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What is a Good Gaming PC According to Twitch Streamers, YouTubers, and Gamers

A Guide to Gaming PC Specs with Recommendations from Gamers, YouTubers, Twitch Streamers, and Tech Writers


There’s a lot to look out for when it comes to buying a pre-built gaming PC especially if you’re new to the world of PC gaming.

Most PC gamers will recommend building a PC, which can be an intimidating process. But there’s nothing wrong with buying a prebuilt gaming PC. 

But what makes a good gaming PC? The simple answer is that a good PC is one that matches your needs. For a gaming PC, that means: 

  • It runs the game you want to play
  • It’s upgradeable
  • It’s within your price range
  • It matches your style

Price and style are easy enough for most people to evaluate without prior knowledge. So, this guide dives into the key specifications for a prebuilt gaming PC. With that said, you’re probably asking:

What are Good Specs for a Prebuilt Gaming PC?

So, there’s a LOT to consider here. We’ll try to break it down as best as we can. 

Why Buy a Prebuilt Gaming Computer?

The main benefits of buying a prebuilt are:

  • Saving time during the shopping and setup process.
  • No stressing about building your PC.
  • Reducing the chance of something going wrong during the assembly process.
  • Peace of mind with warranty coverage.

Prebuilt gaming PCs are pre-assembled and ready to go out of the box. You might have to dispose of some packaging, but you don’t have to worry about connecting components. Plus if you bought a warranty, then the manufacturer can replace something that’s not working.

Ultimately, the choice between building your own PC and buying a prebuilt model is up to what you value most. Plus, you can always upgrade or swap out the parts of your PC proactively and as needed.

Why Do Gamers Say I Should Build a PC?

The main reason people recommend building a PC is because you can choose the components individually and directly control the cost of your build. Also building a PC lets you pay for parts at cost with the only added fees being tax and shipping.

However, assembling a PC is challenging at first, and it’s critical to get it right. If components aren’t put together properly, they might get damaged or break. If that happens you’d have to replace an expensive component without even using it.

The Basics of Gaming PC Specs

If you’re new to the world of PC gaming, these are the main specs to look for when shopping for a prebuilt gaming PC.

  1. CPU or the processor – The unit that runs everything on your computer.
  2. GPU or graphics card – This component does a lot of parallel processing to draw or generate graphics.
  3. RAM – Random Access Memory is the temporary memory storage of your PC that stores data for currently active programs.
  4. Drive Storage – The permanent storage for your computer. Solid-state drives are the most popular storage solution for gaming PCs due to their improved performance over hard disk drives (HDD).
  5. Ports – HDMI and DisplayPort influence your monitor choice and overall on-screen performance. The number of USB ports is important to know when choosing peripherals for your PC.
  6. Case – Aesthetics are important, so choose one that fits your taste!

The following list represents the base level of specifications that we would recommend for a prebuilt gaming PC. A build with these specs will allow you to enjoy gaming at 1080p for the next few years before you need to upgrade any components.

  • CPU:
    • Intel i5-12400F 
    • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
  • RAM: 16-32GB
  • Graphics Card/GPU:
    • NVIDIA RTX 3060
    • AMD 6700 XT
  • Hard Drive Storage: 1TB
  • Cooling: Fan cooling
  • Ports: 2 HDMI and at least 3-5 USB

Note: This list also assumes that the build has an adequate power supply, motherboard, Wi-Fi connection, and ethernet compatibility.

Prebuilt Gaming PC Specs Recommended by Gamers

In this section, we dive deeper into why these specs are important and share what we found when we asked gamers what are good specs for gaming.

Processor/CPU

You don’t need to buy a build that has the most up-to-date generation of CPU. Processors released in 2021 are still viable components in 2024. There’s also the debate between Intel and Ryzen CPUs, but that’s another story. Just know that if you’re just getting started, both Intel and Ryzen are good CPUs for gaming PCs.

What is a Good CPU for a Gaming PC According to Gamers::
  • Twitch streamer and YouTuber, Epicgamerdude54 said, “The CPU is something you shouldn’t cheap out on since if you bottleneck on the CPU… you cannot easily upgrade [it]….” He explained that upgrading the CPU relies on the pre-built motherboard platform. He recommended several CPU options for new PC gamers including the AMD 8600G, AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D, and the Intel Core i5-13600K.
  • Ryan Mayiras, CEO of Candid Studios and PC gamer in his spare time, said, “A quad-core processor should be the minimum, with something like an AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5 being great starting points. I would highly recommend at least an Intel 12700K. A good processor will allow your computer to run faster and also allow for better frame rates.”
  • PC gaming enthusiast, Founder and Chief Editor of Hardware Centric, Jim Eddy, said “For CPU, [you should] aim for an i5 or Ryzen 5600….” Eddy added that choosing either of these CPUs would allow new gamers to enjoy their PC without feeling the need for an immediate upgrade.
  • Senior Technical Support Agent at Chicks Gold, Alberto Gruning, a PC gamer who also builds PCs, shared several CPU recommendations. For mid-range gaming, he recommended the Intel Core i5s and Ryzen 5 series CPUs. He said that those CPUs, “[offer] a balance of performance and price, suitable for more intense gaming and multitasking. Unlocked i5 12th gen (12600k or 13600k onward, or Ryzen 5/7 5th gen onward (5600x or 5700x).” Gruning also shared CPU recommendations for other tiers of gaming from entry-level to top-tier. He recommended the Intel i3/Ryzen 3 for entry-level, the Intel i7/Ryzen 7 for high performance, and the i9/Ryzen 9 for top-tier gaming.

Memory

RAM, or random access memory, stores data in the short term and indirectly affects gameplay performance. It also influences how well your computer can handle demanding tasks or multitasking.

How Much RAM Should A Gaming PC Have According To Gamers:
  • Twitch streamer, Distal (@DistalsPlace) said, “32 is usually my minimum, but I find myself doing a lot of other tasks – or even multitasking – with my PC use outside of gaming.” When considering people who only want to play games, he added, “16GB would be a minimum, but I would upgrade once I had the chance.”
  • Twitch streamer and YouTuber, Epicgamerdude54 recommended 16 to 32GBs of RAM. He said, “If you stream and use a lot of things at once while … gaming[,] [you’ll] get really close to 16GBs.” He explained that playing games, streaming, and using streaming software place high demand on your RAM. He also mentioned that video editing and using a browser with lots of open tabs can also be demanding. He said, “For those people[,] I recommend 32GB.”
  • A Discord user and PC gamer who wished to remain anonymous said, “For casual gaming 16GB is definitely the new minimum, 32GB is optimal.”
  • Another anonymous Discord user and PC gamer said, “16GB [is the] absolute minimum. You can’t even do modded Minecraft with 8.

Online, you might see people saying that 8-16GB is “the sweet spot” for PC gaming. But as you can see gamers see that 16-32GB is a better choice.

Graphics Card/GPU

Most of the prebuilt PCs we carry are built with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards and up. This includes the NVIDIA 3070, 3080, 4060, 4070, 4080, and the 4090. You might think that higher numbers imply better performance, but only in some cases. 

What is a Good Graphics Card for a Gaming PC According to Gamers:
  • Epicgamerdude54 explained that the GPU you need is influenced by what games you plan to play. He explained that if you plan to play relaxed games like Minecraft, Stardew Valley, Terraria or indie games, an integrated GPU and CPU would be a good option. He said, “If you’re going to do more than one thing at once; edit, or play higher graphically demanding games, I’d recommend shelling out for [a prebuilt PC] with a dedicated GPU option like AMD (7600XT, 6700XT), NVIDIA (3060, 4060).”
  • A PC gamer and Discord user who wished to remain anonymous said, “[The NVIDIA] 1660 TI (or similar) is a little older but still strong enough for most popular recent games on medium settings and more than enough for older games.”
  • A different anonymous Discord user recommended, “[The NVIDIA] 2070 and up, or [an] AMD equivalent.”
  • PC gamer and CEO of Kasra Design, Alex Safavinia said, “A mid-range GPU, like the NVIDIA GTX 1660 or the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, offers a good balance of price and performance for casual gaming. It allows for playing most games at 1080p with comfortable frame rates.”

As you can see there is a wide range of GPUs that gamers recommend. While all the different numbers can be confusing, these quotes were included to help you understand that just because the GPU has a smaller number in its title, that does not equal lower performance. To learn more about current GPUs on the market, visit AMD Ryzen™ Processors for Desktops or NVIDIA’s Compare GeForce Graphics Cards.

Storage Space

AAA games these days are massive, with file sizes starting around 50GB and climbing to over 100GB. Most gaming PCs come with at least 512GB of storage space, with 1-2TB storage becoming more prevalent in mid-tier builds and up. We recommend at least 1TB SSD as anything below that will fill up quickly. 

A computer with a sizable SSD boot drive and secondary HDD is a highly recommended storage combination; enjoy fast boot speeds while increasing total storage capacity at a lower average cost per gigabyte.

How Much Storage for Gaming PC According to Gamers:
  • Twitch streamer, Distal said, “1TB [is a] minimum right now. 2 gives you a tad of a cushion.” For content creators and streamers he recommended saving non-essential, non-gaming content to an external hard drive to keep your HDD clear.
Recommendations from Gamers on Discord
  • “1TB still seems relatively solid. I’ve had a 2TB SSD for…6 years now and I recently just went over 1TB.”
  • “I’d say 2TB is the minimum for a new gaming PC, as game sizes keep skyrocketing. Looking at the AAA landscape, games range from 50-500 GB+.”
  • “My desktop came with 3TB (1TB SSD, 2TB SATA) but I also have a 2TB external drive. I hate running out of space.”

Cooling Hardware

PCs produce heat as electricity runs through their components. That heat needs to be dispersed or the components could get damaged. Gaming PCs are cooled by either a traditional fan cooling system or a liquid cooling system. Fan cooling is the most common cooling option for most modern PCs, but liquid cooling is an option if background noise and efficiency are important to you.

What Gamers Say About Cooling Systems for Gaming Desktops

  • Twitch streamer Distal said, “Unless you are trying to push your CPU to the max, or [are] really into overclocking, a good heatsink can work just as well as a liquid-cooled system – and be more cost-effective. Based on the build and your use, you could just be paying more for aesthetics and quieter fans than any real performance changes.”
  • YouTuber, DabbusVult said, “Fan cooling is best for casual gaming as it achieves the intended result if done correctly. Liquid cooling is mostly for benchmark thrill seekers and people who want a certain aesthetic with their build.”
  • Twitch streamer Epicgamerdude54 recommends fan cooling for most use cases. He added, “Unless you overwhelm your PC and it’s decently hot in your room; I’d go with liquid cooling.”
  • Tech writer, Faraz Khan of Direct Macro said, “Pre-built PCs usually have adequate air cooling for most components. Liquid cooling is generally not essential unless you plan on extreme overclocking or live in a very hot environment.”
  • Alex Safavinia, said “Effective cooling, even with standard fans, is crucial for longevity and consistent performance. While liquid cooling is superior, it’s not a necessity for casual gaming unless you plan on overclocking.”

Considering this information, we feel confident recommending that fan cooling systems are perfectly viable options for prebuilt PCs. 

What Should I Upgrade First From A Prebuilt Gaming PC?

Upgrades are not necessary when you purchase a PC. In fact, a good prebuilt PC should suit your needs for at least two years before you have to consider upgrades. But as you use it, you might find your needs changing. One of the benefits of a gaming PC is being able to upgrade individual components, so you do not have to buy a completely new computer every few years.

To help you plan ahead, we asked gamers what components they would recommend upgrading first. Here is what the gaming community had to say:

  • Twitch streamer Distal said, “If you want to make your computer be able to last but keep up with changing game requirements then GPU and RAM are the first two easiest and most compatible things you can upgrade for longevity.”
  • Epicgamerdude54 said, “If you’re running out of space, typically a storage upgrade. If you have 16GBs or 8GBs of RAM, you’d definitely [want to] upgrade to 32GBs. If you’re getting more into variety gaming and or the content creation space, you’d probably inevitably want to upgrade your graphics card to run most of the games…at a nice quality”

If you ever question why your computer isn’t running a game effectively, take advantage of the performance tab of Windows’ task manager to understand which component might be holding you back. Sometimes the game can be poorly optimized (programmed) so don’t use task manager as your only source of truth.

Now to the good stuff. You’re buying a gaming PC to play video games! You need to know what prebuilts will run the games you want to play. Here are some of the top PC games on Steam at the time of writing and some of the gaming computers that we carry at Electronic Express that will run them.

Helldivers 2

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master – GMA9360CPGV2

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer MasterHelldivers 2
OSWindows® 11Windows 10 (64-bit)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 7700, 3.8-5.3 GHzIntel Core i7-9700K / AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Memory32GB RAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti, 16 GB GDDR6 VRAMNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 / AMD Radeon RX 6600XT
Storage2 TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD100 GB available space on SSD

PUBG: Battlegrounds

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Notebook – NH.QLZAA.001

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming NotebookPUBG: Battlegrounds
OSWindows® 11Windows 10 (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core 12th Gen I5-12500H, 12 cores and 16 threads, 2.5-4.5GHz speedIntel Core i5-6600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Memory16GB DDR5 RAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 with 6 GB VRAMNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
Storage512GB SSD50 GB available space

Horizon Forbidden West™ Complete Edition

iBuyPower Trace 7 Mesh Desktop – TMA7N4601

iBuyPower Trace 7Horizon Forbidden West™ Complete Edition
OSWindows® 11 Home AdvancedWindows 10 64-bit (version 1909 or higher)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 5700, 8 cores and 16 threads,
3.7-4.6GHz speed
Intel Core i5-8600 / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Memory16GB DDR4 RAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 / AMD Radeon RX 5700
Storage1TB SSD150 GB SSD available space

Baldur’s Gate 3

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme Desktop – SLC10200CPGV8

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer SupremeBaldur’s Gate 3
OSWindows® 11 HomeWindows 10 (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core I9-13900KF 8 performance cores and 16 efficiency cores, 32 threads, 3.0-5.8GHz speedIntel i7 8700K / AMD r5 3600
Memory32GB DDR5 SDRAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 with 12GB GDDR6XNVIDIA 2060 Super / RX 5700 XT (8GB+ of VRAM)
Storage2TB SSD150 GB available space on SSD

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

ASUS TUF A15 Laptop – 90NR0EB5-M000J0

ASUS TUF A15Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree
OSWindows® 11 HomeWindows 10/11 (64-bit)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 7735HS,
8 cores and 16 threads, 3.20-4.7GHz speed
INTEL CORE I7-8700K 3.7GHz or
AMD RYZEN 5 3600X 3.8 GHz
Memory16GB DDR5 RAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1070 8 GB or
AMD RADEON RX VEGA 56 8 GB
Storage1TB SSD60 GB available space

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

MSI Codex – R13NUC5081

MSI CodexCall of Duty: Modern Warfare III
OSWindows® 11Windows® 10 64 Bit (latest update) / Windows® 11 64 Bit (latest update)
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 12400F – 6 coresIntel® Core™ i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X
Memory16 GB DDR5 RAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080Ti, RTX 3060, or AMD Radeon™ RX 6600XT
Storage1TB SSD149 GB of storage on an SSD

Steam says the required size for Call of Duty is only 78 GB if you have Call of Duty HQ and Call of Duty: Warzone™ installed.

Cyberpunk 2077

ASUS ROG Strix – 90PF03W2-M01080

ASUS ROG StrixCyberpunk 2077
OSWindows® 1164-bit Windows 10
Processori7-13700F – 2.1-5.2GHzCore i7-12700 / Ryzen 7 7800X3D
Memory16GB DDR5 RAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 TIGeForce RTX 2060 SUPER / Radeon RX 5700 XT / Arc A770
Storage1TB SSD70 GB available space on an SSD

(Palworld can also run well on this PC according to recommended specs)

Rust

Skytech Blaze – BLAZE31097B

Skytech BlazeRust
OSWindows® 1164-bit Windows 11
ProcessorIntel® Core™ I5-12400F – 2.5-4.40GHzIntel Core i7-4790K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Memory16GB DDR4 RAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060GTX 980 or AMD R9 Fury
Storage1TB SSD25 GB available space on an SSD

Last Epoch

MSI Katana 15 – KATANA1512439

MSI Katana 15Last Epoch
OSWindows® 11Windows® 10 (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 12650H – 6 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, 1.7-4.7GHzIntel Core i5 6500 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Memory32GB DDR5 RAM16 GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070NVIDIA RTX 3060 / AMD RX 6600-XT with 6GB+ GB of VRAM
Storage1TB SSD22 GB of storage on SSD

For more recommendations for PC gaming and console gaming, read our Gaming Extravaganza Guide.

Popular Games That Will Run on Most Gaming PCs and Laptops

Many of these games are free to play and are meant to have low barriers to entry. The minimum specs are all well within the limits of most prebuilt PCs. For casual gamers, most specs will perform well enough. If you find yourself becoming more serious about these games, you’ll want to start upgrading your build.

  • Apex Legends
  • Counter-Strike 2
  • Crab Game
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Destiny 2
  • Dota 2
  • Escape from Tarkov (16 GB RAM+ recommended)
  • GTA V (16 GB RAM+ recommended)
  • League of Legends
  • Lethal Company
  • Minecraft (unmodded)
  • Overwatch 2
  • Roblox
  • Rust
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege
  • Valorant
  • War Thunder
  • Warframe

Tips for Aspiring Twitch Streamers

Chances are if you found this article, you or someone you know is thinking of making video game content online. Our expertise lies with the electronics needed for streaming, not necessarily creating the content. However, we have found that some of the most common advice for new streamers includes:

  1. Set goals for yourself (Ludwig)
  2. Establish a schedule (Stream Scheme)
  3. Review your content (Stream Scheme)
  4. Turn your long-form content into short-form to promote yourself (katliente)
  5. Don’t wait to do it perfectly (Stream Scheme)

If you’re looking specifically for advice for getting started on Twitch, Hexeum offers many free guides that cover all kinds of topics from which tags you should use, to how to run a 24-hour stream.

Some of this advice can be applied to YouTube, Kick, and TikTok. If you find yourself wanting to focus on those platforms, the above creators have made additional videos related to those platforms.

Conclusion

Buying a gaming PC is a big investment, especially at higher tiers, but it is well worth the cost for many gamers. We hope this guide will help you as you evaluate different PC builds so you can find the best one to fit your needs. If a gaming laptop seems closer to your needs, read our guide Choosing The Right Gaming Laptop.

If you need any help during this process and have more questions, come visit Electronic Express in one of our stores in Tennessee and Northern Alabama. And if you’re not nearby, we can also ship gaming PCs and laptops to anywhere in the contiguous United States.

We also carry a wide selection of gaming monitors, mice, keyboards, headphones, and other peripherals to complete your PC gaming setup.

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