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    #16
    This doesn't answer your question as the price as spec'ed is too high, but hopefully provides you with some insight into the process we use to spec our machines.

    There are many factors that contribute to a great programmer and Editor experience. Lots of RAM, a CPU with a high clock speed and many cores, and a higher end GPU.

    Internally, we found the sweet spot (optimizing for performance) to be a PC with the following pieces and were able to assemble a machine with those specs, case and all, for under $2500.

    ? Intel Core i7 4930K processor w/ Intel X79 chipset motherboard
    ? 32GB RAM
    ? 1TB SSD
    ? Nvidia GTX 770 video card

    On the CPU side this page (hyperlink to http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html ) is quite helpful when it comes to making different price / performance trade-offs.

    For SSDs, this page (hyperlink to http://www.ssdreview.com/ssd-solid-s...mendation.html) is a good starting point. We went with the Samsung 840 Evo for a great price / performance / size trade-off.

    We recommend 24-32 GByte of RAM as even though neither the compilation process nor the Editor use this much memory, the extra memory for the disk cache is well worth it. We recommend not going below 24 GByte if you are optimizing for cost and only found diminishing returns above 32 GByte.

    The NVIDIA GTX 770 enables full access to all of the high-end graphics features in UE4 at smooth framerates. A powerful GPU is especially important for VR, in order to ensure a high framerate (60-75Hz+) in order to minimize latency.


    To optimize price I would go with the 4770, and go down to 16 GByte of RAM, and a cheaper 500 MByte HDD. Basically exactly what you already did. Sorry I wasn't able to be of more help. I still wanted to chime in with my thinking about trade-offs for others to see.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Daniel Vogel View Post
      To optimize price I would go with the 4770, and go down to 16 GByte of RAM, and a cheaper 500 MByte HDD. Basically exactly what you already did. Sorry I wasn't able to be of more help. I still wanted to chime in with my thinking about trade-offs for others to see.
      The i5-4670k is still a great CPU, and I would wager still in that area of strength required for good programming/editing workflow. My old box had an i7-2600 and it was being bottlenecked by the low-end 6670 in it, but it was more than good enough for code.

      The EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC isn't that far behind the 770 performance-wise from what I've read from user reviews, so it all depends what the individual user considers "acceptable framerates" I guess.

      In addition, there's not much of a reason to go below 1TB on the storage side--a 1TB Caviar Blue is $70 CAD compared to the equivalent Black being $120-140. You can get insane deals that way.
      Last edited by Nebulon Ranger; 03-21-2014, 10:32 AM.

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        #18
        Originally posted by Daniel Vogel View Post
        This doesn't answer your question as the price as spec'ed is too high, but hopefully provides you with some insight into the process we use to spec our machines.

        There are many factors that contribute to a great programmer and Editor experience. Lots of RAM, a CPU with a high clock speed and many cores, and a higher end GPU.

        Internally, we found the sweet spot (optimizing for performance) to be a PC with the following pieces and were able to assemble a machine with those specs, case and all, for under $2500.

        ? Intel Core i7 4930K processor w/ Intel X79 chipset motherboard
        ? 32GB RAM
        ? 1TB SSD
        ? Nvidia GTX 770 video card

        On the CPU side this page (hyperlink to http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html ) is quite helpful when it comes to making different price / performance trade-offs.

        For SSDs, this page (hyperlink to http://www.ssdreview.com/ssd-solid-s...mendation.html) is a good starting point. We went with the Samsung 840 Evo for a great price / performance / size trade-off.

        We recommend 24-32 GByte of RAM as even though neither the compilation process nor the Editor use this much memory, the extra memory for the disk cache is well worth it. We recommend not going below 24 GByte if you are optimizing for cost and only found diminishing returns above 32 GByte.

        The NVIDIA GTX 770 enables full access to all of the high-end graphics features in UE4 at smooth framerates. A powerful GPU is especially important for VR, in order to ensure a high framerate (60-75Hz+) in order to minimize latency.


        To optimize price I would go with the 4770, and go down to 16 GByte of RAM, and a cheaper 500 MByte HDD. Basically exactly what you already did. Sorry I wasn't able to be of more help. I still wanted to chime in with my thinking about trade-offs for others to see.
        Hey Daniel, what's up?

        So, I'm pretty sure that the spec you posted is very very very good, but it is a little much more than I can reach for now. Initially, this computer will not be an investment - It will be an expense, since I'll not earn nothing with it until I start to work somewhere. I mean, I already work, but until I earn money with the monster it will be just an expense, and I think it'll be a long term expense because I'm not technically prepared to surf with the market. Actually, this machine will help me to prepare myself, but it'll take a year or two to get myself involved with big deals. Can you get my point of view?

        I thought to buy a simpler machine and scaling it by time, but I am afraid for the new technologies: yesterday DDR3 was a myth, today there's no more space for DDR2.

        What I meant with "simpler machine"? Actually, a simpler machine for me is lighter than that I posted. Maybe an i3 just for run the initials, because as I said, I run UE4 with Core2Quad and 4GB RAM with no difficulties. Obviously, a matter of time to bother me with my hardware, but let's trying while we are young, huh?

        By the way, it's more important GPU or CPU for UE4? Or it depends? Even for a 3D application such as Maya or 3DS Max, do you know which one is most important?

        Thanks in advance, Daniel!
        Give me something to believe in.

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          #19
          Thanks for the info Daniel. Since my wife bought a new sewing machine I splashed out AUD$4500 on a new monster PC

          CPU Intel Core i7 4930K 675
          Fan Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 LGA2011 CPU Cooler 89
          Video Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB (was on sale, whytf not) 1299
          SSD Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB SSD 669
          Motherboard ASUS P9X79 Motherboard 289
          Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Z F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 399
          Case Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl 149
          PSU Corsair AX860 Platinum Power Supply 289
          Monitor ASUS PB278Q 27in PLS LED Widescreen Monitor 599
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            #20
            Originally posted by Spoondog View Post
            Thanks for the info Daniel. Since my wife bought a new sewing machine I splashed out AUD$4500 on a new monster PC

            CPU Intel Core i7 4930K 675
            Fan Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 LGA2011 CPU Cooler 89
            Video Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB (was on sale, whytf not) 1299
            SSD Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB SSD 669
            Motherboard ASUS P9X79 Motherboard 289
            Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Z F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 399
            Case Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl 149
            PSU Corsair AX860 Platinum Power Supply 289
            Monitor ASUS PB278Q 27in PLS LED Widescreen Monitor 599
            4457
            OMFG I need a wife to have the excuse to buy a PC like yours for me.
            Give me something to believe in.

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              #21
              chiefGui -- I'm afraid I can't answer your question because we tend to frequently upgrade our HW here and use laptops for lower end machine spec testing, which makes it fairly hard to provide good guidance for a decent HW/cost tradeoff on the low end :-/ I think it would be worthwhile to have a thread on the forums where folks post their existing specs and comment on the performance. That might be a good way to get a better feel for how to make trade-offs. I want to say I've seen such a thread, but only found the Mac one... but I haven't had coffee yet this morning

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                #22
                Best you could do, ask the folks at http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc , they do insanely good builds and the best prices for all the parts.
                A friend posted there and got an absolute monster for 1000$, and really balanced build.
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                  #23
                  Found it - https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...dware-Feedback

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                    #24
                    Hi everyone,
                    Since Daniel already posted the link I'm going to close this thread so we can keep all hardware discussion in one convenient location. Thank you and have a great day!

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