Looking to learn about the best PC setup around? Steam’s monthly survey just might help you make up your mind. And good news: your wallet will be much less impacted than you think. Indeed, the GTX 1060 comes first in the ranking of graphics cards, while Intel dominates in processors.
If you’re a seasoned PC gamer, Steam may have already offered you to take their monthly survey that determines the most popular configuration to its users. Indeed, the latter is at the heart of all the concerns of gamers, who for the most part want to obtain the best possible performance on their favorite titles. Especially since PCs must be more and more muscular to succeed in running recent games.
If, on the contrary, 2022 will be the year when you finally succumb to the temptation to assemble your machine yourself, this survey gives a good idea of what is necessary to obtain correct performance. Accompanying it with various specialized setups for games, as we were able to do for God of War or Battlefield 2042, you will have a really good idea of what to turn to.
The majority of PC gamers don’t have a war machine
First things first: the operating system. The vast majority of players are still on Windows 10 at the end of 2021, a somewhat surprising figure considering that many computers are simply not compatible with Windows 11. Indeed, only 15% are using the latest version of the OS. On the processor side, Intel won the showdown against AMD with CPUs at the frequency between 2.3 GHz and 2.69 GHz (17%) and between 3.3 GHz and 3.69 GHz (15.6%).
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Many players therefore do not opt for the latest components that break all performance records. This is confirmed especially at the level of graphics cards. In this area, it is the GTX 1060 with 8 GB of VRAM which takes first place. This GPU released several years ago greatly exceeds the more recent models. For comparison, the RTX 3090, the most powerful model, only equips 0.43% of CPs.
The shortage of components is obviously not for nothing. Gamers have struggled to find RTX 3000s in stock for two years now, and most can’t bring themselves to buy them at a high price when they are available. Even today, graphics cards sell for almost twice as much as the manufacturer’s recommended price.