I have pushed every piece of hardware to its limit. I have a bag full of hard drives from the laptops alone and they were all brand-new machines when I got my hands on them. I’ve been through my share of PC’s in 15 years too. I won’t dare add up the cost because it’s wasteful. I decided that I need a more economical approach.
Gaming Rig Inbound
Today I ordered my first PC built for gaming. This build will allow me to play Star Citizen without worrying about a bottleneck, especially during the development of the game. Graphics will barely reach mid-level bt for this game that is visually appealing all the same.
My main specs…
- Intel i7
- 16gb RAM
- 1050 GTX Ti
- 1 TB HDD
- 240 SSD
Entry level stuff but it is bought and inbound by special courier.
Economical Work and Play
My plan is to avoid buying an entire PC for many years now. Component upgrades all the way, until the motherboard is no longer suitable.
Star Citizen will encourage me to upgrade graphics. I might do that during festive sales and add a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070.
My need to multitask within a development environment will not push this build at all. I worked comfortably on my late 8gb HP laptop (RIP) and hit memory limits on very large projects. 16gb ram will have me covered now and no more annoying memory warnings in PhpEd.
On Arrival Looking Good
I was happy to get a well-packaged tower and some extras that saved me a little money.
I got a surprise when I saw Black & Red ticked!
Why Snow White?
Yes, it is all very white but it makes sense. Although I plan to stream I don’t want to get ahead of myself on the live stream visuals i.e. a colour theme that matches a brand.
So I have compromised with my girl to set up a desk that looks good in our white and grey bedroom.
Now you see why I went white and very clinical. Just need a good desktop wallpaper…
There we go a nice white background and my rig is ready to use. Just needs some random stuff now and maybe a bit more blue LED.
Overall: Chinese and Happy
What you are looking at is my idea of an entry-level rig for under £1000. The desk and chair are from Argos. The curved Acer screen new from PC World. The tower was bought brand new on eBay from Kelsus IT who built it per my specifications. I spent £40 on networking the house and improving then LAN.
Overall most items are made in China. Considering it all built well runs perfectly and is very quiet for four fans. I am happy and looking forward to what sort of life I can get out of the whole setup.