Simple two PC Setup – Capture Card, no Video-splitter


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  1. Elfnet says:

    Ok I have 2 PC’s that are both AMD FX 8 core systems with 32Gb ram. The MASTER (gaming PC) has the better video card in it where the SLAVE (Streaming PC) has onboard video.
    The streaming software is OBS..

    I have a PCI-e HDMI capture card and an HDMI “Y” cable

    The problem I am having is I cannot get the MASTER PC’s HDMI data to register on the SLAVE PC at all
    in the MASTER PC display options there is NO option to duplicate the monitors.

    All the cables are good and have been tested separately

    I suspect the capture card was faulty from the factory but it did recognize and setup in windows when I installed it..

  2. guy says:

    Hardware wise, I followed the Simple two PC Setup – Capture Card, no Video-splitter just as it is pictured in your diagram above. Now my biggest issue is keeping my audio on my gaming computer AND broadcasting it to the streaming PC so the stream can hear it too. I’ve tried searching over and over and fiddling around in my sound options but I can never get sound onto both machines.

    On the gaming PC, under Playback, the two primary devices I have are Speakers and Avermedia. If Speakers are my primary, I hear everything on the gaming PC but nothing gets broadcast on my streaming PC. If Avermedia is default then I hear nothing on my gaming rig and the sound is broadcast onto the streaming PC just fine.

  3. GeekByte says:

    Good write up and helpful.
    I’m currently streaming on 1 PC via XSplit, but intend to go 2 PC when I upgrade my system shortly. Currently running an i7 2600K @ 4.5Ghz and a 780 which will become the streaming box, without the 780. It’ll also have an Avermedia LiveGamerHD capture card in it as well.
    There’s a couple of issues that I’m trying to get my head around.
    Firstly, I intend to get a Asus ROG Swift 27″ 144Hz monitor as my main display and possibly swap out the 780 for a couple of 970’s in SLI, but I’m hoping that I can output to the ROG Swift via DisplayPort and use a HDMI cable to clone/send to the streaming PC?
    I use 3 monitors currently, one uses the onboard GPU built into the 2600K and the other is connected via DVI and the main uses HDMI.
    Secondly, I use a USB Logitech G930 wireless headset and Audio capturing/sending to the another PC seems to be the spawn of the devil and a royal pain in the butt, but would consider getting a separate mic, which is directly connected to the streaming PC for voice capturing, but presumably sending game sounds over HDMI wouldn’t be much of an issue or would I need to use VAC to avoid hearing myself?
    I’m just trying to get things planned before buying components I don’t need or not buying what I do need in advance.

    Great info and guides btw :)

    • RobinJack0r says:

      The good thing is, on nvidia you should be able to clone the monitor but set one output to 144hz and the other to 60hz, so unless you use nvidia surround or something, that should no problem.
      You might need VAC to get the sound “into” the hdmi cable. The Logitech Headset will probably not offer a stereomix, so to get the game sound to two audio devices (Headset and HDMI) you would need VAC. One VAC Line, set as the default playback device, and two repeater that send the sound to both the headset and the hdmi out.

  4. Gavin zerocool Kennedy says:

    Hello there, let me start off by saying this entire article is great. Trying to find some no nonsense solutions to streaming and i finally did. I was wondering if i could get the specs of your main computer and also your streaming computer, i work in IT so i have a lot of “old” dual core computers at my house that i use for various server applications and was wondering how fast does your “streaking” computer have to be. Does having the second computer dedicated to streaming free resources on your main, gaming pc?
    Thanks for your time,

    • RobinJack0r says:

      Yea it pretty much removes all load off the Gaming PC. I went for this setup about 5 years ago when I upgraded from at the time an Athlon X2 something 5200 or so, to a C2Q I think. This went into my dedicated PC when I then upgraded to an i5 and now the i5 is my dedicated streaming PC when I went to the i7 for my gaming rig.
      The initial Athlon allowed me to stream 720p 30fps just fine, very fast preset but no fun stuff (tweaks or higher preset). The C2Q actually did not give me that big of a boost as I would have wanted at the time, it only allowed 720p 30fps on the faster preset, IF the game was not too intensive. But I could record 1080p 30fps on the ultrafast preset for youtube if wanted. Now with the switch to the i5 (2500k not overclocked yet) I can stream 720p 60fps or 1080p 30fps at very fast, 720p 30fps at fast in most cases.
      I mainly write all this because its hard to judge what exactly you will be able to do. To give you a short answer, you will probably be able to stream, even with an old dualcore, but the more cores and ghz you throw at it, the more options you will have.
      One newer option (can also be found in the setups, I think) is to do a 2 PC-setup without a Capture Card, but to offload all the work your Gaming PC should have a hardware encoder available, for example QuickSync or the NVenc of a newer nvidia card. With this you can create a pretty high bitrate but low cpu usage stream on your Gaming PC, send it to a server on the dedicated PC and encode it there to your final stream output. So in this case the Capture Card is replaced by the Hardware encoder and your network :)