Advice needed

I’m looking at getting into using Unreal Engine 4, I’m interested in having a go at making my own game once I learn how to basically use the engine.

First up, I’ll need to do a PSU RAM and GPU upgrade but will also purchase an extra 4tb Hard drive for storage of media or whatever is needed in future.

Anyway, I have my RAM and PSU figured out I think.

RAM; will most likely go with this

PSU, will most likely go with this

GPU, I’m not sure, looking at the recommendations of Unreal Engine 4, you need something like a 470 GTX or 6870 HD or higher.

I’m not too knowledgeable when it comes to GPU’s to be honest, and I don’t really want to spend over 300AUD on a GPU.

These things need to fit a CM 690 Mid tower case, so I’m not sure if the PSU/RAM will fit, I’m assuming they should be okay.

Mobo is a Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, so if you see any compatibility issues with what’s listed so far let me know.

I’m trying to get this done with a budget, I’d like to keep it under 1,000AUD, or more if possible, while still allowing me to be able to use the game engine properly without too many issues.

I’d build an entirely new system but I’m saving up for other stuff at the moment so can’t justify that, otherwise I would lol, unless someone can recommend a new build that can meet 1,000AUD and run Unreal Engine 4 that it is than I’d consider it.

On the whole GPU thing, I’d rather stick with trusty old AMD as I am more familiar with them, but if Nvida have a bang for buck GPU that AMD can’t match or beat I’ll consider swapping.

Some more questions,

If I decide I want to properly get into game developing, what do I need if I want to create my own textrues? Do I need another program ?

Cheers guys, hopefully all these questions won’t annoy you too much.

You’ll be getting more once I get into the engine :stuck_out_tongue:


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What are the specs of the system you are upgrading? Including PSU.

5770 (Yes, very old and underpowered)

I7 950

Bliss Power Supply- A-600

Elixar ram, don’t remember its model lol

mobo- Gigabyte X58A-UD3R

I just need advice on GPU/RAM and potentially PSU and to make sure things will fit in my case.

Would the Gigabyte R9 270X be alright? Would there be any issues with the current mobo?

PSU I’d probably have to upgrade as I only have a 582 watt psu.

Also, would there be any bottlenecking with a I7 950 GPU?

Hey man I have the same cpu and yeah the graphics card is fine it should handle the engine smoothly, I am running the Engine with a HD5850

The 270X should be okay to work with, but do not expect too much. Same for the cpu. If you use a good 582 watt psu it’s enough for your system, but I never heard of Bliss Power so I don’t know if it’s good.

Yeah bliss power are a generic brand.

So the gpu would be fine with my motherboard and case? It would fit alright in a mid tower case?

I’m using a Huntkey 700watt powersupply and it’s very good can even run two of my HD5850’s in crossfire without breaking a sweat, I do recommend that you get a 650watt+ Powersupply so that the powersupply will have room to breath.

Since your 5770 works with you mainboard the 270X will do it aswell. The easiest way to make sure the card fits into your case is to measure the space in it and compare it to the information of your graphics card :D.

For his new setup even a 530 watt psu is enough. He should also be able to oc the componants without running into problems.

Yeah I may as well pick up a new psu while I’m at it hey.

Would that fit in my case? CM690 Mid tower case.

Than there’s ram, I’m guessing this ram would go sweet with my current mobo?

5770- 8.5 X 4.376 X 1.5

270x -15.9 x 3.5 x 9.3 inches

270 is obviously bigger lol, but it should be okay?

R9 270X is fine.

You will not need to buy a new PSU. It will be completely wasted money.

Core i7-950: Max 130 W
AMD Radeon R9 270X: Max 180W

That leaves plenty of power to the rest of the system.

Your CPU will not significantly bottleneck the GPU.

How much ram do you currently got?

The nVidia GTX 750Ti is a great card for the money, runs UE4 well and only uses 60 watt’s power.

So somewhere between

Desktop PC or Mac
Windows 7 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.9.2 or later
Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher


Intel Core i7 4930K processor
Intel X79 chipset motherboard
Nvidia GTX 770 video card

I have a feeling like

Only 6gb at the moment, I will be buying a 12gb triple channel kit though.

Alright, I reckon I’ll just go with the 270 as there’s currently a deal going on Amazon for 206 USD.

It’s going to be one big almighty squeeze to get it in the case lol, the only issue is height clerence to clear the ports where you connect the cd drive into, so as long as it clears that it should be fine… Worse comes to worse I’lll just have to sell the card lol.

Anyway, I’m assuming the RAM would be all good with my motherboard too?

Yeah 12gb ram should be just fine,I am running 8gb at the moment but I need to upgrade too 16gb since I have many apps open lol, but snap the R9 270 if you can.

Get the 270X, 12gb of ram and you should be fine. Not even sure you really need the extra memory, but it won’t hurt.

Yeah I’m just hoping the 270 fits, it’s a massive card and the measurements are tippingit to be a big squeeze.

Before I go buying the ram I just want to double check that the ram I had selected would work with my mobo?

I am confident it will but I like to double check things.

I’m using Generic Kingston or Transcend 4GBx2 DDR3 1333mhz ram on my MSI Pro-E X58 so I think you wouldn’t have a problem but for just for safety get the same brands of ram so that you don’t run into compatibility issues.

Alrighty, I ended up just going for some 12gb ram with gskill, works fine.

Got the R9 270X Windforce in and it was a squeeze, I majorly derped out and was bashing my head wondering why there was no communication than I realised I forgot to reconnected the cable into the motherboard lol.

Now I’m up to adding in more space for storage, when I bought the hard drives, I didn’t think about it and I just went with two Toshiba DT01ACA100 1tb drives since they were the cheapest, but upon checking stuff out, I may have to buy 1 extra data drive and 2x power connectors as I do not believe I have any spares.

I have a Molex connector male so I could go 1x Molex Female to sata power connector and 1x sata power connector and another data cable?

Next thing, I should have really done the Hard drives first before installing the GPU, because now it looks like I may have to take the GPU back out to get enough space, I’m wondering if it’s possible to get these connections made without taking the GPU out? It’ll be a squeez if possible but it’s such a hassle having to take the GPU out connect all the cables up and reconnect the gpu again.