The most important video game platform is Steam, which is the most used by video game fans. Currently, the most popular on the platform are Lost Ark, Apex Legends, PBUG, Dota 2 and CSGO. Now, how much do I have to spend on my new computer to enjoy these games?
It is quite interesting that the five most popular games on Steam are free and do not have high requirements. It should be noted that we have based ourselves on the recommended ones, not on the minimum ones, to make the choice of hardware. The most demanding at this point are Lost Ark, which requires a minimum of an NVIDIA GTX 1050 and PUBG, which requires an AMD RX 580 4 GB or an NVIDIA GTX 1060 3 GB.
Having a PC to play these games is cheap
We emphasize again that we have based ourselves on the recommended requirements of the 5 most popular games on Steam. As the most demanding is PUBG, this will be the one that will set the scale of the chosen components. Then, each one can investigate on their own and based on what is exposed, choose what interests them the most.
AMD, the best option in processors
PUBG is the most demanding game and tells us that it is recommended with an Intel Core i5-6600K or a Ryzen 5 1600. Building on this, we have been looking for cheap 6 core 12 thread processors. The models listed are old and can be hard to find, but there are great options on the market.
The first option we give you is the Ryzen 5 4500 which has 6 cores and 12 threads working at a frequency of 3.6 GHz and a Boost frequency of up to 4.1 GHz. Normally it is around 160 euros, but now in PcComponentes we can find it for 83 euros, becoming a brutal bargain.
We have an alternative to this processor that can be just right for Lost Ark and PUBG, but ideal for Dota 2, Apex Legends and CSGO. This processor is characterized by having integrated graphics, so we can save the graphics card. We talk about the Ryzen 5 4600G APU, that you also havee 6 cores and 12 threadsworking at 3.7 GHz and that can reach 4.2 GHz. The great thing about this processor is that integrates Radeon Vega 7 graphics working at 1.9 GHz, enough to move these games. Normally it costs 144 euros, but now we can find it for 106 euros with a 27% discount.
Good, nice and cheap ASUS motherboard
We didn’t want a very cheap, low-end motherboard, we wanted something in between. Luckily we have found thisto ASUS ROG STRIX based on the B450 chipset, which is more than enough for the two chosen processors. Does this motherboard have two M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD sockets, which is great. Regarding rear connectivity, it has outputs DisplayPort and HDMI, as well as two USB 3.1 Gen2 and four USB 3.1 Gen1. We now have it on sale for 74 euros, which is a brutal price considering that it normally costs about 12 euros.
Basic RAM memory kit, but quality
Currently, the minimum RAM for almost everything is 16 GB, so we were going to go with this amount, even if none of the games asked for “that much”. We have chosen this kit Kingston FURY Beast 16GB on a 2×8 GB set working at a 3200 MHz frequency. It has a usual price of about 53 euros, which is great.
You can not miss an SSD
We can find dozens of good quality storage solutions on the market. We also give you two options, according to the needs or tastes of each one. We have first the Crucial MX500 500 GB SATA interface which costs only 44 euros. As an alternative, we have an M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD, the 500 GB PNY CS1030 that normally costs 62 euros, but is now on sale for 52 euros.
Refurbished graphics card, to save
Buying a graphics card means making the budget much more expensive, which is why we have looked for alternatives. One of the most interesting is to buy reconditioned products, which come from exhibition, sample, review or similar systems, and which come in neutral packaging.
The first option is Gigabyte GTX 1650 OC that costs 71.4 euros, when it normally costs 227 euros. Currently, the GTX 1650 is the most popular on Steam for its great value for money. As an alternative we have the Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8 GB that costs 97.5 euroswhen it normally costs 195 euros.
You can go for a more modern graphics card, but they are quite expensive. Alternatively, you have the ASUS Phoenix RX 6400 4GB and the Zotac GTX 1650 AMP Core.
A simple and cheap box
We wanted to find a box that is elegant and meets the most modern design standards. The Tempest Phantom RGB It has an elegant front with a very elegant triangular design. It has in the side window a tempered glass window of good quality. The only thing I don’t like is that the power supply is on top.
Powerful and economical power supply
It is not a system that is going to consume a lot, but the ideal is that the power of the power supply is twice the consumption, more or less. The best option we have found is the Corsair CV650 80 Plus Bronze. This power supply supplies up to 650W of power and all cables are attached, they cannot be removed.