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NZXT Streaming Plus Review: Competently Pre-Assembled

Competently and cleanly assembled, with well-chosen parts for this price range, NZXT’s Streaming Plus PC is a solid option to get your PC gaming on—especially if you like its understated looks.

While the overall price and availability of graphics cards may be slowly improving, it’s still next to impossible to buy a modern GPU on its own at anything close to MSRP. That means pre-built desktops like NZXT’s Streaming Plus ($1,999 as tested) are still a popular choice for PC gamers, so plenty of people are aftter one of the best gaming PCs, whether they need a whole new system or not. If you need a powerful GPU, it’s one of the only ways to get one without paying exorbitant prices just for a graphics card. Just don’t expect to find any streaming-specific hardware or features here. Despite the name, the Streaming Plus is just a typical gaming PC. It’s certainly capable of streaming, you’ll just want to do so using the graphics card and Nvidia Broadcast.

For $1,999 in our NZXT Streaming Plus test configuration, you get a potent combo of a six-core Ryzen 5 5600X CPU and an RTX 3070. That’s not quite flagship-class hardware, but as we’ll see in testing, it’s plenty capable of handling today’s most-demanding games. Considering all the in-stock RTX 3070 cards on Newegg when we wrote this were selling for over $1,000, it’s also arguably a decent value in today’s world of silicon scarcity. NZXT also throws in its popular H510 case and a Kraken M22 AIO cooler, plus a 1TB NVMe SSD and 16GB of RAM. 

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