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  • By Andrew Zarian
  • Wednesday May 28, 2014
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Over the past year or so, many IAIB forum members looking to add video to their current audio podcast have been asking one common question…Which computers are best suited to handle the creation and distribution of high quality video podcasts? While audio podcasts have relatively low overhead, and are generally very easy to edit, video is a vastly different beast, and internet broadcasters have to keep in mind how fast technology changes when considering the best machine for their particular needs.

At The GFQ Network, we choose to build our computers to suit our unique production demands and have learned through trial and error that customizing our own machines turns out to be far less expensive while providing us with the right equipment to meet our exact specifications.

There are several things to consider when shopping for a computer that can efficiently handle your new need of processing video. Whether it be streaming live, or encoding video, you should start out with a beefy CPU. Once you’ve picked out a CPU, you’re next step will be finding a compatible motherboard. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty expansion slots too.

Our List : 

CPU-Intel i7- 4770k

If you are building out a powerhouse machine an i7 is a must. the latest in Intel's lineup is the intel i7 4700k. This is a 4th Generation intel i7 chip and offers you all the power you need to live stream your podcast. The 4770k can also be easily overclocked if you are looking to get a little bit more power out of it.


I have been a big fan of Asus for many years. The Asus Maximus VI Hero is a great pick for anyone looking to get great components and plenty of space. Expansion is key when building a live production machine. This Motherboard has 6 PCI-E slots and upgradable to 32 gigs of memory.

Video Card-GeForce GTX770

The GeForce GTX 770 is a high-performance graphics card designed from the ground up to deliver high-speed, super-smooth Graphics. This video card has multiple monitor sources (total of 4).

CPU Fan - Noctua 6


Noctua is infamous in the PC world for being whisper quiet and this CPU Fan is just that. Something that is overlooked when building a computer is the amount of noise that fans will generate. As internet broadcasters we need to minimize room nose as much as possible and this fan helps with both the noise and CPU temperature.

Memory - Corsair 16GB XMS3

The XMS3 family is Corsair's mainstream line of performance DDR3 memory. These chips are high quality and won’t set you back like other sticks of memory. 16 gigs is more than enough to do all the work.


SSD Hard Drive - Crucial M550

If you are looking for performance, an SSD Drive is a must. I recently upgraded from the Crucial M500 to the M550 and there was a noticeable difference with boot time and application load time.

Storage Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1 TB

Since you will be using an SSD for your main drive it isn't necessary to have another ultra fast hard drive. the Western Digital Blue drives are low cost and reliable.

Case - Rosewill Gaming ATX Full Tower

When looking for a tower for your production machine the main thing you should look into is how quiet it is. Many lower end Full and Mid sized towers do very little to dampen the fan and hard drive noise that is generated. I have used this case and can say that its pretty good at silencing the fan and hard drive noise.

Capture card - Blackmagic Intensity pro

The Black Magic Intensity Pro is one of the best consumer level capture cards on the market. I have tried other competitive brands and they do not deliver the color and stability of Black Magic. I currently have 4 of these in my main production machine. If you are looking to get something with SDI or don't have the space in your production machine another card to look at is the Blackmagic Decklink Quad. Note the Quad is an SDI capture card.

Behringer UCA202 USB Audio Interface

I have tried many USB soundcards and they have all had some sort of issue within a few months The only one that was consistent and reliable was the Behringer UCA202. The UCA202 provides two analog mono inputs and outputs (for monitoring), USB connectivity and an additional S/PDIF optical output for direct analog-to-digital conversion. The stereo headphone output features a dedicated level control and lets you listen to both the input and output

Dont see it on our list? Let us know your hardware recommendations on the IAIB Forum.

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Andrew Zarian is Founder and President of the highly successful GFQ (Guys from Queens) Network media empire . Stepping Out Magazine dubbed Andrew “The King of New Media” as he currently hosts over seven internet broadcasts and is currently reshaping how we perceive and view internet broadcasting.


  • Dan Ortego

    Dan Ortego posted 05/29/2014 at 02:44am UTC

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time because I’m in the middle of deciding on a new system.  Thanks a lot for the helpful advice!


  • Nick

    Nick posted 05/30/2014 at 02:22am UTC

    Thanks for putting this information together Andrew. Just a heads up, your link to the Noctua fan is sending us to the Video Card on Amazon.

    Not a bad system though, looking forward to building my 3rd desktop for my studio.

  • Matt Auckland

    Matt Auckland posted 09/23/2014 at 05:17pm UTC

    Great post. As specialist system builder (most in broadcasting) for the last 11 yrs or more, I totally agree with the spec.

    Only things I would change would be the cooler, and the case.

    My experience the Thermalright HR-22 with a Sharkoon Silent Eagle SE is a good choice for cooling and sound reduction. I use 2 of these on my Intel Skulltrail dual Quad Core Xtreme rig (considering selling).

    Case wise the Coolermaster Silencio 550 includes sound proofing, and is virtually un-audible even under load. I currently use this case on an in-house file server.

    Great work guys, and thanks for following my @SumoRadioUK twitter account.

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