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    Where is the power?

    Hi All. Where the hell has this game been in my 59 years of living on earth. My son introduced me to it this weekend and i'm hooked . All i need now is a new rig to run it. I'm surprised there is not a classified section in this forum to buy and sell gear. I have a few questions. if anyone has time to answer them it would be great. Will 3k put me a system together so i can enjoy the game . And if so , what companies could i contact because im not interested in building my own system. Thanks in advance

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    Next time you should fill your hold with gold

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    Originally Posted by lmo506 View Post (Source)
    Hi All. Where the hell has this game been in my 59 years of living on earth. My son introduced me to it this weekend and i'm hooked . All i need now is a new rig to run it. I'm surprised there is not a classified section in this forum to buy and sell gear. I have a few questions. if anyone has time to answer them it would be great. Will 3k put me a system together so i can enjoy the game . And if so , what companies could i contact because im not interested in building my own system. Thanks in advance
    3k is way more than needed - I got one that's well over the required spec for about 1200 (though I already had a suitable monitor, so add on a bit more for that if you need one of those) last November, and you could probably run it on one for 600 or so.

    (I'm assuming UK currency but 3000 dollars or euros will be fine as well)

    I've bought a couple of PCs from PCSpecialist and the build quality and service there have been good for me. Again, assuming you're in the UK I'd recommend looking at them.

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    3k will annihilate the specs needed to run this game in max settings

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    I guess that depends on what you are looking for. If you are interested primarily in the Solo mode and don't care about VR, you should not ignore the console versions, designed to be basically hassle-free. There are even compatible HOTAS-controllers so you don't have to be limited to the basic console controller. The downside is that for "real" multiplayer you have to pay a subscription fee.
    This is not an issue with the PC version, except the mandatory online connection. I would say there are no "specific" requirements to play this game on PC.

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    Whilst you're just throwing your money away, you might want to see if there are any local charities that need an extra buck or two.

    3K will get you the best gaming focused PC you can buy, and the appropriate ED-specific game controllers.

    Alternatively;

    3k will get you the same components twice, if you were willing to spend the day learning and building it yourself.

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    As above, if you can spare the time and hassle of building it yourself you can save quite a bit of money, but otherwise I have used Overclockers.co.uk for quite a bit of stuff over the years. 1500 will get you a very decent PC so you have plenty left over for a Rift or Vive.

    Hope that helps

    Andy

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    First, let me welcome you to the Elite: Dangerous Galaxy. My rule 2 is; Have Fun (it is just a game, but WHAT a GAME!). Rule 2a is; In VR have LOTS more fun!!!

    The learning curve is so steep (it has an overhang!) that the mountain goats go around in teams, roped together (and even then they may fall off, but that means the Vultures get to eat!). However, when you master something, and do it well, the buzz is worth the effort. To my mind the most important skill to master is landing your ship. Until you can do this nothing else matters (how can you complete a mission, for example, if you killed yourself on landing?). It would be a good idea to go through some of the Training missions to start learning the necessary skills to survive.

    Now, Golden Rule 1, which is; Never Fly if you cannot cover the REBUY. REBUY is the insurance excess on your ship, and is 5% of the value of your ship (including all upgrades, but not the cargo). Any changes you make to a ship will affect the REBUY. You can see what your REBUY is on the Status screen (normally accessed by pressing key 4 when in cockpit view, although I do not know how to access the Status screen on a console), bottom left, below Balance. If you get killed, and you can cover the REBUY, you will get a replacement ship identical to the one you lost (although the cargo bay will be empty). However, if you cannot cover the REBUY you may well end up back in a basic Sidewinder. Please do not let this happen to you, as the forum is littered with tales of woe when other Players have ignored Rule 1, and then got killed. This links to a classic one I have seen;

    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...day-to-lose-it

    You will, at various stages, upgrade your ship (buying is covered in the next paragraph). Be aware that all internal equipment has numbers and letters associated with them. The number is the Class, while the letter is the Rating. Until you have a good understanding of the Class make sure (when upgrading) to fit the same Class as the unit coming out. There are stories of Players who fitted a 1A FSD to their Sidewinder, thinking it would help increase the jump range, only to find that (as the FSD that came out was a Class 2) they had REDUCED the jump range. The letter is for Rating, with E being the weakest and A being the strongest. However, there are two that confuse this somewhat. All D Rated equipment are very light (and are preferred by Explorers for this reason), while B Rated has heavy armour (which is great for combat specialists). I do not (at this time) intend to explain weaponry, as this is definitely a matter of personal preference.

    When you decide to buy a new ship, try to have 200% of the purchase price first. That way you have enough for the ship, some basic outfitting, a couple of loads of cargo, and a couple of REBUYs (just in case). If you are trading in a ship, take it back to factory spec first. When you sell any ship you will always take a 10% hit on the value of the ship at the time of selling. However, if you take it back to factory spec first you get back the full amount that you paid for the upgrades (at this time, at least). Then, when you sell the ship, your losses will be reduced. For example, I have an A Rated Cobra MkIII worth 10Mcr. If I were to sell her now I would take a loss of 1Mcr. However, if I take her back to factory spec and then sell her my loss will be about 35Kcr.

    One final piece of advise I have is that, when something within the Game gets boring, switch to something else for a while. There are so many different things you can do it should not be difficult to stay interested. I, for example, will alternate between Trading, RES Combat, Exploring and helping new Players in Starter Space (and there are a whole lot MORE in the way of things to do!).

    Have fun, fly safely, and see you out amongst the stars. Feel free to ask any questions, we all had to learn somewhere, and those that care will answer all they can.

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    I'm currently playing on a 10 year old motherboard/cpu with 16gig of RAM and a gtx 1060 6GB video card, on a 1080p screen.

    What I'm saying is you don't need anywhere near $3K for a machine to play this game, unless you're including oculus rift, a 4K monitor, and a super video card that would be required to run those things.

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    I suggest looking at VR. Best way to experience the game IMO. You do lose a lot of graphical fidelity, but the feeling of being inside your ship is unparalleled. In that case, you really do want the best hardware you can afford, but your budget is quite capable of that! Not sure what pre-builts are good since I build my own so I'll let others suggest there. I know you don't want to build, but I always feel the need to encourage people by pointing out that it's really really hard to mess up these days. But if you really don't want the hassle, I get it You should also consider what control method you'd like to use and possibly budget for a HOTAS.

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    3K ? Also think about electricity bills.


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    Thanks. I realize there is probably more than a lifetime of gameplay in this for me, which is exactly what i'm looking for.

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    Originally Posted by lmo506 View Post (Source)
    Hi All. Where the hell has this game been in my 59 years of living on earth. My son introduced me to it this weekend and i'm hooked . All i need now is a new rig to run it. I'm surprised there is not a classified section in this forum to buy and sell gear. I have a few questions. if anyone has time to answer them it would be great. Will 3k put me a system together so i can enjoy the game . And if so , what companies could i contact because im not interested in building my own system. Thanks in advance
    If you're in the UK, Chillblast will do you a very nice boutique build for under 1k all the way to 4k and up: https://www.chillblast.com/

    If you feel like building your own rig Scan and Aria are good, as well as Overclockers:
    https://www.scan.co.uk/
    https://www.aria.co.uk/

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/

    I've used all four companies and had great experiences with them all. There's a lot of overlap, particularly with component suppliers, you can shop around to shave a few quid off the build. Alternatively, if you have a spec in mind, giving their sales bods a call and letting them know you're considering buying the whole package from whichever supplier gives you the best deal works a treat!