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Apex Legends was released on February 4, 2019, and soon became the hottest battle royale game out there. The popularity is rising constantly as just one week after its release, it had over 25 million downloads and over 2 million concurrent players.

I compiled a list of 5 gaming desktop PCs to help you playing Apex Legends without any stuttering and lagging. And also to make you “future proof”, so the PC is going to serve you well for quite a few years.

First, of course, it depends on the budget you are willing to spend on a new gaming machine. Second, a good starting point would be meeting at least the recommended system requirements. Why recommended and not minimum? Because minimum requirements are based on what developers define that games are playable at the lowest graphic settings values. Whereas the recommended requirements are what is needed to run a game with decent or highest graphical settings with a high enough frame rate for the best gaming experience.

Apex Legends System Requirements

Minimum

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows® 7 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7730
  • MEMORY: 6 GB
  • STORAGE: 22 GB available space

Recommended

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows® 10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: AMD FX-9370/Ryzen 5 1600X or Intel Core i7-4770
  • GRAPHICS: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
  • MEMORY: 8 GB
  • STORAGE: 22 GB available space

Source: https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends/about/pc-system-requirements

What computer parts are the most important for running Apex Legends smoothly?

Graphics Card

A graphics card (or GPU, short of “Graphics Processing Unit”) is undoubtedly one of the most important hardware parts of a gaming PC. It handles all the processing and rendering of what you see on the display and directly affects the quality of the textures, anti-aliasing, frame rate, and such…

The more powerful it is, the more smoothly and realistically the game runs.

CPU

A processor or CPU (short for “Central Processing Unit”) also significantly impacts the overall gaming performance. It handles all the gameplay, instructions, loading different assets of the game, etc.

It basically calculates all the logic behind the scene.

Memory

Computer memory or RAM (short for “Random Access Memory”) stores all the short-term bits of information that are being accessed and used by the CPU constantly. It is a kind of temporary storage for all the calculated results coming from the CPU.

The more RAM you have the more information the processor can store in it simultaneously.

Storage

This is a piece of computer hardware that contains all the data that the PC can access and operate with. It includes everything, from the operating system to the games installed.

The most common consumer class types of SDDs are SATA SSD or NVMe. Although using different bus interfaces and having different connections, the main difference between them is read/write speed. Here’s a little speed comparison about average read/write speed of all the disk drives types mentioned:

    • SATA 3 – up to 550MB/second 
    • NVMe – up to 3500MB/second

Traditional HDDs can be used for secondary storage drive only. They are just obsolete.

What is the Best Gaming Desktop PC for Apex Legends?

There is no “the best one”. Each one of the machines listed here would run Apex Legends just fine, smoothly without any stuttering. But as mentioned previously, it also depends on how much you willing to go spend. You cannot expect the same performance form the lowest budget PC to the highest one. Obviously. 🙂
Regarding performance, it’s mainly all about how much frames per second a gaming pc can output to the monitor.

About FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS):

What is FPS? It is the number of consecutive images produced onto the monitor each second. (Note: In gaming FPS also stands for First Person Shooter but this is not the case here.)

How many FPS is needed? – It is not yet known for sure how many FPS the human eye and brain can process. But they predict it could be around 200. The number of frames per second that is acceptable for gaming though is far lower. From bare minimum 25 FPS up to the limit of your screen*. If the FPS drop below 25, you are likely to notice considerable stuttering.

*By screen limit I mean its refresh rate. Nowadays there are even 240Hz (frames per second) monitors in the gaming scene. That “high refresh” rate monitors give a feeling of a more responsive overall experience. The game type can also be a factor. If you play online competitive games you get an advantage over your opponents who have regular 60Hz displays. Basically, more frames, earlier and more you see than. 🙂

A great explanation here on this video from Nvidia:

Of course, a CPU & GPU must be able to maintain enough frames per second (possibly up to screen limit) to make it a difference.

How do I compile a list of desktop gaming PCs, being able to run Apex Legends?

To estimate what gaming performance is expected on a specific machine, I always follow these steps:

  • Create a larger list of PCs, meeting the requirements.

Even though the requirements are relatively low (let’s say as in this case, for a GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970), I always look for machines that have the latest hardware. Hell, when you’re buying new, go for new, right? This also means it would serve you for quite a few years. Or maybe you want to try some new game, that requires more power.

  • Check user reviews and gameplay videos.

I find this to be an invaluable piece of information, as it comes directly from actual owners of specific gaming PCs.

  • Check the benchmarks and price/performance ratio

There’s one hell of a service called UserBenchmark. Those guys compute and analyze millions of benchmarks coming directly from gamers around the globe. At the type of writing, they are more than 120 million benchmarks with more than a million different components. This database is damn huge and it gives a rough estimate of how much FPS can a PC render the specific game, running at specific resolution and graphic quality

  • Handpick 5 of them

I choose the machines within a reasonable price range. With price/performance factor taking into consideration. No one wants to pay more than he gets, right?

1.
SkyTech Legacy Mini Gaming PC

2.
Skytech Shiva Gaming PC

Recommended

3.
CyberpowerPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool PC

4.
OMEN by HP Obelisk Gaming Desktop Computer

High-End

5.
CUK Stratos Micro Gaming PC

SkyTech Legacy Mini - Gaming Computer PC Desktop – Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core 3.0 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, 500G SSD, 16GB DDR4, AC WiFi, Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Skytech Shiva Gaming PC Desktop - AMD Ryzen 5 2600, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4, 500G SSD, RGB Fans
CyberpowerPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool Gaming PC, Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD, WiFi Ready & Win 10 Home (SLC8260A2, Black)
OMEN by HP Obelisk Gaming Desktop Computer, 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB, HyperX 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, VR Ready, Windows 10 Home (875-1023, Black)
CUK Stratos Micro Gaming PC (Liquid Cooled Intel Core i9-9900KF, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD + 2TB, 750W Gold PSU, Z390 Motherboard) Best Tower Desktop Computer for Gamers
Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Intel Core i7-9700K
Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8G
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
RAM
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
32GB DDR4
32GB DDR4
Storage
500GB SSD
500GB SSD
1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD
1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD
1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD + 2TB 7200rpm HDD
64 Reviews
259 Reviews
752 Reviews
168 Reviews
45 Reviews
Price not available
$999.00
$1,399.99
$1,999.99
$2,949.99

1.
SkyTech Legacy Mini Gaming PC

SkyTech Legacy Mini - Gaming Computer PC Desktop – Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core 3.0 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, 500G SSD, 16GB DDR4, AC WiFi, Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
500GB SSD
64 Reviews
Price not available

2.
Skytech Shiva Gaming PC

Skytech Shiva Gaming PC Desktop - AMD Ryzen 5 2600, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4, 500G SSD, RGB Fans
Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
500GB SSD
259 Reviews
$999.00
Recommended

3.
CyberpowerPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool PC

CyberpowerPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool Gaming PC, Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD, WiFi Ready & Win 10 Home (SLC8260A2, Black)
Processor
Intel Core i7-9700K
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD
752 Reviews
$1,399.99

4.
OMEN by HP Obelisk Gaming Desktop Computer

OMEN by HP Obelisk Gaming Desktop Computer, 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB, HyperX 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, VR Ready, Windows 10 Home (875-1023, Black)
Processor
Intel Core i9-9900K
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8G
RAM
32GB DDR4
Storage
1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD
168 Reviews
$1,999.99
High-End

5.
CUK Stratos Micro Gaming PC

CUK Stratos Micro Gaming PC (Liquid Cooled Intel Core i9-9900KF, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD + 2TB, 750W Gold PSU, Z390 Motherboard) Best Tower Desktop Computer for Gamers
Processor
Intel Core i9-9900K
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
RAM
32GB DDR4
Storage
1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD + 2TB 7200rpm HDD
45 Reviews
$2,949.99

Last update on 2020-04-10.

SkyTech Legacy Mini

Technical Details:


AMD Ryzen 7 1700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
16GB DDR4
500GB SSD


Skytech Shiva Gaming PC Desktop

Technical Details:

AMD Ryzen 5 2600
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
16GB DDR4
500GB SSD


OMEN by HP Obelisk Gaming Desktop Computer

Last update on 2020-04-10.

Technical Details:

Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8G

32GB DDR4

1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD

Expected Performance:

Graphics Quality: HIGH

1920 x 1080 - 100 FPS

Graphics Quality: MAX

1920 x 1080 - 95 FPS

 

CUK Stratos Micro Gaming PC

Technical Details:

Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
32GB DDR4
1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD Drive + 2TB 7200rpm HDD

Expected Performance:

Graphics Quality: LOW

1920 x 1080 - 200 FPS

Graphics Quality: HIGH

1920 x 1080 - 120 FPS

Gameplay Example:

With NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & Intel Core -i9-9900KS


Conclusion

Bear in mind that these stats are rough estimates. How much FPS you can achieve it depends also on the situation. There is quite a difference whether you are far above the ground or somewhere inddors.

You can realistically expect a lower frame rate in crowded zones as the computer must render more graphical elements at the same time. And a higher frame rate lets say indoors, where there are not that many 3D elements to render.

To sum up: all these gaming PCs would run Apex Legends just fine. If you have a large budget, of course, go for the HIGH-END one. Otherwise, the RECOMMENDED computer is a great compensation between price and performance.

Have fun playing the game!
Take care! 🙂