Trials and Tribulations - Deciding on new rig spec
Written by: Sebbak
- 11:16 Sep-18-2012
Following on from my previous blog post, I thought I'd get a little update in place for those people looking for a new system. You are about to go what I'm going through with regards to picking what you want in a new PC.
The problem I've had is this... Oh, that's only £10.34 more for that. Oh, that's another £15.50 for this and so on and so forth until you've created a monster than Dr. Frakenstein would have been proud of.
Super overclocked processors, uber expensive graphics cards, Sabretooth mobo's. Oh, I've hit the £2k barrier... better reel that in then.
I think what I (and I guess a lot of people) fail to do is be realistic. What do I want the PC for? Personally, I want it for Guild Wars 2. Will my planned £650 rig run it ok? Well yeah, according to this site I should hit 60fps average, even with high settings. Do I NEED to spend the extra £1400? No. Will I get £1400 more from the game? No. So why bother?
It's nice to have the best of everything, but in the realms of realism the big decider is budget. Use that as a guide first, then have a realistic idea of what you want your rig to be able to do and go from there. Try not to get tempted away with trick bits if you really don't need them, all those little £10's on top soon add up!
So for me, my original plan of a relatively humble i5 3450/HD7770/8Gb RAM will suffice. And save me a fair few quid in the process too! Which, by the by, should hopefully get the go ahead soon!