Destiny 2 is gearing up for its inaugural launch on the PC on October 24th. That leaves less than two weeks from the writing of this guide, if you’re in the market for a new PC to play it. Even though Destiny 2 is new to the PC platform, the PC beta this summer performed admirably, and we have high hopes.
Purchasing a gaming PC can be a daunting proposition, but we’re here to share with you a collection of builds that will make the process easier. Because cost is such an important factor when it comes to gaming PCs, we’ve created three different builds: one that will play Destiny 2 perfectly at 1080p, one that will let you crank things up to 4K, and one for the gamer on a very strict budget. Roughly speaking, our 1080p Build meets the recommended system requirements that Bungie has provided, while the Budget Build meets the minimum requirements. The 4K build goes above and beyond and the cost reflects that.
Obviously there are many possible combinations of parts and veteran gaming PC builders have their own biases. Typically those are opinions are based on many years of experience, and the lists below most definitely include my own personal opinions.
Note that the prices listed here are in US dollars and only current as I’m writing this article. A great tool that I suggest using is PC Partpicker. It will let you design your system build, offer links to the best current prices, and checks everything for compatibility.
1080p PC Build
The parts chosen for this build won’t break the bank too much and will leave you with a very powerful PC that will handle Destiny 2 at a 1080p resolution. You’ll get more visual fidelity from this PC than you would from an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. You’ll also benefit from the ability to upgrade this PC in the future.
Our choice for CPU is a mid-to-upper-range CPU from Intel, paired with a reasonably powerful video card from Nvidia. Toss in an SSD to put the operating system on, and you’ll be set for gaming for a while.
4K PC Build
This is the fun build. It’s easy to get carried away and put parts together that will melt most games but also explode your bank account. I tried to walk a fine line here, but 4K isn’t easy, despite what you may hear from console marketeers. A powerful CPU and an even more powerful graphics card are required to output a 4K resolution and still keep a game running smoothly. After all, what’s the point of 4K if the game is moving in slow motion.
The top of the line graphics card available at the moment is Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Ti and its 11GB of memory will help push all those pixels. Pair it with a fast, larger SSD to ensure that your games won’t be slowed down by a spinning disk drive, and you’re set! As an added bonus, add a decent sound card. You’ll be amazed by how much better things sound compared to a USB headset.
Budget PC Build
Finally, if you’re on a tight budget, this build will allow you to play Destiny 2 at a reasonable level while building a PC that can holds its own for many other games. The pricing for this is just slightly above the latest consoles, but you’re not tied down to a closed ecosystem like the PlayStation Store or the Xbox One Market. This guide isn’t about comparing PCs to consoles, however, so let’s have a look at what’s under the hood.
This is the one build where I’ve chosen an AMD processor, mostly due to the price point. As mentioned above, personal biases do factor into PC builds, and I’m an Intel guy through and through. It’s hard to ignore AMDs advancements lately however, so the Ryzen 3 fits well here.
While it may be tempting to get a more powerful graphics card from a previous generation, such as a GTX 970 or 960, I believe the benefits of the latest technology found in the GTX 1050 Ti make it worthwhile.
Hopefully these sample builds will give you a general idea of what kind of parts you should be considering depending on your budget and desired performance.
Are you currently looking to buy a PC to play Destiny 2? Do you have any suggestions for a great build? Disagree with one of my choices completed? Let us know in the comments!
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