As we all know, Overwatch is a very popular game among gamers and is considered one of the greatest games of all times. The video game happens to be so popular that its developers Blizzard Entertainment made almost $1 Billion in the year 2016 when it was launched.
Even though the game was launched a couple of years ago, the company has been releasing constant updates around the game that users can download online.
However, with each major update, the game demands more power from your computer and your everyday PC/Laptop will play Overwatch, but it wouldn’t be as good as playing on a dedicated Gaming PC.
Blizzard Entertainment has optimized the game brilliantly, hence it is playable smoothly even on an average desktop. However, to make most of the game, most people get confused the amount they should invest in a Gaming PC to play Overwatch without any hiccups. JFYI, there are multiple laptops that great for playing Overwatch around $1000, you can check them here.
Hence why; I’ve come up with this guide to help you choose the Best $900 Gaming PC for Overwatch. But before that, let’s first check out the system requirements for Overwatch, shall we?
System Requirements for Overwatch
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Specifications|
|Processor||Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650||Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3 or higher|
|RAM||4 GB RAM||6-8 GB RAM|
|Storage||30GB Hard Disk Space||30GB Hard Disk Space (SSD Recommended)|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or Intel HD Graphics 4400||Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950 or higher|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 768 Minimum Display Resolutions||1024 x 768 Minimum Display Resolutions|
|Operating System||Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 64 bit||Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10 64 bit (latest service pack)|
|Internet||Broadband Internet Connection||Broadband Internet Connection|
Other than the Graphics Card mentioned above, there are multiple Graphics Card that is not supported or inefficient for playing Overwatch. To see the list of all supported and unsupported Graphics, please visit this link.
Mentioned below are the components you should consider while buying a Gaming PC for Overwatch.
Best $900 Gaming PC for Overwatch 2019
For this build of $900 Gaming PC, the processor I’ve chosen is AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, which is an excellent and powerful Mid-Size CPU that is more than enough for playing Overwatch.
Not only Overwatch, but this CPU is also powerful enough to play multiple modern AAA video game titles like Far Cry 5, Forza Motorsport 7, Destiny 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Grand Theft Auto 5 and so on.
[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””]Now, most of you may not like seeing a CPU from AMD; however, I’d suggest to get out of your Intel hoodies and do check how awesome AMD Ryzen CPUs are.
The 2nd generation AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs is a direct competition to the 8th generation Intel Core i5 processors and offers the best performance for its price. The X in the model number denoted that this CPU is meant for overclocking and there’s a lot of power within the CPU than meets the eye.[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””][/su_column][/su_row]
However, to unlock its full potential power, you’ll need to combine it with a similarly powerful and capable motherboard. You don’t need to go looking elsewhere, as the motherboard I’ve mentioned below is just the right choice for this beast of a processor.
No matter how powerful of a CPU, GPU and RAM combination you choose, if your motherboard isn’t able to handle them properly, then it’s of no use.
[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””]To be me it seems funny, how many people choose the best CPU and GPU combination and put most of their money into it while acting miserly when it comes to choosing a motherboard. The basic rule of thumb I follow while choosing the motherboard is: the motherboard should always be half the price or higher than the price of your processor.[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””][/su_column][/su_row]
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X costs around $200 and the motherboard I’ve selected for it is priced around $100.
The motherboard I’ve selected is the latest and top-of-the-line MSI X470 Gaming Plus MOBO that has support for 4x DDR4 3200MHz RAM, Dual M.2 Slots, Multiple GPUs and has ATX size.
AM4 chipset in present in this motherboard, that has support for 1st and 2nd gen Ryzen CPU, whereas it has support for 7th gen and higher AMD A-series APUs and modern Athlon processor. MSI has included their Click BIOS 5, which is an award-winning BIOS program and the nicest looking too.
Additionally, it also comes with MSI’s Audio Boost Technology that offers the highest sound quality with the use of Premium Quality Audio Components.
[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””]Most people might suggest you go with 32GB of RAM for a gaming PC. However, considering the game that we’re going to play, and with excellent optimization from Blizzard, 16GB RAM is more than enough for playing Overwatch very smoothly.[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””][/su_column][/su_row]
The RAM Module I’ve selected is the 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX. It is 2x 8GB DDR4 RAM sticks with speed of 3000MHz. With a speed like that stuttering will be miles away when you’re playing Overwatch.
Once you’ve played Overwatch long enough for you to get bored, then you can add another 16GB RAM stick to your motherboard to improve gaming performance.
For playing Overwatch, you do not need the mightiest and costliest of Graphics Card available in the market.
[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””]With the above specifications, even a Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti will suffice to play Overwatch smoothly and offer frame rates of around 80-90/s.
However, to move it all a notch above, the Graphics Card I’ve selected is the MSI Geforce GTX 1060 GPU that offers 6GB of DDR5 memory that collectively will offers over 110+ FPS while playing Overwatch at Ultra Settings.[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””][/su_column][/su_row]
Not only will these graphics help you play Overwatch smoothly, but you can even play modern AAA Video Game Titles mentioned above without any hiccup.
What good is a Gaming PC without an efficient Power Supply?
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Plenty of people get confused regarding the Power Supply Unit and buy a bigger capacity SMPS than required. This, in turn, results in more heat, wastage of power and higher electricity bills. For the build that we’ve made, EVGA’s SuperNOVA G2 550W Power Supply Unit will suffice.
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It is an 80+ Gold Certified PSU that will make sure your $900 Gaming PC doesn’t run out of steam while playing Overwatch and other high-end games.
A few years ago, the only storage option gamers had while building Gaming PC was a 500GB or 1TB 7200RPM HDD from Seagate or WD.
However, with advancement in technology and cheaper cost to build and manufacture products, one can buy a very fast SSD for just the double the price of a regular HDD. Earlier the price difference between an SSD and HDD was around 5 times more.
This is where the ADATA 512GB M.2 SSD comes into play. It costs just under $100 but offers 10-20X better performance compared to an HDD and 2-3X better performance compared to a 2.5” SSD.
Note: Installing an M.2 SSD is quite different compared to say installed a SATA SSD or HDD. If you’re not sure, how to install an M.2 SSD in a motherboard, please check out the video below.
I’m a big fan of NZXT cases and no wonder I’ve suggested a case from NZXT. Just like me, if you need a minimalistic looking case that offers no fuss, then the NZXT H500 (White) is my ultimate choice.
[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””]Other cases you can consider are from the Carbide series from Corsair, they come at various price points and just like NZXT offer excellent build quality and are the complete value for money.
Other brands you can consider are Thermaltake, Rosewill, and Coolermaster. You’ll multiple cases from these brands according to your liking and at different prices.
However, make sure to only get an ATX size cabinet and nothing lower than that because the motherboard I’ve suggested is of ATX size.
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Obviously, there are cheaper ATX case options available, but honestly, the NZXT H500 has the exceptional build quality and is a complete Value for Money product.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and it has helped you choose the best $900 Gaming PC for playing Overwatch. As I said above, you do not need a powerful PC to get started with Overwatch; however, to enjoy the game to its full potential and extreme quality you need to invest in good hardware.
The build I’ve suggested is properly around $900 at the time of writing and you’ll be amazed by how powerful system you’ve built for a price of just $900.
Though make sure to pair this system with a high refresh rate and IPS panel monitor and a comfortable keyboard mouse according to your liking.