BlueMustache Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:30pm
SFM Recommend specs 4 a beginner.
Hey Guys,
I'm 15 and going into SFM.
I am a programmer, gamer, and aspire to be a Sourc Filmmaker.
My laptop I use is severely behind on technology. It is still 32 bit.
My parents wont let me buy an Alienware, so they said I could make my own rig.
Their ideal price is under 500 dollars.
Can anyone recommend a computer, or parts for one, that is optimal for SFM.
My requirements are.

- Lagless SFM environment
- Lagless previews
- High Performance/Cheap
- Doesnt have to be too fast at rendering the final product.
- Desktop
- Top end, mainly for Saxxy Submissions ("End of the Line" quality.)

I am leaning towards cheap, high performance for SFM, and still a quality gaming computer. That can hold up to max Portal 2 engine graphics.

I know the techincal lingo. Been in the business long enough, being a amateur Java programmer. Any help is appreciated! I have never built a computer before. Hopefully I can join you all, and contribute, soon! :D

-Blue
Last edited by BlueMustache; Aug 28, 2014 @ 5:53pm
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BlueMustache Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:36pm 
Link to end of line:

http://youtu.be/lmVsOl9qAhs
BlueMustache Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:38pm 
Also,
Recommended?

- Case
- Board
- Processor
- Video Card (Nvidia? Had good experience so far
- Cooling system
raptornx01 Aug 27, 2014 @ 7:02pm 
comp power has no real effect on the quality of the end product, only the quality of the process. if you can run sfm, you can make end of the line level stuff. I'm on a 2-3 year old wal-mart bought pc and I do fine.
Price Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:00pm 
A few builds, take a look:

"The Boson" ($300) {LINK REMOVED}http://goo.gl/iIzAip

"The Media Elite" ($279.30) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wfkQf7

"The Next-gen Crusher" ($447.87) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m28M4D

"Render Rig ($595.64) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tkRYmG




Price Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:02pm 
They took down my link for the Boson, It was a Youtube video so it would have ♥♥♥♥ed up the formating of my post. Anyways this is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgyI8bfrYt4&list=UUXGgrKt94gR6lmN4aN3mYTg

As I side note I would go with "The Media Elite"
BlueMustache Aug 28, 2014 @ 5:43am 
@all
Thanks for the tips.
I will checkout all of them.

I did know the thing about the settings, but my computer is 32 bit and is 5-6 years old.
I need an upgrade.

All those rigs look good, I will show those proposals to my Dad.
Price Aug 28, 2014 @ 10:04am 
Why not just skip the dad and get what ever you want, I build my first PC when I was 12, Got a job and worked hard. Now I'm 16 and I build a sexy rig, Got everything thing I wanted just by working odd jobs and fixing other peoples PC's
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=293051243
BlueMustache Aug 28, 2014 @ 5:54pm 
Originally posted by Priceless Persuader:
Why not just skip the dad and get what ever you want, I build my first PC when I was 12, Got a job and worked hard. Now I'm 16 and I build a sexy rig, Got everything thing I wanted just by working odd jobs and fixing other peoples PC's
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=293051243

Not skipping the dad.
Also, I dislike macs. Even though that is awesome!
Thanks for the help.
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