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Build A Studio with Livestream's Recommended Hardware Specs

Last updated on May 08, 2015 02:08PM EDT

We’ve created a detailed article with screenshots showcasing Livestream’s recommendations.
These are our recommended specifications for a 4 in 1 out video switcher system build (as per the first generation Studio hardware units, HD500 and HD50).

  • SilverStone Temjin Series TJ08B-E Black computer case
  • Intel Core i7 I7-4930K 3.4 GHz 6-core Processor LGA2011
  • ASUS Rampage IV Gene Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • G.Skill Ripjaw Series 4Gb (2 x 2GB) 240pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600
  • LG 24X DVD Burner
  • Cougar CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing 12cm Silent cooling fan
  • EVGA GeForce GT 610 Video Card 1gb Ram
  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5” Sata 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
  • SeaSonic S12ll 520 Bronze 520w Power Supply
  • Silverstone Heligon HE01 140mm 2 ball CPU Cooler
  • Arctic Silver 5 High Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Paste.
  • Blackmagic Decklink Quad Card
  • Blackmagic Studio 2 Card

Tools required

  • Philips head screw driver #1 & #2 head
  • Small needle nose pliers.


  • Wash your hands
  • Discharge static electricity by touching metal.
  • Make sure before you start that you have all items laid out on a clean surface and remove all excess packaging.
  • Have a safe place to place all screws a cup or a plate works well.

Start the build

1. Case

        a) Open the case on both sides by loosening the case screws.

b) Remove the large hard drive cage for better airflow.

        c) Open heatsink box and lay out all the pieces.

2. Motherboard

        a) Open motherboard box leaving board in the box for protection.

b) Remove plastic protective plate from cpu dock by lifting retaining arms.

c) Open CPU box making sure you are well grounded and remove the CPU.

d) Place CPU on motherboard making sure to line up corner arrow to corner arrow then lower retaining arms and clip them into their retainers.

e) Install ram modules as pictured.

3. Heatsink

        a) Install 4 LGA screws on motherboard at the 4 corners of the CPU dock.

b) Place intel clips on the LGA screws front and back. 

c) Install nuts on top of LGA screws to hold the intel clips in.

d) Remove plastic protection from bottom of heatsink.

e) Apply thermal paste on CPU. (Do not use too much or too little. See pictured)

        f) Carefully place heatsink on CPU, making sure not to smear the thermal paste
 around too much. Place the
           retaining bracket between the 2 cooling towers onto the intel brackets and screw it down. (You may want a
           second set of hands on the heatsink while you do this).
       g) I
nstall the CPU fan with the power cord facing the back of the motherboard using the retaining clips provided.

3) Power Supply

       a) Turn tower upside down and remove screws for bottom hard drive plate and temporarily remove the plate.

        b) Open the top of the case to install the power supply. Make sure to keep the power cables neat and orderly.
           Pull the cables through the hole to the side of the tower and screw in the power supply.

4) CD/DVD Drive
a) Remove screws for the DVD drive bay plate and remove the plate. Then slide the drive in the bay.

        b) Plug power cable into CD/DVD Drive and install 2 screws to retain it on either side.

5) Installing the Motherboard

a) Install the "Back Panel" from inside the case by pushing it into place and allowing it to lock itself in.

      b) Carefully place motherboard into the case lining up the ports with the holes in the back plate that was just installed.

      c) Before fastening down the motherboard make sure to connect the CPU/ Motherboard power cable. The port for the cable 
          is located in the space between the heatsink and the bottom of the case. 

     d) Fasten down the motherboard with the screws provided. 

e) Attach system wires to system panel adapter and attach it to the motherboard.

      f) Use the usb adapter to adapt the front panel usb port cable to fit motherboard.

ttach chasis fan power cable.

      h) Connect the hard drive power and sata cables and place inside case.

      i) Attach the hard drive plate back inside the case.

      j) Plug the Sata cable into CD/DVD drive and connect it to motherboard.

        l) Turn the case over and plug in the main motherboard power supply.

      k) Tuck the cables back in and re-install the top plate of the case.

      l) Install the backplate on the case.

    m) Connect the yellow hd audio cable to the motherboard.

    n) Plug the rear case fan into the motherboard and install the screws.

      o) Remove the card bay retaining clip and pull out temporary holders.

     p) Insall the video card in the lowest slot close to the heatsink.

       q) Install the Decklink Studio 2 HDMI Plate and then the Card above it and attach the HDMI cables to the back of the card top cable to top port bottom cable to bottom port.

      r) Install the Decklink Quad card in the top slot.

      s) Connect the side pannels and close up the case. If everything was connected correctly you should be able
         to power up at this point and install windows.

Operating System and Software

1) Attach the computer to an external monitor via DVI or HDMI.
2) Attach a mouse, keyboard, and ethernet connection to the tower.
3) Attach a power supply to the tower and power it up.
4) Insert the 64BIT Windows 7 disk when prompted for a boot 
device/media.  Press enter. 
Follow the Installer Wizard.

Installing Windows 7 64 Bit

1) Select 'Custom Install' option when prompted.
2) Select the HD and click 'Drive Options'.
3) Click 'next' and let the installer run.  The computer will reboot itself when complete.
4) Follow the Windows setup using common sense. 
5) Enter the product key.  Select 'Automatically activate windows when online'.
6) Use 'Recommended settings',
Set time and date & let it finalize.  The system will reboot when complete.

Installing Drivers

When Windows launches,

  1. Install the BIOS by inserting the bios disc that came with your motherboard.
  2. Check for updated drivers for your video card as well.

Updating Windows 7 64-Bit

     1) Start> Windows Update and update Windows, this may take several updates, go until there are “no more   updates”. 

Download and Install Blackmagic Drivers 
      1) Go to and select windows/decklink/decklink quad from the 
          dropdown menu.
      2) Once downloaded, install the drivers.

Install the Livestream Studio software.
      1) Plug in the dongle that came in your software box and launch the Studio Launcher to install Livestream Studio.
      2) Follow the installation wizard to completion and launch into the Studio.
      3) Plug in your sources, and voila, you're now ready to cut your live show and stream it to the web!


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