If one wanted to build a PC primarily for CMANO what hardware would be optimum with, let’s say, a budget of around $1800?
Also, what improvements are necessary to get the game running better on existing boxes? Or is it just really all CPU?
Also, just out of curiosity has anyone heard of multiplayer coming anytime soon?
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You don't really need $1800 (US) to build a killer PC anymore. In my humble opinion, in order, look at CPU (Intel Core i7 should more than do the trick, the current-generation i5 should also work well; it's been a while since I've even looked at AMD processors), a good solid-state drive (I have a Samsung 850 EVO; I believe the current-generation is 950), and RAM (16 GB will do nicely even though, as a 32-bit program, CMANO only uses a maximum of 4 GB). Since CMANO is not a 3D game, as long as the graphics solution supports multiple monitors, and you have the desk space, just about any graphics card (or even most modern on-board chipsets) will do multiple monitors well enough. Of course, if you're building a general gaming PC, stay out of the bargain bins and go for a gaming-oriented graphics card/motherboard/(main) monitor.
For current systems, get yourself a good solid-state drive and a good amount of RAM (if you have a 32-bit OS, the most you can put into your system is 4 GB; otherwise, you should have 8-16 GB).
Imprortant part of CMANO hardware is monitors, plural. I have two and when I play it is usually map on one monitor and mission editor on the other. However, I often wish for the third one to put the log window onto.
If you have a tablet, you can get an app that allows you to make it a second/third screen. If memory serves, most of the apps require a wifi network, but a couple use a USB connection.