Do I have to get a dedicated streaming video card (capture card) to sit alongside my 980? If so, which do you recommend? -No, you currently have three options. First, you could have your 2500k do all of the encoding. This will probably have the biggest impact on performance but that depends on how much CPU the game you're playing uses. Your second option is to use realtime Quicksync encoding. There's hardly a performance hit for doing this, but it the quality is limited (it will still look clear and fine though). Your third option will be to utilize the built-in encoder on your GTX 980. I can't speak for quality and performance since I don't have an Nvidia card, but I'd imagine it's similar to Quicksync maybe a little better. How do folks get mods that they can trust?-I think they just mod regulars who aren't jackasses. Regular viewers mean they are committed. Best way to see chat when streaming? I have a 2nd laptop I guess I could use but I see some folks have the chat in the game window too -I think the chat over the game window is just for viewers. The streamers are viewing chat from another computer or a second monitor. But don't quote me on this. There might be an application that will provide an overlay while you play your game, but I don't know what that is. My monitor is 1080p and I'd game in that. Should I use 30FPS or FPS streaming setting? -Depends on what your streaming. You have the option to downscale the resolution to twitch or youtube so you aren't stuck streaming 1080p.
Ya know, I read the OP wrong. I thought expansion was a big issue. Dur. That changes some of the things I picked. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($176.88 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($77.98 @ Newegg) Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.49 @ Amazon) Storage: Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz) Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($70.00 @ Amazon) Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB TurboDuo Video Card ($232.98 @ Newegg) Case: Enermax OSTROG ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg) Total: $756.30 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-27 19:11 EDT-0400
Niggles and Default themes have too muchempty space. Line spacing increased; I don't like it. The white/grey stripes when browsing topics is distracting as hell. Animate theme has best overall aesthetics, but I doubt I could look at white on dark grey all day.