Hi all, This is my first post and am approaching UE4 from a beginner’s standpoint. I’m not a noob to programming, but much of what is in front of me wrt UE4 and Blender is going to be new, so I know I’m going to have to approach this as a longer term learning process. My current PC is not going to be able to run UE4, so I’m going to be building a new PC for this.
I’ve looked through many of the suggested PC build posts I can find and have put together several builds on pcpartpicker that tend to land in the $1300-$1400 USD range. These builds in this price range tend to look like:
i7 4790k + mobo
GTX 970 - probably MSI or Gigabyte
16G or 32G RAM - DDR3 1600 or 1866
250g or 500g SSD - Samsung
1TB hard disk - WD Blue
high quality PS - maybe 650W Corsair RM or similar
Cheap optical drive
Again, this build is mainly based upon conversations I’ve gleaned from many posts, and I’ve tried several variations of this and price seems to come to around $1300 to $1400 range depending on a few changes. My understanding is something like that might be the best “bang-for-the-buck” build at the current point in time. (Please advise if I’m misunderstanding)
My general thought is this is a lot of cash, especially for a beginner, so I’m wanting to compare to some suggestions for lower end builds from folks who are using them, and would expect they’d be sufficient for a beginner. I know some folks have posted they run UE4 on less, and I’m trying to gauge what a decent lower end spec would be considering I’m learning and a beginner at this. I especially appreciate comments from folks from that perspective
Anyhow, in that context, I’d like to stay with Intel CPU and Nvidia video (mainly due to heat/noise/power efficiency issues along w/ generally better compatibility/support), but within those constraints am trying to understand what a “not-so-great but workable for a beginner system” might look like.
-If you’re running i5’s, are they OK for beginner, or is springing for more CPU a no brainer?
-Does a GTX 950 (or less) get the job done for you acceptably as a learner/beginner?
-16G ram is probably minimum? It’s not too expensive, so not a big deal
-To save cash, would going simply with single regular spinning HD work fine (and wait on a SSD)?
- I’m assuming Windows 10 is fine, but please correct me if I’m wrong.
Thanks for the feedback. I’ve been looking at system options for a couple of days and am trying to get a better feel for what a lower end system might look like so I can compare the costs to see where I land prior to making my final decision. Comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you,