I’m seriously considering moving across from Unity to Unreal. My current development system won’t cut it, though. There’s no doubt I’ll have to upgrade the graphics card and memory (currently 4Gb DDR2 and NVIDIA 6600GTS). I have a fair idea of what I need in terms of graphics card. I am, however, in need of a bit of guidance with the processor.
I’m currently using an AMD Athlon II 440 tri-core CPU. The specs ask for a quad core. Unfortunately it’s a bit of a nebulous requirement. Given that the current generation of processors has faster dual core processors than my Athlon (even the current Haswell Celerons are faster), I’m not sure how Epic decided upon the quad-core requirement or why. Is there a general idea as to the lowest permissible processor model that would do the job? I tend to use Passmark whenever I make purchasing decisions. A low-ball CPU model would allow me to look up the benchmarks so I have some idea of what I’m looking for.
As you can probably tell, I haven’t much of a budget for an upgrade - my wife would probably flay me alive if she thought I’d spent £150 on a processor.