PC build for emulation

Discussion in 'Games and games consoles' started by Horatio Moustache, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Has anyone here built a PC before? It's something I'm interested in doing it, so any advice would be great. The main push for it is emulation but it will be used as a general system too.

    I currently use an android box but it's starting to give up. I had thought about an Nvidia Shield, but I prefer the more stable emulation from Windows and the possibility of upgrading in the future. I don't want to lose the console-feel of gaming, so the machine would need to be small-form and sit next to the TV.

    The machine would primarily be used for emulation. Anything up to and including PS2 (PCSX2) and Gamecube/Wii (Dolphin). Getting Cemu to run would be great but I think that's out of my price range. Not bothered about 4k, but upscaling would be great.

    This is what I have at the minute (does this parts list even work?!?) At the moment though it's way out of my price range. I'd prefer up to around £450. Any thoughts on how this list looks and if I can reduce the costs anywhere would be great:

    System Builder - Core i5-7500 3.4 GHz Quad-Core, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB, GD09B HTPC - PCPartPicker United Kingdom
  2. StiflerPG

    StiflerPG Midfield

    Have you got a budget limit?

    Try this, its vastly superior for around the same price, and it'll run modern games at 1080p at above 60fps at highest detail. If you can stretch your budget then go for bigger storage but if its emulation I'd aim for mechanical over SSD's You'll get more space for your money and the performance gains for SSD would be tiny for emulation. The case is a Micro ATX, its not massive, but its not console size either, probably same size as a original Xbox One, but twice as thick.

    Forgot the link.

    System Builder - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC, MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower - PCPartPicker United Kingdom

    Better, switched from none Ti to Ti GPU card.

    System Builder - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC, MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower - PCPartPicker United Kingdom
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  3. Rusty

    Rusty Midfield

    Bit over the top for emulation isn't it? Wouldn't something like a ryzen 5 2400g in an itx board be more sutible and a lot cheaper?
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  4. StiflerPG

    StiflerPG Midfield

    No such thing. ;) I matched his price, more or less.
  5. Cheers mate, appreciate it. As I say I haven't really got a clue!

    I was hoping to spend about £450 but this is clearly far too low based on what you've kindly sent there. I could probably push it a bit higher but I'd be worried about putting the thing together the more I invest.

    One question based on what I've read online - apparently emulators work better with Intel CPUs rather than AMD? Something to do with pushing a single core? Do you think that's something I should keep in mind, or would this Ryzen be ok?
  6. Rusty

    Rusty Midfield

    If your just emulating that build is over the top. I can run most emulators on an i3 dual core laptop that I paid £200 for a few years ago.
  7. Aye? As long as it runs at (30fps) and I can upscale a little bit I'll be happy. As I say the max will be PS2 and GameCube, but I know these can be fairly intensive.
  8. Rusty

    Rusty Midfield

    Something like this should do ps2 and game cube at 1080p and 50-60fps if my quick bit of research is right.

    System Builder - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core, Sugo SG13B Mini ITX Tower - PCPartPicker United Kingdom

    That's an itx build so nice and small if you wanted it to be cheaper again go micro atx like this but it will be a bigger tower.

    System Builder - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core, Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower - PCPartPicker United Kingdom

    Windows 10 key off eBay for £5 and your good to go.

    Also have potential to add a gpu at a later date and upgrade the cpu to a higher end ryzen chip down the line.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2019
  9. Cheers mate, will look into it!
  10. Rusty

    Rusty Midfield

    With the ryzen chips just double check that the ram you pick is supported by the motherboard as they can be funny with certain ram sets. Also make sure the ram is fast and two separate sticks as it affects gpu performance
  11. Thank you. Are there any Intel CPUs that might be an alternative?
  12. Rusty

    Rusty Midfield

    Not at that price point. The amd 2200g and 2400g have an on board gpu built into them Intel don't really do an equivalent. You'd be looking at an i3 chip paired with a gpu
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  13. Taggartis

    Taggartis Midfield

    All seems over the top. A pi and retro pi not do the job for like £50 with all the stuff needed?
  14. PS2 & Gamecube are the killers here. You'd need to have something better than a pi to run them and something quite impressive to run them with all of the graphics filters turned on (particularly Dolphin from what i've read).
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  15. Rusty

    Rusty Midfield

    Pi struggles with n64 from what I've found.

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