Hello there! I need some help with a compatibility question that’s been driving me nuts for a while. I decided to upgrade my dying laptop computer so I could dive into programs like EU4 and rendering bigger projects in Blender/After Effects. I want to try my hand at special effects, animation, and hobbyist game development with my friends. However, my main focus will be furthering my 3D texturing and lighting to start with, so having a high fps isn’t a huge deal.
I didn’t want to do a custom build right off the bat. Wiring and mounting components is not something I’m knowledgeable with and I’d rather do several more months of research before I attempt, but I need a computer now. I’ll research anything I need to but in general I’m more of an artist, so it’s been difficult trying to find a new computer that is capable of running UE4.
Looking for opinions on this DESKTOP setup I just bought, and most of all very nervous if this will even run EU4:
3.6 GHz Intel Core i7-4790 CPU
12GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM [max 32, I’ll be upgrading this later]
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 GPU (4GB GDDR3)
8MB L3 Cache
Motherboard Socket: LGA 1150 Type: Intel Z97
I’ll definitely be upgrading to a GTX 950 once I save more money (the power supply is 460w and I don’t want to kill it), but the CPU and motherboard chipset seemed to be a really solid start for single-thread AND multi-threading without spending over $1k on the base build. But am I DOA with the 745? Could I even poke around with the lighting engine with such a weak little card?
If this setup is entirely out of the question for EU4, I’m open to any feedback. I still have time to return the computer, but everything about it seemed like it was something I could grow with for a while.
I know there are a million threads like this, please forgive me if I sound redundant.