The NZXT Streaming Plus BLD Kit (opens in new tab) is not a typical off-the-shelf gaming PC. You end up with an absolute monster of a machine, don’t worry, but it’s not quite as easy as most gaming systems. NZXT’s mindset has pros and cons here, and indeed NZXT offers more traditional builds for potential buyers, but this doesn’t feel like too much for most PC gamers.
As the name suggests, this is a complete PC kit rather than just pre-built. Everything you need for a fully functional machine is here, but unlike most machines, you actually have to put this together yourself. In many ways it’s like building a PC entirely from scratch, which is what many PC gamers do, but NZXT has taken the hard work out of component selection. That means you won’t get stuck in the middle of a build because a cable is too short, you don’t have enough cooling, or your graphics card just doesn’t fit.
Some readers will be happy to point out that this part of the building process isn’t too difficult these days either, and they’d be right, but receiving a box filled with everything you need (i.e. the components) is extremely rewarding. . , along with some clear instructions and putting everything together.
It’s like Lego, but Lego capable of running Metro Exodus Enhanced at 60 fps. It also just so happens that for the money NZXT is asking is a far better deal than you generally see with actual pre-built systems. I’m speaking very real here – you’re looking at an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 here (opens in new tab) for your $1,500, while you would normally top out on an RTX 3060 Ti (opens in new tab) outside of sales events.
Specifications of the NZXT Streaming Plus BLD Kit
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
GPU: PNY GeForce RTX 3070
R.A.M: 16GB DDR4-3200 Teamgroup T-Force
motherboard: Gigabyte B550 UDAC
Storage: 1TB WD_Blue SN570
Front I/O: 1x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1x audio
Rear I/O: 4x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.2, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 2.0, 3x Audio
Connectivity: WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2
Power adapter: NZXT C650 650W
Case: NZXT H510
Operating system: Windows 11 Home
Warranty: 2 years parts
Price: $1,499 (opens in new tab)
Opening the BLD kit is a delightful experience, with a mix of NZXT-branded boxes peppered with plain brown boxes containing some third-party items such as the motherboard and graphics card. You also get a chunky building guide to guide you through the whole process, like an adventure book for choosing your own adventure. Literally.
I’ve built more than a few systems over the years, but I followed the instructions as if I were a beginner and there were no nasty surprises. Only in the end, when it comes to wiring, the generic nature of the manual makes things a bit tricky, but still not frustrating. You’re looking at around an hour or two for the full build, which isn’t too bad at all.
A little more time on cable management in the manual would have been nice, although that’s much more of an art form anyway. If you’re willing to spend an extra hour making sure the back of your machine looks perfect, blow your mind. And chances are, if you’re building the system yourself, you’ll care a bit more about the final shape.
I was fairly happy with the end result, and the temperatures suggest there was plenty of airflow within the case itself.
Notably, NZXT has updated this kit since we first received it for review – it replaced the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X with the 5700X for the same money. That means you’re going from a six-core, 12-thread chip to an eight-core, 16-thread CPU. The 5700X may have a lower base speed of 3.4GHz, but it has the same maximum boost of 4.6GHz, and that’s where it sits most of the time while gaming anyway. Essentially it won’t make much of a difference in your games, but if you’re more serious about your work then those extra cores are definitely welcome, especially if you’re focusing on the streaming side of gaming.
The rest of the specs are solid, with a 1TB NVMe SSD and 16GB DDR4-3200. You only see one PCIe 3.0 SSD, specifically the WD_Blue SN570, but at least you have plenty of capacity to play with. This SSD comes with Windows 11 Home installed by default, and it’s always a pleasant experience watching your new build boot into Windows for the first time. The only thing left for NZXT to do for you is download and update the graphics drivers. There are also many Windows updates to work through, but it’s not a tedious process.
There’s no bloatware on the machine either, in fact the only thing that comes pre-installed is the NZXT CAM software, which you use to control the Kraken 120 all-in-one cooler’s RGB lighting. At this point, this might be a window case, but it’s not swamped with LEDs – just the aforementioned CPU cooler. Something I absolutely don’t mind, but worth considering if you need a little bling from your new machine.
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X in this device performs well for gaming, although it may lag behind similarly priced competition in some tests. Such as the ABS Master (opens in new tab) and Build Redux “Good” are equipped with an Intel Core i5 12400, and this chip shows more impressive numbers in the Cinebench R23 test – in terms of both single-core and multi-threaded performance.
It’s not a total loss, however, as the X264 video encoding test shows that AMD’s Zen 3 architecture can still turn the numbers upside down. You’re looking at 39 fps in this benchmark, which is a shade faster than both machines. However, if you are looking for serious CPU performance then the iBuyPower SLMBG218 is the one (opens in new tab) is the way to go as this system comes with the Core i7 12700F – this chip offers almost twice the multithreaded performance in Cinebench and X264.
When it comes to gaming, the RTX 3070 is the star of the show here. Since most similarly priced devices ship with an RTX 3060 Ti at best, this NZXT system is simply the better option for gamers. The guidance might be subtle at times, but it’s absolutely the smoothest experience of any game we’ve tested with.
This is the only machine we’ve seen at this price that can hit 60fps in Metro Exodus Enhanced on Ultra settings at 1440p. This game may be progressing a bit, but it still looks great and really shows what your machine can do. Elsewhere you’ll see around a 10% improvement over 3060 Ti-based machines for most games at 1440p, with the lone exception of Far Cry 6 which only manages 3 fps against the Build Redux “Good” machine.
Essentially, you can play pretty much any game at 1440p on the highest settings with no problem. And with DLSS to help with ray-traced heavy titles, this machine makes it easy to show off what the best games are capable of without feeling like you’re missing out. 4K isn’t too much to ask either, making this a versatile option for many gaming setups.
Overall, the NZXT Streaming Plus BLD Kit comes highly recommended and is a great option for anyone looking to buy a gaming PC now. Sure, you’ll need to spend some time putting it together, but you’ll do so knowing that all the components are guaranteed to work well together, and you might get a better understanding of your PC in the process.