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  • Minimum TGC computer requirements that runs great

    I've commented randomly in various posts on this subject but thought it would be worthwhile to collect the main info in one thread. I'll cover the key pieces that often get spec'd and if anyone has more info please post as well.

    1) CPU

    Most people spec an i7, and a top of the line one at that. But IMO that is way overkill with no visible benefit.

    I use the slowest Skylake i5 (2.7ghz) and it only consume about 50% when running at 60 fps. There is lots of excess capacity.

    My bottom of the line i5 may not even be the lower limit. I don't think anyone has tested an i3 with the proper graphics card (970 or 1060 or above). That would be an interesting test. Personally I'd guess it will run but not with enough margin to be comfortable in real life...but I could easily be wrong. It may be suitable (or not) for people on an absolute shoestring budget but until the test is done we'll never know.


    2) Memory

    Most people spec 16gb or 32 gb and sometimes more. But that also is way overkill with no visible benefit.

    TGC memory usage is around 1.3Gb. Add in Windows 7 usage and the total computer still never uses 4 Gb.

    I use 8 Gb and only because 4 Gb wasn't available/cheaper. 8 Gb never all gets used.


    3) Power Supply

    Most people spec 600, 750 watt or higher power supplies. This again is vast overkill with no benefit.

    My fully loaded system when running TGC flat out with a 970 draws less than 200 watts.

    A 1060 draws even less power than the 970.

    So a 500 watt supply is plenty. It already has more than 100% margin.


    4) Cooling (Case and CPU)

    A lot of people buy extra fans, some even have conductive cooling. But given a decent case this adds nil value.

    I have the stock Intel CPU fan that came with the i5 and the stock fan that came with my case and all my temperatures are solidly in the golden zone for longevity.

    I'll post the actual temps later as I don't recall them off the top of my head. Bottomline, just make sure you have a decent case.


    5) Hard Drive

    Most people spec an SSD in addition to the SATA drive. I have one but except for faster bootup and loading I'm not sure it has any value in TGC. It probably has value if also recording your rounds with Shadowplay but I'm not sure. If anyone has done the testing to determine if it has a visible benefit then that would be good info.


    6) Graphics Card

    This is the important part. Most people used to spec a 970 as running great and being the sweet spot.

    I use a 970 and can say it runs great. Good detail and 60 fps. The equivalent card today is the 1060 which is cheaper and uses less power so it is probably the new sweet spot..

    I've overclocked my 970 to 980 levels and cranked the detail to max compared to my stock setting of object 4. There was hardly any improvements at all so I went back to stock and my standard setting of detail 4. This suggests to me that a 1070 would add something (mostly in slightly smoother play on a few really demanding courses) but the value for money is low. Go for it if you have unlimited budget, otherwise the 1060 is almost the same and much cheaper.


    7) Laptop versus desktop

    A lot of people buy laptops for the convenience. Laptops are generally less reliable, harder to fix/upgrade and certainly more expensive. So personally I wouldn't do it unless I had a real need. You could probably buy a decent desktop that runs TGC great and a decent laptop for general use for the same money. Or better yet buy a TGC desktop as per above and, with the saving, get TGC software for free!!


    8) What specs to up scale if you have extra money burning a hole in your pocket?

    Assuming you have a modern i5 or better, then probably the only thing that provides a tangible return on your extra $$ would be the graphics card. Just keep up-spec'ing that until your money runs out! LOL

    If you don't sleep well with a bottom of the line i5 then maybe up-spec that a little. It might speed up shot to show times for systems using the CPU to process the launch data but the improvement is probably small. Most of the benefit will be in your sleep, not in TGC but sleep is important too! LOL


    Conclusion:

    My general conclusion is that nowadays TGC only needs a mid-range computer (modern i5 and up) to run top notch with good margin. The key is a decent graphics card. And even that is becoming middle of the road since a 1060 runs great compared to the higher cost cards like a 1070/1080.

    So...save your money and get TGC for free!

  • #61
    is there an updated computer spec sheet for TGC 2019? Im looking at my making my computer purchase soon and want to make sure that I'll be able to run TGC smoothly in at least 1080p.

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    • #62
      The Golf Club Game 2019

      Minimum:
      • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
      • OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8.1 64 bit, Windows 10 64 bit
      • Processor: Intel Core i5-760 @ 2.80GHz or equivalent
      • Memory: 4 GB RAM
      • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5770 or NVIDIA GTX 650 with 1GB video RAM
      • DirectX: Version 11
      • Network: Broadband Internet connection
      • Storage: 12 GB available space
      • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible

      Recommended:
      • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
      • OS: Windows 10 64 bit
      • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670 CPU @ 3.40GHz or equivalent
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7850 or NVIDIA GTX 660 with 2GB video RAM
      • DirectX: Version 11
      • Network: Broadband Internet connection
      • Storage: 12 GB available space
      • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible
      https://support.2k.com/hc/en-us/arti...m-Requirements

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      • FaultyClubs
        FaultyClubs commented
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        Those are 2K's list for the PC game. They are not the Protee recommended requirements for the SIM. The PC game has always had lower requirements than required/recommended by Protee.

        I don't think Protee has published their updated recommendations for TGC2019. From the Alpha testing I wouldn't expect it to change much though. See here for the TGC1 requirements: https://csc.protee-united.com/hc/en-...Club-Simulator

    • #63
      Just wanted to share this b/c I was considering a gaming pc for a while. I tried on my work surface pro w/ minimum specs and an intel 520 graphics card. TGC worked perfectly fine on it in low quality.

      I was on a very limited budget when i bought my r-motion. I didn't want to spend more than $200 on a machine. I found a refurb business desktop(HP Elite 8200 i5-2400 3.1ghz, 8GB and 500GB HDD) as well as a Radeon R7 240 2GB.

      My PC is barely at the minimum requirements and the Video Card I purchased is well below the minimum requirements. Running TGC at Both Low and Medium Quality yield good results. No lag or delay. Moving between clubs and menus in TGC work fine. The experience is very enjoyable. At High Quality there was a little lag at startup but worked fine after. No difference in quality.

      I achieved my cost for system of under $200 coming in at $175 for the pc and video card.


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      • #64
        Conclusion:

        My general conclusion is that nowadays TGC only needs a mid-range computer (modern i5 and up) to run top notch with good margin. The key is a decent graphics card. And even that is becoming middle of the road since a 1060 runs great compared to the higher cost cards like a 1070/1080.

        So...save your money and get TGC for free! [/QUOTE]

        Can I still get a CPU through TGC?

        Nate

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        • #65
          Question,

          If I dont have an ethernet hookup directly to the cpu. I would need a laptop, correct?

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