Shroud is not only a renowned FPS player but one of the top streamers in the world. Here we are going to go his PC to answer the question, What PC parts does Shroud have in this gaming and streaming setup.
Shroud uses pretty high-end PC parts so we are also going to recommend some alternatives that you can get for a lower price.
Which PC Parts Does Shroud Use For Gaming And Streaming?
The following is a table that includes all the specifications of the gaming PC that Shroud uses in his streaming and gaming setup:
|CPU||Intel Core i9-9980XE|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti FE|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte X299 Designare EX|
|RAM||Trident Z RGB|
|Microphone Arm||RODE PSA1|
|Mouse||Logitech G Pro Wireless|
|Keyboard||Logitech G Pro Mechanical|
|Headphones||Logitech G Pro X|
|Webcam||Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920|
|Mouse Pad||HyperX FURY S – Pro Gaming Mouse Pad|
|Capture Card||AVerMedia Live Gamer HD 2|
|Camera||Sony Alpha A6000|
Now that we have gone over the list of parts, we can go over each and every part and give you the details regarding the gaming and streaming setup that Shroud uses. The following is what you need to know about all these different parts.
CPU: Intel Core i9-9980XE
This is an older CPU but it comes with 18 cores and 36 threads which is more than enough for gaming and streaming. The base clock speed is 3 GHz and the CPU can turbo to 4.4 GHz. That is pretty impressive for an 18 core CPU.
While this CPU is older, it is still based on the 14nm process which is the same for the new 10th generation CPUs. So you are not losing a lot of performance. Keep in mind that the number of cores and threads are going to last you a long time anyways. It is going to be a while before you need more performance from a CPU like this.
Alternate CPU: Intel i9 9900K
If you are going to stick to gaming then you do not need 18 cores and 36 threads. You can make do with 6 or even 8 if you do some content creation or streaming. Or if you just want your system to last 3-5 years. If that is the case then we recommend the Intel i9 9900K.
The 9900K is the top of the line 9th generation CPU that you can buy right now. It comes with 8 cores and 16 thread which is enough for gaming and ideal for content creation. The CPU has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and can boost to 5 GHz.
This is a consumer CPU with fewer cores and threads and so you can pick it up for much cheaper. You can also pair it with a much cheaper motherboard compared to the Intel Core i9-9980XE.
Graphics Card: Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti FE
The Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti FE is the top of the line graphics card that is available on the market right now and it is the only card that can do 4K 60 FPS properly. Then again, Shroud does not play games at 4K. He plays games at 1080p and maxes the refresh rate in order to get as much of an edge as possible in competitive titles.
The Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti FE features 11GB of GDDR6 memory and 4352 CUDA Cores. Note that this is a reference design model so these can tend to be a bit slower when it comes to overclocking potential. If you get a custom RTX 2080 Ti then you can expect to get much better thermals and higher overclocks.
For output, you get DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C and the graphics card support a max resolution of 7680×4320. This is obviously the best graphics card on the market that you can buy right now.
Alternate Graphics Card: GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super
The RTX 2080 Super is a beefed-up version of the RTX 2080 with more CUDA cores and boosts to the memory speeds. The MSRP of the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Super is the same but the RTX 2080 Super offers 128 more CUDA cores and a memory clock boost of 750 Mhz.
This is very impressive indeed keeping in mind that you are paying the same price as the RTX 2080 non-Super version. Note that custom versions like the AORUS variant that we are looking into here are going to cost more.
With that said, the RTX 2080 Super is a very impressive graphics card for the price and can run pretty much any game at 1440p 60 FPS. It can even do 4K 60 FPS if you turn down some of the settings. Max settings, it can do 4K 30 FPS just fine. If you are interested in high refresh rates like Shroud, then the GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super is more than capable of hitting that 240 FPS mark without any issues.
Note that you can overclock the GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super to hit that 60 FPS mark on the highest preset. The GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super comes with a very unique design and features RGB lighting, unlike the FE model. This model is a bit expensive as compared to other custom versions. if you are interested in saving some money then you can check out the following RTX 2080 Super versions.
- EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Black Gaming
- GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Super Windforce OC
- ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Overclocked
- Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC
- Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC White
- GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Super Turbo
Motherboard: Gigabyte X299 Designare EX
The X299 and X399 platforms are for people that are enthusiasts and need extreme performance. You might have guessed that from that fact that it supports an 18 core CPU. Shroud does need the best performance possible when gaming, streaming and creating content so this motherboard does make sense.
If you need more than 8 cores on the CPU side or additional PCIe lanes then this is the platform to go with. The Gigabyte X299 Designare EX is a great enthusiast motherboard that comes with 8 RAM slots and supports quad-channel memory.
This is a relatively expensive motherboard keeping in mind that it is an old model but for the money, you do get 5 PCIe slots and 3 M.2 slots for your graphics cards and fast storage. The onboard audio is pretty impressive and you have 8+8 pin power connectors for your CPU which provide plenty of power if you are interested in overclocking.
Note that you are going to need a decent cooling solution if you are going to overclock the CPU. You can check out our recommendations for the best liquid coolers. Shroud also uses liquid cooling for his gaming PC.
Alternate Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming
If you go with the Intel i9 9900K that we mentioned above then you are going to need a decent motherboard to do with that CPU. The CPU is not supported on X299 motherboards. We recommend the Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming.
The Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming is an impressive motherboard that is reasonably priced compared to the X299 motherboard. It supports the 8th and 9th generation of Intel CPUs. The motherboard comes with 2 M.2 slots for fast SSDs. It has 3 PCIe slots and 4 RAM slots.
It even comes with WiFI, even though we recommend an Ethernet connection for gaming. The option is still there if you need it. The motherboard features cool Cyber Text and RGB lighting like all modern Asus products.
The motherboard is pretty easy to install thanks to the integrated I/O shield. You get a pretty useful instruction manual which is rare. It not only performs well but looks great too. It does have a single 8-pin connector for the CPU so the overclocking potential is limited but that is alright for the price.
RAM: TridentZ RGB
Shroud uses TridentZ RGB RAM in his gaming PC. He uses a lot more than the general consumer needs to the amount of RAM that you buy is going to depend on your needs. Trident Z RGB kits are available in different latencies and capacities. You can pick up a 16 GB kit that comes with 2x8GB sticks. Or you can pick up a 32GB kit that comes with 2x16GB DIMMs.
G.SKILL has been in this space for a while and their products are pretty good. The lighting on this RGB RAM can be controlled via your motherboard. You can sync it with other PC parts and even your peripherals.
Alternative RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO is a great alternative. The aesthetics are a bit different but the specs are the same. You can get the same spec Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO kits. There is a wide variety of latencies, capacities and speeds to choose from.
I have been using the 2x8GB kit for a while now and the RAM works great for me.
Microphone: Shure SM7B
Shroud uses the Shure SM7B cardioid dynamic microphone. The microphone features flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech.
The mic is great for streaming and recording music. This is one of the best mics that you can buy right now and you can find reviews for it everywhere online.
Alternate Microphone: HyperX QuadCast USB Microphone
Our recommendation would be the HyperX QuadCast USB Microphone. This is great for streaming, gaming and even podcasts. It is a USB mic, so it works with PC, PS4 and even Mac. It comes with an anti-vibration shock mount. It also has a tap to mute sensor.
The mic features 4 selectable polar patterns and a mount adapter is included in the box. The mic has a red and black theme which should go well with the rest of your gaming setup.
Mouse: Logitech G Pro Wireless
Next up in the Shroud gaming PC guide, we have the mouse that Shroud uses. He uses the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse which is supposed to be an eSports mouse but most players do still use a wired mouse. This is made for pro players and the latency is minimum, to match that of a wired gaming mouse.
The mouse features a super-fast 1-millisecond report rate connection and the Logitech Hero 16K sensor with up to 16,000 DPI and 10X the power efficiency of the previous generation. Note that DPI is not the only thing that you should look at and higher DPI does not mean that the mouse is going to be better. Most people are not going to use the 16000 DPI.
The mouse weighs 60 grams and there are two side buttons as well. The scroll wheel is satisfying to use and the Logitech logo lights up.
Alternative Mouse: Razer Basilisk Ultimate Hyperspeed Wireless
Razer is known for making some pretty great gaming gear and here we have the Razer Basilisk Ultimate Hyperspeed Wireless mouse. It features a 20K DPI sensor which is accurate and Razer claims that it is 25% faster than the competition. Note, as mentioned before, DPI is not everything.
The mouse has a very nice and aggressive design but it is only for right-handed use. This is a wireless mouse and the company claims that the battery will last 100 hours. It comes in black with RGB lighting and 11 programmable buttons.
You can also check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice for playing Call Of Duty Warzone if you are interested in more options.
Keyboard: Logitech G Pro Mechanical Keyboard
For his gaming PC setup, Shroud uses the Logitech G Pro Mechanical keyboard. Makes sense keeping in mind that he already uses a Logitech mouse and headphones. This is a tenkeyless keyboard with RGB lighting.
The keyboard has a portable design and the USB wire comes off as well. The keyboard uses the Romer G switches which Logitech clams are 25% faster than traditional mechanical keys. This keyboard is highly durable and the keys are rated to withstand 70 million presses.
Alternate Keyboard: Corsair K68 RGB
Logitech G Pro Mechanical keyboard is a very impressive keyboard but if you are looking for something else then we can recommend the Corsair K68 RGB. You can get some killer deals on this keyboard and it is a full-size gaming keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches.
The keyboard comes with RGB lighting which you can control in the software and it also has some dedicated media buttons. It is IP32 spill-resistant.
Monitor: BenQ XL2540
For the monitor, Shroud uses the BenQ XL2540. As mentioned before, Shroud prefers high refresh rates rather than high resolutions. This is a 1080p display that has a refresh rate of 240Hz. It also has G-Sync and adaptive sync.
The monitor is not really bezel-less but it is designed for competitive gaming and it is pretty popular amongst competitive gamers. This is not an IPS display so color accuracy is not the best in the world but you do get the 1ms response time.
Alternate Monitor: Samsung 27-Inch CRG5
This is a bit bigger but it is curved for better immersion when gaming. This Samsung monitor has a 4ms response time but the color accuracy is much better. The resolution is still 1080p and the refresh rate is still 240Hz.
The monitor has a robust stand and is compatible with PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Headphones: Logitech G Pro X
Shroud uses the Logitech G Pro X for gaming. Headphones can make a lot of difference when playing games like PUBG or Warzone and that is why Shroud uses premium headphones. The Logitech G Pro X has a detachable microphone which reduces noise. The headset comes with the external sound card.
The headset features 7.1 surround sound with Blue Voice technology. It also has the Advanced PRO G 50 millimetre drivers. These headphones are comfortable to wear when gaming for long periods of time. Plus they look pretty cool in black and silver.
Alternate Headphones: SteelSeries Arctis 7
SteelSeries Arctis 7 is also a very good pair of headphones. These headphones are compatible with PC, PS, Mac, Nintendo Switch and mobile. The S1 speaker drivers provide audio with ultra-low distortion allowing you to hear every detail. The Arctis ClearCast Mic is bidirectional and noise-cancelling, delivering studio-quality voice when used.
The battery life is supposed to be 24 hours long so uninterrupted gaming all day is possible. The Arctis 7 is manufactured using a premium woven ski goggle fabric which ensures comfort and tireless wear. If you are looking for more options then you can check out our recommendations for the best headphones for Call Of Duty Warzone.
Capture Card: AVerMedia Live Gamer HD 2
Shroud uses the AVerMedia Live Gamer HD 2 capture card in his gaming PC setup. This is ideal for 1080p 60 FPS recording. Shroud plays his games at 1080p so this gets the job done. If you need to record video at a higher resolution then you might need something else.
This is a plug and play solution that supports PC, Xbox, Playstation and even Nintendo Switch gameplay. You can use up to 4 cards in a system and the card supports live editing and you can change all kinds of different settings in the software and overlay.
Alternate Capture Card: Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro MK.2
If you want to capture high-resolution gameplay and keep the video quality then this is what you need. This is also a plug and play solution. All you need to do is install it in your PCIe slot. You can install multiple of these in your PC.
You can enjoy 240 Hz passthrough as well. You can use flashback record to save videos retroactively. This is more expensive than the other capture card but it also has better features and supports higher resolution recording.
Camera: Sony Alpha A6000
Shroud uses the Sony Alpha A6000 in his gaming PC and streaming setup. This is a fairly compact mirrorless camera with a 24.3 MP SLR sensor. You can buy just the base or pick it up with different lenses.
The camera has a screen has that can tilt. This camera is very popular amongst video makers, content creators and even vloggers.
This is everything that you need to know about the gaming PC that Shroud uses for playing his games and streaming.
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