Going to Build a Workstation - For Game Dev! Need Help
Posted: Posted May 1st, 2018 by mariomguy
My computer is a modded Lenovo Ideacentre workstation. It came with an i7-3770, NVIDIA GT 640, a 300 watt PSU (seriously), 12 GB of RAM, and 2 TB of HDD storage space. I upgraded the PSU to 450 watts, GPU to EVGA GTX 960 FTW, and replaced the HDD with a whopping 1TB SSD!
Now, this CPU has given me a solid 6 years of tremendous joy, but it's time for an upgrade. Lighting builds in UE4 should not take half an hour on preview settings. I will be developing games, so it needs to be a capable workstation and a decent graphics powerhouse, but not insane. I'm looking for the best bang-for-your-buck here:
CPU: Intel i7-8700
GPU: EVGA 1160 (unreleased, as of this writing)
RAM: 2x8 16 GB DDR4
SSD: Sandisk SSD Plus 960 GB
PSU: 450w 80+ Platinum grade FSP Modular Arum
Things I need to figure out:
Case - I'd like a sleek white tower that's easy enough to carry when I have to transport this computer from place to place (happens during monthly game dev meetups). I found a perfect model similar to a lunchbox design that was discontinued. I'm afraid of going micro-ATX because I hear they're very difficult to build, and this is my first time. Any suggestions?
Motherboard - I need at least 4 USB 2.0 ports on the back. Wi-fi is optional (I have direct ethernet to my computer now). I'd rather not spend more than $120 on a motherboard. One GPU only, but must be compatible with latest Intel CPU. Any suggestions?
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