Looks like the time is coming for me to retire "old reliable" - my 8 GB Win 8.1 Laptop - and is time to pick up a new rig.
Looking at "Gaming PCs" available from various vendors, I see that they are oriented towards 3d shooters and things like Fortnite".
Being primarily a Wargamer, I have little need of 3D graphics but do have the need to process substantial maps and number crunching - examples : AGEOD Pride of Nations / Alea Jacta Est,
War in the East, Strategic Command WIE and WaW.
Any recommendations then for folks that may have gone through a recent exercise?
I'm thinking with Windows 10, 16 GB RAM is a good start ... and perhaps a SSD Drive .... any other Wargamer friendly tips ?
I have custom built two rigs form my kids who enjoy their graphics intensive FPS games, while also built one for myself, with emphasis towards memory intensive hex-and-counters wargames.
I'd actually pretty much go what you said there. SSD for one, I'd not consider a system anymore without a primary SSD drive. Fast, quiet, quite inexpensive nowadays. So I'd definitively have that.
Then, I'd actually future proof my PC with 16GB RAM as well. While RAM is something that can be added later, the newer chips are not necessarily compatible with old, and as our PCs are a few years old and had DDR3 RAM, instead of the latest DDR4 standard, it was a bit difficult to find a decently priced upgrade to 16GB from the original 8GB. Thing with RAM is that your motherboard, in a years to come, will not likely support the what ever is the next spec, so it might be if not difficult then at least more expensive to upgrade later.
Graphics cards are easy to upgrade, so I'd not worry about that for now, and if I'd want to save money somewhere, and given you said your gaming preference is not GPU intensive, well there you go. So what ever left I'd invest in a CPU.
To recap, my priorities would be:
SSD from the word go, with a less expensive large secondary HDD possibly later.