Gaming PC Build Guide: Rocket League

If you haven’t been introduced to this beautiful indie title yet, stop and take a moment to Google search some Rocket League gameplay videos. Nothing is more addicting than this multiplayer, cross-platform, rocket-powered blending of the sports and racing genres produced by Psyonix Studios. While only about 7-months old at the time of this article, Rocket League already boasts a community of 10 million players, and it is a perfect example of the easy-to-learn but hard-to-master formula that grants it so much playability over and over again.

Fortunately, the Psyonix developers have gone to great lengths to make sure you don’t need a NASA satellite in order to enjoy Rocket League (trust me, you can run this game on a potato, as evidenced by many GIFs on the /r/RocketLeague subreddit). This game is highly accessible in terms of hardware requirements.

If you’re like so many other individuals who just need to try the game after first witnessing its frantic fun, we’ve got a build guide for you!


The Semi-Pro ($710)

A GeForce GTX 950 will get you far in Rocket League, allowing you to run the game at 1080p and 60fps at high settings with ease. You can fully enjoy the fast-paced, physics-based action of the game with one of these affordable graphics cards. This build is great if you don’t use a monitor with anything higher than a 60hz refresh rate or don’t feel the need to uncap the frame rate. For airflow and ease-of-building, I recommend my personal favorite case, the NZXT S340.

CaseNZXT S340 ($69.99)

CPU – Intel Core i3-6100 ($123.95)

Motherboard – ASUS Z170-A ($153.99)

Memory – 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2400 ($52.99)

GPU – EVGA GeForce GTX 950 ($159.99)

Storage – Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB SSD ($84.89)

PSU – Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular Power Supply ($64.99)

Total Cost – $710.79

The Rocketeer ($1150)

If you’re looking to do things like play Rocket League at 1440p or with an uncapped frame rate, I recommend bulking up with this build. You can freely use high settings for everything, including anti-aliasing. You can always go even higher with something like a GTX 980, of course, but prepare for a steeper jump in price! This build should be more than powerful enough for this highly optimized game.

CaseNZXT S340 ($69.99)

CPU – Intel Core i5-6600K ($253.99)

Motherboard – ASUS Z170-A ($153.99)

Memory – 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2400 ($52.99)

GPU – EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ($334.99)

Storage – Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB SSD ($84.89)

PSU – Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Fully-Modular Power Supply ($109.99)

Total Cost – $1151.82

From Rookie to Champion

Even if you don’t have access to hardware quite as new and powerful as the items listed above, you can still enjoy Rocket League. Switching to “performance” settings and disabling textures goes a long way, allowing much more outdated components to run this frantic soccer-with-cars video game. These build guides were designed based on personal preferences and experiences, but you can expect similar performance from different manufacturers.

If you can’t get enough high-flying soccer car action, be sure to drop by my Twitch channel any day of the week to catch me live streaming Rocket League with special Psyonix Studios developer guests, professional players from the community, tournament organizers, and casters!