Best OBS Settings for a Low-End PC or Laptop
FPS means frames per second, and we recommend setting 24 or 30 FPS if you need settings for OBS on low-end PCs as the lower frames per second is less demanding on computers.
You can go as low as 1280 × 720p and still get a fairly high-quality stream. Match this up with the game you are playing. 1920 × 1080p is another option for a bit more streaming and capture quality.
Audio sample rate
The sample rate can be set to 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz. The higher rate means more audio quality and clarity, but you can set it lower if your system struggles with the data this requires.
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Best OBS recording settings for low-end PCs
24 or 30 FPS
1280 × 720p or 1920 × 1080p
44.1 kHz or 48 kHz audio sample rate
Best OBS streaming settings for low-end PCs
24 or 30 FPS
1280 × 720p (unless your computer can handle more)
Audio and video sources
Using the Stream menu
Frequently asked questions
Does OBS Studio use a lot of CPU?
Compared to a lot of other video capture software, OBS is quite demanding when it comes to CPU. There are a lot of options and processes within OBS, and this can lead to a huge amount of processing power getting used. There are options for screen recording and streaming that use a lot less CPU.
Can I use OBS if I only have 2 GB RAM?
The official OBS guidelines say to only use the software if you have 4 GB of RAM available. Computers that do not have this available will struggle, but by using the best OBS settings for recording on a low-end PC you may be able to make some recordings using the software, just don’t push it too hard.
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