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Creator: Lugignaf February 20, 2017 11:30am

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So, I'm working on being able to record/stream sometimes, and whenever I do, I have a ridiculous amount of dropped frames. What part would make that happen less? And then, what would be a good part and how would I install it? :s

Any help would be appreciated.
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It would be helpful to know what your current PC specs are, what software you're running, bitrate, and all that jazz. It could be connectivity issues for the streaming, but the recording leads me to believe that it's hardware.
Also, when you say dropped frames, do you mean in post or on your actual games as you try to play?
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FatelBlade wrote:

Also, when you say dropped frames, do you mean in post or on your actual games as you try to play?


All in post. There's some issues with frames dropped in actual games, but those are exceptionally rarer.

As for the specs, I'm running Windows 10 64 bit, 10 gigs of RAM, 3.10Ghz processor? That's the one I'm least sure about. Graphics card is less important because I'm not planning on upgrading that for a while. If there's anything I missed, please tell me. I'm not really sure what I'm doing here. :/
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Hold the Windows Key + R to open up the Run Prompt, and type in 'dxdiag'. Once here, take a SS of each screen and post them to find out what parts are in exactly. Need more info on whats inside.
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Here it is. Keep in mind it's a few years old at this point, so that's why some of the stuff isn't up to snuff.


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Just from what I can see and my limited knowledge, your CPU is your bottleneck. Both streaming and recording are CPU intensive, not sure exactly what, I think it has to do with 'grabbing' the frames for streaming and recording. Your CPU ranks a 3650 CPU Mark off of CPUBenchmark. In comparison, the CPU I recommend people get nowadays scores 7826 on the same site.

It may not solve the issue, and getting help from some more qualified people first may prove prudent, but I would say that's the first thing to upgrade.

I also checked your GPU, and it ranks at 1926, while the GTX 970, the base card I would say anyone should get for a build, gets a 8589. The GTX 1070, the cheaper of two new cards that were released gets a 10958.
If you do decide to upgrade your GPU, you could consider the Radeon RX 480. Its a cheaper card, but performs well for the dollars invested, scoring a 7937. Its an AMD card, but I've heard decent things about it.
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If you really want to stream smoothly at high quality, I'd consider just building a new computer from scratch because all the parts are like 5-6 years old. If that's a cut above your budget right now, I'd agree with the above and upgrade your CPU (thus also motherboard/memory) first because your GPU does not have too much effect on streaming.
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Agree with above, you should just build a new computer if you want a to stream at a stable FPS.
I have the i5-6600k and it's stable for the most part it gets kinda iffy if I run too many programs at once while streaming though. If you're considering being a full time streamer I'd go for an i7-6600k.

There are also newer intel cards out but I heard they aren't much of an improvement for gaming.
If you're going for a 480 I'd wait for Ryzen to come out, but who knows how much those are gonna be priced at.


btw... you should invest in a new monitor boy 1980x1080 monitors are pretty cheap...

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Unfortunately, yea, buying/building a new computer is much out of my range right now.

As for the monitors, I just haven't really had the desk space to put them anywhere. The two I have now have been with me for pretty much as long as I've had the computer.

Thirdly, how would I go about doing the upgrades? Like, other than the CPU, what would I need to buy and set up?
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As long as your power supply can handle a newer CPU, you should be able to pop one in, as long as it matches the socket type of your motherboard. From what I can tell, your mobo only support LGA1155, while newer cards are LGA1151 (such as the i5-6600k). If you upgrade to one that uses a different socket, I think you would also need a new motherboard.
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