I'm looking for a pc / laptop good enough to run Zwift?

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Found 28th Sep 2015
How much should I be looking to pay for a machine that can run Zwift.

The current minimum is:

support.zwift.com/hc/…ft-

Are there any deals on here that would be a good buy?

This would be a 2nd pc solely for using Zwift in the garage.

Thanks in advance
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That Zwift looks awesome, first time I have heard of it. Gonna look into it a bit more, seems right up my street.
NEtech

That Zwift looks awesome, first time I have heard of it. Gonna look into … That Zwift looks awesome, first time I have heard of it. Gonna look into it a bit more, seems right up my street.



Haha, I've found some cheaper Tacx Smart Trainers so give me a shout on that. I've gone for a Vortex.

I have found this in terms of a PC. I've got a 10% off ebay voucher. Could pop a ssd in it to run better

ebay.co.uk/itm…465
migwella

I have found this in terms of a PC. I've got a 10% off ebay voucher. … I have found this in terms of a PC. I've got a 10% off ebay voucher. Could pop a ssd in it to run betterhttp://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141782871465



What size of screen are you doing to run it on? Those minimum requirements will assume the smallest resolution possible so unless you have a 15" 1024x768 screen knocking about you can use then you want to go for something at least twice as fast to deal with a standard entry level new monitor.

So I'd be dubious about the GT 610 or integrated graphics generally for a desktop. An i3 laptop with a 1366x768 screen may run acceptably though.

For some reason it's very difficult to find decent entry level gaming machine, possibly because the labour cost of assembly doesn't make it very tempting compared to using pricier parts. If you don't mind self-assembly then something like this would be a similar price to the one you linked but several times faster for games like Zwift:
uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/N…gMp
EndlessWaves

What size of screen are you doing to run it on? Those minimum … What size of screen are you doing to run it on? Those minimum requirements will assume the smallest resolution possible so unless you have a 15" 1024x768 screen knocking about you can use then you want to go for something at least twice as fast to deal with a standard entry level new monitor.So I'd be dubious about the GT 610 or integrated graphics generally for a desktop. An i3 laptop with a 1366x768 screen may run acceptably though.For some reason it's very difficult to find decent entry level gaming machine, possibly because the labour cost of assembly doesn't make it very tempting compared to using pricier parts. If you don't mind self-assembly then something like this would be a similar price to the one you linked but several times faster for games like Zwift:http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/NTWgMp




Thanks for the reply and the parts. I am tempted to build a pc, mainly to say I can do it and to learn more about them, but not the right time at the moment with other things on the go.

Good point on the screen resolution. It would have a 32" 1080p TV.

How about this?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AMD-6300-3-9Ghz-Gaming-Pc-Computer-SSD-8Gb-Nvidia-GTX-750TI-2GB-ZT3-/371347738462?hash=item56760ccf5e

I can get 10% off via a voucher.

The processor specs on the Zwift site could do with a bit more detail. I've just assumed the basic.
The single module A4/A6 processors are very weak on the CPU side. They don't appear to do the same machine with the direct Intel equivalent but they do the next model up at the same price at the expense of 4GB of memory:
ebay.co.uk/itm…a01
EndlessWaves

The single module A4/A6 processors are very weak on the CPU side. They … The single module A4/A6 processors are very weak on the CPU side. They don't appear to do the same machine with the direct Intel equivalent but they do the next model up at the same price at the expense of 4GB of memory:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-Pentium-3-0Ghz-Gaming-Pc-Computer-SSD-4Gb-Nvidia-GTX-750TI-2GB-ZT3-/121278478849?hash=item1c3cc2ba01



Thanks again.

Would this one, just a bit more, be on par with the average specs?

ebay.co.uk/itm…615?hash=item5661de81bf

zwift.com/wha…-it
Or do I need to go up a bit more for ...

ebay.co.uk/itm…118
That appears to be exactly the same system but with 4GB more memory.

The recommended specs are a bit vague - what's a dual AMD? - but it would comfortably exceed the speed of the GTX 650 and the slowest dual-core i5s.
migwella

Or do I need to go up a bit more for … Or do I need to go up a bit more for ...http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-I5-4460-3-4Ghz-Gaming-Pc-Computer-SSD-8Gb-Nvidia-GTX-750TI-2GB-ZT3-/141196427544?hash=item20dff68118



You'd need some real performance information - benchmarks of the game on different CPUs with the same graphics card - to know whether you'd get any benefit from that but given the minimum requirement is fairly low I'd think it's unlikely unless there's a lot of optional background calculations you can turn on (unrelated to graphics) which isn't the case in most games.

Oh, and unless Freshtech can offer a particular good price on a copy of windows I'd buy and install a boxed retail copy so you have the freedom to move it to other machines in the future as they're typically only £5-10 more these days.
Been looking at one of these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-crono-fluid-elastogel-trainer/?lang=en&curr=GBP&dest=1&sku=5360217108&ci_src=18615224&ci_sku=5360217108uk&utm_source=google&utm_term&utm_campaign=UK_PLA_Accessories&utm_medium=base&utm_content=sqiXSdKn1_dc%7cpcrid%7c67090793342%7cpkw%7c%7cpmt%7c%7cprd%7c5360217108uk

Not a smart one but reviews say it is brilliant and very very quiet which is a plus point. I also like the sound of the fluid setup over a magnetic one and with a few simple add ons it seems it will work with Zwift. What do you think? Or would I be better getting a Smart Trainer from the off?

Zwift will run on pretty much anything, even modern integrated solutions. Dont waste your money.
NEtech

Been looking at one of these: … Been looking at one of these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-crono-fluid-elastogel-trainer/?lang=en&curr=GBP&dest=1&sku=5360217108&ci_src=18615224&ci_sku=5360217108uk&utm_source=google&utm_term&utm_campaign=UK_PLA_Accessories&utm_medium=base&utm_content=sqiXSdKn1_dc%7cpcrid%7c67090793342%7cpkw%7c%7cpmt%7c%7cprd%7c5360217108ukNot a smart one but reviews say it is brilliant and very very quiet which is a plus point. I also like the sound of the fluid setup over a magnetic one and with a few simple add ons it seems it will work with Zwift. What do you think? Or would I be better getting a Smart Trainer from the off?



This is what I have opted for

http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/tacx-proform-vortex-smart-t2180-tdf-edition-holder-for-tablet-t2092-475905

I like the idea it can control the resistance.

DC Rainmaker gave it a good review and said it was a sweat spot for buying a trainer.

dcrainmaker.com/201…tml
migwella

This is what I have opted … This is what I have opted forhttp://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/tacx-proform-vortex-smart-t2180-tdf-edition-holder-for-tablet-t2092-475905I like the idea it can control the resistance.DC Rainmaker gave it a good review and said it was a sweat spot for buying a trainer.http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2015/06/trainer-profile-zwifttrainerroadkinomap.html



Now I have looked into it a bit more your option looks like the more sensible choice especially in that price range. It will be just after Christmas time (see what I have left after I purchase everyones presents and hopefully catch the sales) before I think about investing one so will see what kickr bring out in reaction to this.

As for the PC, either of these two linked earlier in the thread would be fine from what I can gather. No need to go crazy and spend loads on a PC when the 750ti is more than capable as a gaming card and either of the processors should handle Zwift no problem.
ebay.co.uk/itm…462?clk_rvr_id=903547040150&rmvSB=true
ebay.co.uk/itm…rue
Edited by: "NEtech" 29th Sep 2015
Bit late seeing this but I am running Zwift on an Acer laptop at 720 settings using the onboard graphics which are a HD4000 intel I think. It runs really smoothly but looks nothing like the videos I see in terms of graphics quality but I spend most of my time looking at the top left of the screen where the Power, Heart Rate and Cadence are anyway. Using it with a Kurt kinetic Road Machine classic trainer.

Almost forgot to add you can get two months of free Zwifting if you are a Strava premium member and you can get two months of Strava premium free using this link promo.strava.com/bri…ng/ on top of the 50km trial that should save you £16 or so. just remember to set a reminder to cancel the Strava premium in February and then start paying £8 a month for Zwift to finish the winter off.
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