I’ve built a budget i5 PC which was just going to be our media PC plugged into the living room TV.
Then I decided I wanted to do a bit of PC gaming, like the olden days. I needed a reasonable graphics card but luckily Xmas was round the corner so that happened.
TV is a 4K Samsung 50″ JU6800 and I’m sat on the Sofa with a wooden toy box lid across my legs and a wireless keyboard and mouse. TV’s big enough and “desk” is stable enough to do gaming in comfort.
Donor PC was £50 from work and had an i5, 8GB RAM and a DVDRW. I already had a nice case in the studio so I bought a cheapo one to replace the studio one with as that’s not on show. Bought a new socket 1150 motherboard and CPU cooler then did some shuffling of disks from my Studio PC, server and wife’s MacBook.
Coupled with the new graphics card it’s performing well.
Completed PC Spec is:
Intel Core i5 4460S 2.9GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) CPU
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
MSI B81M-P33 Motherboard
Corsair Carbide SPEC-01 Case
EVGA 500W PSU
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC 4GB Graphics
Samsung 128GB SSD for OS
Crucial 240GB SSD for Main (Origin) Games
WD Green 2TB HDD for Media and Steam Library
Logitech MX Master Mouse
Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard with Integrated Multi-Touch
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Operating System
I was spoilt so got STAR WARS Battlefront and Battlefield 1 for Xmas for PC too.
On STAR WARS Battlefront this PC handles 2560×1440 on Medium Graphics averaging 60fps but I perfer the look and feel (and higher frame rates) of running @ 1920×1080 with graphics set to high.
Latest Radeon driver includes Radeon ReLive which lets you record gameplay to video with very minimal impact on Frame-rate. I recorded a clip, below, of me killing someone and being killed. (I could put up load of footage of me being killed)
Although the Logitech MX Master isn’t a gaming mouse, it’s extremely accurate and Wireless was must (whilst retaining a decent polling rate). I wasn’t interested in DPI as that means nothing. Using 50% sensitivity in windows and about 30% in game and that’s more than enough – so plenty left on tap.