Best OBS Settings For Low-End PC (Step by Step) 2021

With the recent popularity of streaming, many people now want to stream games. Whether you are streaming on youtube, Twitch, or even Facebook. As I assume you are all going to use OBS as your software of choice for streaming games.

And if you know a little bit about streaming, then you might already know that streaming on a mid-range pc is very difficult, but steaming on a low-end pc might be the ultimate challenge.

But don’t worry, in this article, we will solve this ultimate challenge and bring you the Best OBS Settings For Low-End PC.

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Streaming Requirement

Before getting to the main topic we need to understand that streaming on 10 to 15-year-old super low-end PC is nearly impossible, so your PC must meet at least the minimum system requirements for streaming, though for the best quality stream you should aim for PC specs above the bare minimum for streaming at least an Intel Core i5-4670 or AMD equivalent, and 8BG of RAM.

OBS Settings For Low-End PC

Basic Setup

1. Open OBS.

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2. Go to settings.

OBS Settings For Low-End PC

3. Click on Stream then Choose your streaming platform (Youtube, Twitch, Facebook, etc)

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4. Click Use stream Key and your browser will open with stream key in it.

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5. Copy the stream key and paste it to the stream key section in OBS.

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6. Click OK and Apply.

Advanced Setup

  1. Open OBS Settings.
  2. Got to Output Tab.
  3. Set Output Mode to Advanced.
  4. Now to set up advanced settings here.

Encoder

If you have an NVIDIA or AMD GPU then you can use it there encoders, but if you don’t have GPU then you can use the default Software Based Encoder.

If you are using the default encoder then understand that Some people might experience high CPU utilization, and other programs running on your computer might experience degraded performance while OBS is active if your settings are too high for your computer’s hardware.

Encoder: GPU Encoder (NVIDIA NVENC H.264, AMD)

CPU Usage Preset

The usage preset refers to how fast the CPU encodes video. The faster it encodes, the less CPU it uses. By default, this is set to “Very Fast”, which provides the best balance between performance and quality but for low-end pc, it’s better to set it to superfast.

  • CPU Usage Preset: superfast (x264 Only)
  • Preset: Performance or Max Performance (NVENC H.264 Only)

Bitrate

Bitrate refers to the quality of the video or audio that is being uploaded to your preferred site. Bitrate is calculated in kilobits per second (kbps), which indicates how many ‘bits’ of data you are sending and at what ‘rate’ (i.e. speed).

Bitrate is heavily influenced by your internet connection speed and the ability of your streaming computer to encode video.

Bitrate: 2500-3500

NVIDIA (NVENC H.264 Only)

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Profile

Set to High. The profile determines a group of settings in the H.264 Codec. It doesn’t impact performance and gives access to a set of features that are key to streaming, so this should always be set to High.

Profile: High

Preset

Select Performance or Max Performance. This setting will give you the best result and you can check between both which one is better.

Preset: Performance or Max Performance

x264 Only

OBS Settings For Low-End PC

CPU Usage Preset: superfast

Profile: High

Tune: zerolatency (x264)

Setting Summary

If you are having trouble following this article then you can copy and paste the settings below.

x264 Only

  • Encoder: x264
  • Rate Control: CBR (or CRF)
  • CRF: 30-32 (CRF only)
  • Bitrate: 4500-5500 (CBR only)
  • Buffer Size: 35000 (optional, CBR only)
  • CPU Usage Preset: superfast
  • Profile: High
  • Tune: zerolatency (x264)

NVENC H.264 Only

  • Encoder: NVENC H.264
  • Rate Control: CBR
  • Bitrate: 2500-3500
  • Preset: Performance or Max Performance
  • Profile: High
Sujeet Kumar
I am a Gamer, Blogger, and the Lead/admin Writer in Gamers Discussion Hub.

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