With the introduction of the new game streaming service from Nvidia we thought what better way to test out the service than to build a PC that meets the requirements in the cheapest possible way.
So with that we took to the interballs in search of parts and what better place to buy parts in the UK than CEX all parts are backed up by a 24 month warranty and prices (if you find the right stuff) can be reasonable too.
So I set myself a limit of £100 for a reasonable system and after piquing the interest of the local CEX staff members I was able to purchase a few items for the build, I also had to buy some items from eBay such as a motherboard and case but so far so good.
Once all the parts arrived I first wanted to test what was the lowest amount of hardware I could get away with in this system and still be able to run the service reasonably well. So this is how the first build looked…
- HP OEM Motherboard
- Intel i3 3220 3.3GHz 2 Core 4 Thread
- A Brand New Arctic Intel 115x Cooler
- 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory
- 500GB 7200RPM HDD
- 680W PSU
With the system sitting on my “Test Bench” I wanted to make sure everything worked correctly before placing the components into the case, within moments I was greeted with the windows installation and a short while later I was at the desktop, YES!
I then installed all drivers and updates that were available as well as GeForce Now and in no time at all I found myself playing Raft in 1080p on Extreme settings! Other games that I owned were working great too.
So all in all for the set up I have mentioned it cost me around £55 for everything and the streaming service from Nvidia worked great, it is advised that you use a hard-wired ethernet connection and have good speed broadband for the service to run smoothly, I did have one instance of pixelation just like a Netflix program reducing its resolution but trying to maintain playback, this quickly rectified its self.
Keep an eye on my youtube channel where I will be posting up a couple of videos of me searching for the components and then testing them out.