Build the Ultimate 1080p gaming PC for less than $800

Written by D3ATHKeeper on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 10:34 PM

Update: We will be looking to update this article shortly. It was not relevant to update during the past few months due to such a global shortage in hardware.

Original: We've already built the Ultimate PC at the $1200 sweet spot, but what about something for the more frugal PC gamer? For $800 you can get a 1080p PC gaming build which absolutely blows away console performance at the same resolution. Proof that you don't need to break the bank to have a top-tier gaming experience.

Build a fast gaming PC for less than $800

For 800 bucks you can build yourself a fantastic gaming rig including all the necessary hardware components such as graphics card, CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and even a headset. All of this for under $800 and you're not going to have any troubles reaching that all-important 1080p/60 frames per second.

To top it off, this build isn't going to be useful for gaming. You can use it for everything. It's great value and its versatile, both for work and gaming use.

So how do you go about building a gaming rig on a tighter budget? It's all about identifying where the priorities are in a build, putting your money into the components which are going to be most beneficial to your gaming performance.

With huge games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Dying Light 2 on the horizon, we figure it’s the perfect time to be thinking about a new PC build to enjoy these AAA games looking and running at their finest. 

Ultimate 1080p PC Gaming Build for Under $800

So we’ve set ourselves the target of $800 for everything you'll need for a PC build from scratch. This includes a decent gaming graphics, a CPU which won't bottleneck performance, plenty of RAM, both HDD & SSD storage, a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and headset. This is everything you need to console-beating performance in a PC package which well set you back less than $800.

Compared to our $1200 build, our budget is quite a bit tighter. We're building a system for 66% of the price and so we need to identify what's important and what isn't. The cheaper you go with a build, the more compromises you will have to make, but at $800 you can still treat yourself to a fantastic and capable PC build.

So during this PC build guide for early 2020 we will be aiming at a more entry level rig. You won't have to hand over the eye-watering amounts of cash which enthusiast builds can cost you but you'll still be able to pick any game you want on Steam and know you can run it just fine.

  Component Current Price Why this component? 
CPU AMD Ryzen R5 1600 AF $99.99 While the Ryzen 5 2600 is still undoubtedly great value, AMD quietly launched the Ryzen 5 1600 AF using the next-gen Zen+ technology for a bargain bin prince. The 1600 AF is available at $99 right now but, if you keep your eyes peeled, it can drop as low as $85 for 6C/12T performance at a ridiculously low price.
Graphics Card AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT PowerColor Red Dragon 6GB $289.99 Say hello to the new generation. AMD's Radeon RX 5600 XT series offers great bang-for-buck provided you don't choose one of the sellers providing it well over the odds. The PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB is the cheapest of the bunch right now, offering fantastic 1080p gaming performance to suit the monitor.
Memory G.Skill 16GB (2 x 8GB) Aegis DDR4 3000MHz $62.99 Within our budget, quantity is a higher priority than speed for RAM. 16GB is a must for a PC build in 2019/2020 and provided it's DDR4 it'll be plenty fast enough. RAM is a lot cheaper these days and a pair of G.Skill 8GB 3000MHz can be had for close to $50.
Motherboard ASRock B450M Pro4-F $71.00 Here we have a Micro-ATX motherboard design from ASRock wihch isn't flashy but it'll do the trick. It comes with the AMD4 socket for Ryzen and has room for future storage upgrades with its M.2 support.
Case Cougar MX330 $41.00 $42 is cheap for a gaming case but that doesn't mean it can't look good. Cougar's MX330 is elegant and functional with decent air flow. You're not going to want to put SLI RTX 2080 Ti's here but based on the rest of our components this will fit the bill.
PSU EVGA 500 BQ $54.99 With your power supply you should always one eye on future upgrades but, with a 500W unit, you should be prepared for pretty much all mid-range solutions.
SSD PNY CS900 240GB $34.99 SSD storage can quickly become expensive but a small 240GB driver should be enough to get you up and running. Install your OS on this SSD for much faster boot times, and prioritise your most used game installs to this drive.
HDD Seagate BarraCuda 2TB $49.99 While far slower, traditional hard drivers are still much cheaper than SSDs for mass storage. A 2TB drive can be picked up for just $55 and it has room for around 40 or so 50GB games.
CPU Cooler Wraith Stealth Cooler $0.00 AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 comes with a Wraith Stealth Cooler bundled in. If you're just running at stock clocks this will do the job.
Display Sceptre E248W-19203R 24" $92.68 A tight budget means a slight hit to the quality of the monitor. At 24-inches the Sceptre E248 is decent but not luxurious. For your money you do get 75Hz 1080p display though, with built-in speakers and a reasonable 5ms response time. 
Keyboard Rii RK100+ $14.99 The Rii RK100+ is a full-sized keyboard that comes with mechanical feeling keys. It's not a mechanical keyboard, but it should still do the job while not feeling completely terrible.
Mouse Redragon M711 Cobra $17.99 The Redragon M711 Cobra is an entry-level gaming mouse with 10,000 DPI, 7 reprogrammable buttons and heavily customisable RGB lighting for those who want to pimp out their setup a bit. 
Headset Sades SA920 $19.99 A gaming headset is important for communicating in online games with your buddies or for more immersive audio. The Sades SA920 is a plug and play solution with decent sound quality and the all-important gaming mic.
Total Price   $772.90  

** Special Offers - Any items we mark with the ** in our build will be on special offer. These are usually timed special offers, so it might be that we have to switch them out when their prices return to "normal".

So that's what we've got so far but nothing's ever perfect. This is an ongoing project and this build will adapt and change based on newly released hardware and you. Yes, you.

We'll be running regular polls in which you can have your say and help identify the components which you believe are the weakest link. Got an opinion on what would be a better CPU? Let us know, and we'll switch them out for something even better. Week by week, we'll be building the ultimate gaming PC to be found at this price point.

So this is everything you need for a gaming PC setup for less than $800. This build can play every game in the world today and includes a tower itself along with all the key components such as gaming monitor, mouse, keyboard, and headset. 

But this is just the start. It's time for you all to get your heads together in order to identify the weakest point of Ultimate PC Gaming Build for Under $800. 

UPDATE: 17-Jan-2020 - 17-We're in the process of putting together the ultimate 1080p PC build. That's $800 for every component, including case, monitor, mouse and just about every bit you could possibly need. During our last poll you decided that an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super was a little pricey for a build like this, choosing instead to install a Radeon RX 590.

The GD community voted heavily for an AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB. It's a lower-end GPU compared to the GTX 1660S but it's also much cheaper, freeing up some crucial cash to upgrade some other components. Don't worry though as the Radeon RX 590 is a fantastic 1080p video card and ideally suited to our current monitor choice.

Putting a Radeon Rx 590 into our $800 1080p PC build has freed up almost $120 for us to spend on upgrading other components. Now though, the choice is yours. Could we blow it all on a massive 32GB RAM, or is that just a waste of money? Do you think the build would be better served by a bigger monitor, a higher quality headset, or perhaps a faster CPU? The choice is all yours.

UPDATE: 20-Dec-2019 - For our first poll, you identified the graphics card as the weak point of our $800 1080p PC gaming build.

With just $800 to play around with it, it doesn't leave us much wiggle room in terms of switching out the graphics hardware. Our current graphics card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo 6GB, currently retails for $229.99. With our total PC build cost coming to $799.78, this means we've either stick with this GPU or opt for a cheaper graphics card and use the extra funds to upgrade another component. 

Based on this, we've provided a sample of three different graphics cards which we could use for our Ultimate 1080p PC Gaming Build for Under $800. This includes the original Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo 6GB variant, a lower-end non-Super Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB, or AMD's current budget GPU of choice, the AMD Radeon RX 590 Gigabyte Gaming 8GB.

Which of these components would you like to switch out for something else? Get discussing and we'll run a poll in the future to help us decide what we're going to replace it with.

We want your recommended hardware suggestions for this $800 build, so pop them in the comments section below and the hardware suggestions with the most up-votes will be considered for inclusion in this PC build!

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12:41 Jan-11-2021

Where I live rx 5600 xt is 800$

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00:12 Aug-29-2020

Will this be better than a pre-built gaming PC, such as the HP Pavilion? I am looking for a PC in this price range, and I'm wondering if anybody has bought this

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21:18 Aug-27-2020

Can we upgrade the keyboard to RGB lighting? This would make a huge difference in the look of the PC

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12:30 Mar-09-2020

best 500$ for 1080p in 5 years pls

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09:40 Feb-01-2020

Why would you get curved monitor? Plus 1080p on 27 inch is just not good enough. 1080p is ideal on 24 inches.

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15:01 Feb-01-2020

1080p is great on a 41 inch as long as you stand at a good distance, same with the 27 inch monitor and 24 inch monitor. The bigger the monitor, the bigger the distance, which means lower resolution is needed.

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23:18 Oct-13-2020

Great point! I sit only 30 inches or so from my monitors, so anything bigger than 19 inches is pointless for me. If I sit any farther away, I have to lower the resolution to 1280 x 1024 or lower to read anything on the screen.

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08:36 May-28-2021

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17:04 Feb-01-2020

27" at 1080p is not that bad.

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11:49 Feb-02-2020

It is. I have a 23" and at 1080p it's borderline foggy.

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23:12 Oct-13-2020

Agreed! There are many flat monitors that are cheaper but display just as well. I got two Acer K202HQLs for $140 total. Bought one when I built my PC, then saved up & got the 2nd one the next year. I'm quite happy with them.

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23:06 Jan-31-2020

Since the budget is at 662$, I'd replace the rx 590 with a rx 5600xt with bios flash. It makes the rtx 2060, 2060 super, 2070 non-super, rx 5700 non-xt and rx 5500xt irrelevant. And you end up at 760-780$.

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23:18 Jan-31-2020

Also I'd change the mouse to a Rival 110 since it has a flawless sensor and it's only 30-35$.

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22:33 Jan-25-2020

I got the Fatboy RX 590 and it perform very good if you ask me. But i think i will upgrade mid next year to a better card.


For now it runs 1080P on ultra most games easy.

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17:22 Jan-23-2020

I'm planning to upgrade this year but don't want to spend too much, should I upgrade just the CPU to an i7 6 or 7gen, or the mobo+cpu (to maybe amd)?

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17:28 Jan-23-2020

Well depends on how much that 6th/7th gen i7 costs, if it costs more than 200$, you can get a r5 2600 and b350/b450 board for about the same money(200$ or a bit more) and sell off your current CPU and mobo and have a cheap and good upgrade.

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19:20 Jan-23-2020

Yeah the 6th/7th gen actually costs the same, around 320€.
So was thinking of getting the ryzen 7 2700x (or ryzen 5 3600?) and a new mobo, its around 295-300€

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19:39 Jan-23-2020

If you just plan to game then definitely go for the Ryzen 5 3600. It has some improvements over the 2700x for single core performance

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19:45 Jan-23-2020

I'd say the opposite, go for a r7 2700(X) and get 10% less FPS AT WORST(NOT with a gtx 1070) and have more free resources for multi-tasking and other workloads, though whichever 6 or 8 core ryzen you get it will be better than a 4 core i7 for sure.

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19:58 Jan-23-2020

It really depends if they want to do a lot of multi-tasking though. For pure gaming the 3600 would be better in most cases, like in CSGO. Some games might actually use more cores a lot better though, but I can't think of anything that would require a 2700x for the amount of cores.

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21:20 Jan-23-2020

But he's got a gtx 1070, it won't make a difference and both a r7 2700x and r5 3600 get hundreds of FPS if you play on low, IDK why they test CS:GO maxed out when nobody plays it maxed out competitively.

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21:21 Jan-23-2020

Also the r7 2700(X) is cheaper than the r5 3600 at this point.

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22:24 Jan-23-2020

Yeah, I definitely don't play it maxed or at a high resolution, even though I could. I can say that my friend gets around 500 FPS on his 3600 while I get around 250-300 on my 1700. The 3600 has gotten a lot of improvements, but I don't specifically know the difference in it with a 2700x vs 3600. I just know the 3600 would do better than the 2700x in it. Both are still great CPUs and CSGO is like the only game people will see such a big difference in. If you say the 2700x is cheaper then it might be better to get the 2700x then for just general gaming and multi-tasking

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23:00 Jan-23-2020

it's cheaper by 25-50$, on amazon.com it's 25$ cheaper, here in my country it's 50$ cheaper, on pcpartpicker it's 39$ cheaper, not much, but when you are budget it might count.

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23:02 Jan-23-2020

A big difference between the r7 1700 and r5 3600 is the clock speed, the r5 3600 boost clock speeds are about 33% higher than the r7 1700's clock speeds, so that's where the majority of the difference in performance comes, stack it with the 12-13% higher IPC and faster cache and you get that result, that said the Ryzen 2000 and Ryzen 3000 series have almost the same clock speeds.
And I'd say 250-300fps is excellent for CS:GO.

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23:08 Jan-23-2020

Yeah, I only have mine at 3.7GHz, because it's summer here. It's still a big improvement and has some other overclocking and RAM improvements on the newer platforms. If the difference is that big where he is too then he should rather go with the 2700x. Also, 250-300 is nice, but consistency at 300 would be better and smoother. You can't see the difference on a 144Hz monitor at that point, but you can definitely feel it. I know CSGO feels pretty bad personally at 150-200, so I would rather not go below 200 at all.

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11:18 Jan-24-2020

Yeah sadly CS:GO and all valve games are stuck in the 20th century and they bind the FPS to the user input, the game logic(but now with some modifiers so that it stays almost constant regardless of the FPS) and it's just crap. Instead of binding everything to one or more CPU counters. Valve make outdated games, can't be helped.

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12:32 Jan-24-2020

Well, most of their games have been released a long time ago. They did make a new engine for their VR game, so hopefully it fixes a lot and updates the engine to bring it to modern standards.

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12:06 Jan-25-2020

Well I think ill get the 3600 then, it just for gaming i don't care that much about multitasking performance
Thanks for the feedback

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12:11 Feb-01-2020

I have a 2700 OCed to 3.8 GHz and I'm averaging 350 fps in the CSGO benchmark. If I set the affinity to cores 8,10,12 and 14 it goes up to 380 fps which I'd say is more than enough. I also happen to have a 1070 and in AAA games it's the bottleneck 99% of the time. I agree with psychoman here. Buy a 2700X and at least CL16 3200 mhz ram (preferably CL14).

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15:00 Feb-01-2020

On Ryzen CPUs CS:GO loses performance from SMT/Hyperthreading like quite a few other games.

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16:12 Feb-01-2020

@Psychoman It's also because Windows just seems to use the first few cores, so it benefits giving the game cores from the second CCX too. Both of those help and it's just how I have played CSGO too. It can help in other games too, but it just depends on the game.

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06:25 Jan-19-2020

So for the $1200 build, people chose the 2600 as CPU, but for an $800 build, people want to upgrade the 2600 ?


Okay

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14:11 Jan-18-2020

225W gpu instead of a 120W one... hell of a saving on long term...

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15:00 Jan-18-2020

4-5 euro a year more?

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23:54 Jan-17-2020

CPU all the way.
More ram won't help but a better cpu will go a long way to smoothing out (increase 1%) the fps.
Plus a future GPU upgrade makes it less likely to be a bottleneck.

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00:01 Jan-18-2020

That would mean we can now get a 3600 which performs close to a 2700x in games because of it's superior single core ips and being only 10mhz slower at peak.

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00:10 Jan-18-2020

Plus since the next consoles are using 3rd gen Ryzen, this will mean we will get the best possible performance from our system.

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19:01 Jan-17-2020

WAITING FOr Amd gen 3

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18:56 Jan-17-2020

if you dont want to buy everything brand new, you could get something along the lines of a 1080 or 1070 for 250-300, but hey not gonna knock the rx 590. Also maybe instead could go for a bigger SSD cuz HDD are ass to work with with a lot of games' loading times these days.

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18:38 Jan-17-2020

Where is the option for gpu?

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17:39 Jan-17-2020

Well I'd like to click GPU, but I guess it's not an option.

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18:44 Jan-17-2020

It was the previous vote, so I removed it for this one.

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19:02 Jan-17-2020

But it's the only upgrade needed, that rx 590 is outdated in terms of performance. XD

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19:39 Jan-17-2020

That's what people wanted though. It does save a lot, but loses a bit of FPS compared to the GTX 1660 Super that was in previously.

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20:59 Jan-17-2020

Yeah, but I was talking something of the sort of the rx 5700XT or RTX 2070 Super, or even rx 5600XT or rtx 2060 Super, though then it won't be a 800$ build.

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21:03 Jan-17-2020

Oh yeah, I definitely would like to have a RX 5600 XT or RTX 2060 Super, but both are like $50 or something out of the price range. I hope the higher end AMD GPUs would make their other GPUs cheaper when they release, but I don't really see that happening with how the GPU market is at the moment

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16:18 Jan-19-2020

with the 2060 dropping to $300 to fight the 5600xt, it would make a good upgrade.

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17:53 Jan-19-2020

And the 5600xt is getting a bios upgrade from 150 to 160 tbp (1615 game clock, 1750 boost clock) with memory going from 12 to 14gbps (288 to 336).

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17:29 Jan-17-2020

Why the f would someone pair an rx 590 with a 500 watt psu?

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17:39 Jan-17-2020

Because a system like this would consume about 300-350W?

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18:23 Jan-17-2020

Yes i have oc my entire system and have a 600w 80 + psu and im not short in power

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20:16 Jan-17-2020

550W here with no problem :)

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17:28 Jan-17-2020

Yup. Definetly keyboard, mouse and headset

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08:44 Dec-24-2019

Why is the monitor included in the list? remove it.

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21:10 Dec-25-2019

srry
u cant izanagi GD polls
lol
(lets pretend its a good joke)

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17:41 Jan-17-2020

Give context to Izanagi. Are you referring to when Izanagi killed the Fire god with the totsuka sword? Or is it a Naruto reference? XD

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16:47 Jan-18-2020

oy. U GOT IT hahahahah
its naruto my man : )

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06:25 Dec-22-2019

RX 5700...Why not?

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07:07 Dec-22-2019

Because a good 3rd party variant costs almost half of the entire build

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11:52 Dec-21-2019

2080 ti

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Yes, but in SLI

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Can They Run... |

Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i7-7500U 2-Core 2.7GHz GeForce 940MX 2GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Core i5-4590 3.3GHz GeForce GTX 1650 12GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Inno3D Twin X2 11GB 16GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB 8GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1440p
Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 3 3100 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming 3GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
66.6667% Yes [3 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz GeForce 210 3GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 7 2700X GeForce RTX 3060 Ti MSI Ventus 3X OC 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-2600K 4-Core 3.40GHz GeForce RTX 2060 MSI Gaming Z 6GB 16GB
| Ultra, 1080p
Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gigabyte Windforce OC 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Radeon RX 570 XFX RS Black 4GB 8GB
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i5-2310 2.9GHz GeForce GT 1030 8GB
| 30FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz GeForce GT 1030 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen R5 1600 Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB 8GB
0% No [1 votes]