Curious to know what kind of set up everyone has. I am new to game development and my first thought was to get an all-in-one. Doesn’t look like a good idea. I assume a gaming PC like Alienware with a 4k monitor is the way to go. Any thoughts?
- a reasonable number of cores 5800x/5900x or Intel equivalent
- lots of RAM, 32GB is OK, 64GB is nicer
- a couple of fast NVMe drives
- a potent GPU is a nice to have but not a must unless you’re into something specific and must have a 3090 with 24GB vRAM; a humble 3060 will take you far
- min 2 monitors, widescreen helps (me), anything above 1080 is nice, consider colour accuracy over 240MHz refresh rate
- quality PSU so it doesn’t fry
- a non-gaming office chair that does not turn your spine into a wet noodle
Also, you can absolutely get away with a budget build, it really depends on the scope and type of dev. Level design will demand more from the hardware than making mobile games with widgets.
There may be no need to shatter the piggyB.
- choose your country
- consider Total £$ vs your budget
- double the RAM
- drop to a lower GPU tier than the entry suggests
- opt for a higher CPU tier than the entry suggests
A decent starting point for a generic game dev rig. Adjust to your particular needs.
Wow, thanks so much for this. I am building Levels, but for Quest 2. It’s for our students. So, I am looking for near-cinematic graphics despite the constraints of mobile phones. Trying to get as close as I can. I would love to build a PC, however just getting started and for the reasons I mentioned maybe an OEM might be less hassle? Not so much on upgrades, but on not needing to look for parts or knowing what to do if it breaks.