So you’ve finally coughed up the money and got yourself a powerful streaming PC ready for anything and you want to know what the best streaming sets are now you’ve got the power. Well, in this article I’m going to take you through the best settings to get the most out of your new setup and have an amazing High Quality stream.

We’re going to go step by step through each settings page in Streamlabs OBS so you can easily follow along.

If you would prefer to watch along we have also put together this video below:

How To Set Up Streamlabs OBS On A High End PC

Streamlabs OBS High End PC Settings

Run Auto Optimize In Streamlabs

If you want the easy solution Streamlabs has a great feature that allows you to scan your computer and internet connection to give you the best possible settings for your setup.

Just head into Streamlabs and click the settings Cog in the bottom left. You can then click the Auto Optimize button and this will set you up with the best settings to get started.

If you want to customise your settings to really max out your stream check out the settings below.

Settings – Video

The first thing you want to do is set your Base Canvas resolution in Streamlabs OBS. You’ll generally want to set this to 1920×1080 especially if this is the resolution you’re playing your game in. If you do play in a higher resolution such as 1440p you can set your base canvas resolution to that but most streamers play their games in 1080p to get higher performance.

I would recommend setting your Output Scaled Resolution to 1280×720. While your PC and internet can probably handle 1080p its actually more beneficial to stream in 720p. This means that viewers with slower internet are still able to watch your stream without any lag. If viewers are on mobile you will want them to stick around and not just leave because they don’t have the bandwidth for your stream.

For Downscale filter you should select Bicubic (Sharpened scaling, 16 Samples). This is the best option if you are scaling between two resolutions. If you decide to use 1080p as your output scaled resolution you should select Bilinear for this option.

Your FPS Type should be set to Common and set your FPS Value to 60 for a smooth stream.

Settings – Output

First you will want to change Output mode to Advanced. This gives us a few more options to play with.

Depending on the graphics card you’re using their is two different options to choose from here for you’re encoder. If you are using an AMD Graphics Card you will want to use the Software x264 encoder whereas if you’re using an Nvidia graphics card you want to use the NVENC encoder.

The NVENC encoder allows you to use your GPU to encode your stream. This method of encoding has proved to work great for improving stream quality while being less resource intensive.

Choose the Encoder that best suits your PC.

Set your Rate Control to CBR and I would recommend setting your Bit Rate to 6000 however this will depend on your internet speed. If you find that you’re dropping a lot of frames while streaming you can drop this number down a bit. Test it in increments of 500.

Below is an image for the Software x 264 options.

NVENC Settings

With NVENC there is a few extra options to choose from. I would recommend also setting your Rate Control to CBR and setting your bitrate to 6000.

For the Preset option I would recommend selecting quality and selecting your profile as high.

Make sure Psycho Visual tuning is selected and GPU is set to 0. That should be you good to go with high quality streaming setting in Streamlabs.

Below is an image of the settings.

Wrapping Up

These are the recommended Streamlabs settings for any high end PC however each computer varies a lot. Depending on your specific setup you may have to tinker with a few settings to get things running smoothly.

Even if your computer is really good, while you’re gaming and streaming at the same time it still may struggle to stream for example in 1440p. You may find you have to adjust some graphics settings in your game or lower the resolution you stream at to get a smooth performance.

If you have any questions please let us know below and we will do our best to find a solution for your specific setup.

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