Needing to buy a set of new computers for my classroom. Students are gonna be making some Unreal Engine 5 projects. The Dell representative is trying to sell me the RTX A4000 graphics card for each computer.
Does anyone have experience with that card?
How does it compare to others?
What GPU(s) do you prefer?
Trying to future proof my classroom for the next 5 or 6 years
motherboard: whatever they have compatible close to $250-300 mark
power supply: quality please, no skimping here - Gold+ 850W is fine, $200 or thereabout
memory: 64 GB DDR4 RAM (128 GB is nice to have but can be added later), 3200/3600MHz is more than fine, $300
screens: 1x 4k screen + 1x 1440p screen (if there’s space for 2 screens in the classroom) - you do not need 300MHz gaming screen. If you can’t fit 2x screens, consider a single ultra-wide 35" unit, minimum 3440x1440. Avoid 1080p screens.
storage: 2x 1 TB NVMe (or 1x 2TB NVMe + 4-8GB HDD). Not sure how the classroom operates but you may have a networked storage solution in place. Older gen NVMes can be had for $100 a pop - 1TB Western Digital Blue SN570, for example. Gen3 is fine, Gen4 is, naturally better & pricier. With Direct Storage materialising right now, fast storage solution will be crucial.
other peripherals as you see fit
Approach some vendor(s!) and ask for a quote for X machines close to this spec. Meanwhile, check how much individual parts would cost. You will not assemble the PC yourself of course, but the vendor will add at least 20% margin, which is fair.
At least you’ll know if it adds up and if they’re attempting to rip you off (too much). If there’s budget left, get more RAM, higher tier GPU / CPU, larger screen with better colour reproduction, keyboards one can pour coffee over…
If you’re ordering 10+ units, I’d expect free mouse pads, hats, mugs or whatnot.
You can get a rough understanding / overview of the pricing here:
These are somewhat gaming oriented but if you double the recommended RAM, you’ll get closer to a dev machine.
It’s not uncommon to use a disk drive as a storage drive since they are much cheaper and available in large capacities. You can see there they also include a 1TB SSD for Windows, the disk drive is just for extra storage.
Here’s a question, which GPU do Unreal Devs most prefer? I’ve got the top ones listed here from Tom’s Hardware. The Radeon RX 6900 XT is on “top”…but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best for UE5 game DEVELOPMENT. Thoughts here?