Unreal Engine is advanced and widely used 3D creation tool. Originally, this software was used purely for game design, but it has become a popular choice in a wide variety of industries, such as architecture and video production. If you’re a professional in any one of these fields, or if you’re a company that specializes in this kind of work, investing in a well optimised Unreal Engine Workstation would be a great idea.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Unreal Engine.
Why choose us?
Parts like CPU cooler, Power Supply Unit, and chassis are often glossed over when putting together a system like this. Surprisingly, these parts have a massive effect on the lifespan and performance optimisation of the CPU, GPU and RAM. We only use parts that guarantee excellent cooling, airflow, and power delivery.
We’ve also got a lot of experience in putting these systems together, and our cable management is flawless. This not only means dust will be a lot less of an issue, but it will be much easier to work with when you eventually need an upgrade. This will only happen several years down the line, of course. Not to mention our cases just look fantastic.
Each Modena Computers Workstation is tailored to the personal needs of the user, but the features below would make for a great starting point for your Unreal Engine Workstation.
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CPU – Frequency
The CPU should be the main consideration for an Unreal Engine Workstation.
Frequency isn’t quite as important as cores in this case. However, you may still need a fast CPU for other programs you’ll be working with.
CPU – Core Count
Unreal Engine greatly benefits from CPUs with a higher core count. There are many great options available right now, but at the time of writing this, AMD’s latest Ryzen 9 CPUs offer the best results. If these CPUs are not within your budget, we do have alternatives available at various price ranges, and we’d be happy to discuss these with you.
If you need to do a lot of work with lighting, or you spend a lot of time compiling, you might need even more cores. In cases like this, your Unreal Engine Workstation could do with workstation grade CPU, like an AMD Threadripper.
A nice GPU could definitely improve your workflow in Unreal Engine, but it’s not the main priority. If you plan on working with VR, you’ll want to consider something more powerful, like an RTX3080, but there are more affordable options available. Higher performance cards will give you a better experience while testing, as you’ll be able to view your content at a higher framerate, but they don’t actually make a difference during production.
Keep in mind though, that you might need to use other programs that require a more powerful graphics card. If you let us know all the programs you plan on using, we’ll help you figure out where your money should go.
The amount of RAM you would need for a well optimized Unreal Engine PC depends on how large your projects are going to be. In many cases, 32GB would be enough. This is great as a starting point, but larger projects tend to use a lot more RAM. For that reason, we would recommend opting for 64GB if it is within your budget. This will allow for optimal performance even on projects involve a lot of lighting, and will also leave enough headroom for other applications. It will also make the computer a lot more future proof.
Storage technology has come a long way over the past decade. Solid State Drives are known to be much faster than mechanical hard drives, but they’re also seen as pretty expensive.
It was pretty common to install the OS on a 120GB SSD, and everything else on a 1TB HDD, so that you could at least start up your PC super quickly.
Recently it’s become more viable to just use a larger SSD, from around 500GB to 1TB, and this is exactly our approach with our PCs. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to save and load programs, and also transfer data, at incredible speeds. The SSDs we use are M.2 form factor and use the NVMe protocol, which means they take up no additional space in your case, and are even faster than standard 2.5” SATA drives.
These drives save a lot of time, and that means the PC will pay itself off a lot faster. You also still have the option of adding in some HDDs if you need to.
As we said before, each Modena Computers Vulcan Workstation is custom built to the workflow and budget requirements of its user. It’s important to consider other programs you may want to use with this workstation.
During our consultation process, you can let us know exactly which programs you want to use with your machine, and we’ll be happy to help you understand what you need.
Keep in mind that opting for higher performance right out of the gate offers much greater value than getting exactly what you need right now. A higher performance PC won’t need downtime to upgrade any time soon, and will also allow you to complete more work in less time. It could pay itself off a lot sooner than a more affordable option.
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