- 55 months ago
A work/gaming/entertainment rig for my husband and I. We’re located in the US, and I’m not comfortable with used parts. Don’t care about it looking fancy or flashy at all, but nothing excessively bulky, as it will be part of our living room entertainment center.
There are three main uses for this computer:
Gaming. We like big open-world RPGs—Fallout 4, Witcher 3, Skyrim, Mass Effect, stuff like that. We’ll definitely want to play something like No Man’s Sky when it comes out, and we’re excited about VR—no specific plans to buy yet, but we want the door open for that if we decide to take the plunge. I don’t have particular expectations regarding FPS, but we’d like to be able to run these types of current AAA games looking really great on high level settings (minimal, if any compromises), and be able to enjoy some mods as well without taking too much of a performance hit.
Game development. My husband is a game artist who also does UI and marketing. He uses dual 1080p monitors. Here is a list of the software he uses in order of frequency:
“Photoshop (digital painting, ui, and marketing...file sizes can be over 1gb) Unity 5 (game development for mobile, tablet, web, and VR) Camtasia (I record myself painting, and doing demos for my classes, and give feedback at work recording all other programs listed) Premiere (video editing, including painting demos and game trailers) Maya (3d modeling high and low poly, some animation, rendering) After Effects (motion graphics and animation for game trailers) Audacity (audio mixing)
Other software (not frequently used): Quixel Suite Zbrush Marmoset Toolbag Spine”
- Media center. The plan is to purchase a 4k TV and keep the PC below it to serve as a gaming console/media center. When my husband needs to work, the TV will serve as part of a dual monitor set-up, probably along with one of our existing 1080p monitors. Even though we’ll be using the 4k TV as a monitor to play games, we don’t expect them to run at that level. 1080p is fine, and if we could get any higher resolution that would be a bonus.
We love games, but first and foremost the system has to meet my husband’s professional needs, so that he can work efficiently without feeling like hardware is holding him back or waiting forever for things to render. Recording while painting in Photoshop is what tends to strain his system the most and obviously he does a lot of video editing. We’d like 16 gigs of RAM, but wonder if 32 might be a worthwhile investment. We want to put the OS and all of his commonly used content creation programs on a solid state drive, perhaps even a few games, and would want to supplement that with at least a 2 TB hard drive. We need an NVIDIA graphics card and Windows, but no peripherals. Would also like a blu-ray reader for movies.
Alright, so budget. I’m posting this partly to figure out how much we should expect to spend and our budget is somewhat flexible. Obviously we’ll spend what we need to make sure my husband can get work done, but I still want to be economical. Someone would need to make a really good case for me to feel comfortable spending more than $1500. And if all this were possible with a build under $1k, that would be awesome. What is the minimum build you can recommend? And what would you recommend upgrading if we could afford to spend another $200-300 for better performance or a bit of future-proofing?
Thanks so much for any help.