Build Guide: Overwatch

May 4, 2016 | By tuan.mai@nzxt.com | PCDIY

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With the launch of Blizzard’s highly anticipated Overwatch just around the corner (finally), now is a better time than ever to build or upgrade to a future-proof system that’ll allow you to enjoy this game in all of its glory. Like any other modern FPS game, the minimum recommended specifications will certainly run the game but a few more horsepower can drastically improve your gameplay experience.

Here are two recommended builds that’ll be great for all gameplay modes and ensure you won’t drop frames during a critical gunfight.       

Build #1 The Everyday Gamer ($900)

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This build is for the everyday Overwatch player and is also suitable for other modern shooters such as The Division, Battlefront and Battlefield. With this build, you can easily run the game on optimized graphics settings in 1080p without any significant drops in frame rate during intense gunfights where multiple players on the map are activating ultimate abilities. 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. Although a stock cooler for the i5 should be fine for a game like Overwatch, we’d recommend any leftover funds be spent on an aftermarket cooler.

CaseNZXT S340 ($69.99)
Processor – Intel Core i5-6600K ($244.99)
Motherboard – ASUS Z170-A Motherboard ($156.99)
Graphics Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 960 ($189.99)
Memory – 8GB of G.Skill DDR4 2400 RAM ($43.99)
Storage – Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD ($87.99)
Power Supply – EVGA 750W 80Plus Gold Power Supply ($89.99)

Total Cost – $883.93

Build #2 The Veteran ($1250)

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This build is for the hardcore Overwatch player that wants top tier performance without compromising graphic quality. If you’re interested in streaming or recording your gameplay, this Veteran build will allow you to do so without affecting your gameplay performance. To get the most out of this build, we’d highly recommend pairing it with a 120-144hz gaming monitor. For resolutions 1440p and below, this build should work great. If you’re looking to run Overwatch at 4K, expect the need to upgrade to a top tier graphics card. Another positive of the Veteran build is that it will also fit the recommended requirements for most VR platforms.

CaseNZXT H440 ($119.99)
Processor – Intel Core i5-6600K ($244.99)
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 850W 80Plus Gold Power Supply  ($129.99)

Total Cost – $1,250

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 beta testing experiences and are not the only systems capable of having a great Overwatch experience. From our limited time playing Overwatch, the game is very well optimized for CPU and GPU usage. If your system runs current modern PC games fine, you can definitely expect great performance from Overwatch. If you’d like to see what builds we’d recommend for other games, let us know in the comments!

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