Create a No Man’s Sky PC Build for $700
No Man’s Sky is one of the most anticipated games of 2016. Quite a feat considering it’s an indie title. Players experience a procedurally-generated galaxy, chock full of planets and lifeforms. The good news? The specs required for the game are not that high. Let’s look at a No Man’s Sky PC build you can put together for $700.
The scope of developer Hello Games vision for the game truly dwarfs everything that has gone before. If you’re ready to live out your science-fiction fantasies and take to the stars as a fighter, trader or explorer No Man’s Sky was created for you.
Despite its massive scope, the requirements for a No Man’s Sky PC build are actually pretty modest, and if you’re planning on building a gaming PC purely for No Man’s Sky, you can do so reasonably cheaply.
It’s all pretty straight forward, and if you can put together a Lego kit you can build a PC.
Here’s the minimum requirements needed to run the game:
- OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
- Processor: Intel Core i3
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: nVidia GTX 480, AMD Radeon 7870
- Storage: 10 GB available space
The build I’ve put together below is miles better than the above. It includes a quad-core Skylake processor, 16GB of fast DDR4 RAM, a massive 1TB hard drive and most importantly an RX 480 video card – one of the latest video cards released by AMD – and more than capable of crushing this game, and plenty more.
So, let’s take a look at the components I’ve selected in a little more detail:
I’ve opted for Intel’s i5-6400 CPU. It’s a quad-core processor and is part of Intel’s sixth generation of CPUs, nicknamed Skylake. This means it uses socket 1151, and relies on DDR4 memory.
It comes with all of the bells and whistles you would expect from an Intel processor, including a base frequency of 2.7GHz that boosts to a massive 3.3GHz turbo frequency as and when required.
The chip also features integrated Intel HD 530 graphics, but we shouldn’t need to use this as we’re going to rely on the added power of a discrete GPU, the AMD RX 480.
I’ve opted to include 16GB of DDR4 memory instead of the 8GB minimum requirements.
The reality is that memory is not that expensive, so it only costs you a little more to double your RAM to 16GB. While 8GB is generally fine for games, the extra memory will ensure any other operations you perform on your new computer will be faster.
I’ve chosen a 16GB Kingston HyperX Fury kit, operating at 2133MHz.
With so many new video cards on the market now this was a tougher choice. While Nvidia’s GTX 1060 was tempting, the extra video memory of Sapphire’s RX 480 8GB model, was too good an offer to miss.
The card easily beats the performance of Nvidia’s big seller in the last generation, the GTX 970. The card will dominate games in 1920×1080 screen resolutions, give a good performance at 2560×1440 resolution and will even have a go at 4K resolutions (though you would need to lower the detail levels significantly).
The card features 1 x HDMI port and 3 x DisplayPort connectors.
The Seagate 1TB uses a SATA 6GB/s interface, and operates at 7200RPM – no not as fast as a solid state drive, but much cheaper.
The MSI Gaming Skylake H110 motherboard features support for socket 1151 processors, support for up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, a single PCI-Express 3.0 slot, and is based on the micro ATX form factor.
It’s a good basis for a No Man’s Sky PC build and will also give you a solid foundation to upgrade from in the future.
The 500W W1 power supply unit from EVGA features a quiet fan, and most importantly an 80+ rating meaning it operates efficiently.
The power supply also benefits from a 3-year warranty from EVGA and a compact form factor, meaning it will slot into most small cases.
It’s a strong starter power supply, and if the No Man’s Sky PC build is the first of many PC builds for you, it will hold you in good stead as you gradually upgrade your rig.
I’ve chosen a Corsair Carbide Spec-01 gaming case for this build. It features space for fans at the front rear and top of the case, a USB 3.0 port on the front, and supports video cards up to 42cm long.
This offers plenty of space when you decide to upgrade your rig in the future.
The No Man’s Sky PC build comes in at around $700. Please keep an eye on prices as they do change daily. Click the button below if you’d like to invest in this build.
Remember, this build is for the PC components only. You will need to invest in a keyboard, mouse and monitor too.
Keep an eye on the blog for hardware recommendations and reviews.
Building a Gaming PC
Building a gaming PC is a great way to learn a new skill, and whether it’s to play No Man’s Sky or something else, you’ll definitely have fun doing it.
You’re creating something and learning new stuff at the same time.
If you’re a unsure about where to start, have a look at the below video playlist. It’s made to be as simple and straightforward to follow as possible.
Click the menu box in the top left of the below window to cycle through all the videos.
I deliberately made the videos short, to help make the learning process as easy as possible.
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As PC games get better and better and the hardware to run them advances at an ever quicker rate you may be tempted to buy a pre-built custom gaming PC.
STOP! Don’t do it. There’s a range of benefits to building your own PC:
- you’ll save a tonne of money
- you can customize it exactly as you want
- you avoid ‘bloatware’ that comes bundled with pre-built systems and clogs up performance
The good news is it’s a buyer’s market with a massive range of components available to builders and building a gaming PC is easier than many realize.
If you can put together a Lego kit you can build a computer. It’s that easy.
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