Hi folks. Sorry in advance for the length of this post. I do ramble a bit.....
I'm new here. I'm turning to you because I've been watching youtube vids of Total War for months and would love to play it but don't own a pc. I know many people have asked about build specs before (I've read many of the threads) but I think my situation is a wee bit different from others and my knowledge level is almost certainly lower than most.
I'm trying to work out a spec that can comfortably run Total War and is also future proof.
Every time I look at build-a-pc sites my choices typically come to £3k+ and I don't seem to be able to get it lower.
I don't have a desktop atm, just a crappy old lap top that struggles with web browsing and I'm a long way off being an expert in pc's and what's in them. I'm going to be starting from scratch - monitors, keyboards, everything so know it's going to cost a bit more because of that.
I'm also skint - I can't go and buy all the bits off amazon and ebay etc and build them myself (even if I thought I could attempt that). That means I'm going to have to get it on credit - not nice I know but my only option.
I'm keen to make sure that the pc I end up with is as future proof as possible and can still be used for most things in 10 years and accept that to achieve this I'll need to spend more now. I think this is the best option for me as replacing bits every couple of years seems to be a false economy and needlessly complicated. It also helps me justify spending so much to the other half.
Basic spec I've been looking at is roughly.........
Intel i7 7 series but so many options.........
Nvidia GTX Geforce 1080ti - again there seems to be several different types
At least 16Gb but preferably 32Gb of high speed ram
Asus ROG Strix motherboard seems to be popular and well thought of
BIG hard drive - I'd like a SSD but soooo expensive
Also need things like CD RW, card reader
Water cooling - do I need this - dunno
Need a good monitor, ideally two but maybe one just now and add another later if that's possible
Want to record my game play so don't know if I need something to aid with that.
Will also need OS
I see lots of pc's with bright lights on them - do they serve a purpose or just for show ?
Power supply and cables
Sound - do I need a sound card to get sound out of the machine ? And so many speakers to choose from.
As you can probably tell, I'm a noob at this. I'd love to play this game, I used to love strategy games when I was young (I'm mid 40's now) but the only thing I can play just now is Risk !
Any help from you experts out there would be amazing. Maybe this is beyond me in terms of cost and will have to give up but I'm going round in circles just now.
Thanks a lot.
PS - I'm in the UK