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Hana Song • 6 months ago

I'm trying to construct a Gaming PC of "Superb" level (as according to your build recommendation chart). I want it to be D.Va themed with Pink, Green and Blue. Do you know of a Pink chassis that will accommodate the "Superb" parts? This is the first PC I'm ever making and I'm unaware of the standards...

Daniel • 6 months ago

As for the well-known, reputable manufacturers, it looks like the options are few and far between. There is a white In Win 101 with pink accents, and there is a pink version of the NZXT Phantom, but those are both pretty hard to come by. That said, on cursory inspection, it looks like there is a company called 'Apevia' (that I had never heard of before) which manufactures a number of pink case options. I can't personally vouch for the quality of their choices, but this one could accommodate any combination of parts from the 'Superb' tier. (Either of the other two mid tower cases they make could work too, but you would have to get the Scythe Fuma cooler---as the other two cooler options in that tier are too tall for them.)

Hana Song • 6 months ago

Oh, I see. I was beginning to think I would need to Powder Coat a white case, which I was not looking forward to..
I suppose my biggest issue now is collecting the ≈$1,200 that the parts list will cost me, haha. And that's not including mods, yet...
Thank you for your input!

Sam Clift • 7 months ago

why is there no mention of ram speed in your guides? you will get a significant fps boost simply by going from 2133 to 2400mhz ram for example.

Daniel • 7 months ago

Well, that would depend on what you mean by 'significant,' as we would certainly expect any benefit from RAM speed increases to be massively outweighed by the benefit of allocating additional resources toward a better GPU or CPU (unless you're talking about a change from, say, DDR3 to DDR4).

But if you have access to benchmarks showing a truly significant performance difference between those two RAM speeds, we would be happy to take a look at them.

YoreyC • 9 months ago

overlocked cpu/gpu/mobo needed for 240hz 1080p

Daniel • 9 months ago

Not necessarily! While it depends entirely on your parts and your in-game settings, Overwatch is not a terribly difficult game to run---even at very high FPS.

YoreyC • 9 months ago

I meant to phrase it as a question. what minimal parts would I need to run OW at 240 fps 1080p "optimized" (mix of low/off-ultra), if I overclock them?

Daniel • 9 months ago

Ah, I see. Well, that is a difficult question to answer, due to the inconsistency of overclocking performance and the rarity of benchmarks for settings between Low and Ultra. But I would roughly estimate that such stats might be possible at 1080p in Overwatch with medium settings by overclocking the 'Good' tier or higher (from our general build recommendation chart).

DeathZaKid • 9 months ago

i currently have a ryzen 5 2400g, gtx 570 ti, and 8gb ram. if i upgraded to the gtx 1050 ti what kind of fps could i expect to get on high or ultra settings?

Daniel • 9 months ago

A build with an R5 2400G and a GTX 1050 Ti would be roughly comparable to the 'Modest' tier of our general build recommendation chart, which we would expect to be capable of 60-90 FPS in Overwatch at 1080p with Ultra settings.

fauxpas0001 • 10 months ago

A few questions:
1. How much fps am I to expect with a PC like this? https://pcpartpicker.com/li...
2. Could I run OW with 60+ fps on a 60Hz monitor?

Thank you!

Daniel • 10 months ago

Yes; those parts would make for a PC that is roughly comparable to the 'Very Good' tier of our general build recommendation chart, which we would expect to be capable of over 100 FPS in Overwatch at 1080p with Ultra (not Epic) settings.

Lucas • 11 months ago

Im building a pc with an i7-8700 an asus rtx 2070 and a asus z370 e motherboard with 16 gb of ddr4 3000 memory should i be fine?

Daniel • 11 months ago

Absolutely! Those parts would make for a build that is comparable to the 'Outstanding' tier of our general build recommendation chart, which we would expect to be capable of over 90 FPS in Overwatch with max settings---even at 4K resolution!

Lucas • 10 months ago

What would best bang for buck gpu that can handle 1080p ultra settings above 100 fps?

Daniel • 10 months ago

When playing at Ultra (not Epic) in Overwatch at 1080p, the lowest-cost modern GPU that is likely to provide 100+ FPS more-or-less consistently would be the RX 580.

kirby • 11 months ago

I am having trouble keeping my FPS above 144 during certain moments in-game. Especially chaotic teamfights. According to your guide, my pc should be overkill and shouldn't have any problems keeping a steady fps at all times. Any advice?
Specs:
i5-6500 3.2 ghz quad core
16gb RAM
gtx 1070
hyper 212 evo
NVME SSD 500gb
144 hz acer monitor
Have checked and confirmed FPS drops with msi afterburner.

Daniel • 11 months ago

Are you playing on Ultra settings or on Epic? The benchmarks in the article, as stated above, were gathered with Ultra settings. And even though I didn't do the testing for this article, I can confirm from my experience with playing Overwatch on a slightly weaker system than yours (GTX 1060 6GB, overclocked i5-6600K) that your system should definitely be capable of maintaining 144+ FPS in Overwatch at 1080p with Ultra settings---because that weaker system accomplishes exactly that. Moreover, is your monitor 1080p or 1440p? Even 1440p shouldn't necessarily be a problem, unless you're also playing at the absolute maximum in-game settings.

But beyond fiddling with settings, checking to make sure you don't have anything else running on your PC and using hardware resources, and double-checking that it's not internet-connection-related, there may be nothing further that can be done to mitigate the natural peaks and dips of FPS during lulls and swells of intensity in-game.

Zer0Ace • 1 year ago

Hello,

I'm having trouble with keeping a steady 144(+)fps in overwatch with every possible setting on it's lowest. Including the NVIDIA control panel settings and my render scale at 75%. I've also tried disabling the HPET in my BIOS, I'm wondering if I'm being bottlenecked by my cpu... since I really don't have a clue on what to do, advice would be much appreciated

My pc specs:
Motherboard: ASUS PRIME B360M-K
CPU : i5-8400 @2.80Ghz
Graphic Card: ASUS Expedition GTX 1060 | OC'D
RAM: 8 GB Kingston DDR4

Once again, some advice would be much appreciated!

Daniel • 1 year ago

Hmm, that's odd. A build with an i5-8400 and a GTX 1060 6GB should be somewhere in between the 'Very Good' and 'Great' tiers of our general build recommendation chart, which we would expect to be capable of over 100 FPS in Overwatch at 1080p with maximum settings. Moreover, my personal build is similar to that machine (an overclocked i5-6600K and a GTX 1060 6GB), and it averages over 180 FPS with all low settings and 100% render scale.

Is there any chance that you have your monitor hooked up to your motherboard (such that it would be using the integrated graphics processor of your CPU) rather than to your graphics card? Also, Overwatch has a 'frame rate cap' setting in the video options; do you have that turned all the way up to 300?

Zer0Ace • 1 year ago

My montior is hooked up to my GPU with a displayport cable, in ow my frame rate cap is locked at 120 for a little bit more consistency, though I've tried removing the cap, without succes.

Daniel • 1 year ago

Hmm, well, other than having that in-game cap below the maximum, I can't think of any particular reason off-hand for you to be getting frame rates below 144 with your settings. You can also try the other few tips in our old blog post on increasing frame rates---or possibly some of the advice in our new blog post on decreasing lag and latency.

Zer0Ace • 11 months ago

Hello! I've figured out why my fps was so low despite having reasonable components, turns out single channel was the culprit!

Daniel • 11 months ago

Weird! Well, I'm glad to hear you got to the bottom of it; thank you for the update.

Cel • 1 year ago

Hello!
What PC build should I use to run overwatch at 144fps low settings

Daniel • 1 year ago

In theory, with all low settings you should be able to get 144+ FPS in Overwatch by building as low as the 'Good' tier of our general build recommendation chart.

Wizball • 1 year ago

Hey!

I own a 180Hz Gaming Monitor and would like to upgrade my rig to something that is capable of staying above that threshhold at 100% render scale with low settings, what tier would you recommend should I look in to?

Daniel • 1 year ago

From testing with my own rig, I would say that never dipping below 180 FPS with 100% render scale and otherwise all low settings in Overwatch would require a machine at least at the 'Great' tier of our general build recommendation chart. But if some very rare dips below 180 are alright at intensive moments, then the 'Good' and 'Very Good' tiers would still do well.

Wizball • 1 year ago

Great, thanks for the reply!

Ben • 1 year ago

Heya! It's me again!

I previously left a message asking about some specs, and now I'm back asking about new ones! Which category do you think this would fit into?
CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor
GPU: Asus - Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

Thanks in advance,
Ben

Daniel • 1 year ago

Those parts would be roughly on-par with the parts in the 'Excellent' tier of our general build recommendation chart, which we would expect to be capable of 90+ FPS in Overwatch at Ultra settings, regardless of monitor resolution.

Andre F. • 1 year ago

I'm thinking of getting the "Fair" tier but I want to upgrade my GPU to the GTX 1060 3gb instead of the GTX 1050. Would this be a good upgrade and also would it be able to run 60fps on medium or high.

Daniel • 1 year ago

Yes, that would be a noticeable upgrade (the GTX 1060 3GB is nearly twice as powerful as the GTX 1050). And yes, we would expect a version of the 'Fair' tier which features a GTX 1060 3GB to be capable of 60+ FPS in Overwatch at 1080p with medium or high settings.

Andre F. • 1 year ago

Thanks for the reply. I have another question but for my friend. He has a NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 for his graphics and a AMD ryzen 3 1200 quad core processor for his CPU. He can get about 100+ fps but he would randomly drop frames and has some input lag. Another thing is that he is in borderless windowed, but can't go to fullscreen, "it would cut to black and crash", is this a problem with the cpu/gpu or with the actual computer.

Daniel • 1 year ago

While your friend does have a somewhat underpowered CPU relative to their GPU, and that could theoretically be related to the frame drops (but not necessarily, as frame drops will happen to some degree even on excellent systems simply due to the variable strain on a machine at different times in an online competitive game)---I do not think that a slight bottleneck of that kind could cause input lag or fullscreen crashes. Both of those latter issues sound more like software problems than hardware problems. I would advise your friend to look into not only their in-game settings further, but also the input/control and display settings of their OS and monitor.

Andre F. • 1 year ago

My friend has no idea about this kind of stuff (He is looking at it rn) so could you explain in more detail about hardware/ software problems and input/control and display of the os and moniter

Andre F. • 1 year ago

also what graphics card and cpu what would be the tiers of them

Daniel • 1 year ago

A hardware matter would be something that is related to the capabilities of the PC's hardware---such as whether it can run a game at all, or the level of performance the PC can get in a given game. A software issue would be something that can probably be traced back to the program itself, such as inconsistent behavior (like crashing under certain circumstances but running well under other seemingly equivalent circumstances). As for the input/control and display settings, I'm literally talking about the input and display settings that can be accessed by right clicking on the desktop.

And as for the other question, the GTX 1050 currently features in the 'Fair' tier of our general build recommendation chart; the R3 1200 is somewhere in between the G4560 in the 'Poor' tier and the R3 2200G in the 'Minimum' tier.

Ben • 1 year ago

I'm looking to build a PC by the end of the year... The parts I'm planning to get are stated below:

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor
GPU: (a GTX 1060 of some sort)
RAM: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper T2 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Would that suffice for Overwatch? Thanks in advance!

Daniel • 1 year ago

A build with an R5 1600X and a GTX 1060 3GB would be very similar in performance to the 'Very Good' tier of our general build recommendation chart, which we would expect to be capable of over 90 FPS in Overwatch at Ultra settings.

Ben • 1 year ago

Thank you so much! :)

Nicholas Obrocea • 1 year ago

I'm going with a GTX 1080 and an i5-8600K. How much FPS should I be able to get on max at 1080p/1440p resolution?

Daniel • 1 year ago

So, it's a bit tough to say for sure, as that build would be somewhat unbalanced (with a more powerful GPU than CPU). But in theory, we would expect that build to perform overall similar to the 'Excellent' or 'Outstanding' tier of our general build recommendation chart, which should be capable of over 100 FPS in Overwatch at 1080p or 1440p with max settings.

Lord Llamacorn • 1 year ago

about what tier would deliver 144fps at all times at 1080p high settings with fog detail on low.

Daniel • 1 year ago

To stay consistently above 144 FPS in Overwatch at 1080p with mostly high settings, you would likely need a build that performs at least as well as the 'Excellent' tier of our general build recommendation guide.

Dylan Riggs • 1 year ago

Can this pc run OW on 144hz monitor and at 120fps or higher, on high settings?
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4 Desktop Gaming PC (Intel i5-7400 3.0GHz, AMD RX 580 4GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, WiFi, Win 10 Home),

Daniel • 1 year ago

The CPU in that computer is roughly on-par with the CPUs in the 'Very Good' tier of our general build recommendation guide, whereas the graphics card is currently featured in the 'Superb' tier of that same chart. Overall, we would expect such a machine to be capable of roughly 90-110 FPS in Overwatch at 1080p with Ultra settings.

Lord Llamacorn • 1 year ago

What is the minimum build tier that can run overwatch at consistent 150fps @1080p EPIC settings that can also run more demanding games at about 60fps? would an i5-8600k + gtx 1060 6gb and 16gb ram do it?

Daniel • 1 year ago

So, an i5-8600K and a GTX 1060 6GB would be very similar to the machine that I currently use, and my computer does not get 150+ FPS in Overwatch at 1080p with Epic settings, although it does get close to that (typically 90-130). To stay consistently above 150 FPS in Overwatch at 1080p with max settings, you would likely need a build that performs at least as well as the 'Excellent' tier of our general build recommendation guide, which does feature an i5-8600K---but pairs it with a GTX 1070.