I've listed below my entire specs on both rigs as well as the "extras" I have purchased to mix them together to create this platform.

    I would like to use gaming PC as main gaming rig with no loss of frames or stuttering/tearing
    I would like to use the second PC to run all the necessary streaming broadcast software, microphone and both webcams to take load off the gaming PC
    I would also like to record each stream locally and to Twitch (Service I will be broadcasting to, also other services known that can be mentioned are a plus)

    My internet connection speed is 200Mbps down and 20MBps up (Spectrum, Central Ohio region)

    Specs
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    Main Gaming PC
    Intel Core i7 7700K [Kaby Lake] @ 4.6Ghz
    NXZT Kraken X62 CPU Cooler
    ASUS Maximus IX HERO
    16GB G.Skill Trident DDR4 @ (10% OC)
    500GB Samsung 960 EVO SSD
    (4x 4TB WD Purples = 12TB Storage Pool)
    nVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti @ (Stock)
    800W Seasonic Prime PSU
    Be quiet Dark Base Pro 900
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64, build # 1804


    Second PC (Retired, previous gaming)
    Intel Core i7 960 [Bloomfield] @ (Stock)
    Coolermaster Hyper 212X Turbo CPU Cooler (New, just added)
    ASUS Rampage III Formula, BIOS 903
    16GB G.Skill Sniper DDR3 @ (stock)
    256GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
    (2x 10TB Seagate Heliums = 20TB Storage Pool)
    MSI nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti @ (stock) – (New, just added)
    Corsair AX 960i PSU – (Previously in my home server box)
    Cooler Master 690 II Plus
    Windows 10 Pro x64, build #1804


    Extras:
    (2) Logitech Pro C920 1080p webcams w/ boom arms (One for face & one for keyboard)
    Yeti Pro Microphone w/ boom arm
    Plantronics GameCom 780 Gaming Headset with Surround Sound
    Elgato HD60 Capture card (external)
    (2) Asus VX238 24” monitors with dual HDMI outputs
    Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical keyboard, Brown MX switches
    Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming mouse
    Synergy 2.0 VM KVM


    I want to use Steamlabs OBS as Steaming client
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2018
  2. BassTek

    BassTek [H]ardness Supreme

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    So what's the question? There is a tutorial on the Twitch site that covers most of the basics - https://help.twitch.tv/customer/portal/articles/1988680-broadcasting-with-two-computers Otherwise you can go a bit deeper and use Voicemeeter banana to really control audio input/output. That will let you control if viewers hear your Discord chat or not.

    The only other issue is if you have a high refresh main display you will have to tweak things a bit to minimize tearing on the 60hz capture card. Some people don't care though.
     
  3. hyt3k9

    hyt3k9 2[H]4U

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    These were the questions.

    -I would like to use gaming PC as main gaming rig with no loss of frames or stuttering/tearing
    -I would like to use the second PC to run all the necessary streaming broadcast software, microphone and both webcams to take the load off the gaming PC
    -I would also like to record each stream locally and to Twitch (Service I will be broadcasting to, also other services beyond Twitch I could use to use as a streaming platform

    I, of course, checked out the Twitch page, but as you mentioned, it's just the basics.
    I want to go a bit deeper

    Thanks.
     
  4. BassTek

    BassTek [H]ardness Supreme

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    The twitch article covers all of your main points though so use that as a starting point and then run some test streams and recordings. Once you run a few streams you will know what problems you need help with specifically.

    Otherwise set your CPU to handle the stream encoding and use the GPU for the recording encoding. Play with the presets until you find the best mix of quality vs resource consumption. A good stream bitrate to shoot for is 6 Mbps and recording around 40-50 Mbps.
     
  5. pendragon1

    pendragon1 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    those are all statements not questions. read the twitch guide.