Recommended PC spec 2022

We have set up recommended specifications for a PC for 2022.

The Yellow lab provides computers with all the necessary software required to complete the degree. However, due to the COVID-19 lockdown regulations, the computer labs cannot be guaranteed to be available to students throughout the year. Therefore, it is highly recommended that each student has a computer at their place of residence that can run demanding software used in the Multimedia degree.

The estimated cost for a desktop PC that matches these specifications is R 20,500 and will last you for 3 years of your studies. Laptop prices that match these specifications will be higher.

Some recommended stores at which you can purchase these components are:

The following is a list of items/software that is required to do multimedia related assessments, but the above-mentioned estimated price excludes these:

  • Windows operating system,
  • any software (used in the Multimedia degree)
  • Standard mouse and keyboard
  • Monitor (full HD 1080p display)
    • Make sure the monitor’s connection matches the ports on the Graphics card
  • Standard audio devices (earphones/headphones/speakers)

The following list of components is purely for guidance and any desktop or laptop with similar performance/specifications should also last for the 3 years of your studies. It is not necessary to have a new PC that matches the specifications. A PC with slightly older components (within 3 years old) that has similar specifications will do just fine.

Specific components list:

  • Intel Core i5-11400F CPU 11th gen (LGA 1200 slot)
    • the stock cooler is sufficient, but a closed loop liquid cooler is recommended (extra ±R1100)
  • ASUS TUF GAMING H470-PRO Intel ATX Motherboard (LGA 1200 slot)
    • Supports 11th generation Intel CPUs
  • DDR4 3200 Mhz 16GB RAM (recommended DDR4 3200 Mhz 8GB RAM x 2)
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Gaming Pro OC 6GB GDDR6
  • ACER FA100 256GB M.2 PCIe 3 x 4 NVMe
    • Maximum Read Speed 1950MB/s
    • Maximum Write Speed 1300MB/s
  • 1TB internal HDD (7200RPM, 64MB Cache, 6.0 Gb/s)
  • Antec NX400 Tempered Glass Gaming Case
    • Supports graphics card size (340mm)
    • Support ATX motherboard size (not micro-ATX)
  • Antec EA550G PRO 550W 80 Plus Gold Power Supply
  • 140mm fan x3 (x2 Front, x1 Rear)

The more technical specifications for each component are as follows:

  • CPU:
    • 6 physical cores
    • 12 threads
    • Base frequency: 2.60GHz clock speed
    • Max Turbo frequency: 4.40GHz
  • Motherboard:
    • CPU socket must match the purchased CPU.
    • SATA slot x1 (for the HDD)
    • M.2 slot x1 (for the NVMe SSD)
    • 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
    • Supports DDR4 Memory 3200/3600 MHz
    • 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2: x16 3.0) (for the graphics card)
    • Network: 1Gb Ethernet (or more)
      • Wireless LAN for Wi-Fi will make setup easier (recommended but not required) (extra ±R500)
  • Memory:
    • 3200 MHz 16GB DDR4 RAM (make sure it is compatible with the motherboard memory slots)
  • Storage:
    • NVMe 256GB SSD
    • 1TB HDD
  • Graphics card:
    • Cores: 1‎530 Units
    • Boost Core Clocks: 1830 MHz
    • Memory speed: 14 Gbps
    • Memory: 6GB GDDR6
    • Card Bus: PCI-E 3.0 x 16
    • PCB Form: ATX
    • Power Connectors 8-pin x1
  • Power supply:
    • 550w+
    • 80 Plus Gold standard
    • Connectors + (6+2 pin for the graphics card)
    • CPU 4+4 Pin x 1
    • PCI-e 6+2 Pin x 2 (for the graphics card)
    • SATA x4 (for HDD)
    • Peripheral 4 Pin x 3
  • Case:
    • length: 425mm+ (to fit graphics card)
    • 140mm fan placements x3 (2 for front, 1 for rear)
    • Must fit accompanying power supply
    • Must fit accompanying motherboard
  • Cooling: 140mm fan x3
    • Breakdown for usage:
      • Front fan x2
      • Rear fan x1