Hey all, I need a little help with choosing a new build. I work in DevOps and have recently moved to a new company - meaning I had to return the Dell 7567 (1050 Ti) laptop that I had frequently used for gaming.
I currently have a (roughly) 9 year old desktop that has been put through its paces :
- 4GB RAM
- ASUS DirectCU II GTX660
- 500GB Samsung SSD 840
Ideally I would like something that could be somewhat future-proof with plenty of room for adding upgrades as required.
I run Arch Linux on all systems, so Linux compatibility is a must. I would also be dual-booting Windows 10 for gaming only.
I’m not into streaming, nor very keen on multiplayer gaming, etc., though I do occasionally play AAA titles (Hitman, GTAV (offline), Witcher 3, etc.) so there doesn’t need to be a major focus on gaming with SLI or whatever - but I do want to be able to comfortably play the latest games with some headroom for the future.
Ideally I would also like some serious compute power as I will likely run Kubernetes and containers on the machine, or development from time to time. Again, this doesn’t have to be insane or server grade as I already run a homelab consisting of:
- Dell R710, 128GB, RAID10 SSDs
- Dell R710, 96GB, RAID10 300GB SAS (testing)
- Cisco 3750G
- FreeNAS Mini, 8TB
Most of my storage would reside on the NAS, and most testing/development done on the servers but it is likely I would also develop on the suggested desktop.
Taken from the Forum Guidelines:
Budget. How much are you willing to spend?
£1000-1500 (possibly £1000 and £500 on a laptop)
Where do you live (what country, don’t post specific details), and what currency do you use?
Belfast, UK (GBP)
Is there a retailer you prefer?
Do you need or already have peripherals? (this can add to costs)
Have 2x Dell P2717H, keyboard, mouse and speakers
What will you be using your Glorious computer for? Gaming? Rendering? Mix of both? Or is this a home media PC or Steam Box?
Gaming and DevOps/development (dual-boot Windows and Linux* primary)
Do you overclock or want to get into overclocking?
Do you plan on going for custom water-cooling now, or in the future?
The machine should be as silent as possible, so it’s an option but not required
Operating System. Do you need a new one?
What kind of settings do you like or what FPS do you want to play at?
Ultra settings, 1080, standard 60Hz, 60fps is fine
What kind of games do you like to play?
Divinity, GTAV, Hitman, Witcher 3, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM
Do you render?
No, not really but I have dabbled in video editing and 3D modelling in the past. Who knows what I will do in 3-5 years, but it’s not a priority right now.
In summary, probably something with 32GB, multi-core, reasonable NVMe/SSD, can handle AAA on Ultra easily, that is silent and has plenty of options for expansion.
Thanks for any suggestions and apologies for it being such a long post