It is true that gaming needs powerful processing power, but with the latest budget parts to it is actually possible to play games at a decent FPS in lower resolution. So, now only for gaming at higher resolution with smooth FPS, you will need a PC with powerful specs.
Because of this, often budget PC buyers get confused about which parts they should choose, in other words, which are the minimum system requirements (CPU, GPU, RAM, etc) a gaming PC needs to run the latest games.
If you are also building a budget PC and has these questions in mind, don’t worry I have got you covered in this post:
What Are the Minimum Requirements (Specs) For A Gaming PC?
For gaming in lower resolution like 1080P, an average GPU (GTX 1650) or a good APU will be enough. As with APU, user doesn’t need an external GPU, so money can be spent on a better APU for gaming in lower resolution. For 2K gaming, 3060 Ti and Radeon RX 5700 XT for 4K gaming are the least to have.
Actually, I have put the parts(minimum specifications of gaming PCs) for gaming in different resolutions in the table below, let’s see what parts you need minimum for gaming in each resolution:
|CPU||1080P||AMD Ryzen 5 3400G|
|1440P (2K)||AMD Ryzen 3 3300X|
|2160P (4K)||AMD Ryzen 5 5600X|
|GPU||1080P||GTX 1650 Super|
|1440P (2K)||RTX 3060 Ti|
|2160P (4K)||AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT|
Usually, games are mostly played 1080P, 2K, and 4K resolutions, so I have put the minimum PC requirements according to different resolutions. Now, let’s discuss in detail part by part:
Minimum CPU & GPU Requirements For Gaming:
If you are building a budget PC mainly for normal tasks, or just wanna play some games, then I suggest going with an APU and 8GB RAM. Because you don’t have to spend extra money on a dedicated graphics card if you buy an APU.
That’s why you can choose a good APU. And as you are not going to be play games at higher resolution, so APU will be the best that can run games still costs less than buying GPU+CPU both.
However, as we are talking about gaming PCs here, if you want to still play games on a budget PC with good frame rates, you can choose GPUs like 1650 super.
You can easily play games at 1080P resolution with this GPU, also feel free to choose a bit less powerful CPU if you really wanna cut down the price as this time you will be using a dedicated GPU.
Overall, for gaming in 1080P resolution (as users want a budget PC in this range) either APU like AMD Ryzen 5 3400G or going with GTX 1650 Super GPU+a decent CPU will be enough.
2K (1440P) Resolution:
For gaming in 2K resolution with good and stable FPS, you are gonna need a good GPU and CPU as well. So, I suggest RTX 3060 Ti GPU along with AMD Ryzen 3 3300X. If you are thinking about how Ryzen 3 3300X can run 2K.
Well, this CPU can run 2K, but it will be better if you go with CPUs like Ryzen 5 3600X for 2K gaming. But as I am writing this post about minimum specs needed for gaming, that’s why for gaming with Ryzen 3 3000X and RTX 3060Ti, you can run most of the games at 2K resolution in a good FPS.
But if you have money, then I recommend choosing a better CPU for getting a more stable performance.
Gaming In 4K (2160P) Resolution:
If you ask me which CPU and GPU to choose for 4K gaming, I would more likely recommend parts like RTX 3080 and Ryzen 7 5800X. But in this post, I am writing about minimum parts, so I would rather go with AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU and AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU.
You can run most of the games in 4K resolution with this combo, however in some games (very high-resource consuming) you might feel a bit lag. Otherwise, if you overclock a bit, 4K will be a piece of cake for you in most of the games.
So, CPU and GPU selection is done, now let’s move forward and talk about RAM.
Selecting RAM is easy, you just have to go with good DDR4 RAMs with higher speed. So, for-
For gaming in 1080P resolution, 8GB RAM is enough. Some Users also how switch 4GB, but for running games in windows 10 4GB RAM isn’t enough nowadays.
So, going with at least 8GB will be great.
I have played many games at 8GB and 16GB RAMs and I found that 8GB RAM is still enough for gaming in 1080P, 1440P or 2K resolution.
That’s why, for 2K gaming also, 8GB RAM will be enough.
You can read about my experiment here: Gaming On 8GB RAM: Is It Enough?
As I have said above, for 4K gaming recommend at least 16GB RAMs. Although it is also possible to play games at 4K with 8GB RAM, sometimes you can feel lag, so 16GB will be the best.
Often, in a budget PC, the motherboard is ignored. But as you most likely going to overclock a gaming PC, so choosing a good motherboard is important. That’s why don’t go with very cheap motherboards.
Personally, I recommend having motherboards like MSI B550 Tomahawk for budget PCs, and Asus ROG Strix B550-F high-end PCs.
Also, if you are going to overclock then you can choose cheap motherboards as in overclocking only a good motherboard can give a good performance difference.
Read about it more from here: Is Motherboard Really Important For Gaming?
Talking about the cooler, stock coolers that come with CPUs is enough if you are not overclocking (or overclocking a little bit) for a gaming PC. And as I am writing this post about minimum parts, I would rather go with the stock coolers.
But if you overclock extremely, then you can go with AIOs.
Also, some CPUs don’t come with stock coolers, in that case, you have to buy them separately or other coolers that are worth the money.
Power Supply (PSU):
Choosing a power supply is simple, just check the power requirements of the GPU and CPU (as they are the most power-hungry parts) then choose one accordingly.
For example, if your GPU needs 600W power, then you should go with 650W PSU, this additional 50W will help you a lot when you overclock.
Moreover, try to get PSUs that come with a longer warranty, usually good PSUs do have a longer warranty (around 10 years).
These are basically most parts of the PC, the minimum requirements you need for gaming. Now, you do also need parts like NVMe SSD (smaller one if less budget), good case. But these are easy to choose so I am not discussing in-depth about them.
I hope after reading till now, you can choose what parts your gaming PC do needs. You can always contact me if you have any further questions.
What Specs Does A Good Gaming PC Need?
A gaming PC should have a powerful graphics card (as games need graphics processing) along with a good CPU. With that, PCs having 16GB RAM, NVMe store will be a piece of cake and can give an awesome performance in games.
What Is The Minimum Graphics Card For Gaming?
For gaming, it is not a good idea to choose GPUs that can give less performance than GTX 1060. So you should consider it as a base and try to get better than it.
So, that’s it for this post, you can always reach us if you have any questions, see you in the next one, be tehcy:)
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