Gaming PC Build Guide: League of Legends (and other MOBAs)

January 28, 2016 | By tuan.mai@nzxt.com | PCDIY

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Undoubtedly, the most popular PC game with over 67 million players every month, League of Legends continues to make rapid improvements to its engine, gameplay, and interface. Surprisingly enough, even with a major graphics overhaul the game is still incredibly resource-efficient; meaning it doesn’t take a whole lot of power to run it well.

If you enjoy other MOBAs such as Smite, DOTA 2 or Heroes of the Storm, this guide will still apply but you should consider a slightly more powerful GPU if you play in resolutions higher than 1440p or intend to stream and/or record video footage. Our first build is recommended for a majority of MOBA players while our second is for the seasoned veteran that enjoys playing at high resolutions and sharing his/her gameplay with others.

These are the builds we recommend for League of Legends and other MOBAs:

Build #1

The Everyday Gamer ($700)

This build is for the everyday League of Legends player and is certainly suitable for both novices and experts. With this build, you can easily run the game on high to maximum settings in 1080p without any significant drops in frame rate during intense team fights. Although this build can handle higher resolutions as well, we’d recommend a slight graphics card upgrade to provide some extra headroom for 1440p and higher.

Case NZXT S340 ($69.99)
Processor – Intel Core i3-6100 ($129.99)
Motherboard – ASUS Z170-A Motherboard ($156.99)
Graphics Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 950 ($159.99)
Memory – 8GB of G.Skill DDR4 2400 RAM ($43.99)
Storage – Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD ($87.99)
Power Supply – EVGA 600W 80Plus Bronze Power Supply ($49.99)

Total Cost – $698.93

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Build #2

The Veteran ($1150)

This build is for the hardcore MOBA gamer that can’t afford a single dropped frame. If you’re looking to start streaming or if you’re playing League of Legends at a competitive level, we’d recommend a slightly beefier build than the Everyday build listed above. The Veteran build will ensure the smoothest gaming experience and highest framerate to accompany your beautiful 120hz-144hz gaming monitor.

CaseNZXT S340 ($69.99)
Processor – Intel Core i5-6600K ($259.99)
CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X31 ($79.99)
Motherboard – ASUS Z170-A Motherboard ($156.99)
Graphics Card – Zotac GeForce GTX 970 ($299.99)
Memory – 16GB of G.Skill DDR4 2400 RAM ($74.99)
Storage – Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD ($87.99)
Power Supply – EVGA 750W 80Plus Gold Power Supply  ($119.99)

Total Cost – $1,149.92

Other Options

Although these recommended builds were created with specific models in mind, you can certainly expect the same level of performance from similarly spec’d products from other manufacturers. Of course, these suggested builds are made entirely based on our own preferences and experiences and are not the only systems capable of having a great MOBA experience. The great thing about LoL is that it can easily be run on almost any system, even notebooks with integrated graphics cards. While you won’t get the best experience on lower end systems, the game is still enjoyable at a casual level.

If you’d like to see what builds we’d recommend for other games, let us know in the comments!

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