league of legends pc buildKiller game, but thankfully not-so-killer hardware required.

Last Updated: Mar 8, 2018

League of Legends, which we’ll refer to as LoL from now on, is another hugely popular, free-to-play MOBA game that is also one of the biggest eSports on the planet with countless tournaments and millions in prize money up for grabs every year by the best teams in the world.

LoL is a less demanding game than DOTA 2 when it comes to hardware requirements, so there’s no need for huge amounts of PC power to run it well.

Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to run it flawlessly at either over 60FPS or 144FPS depending on whether you’re playing on a 60Hz or 144Hz display.

Minimum LoL Hardware for 60 FPS+

To stay above 60FPS consistently on max settings in 1080p (full HD), you really don’t need much firepower.

If you want to build the absolute lowest cost system for this task, and you don’t really care to play other games that may be more demanding (most games will be more demanding than LOL) then this is the minimum setup that’ll keep you above water (ie 60FPS maxed out at 1080p):

  • CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 (with stock cooler)
  • GPU: NVidia GT 1030 2GB
  • RAM: 4GB DDR4 (any speed)

As you can see, a fairly cheap system is all you need. In fact, to run LOL well you don’t even need a dedicated graphics card like the above mentioned GT 1030, and the built-in graphics card (called an iGPU) that comes with the G4560 processor would actually get you over 60FPS on average.

However, on max settings the G4560 and iGPU combo (ie no graphics card) would dip slightly under 60FPS at times, but you could always lower the resolution or the settings to avoid those dips.

Basically, if you want to use the highest in-game detail settings and stay above the holy grail of 60FPS in 1080p for the smoothest experience (which is important when playing competitively) then get a dedicated graphics card.

If you don’t mind playing on lower settings or lower resolutions, then you’ll be fine without the graphics card (and use the G4560’s built-in graphics card).

If you get the G4560 only, but you do plan on adding a graphics card later, one thing to keep in mind is to make sure you get a power supply that has enough power to take into account the graphics card once you add it to your system later down the track.

Minimum LOL Hardware for 144 FPS+

As for the most serious (and cashed-up) LOL gamers with a need for speed who will be playing on an awesome 144Hz screen, which some pro gamers swear by, then you’ll need a better rig than the previous recommended budget/60FPS one.

However, since LOL doesn’t have the highest of requirements and is a very well-optimized game, you still don’t need too much firepower to max out this great game at 144FPS+ (as compared to say, DOTA 2, which requires a fair amount of modern grunt to get similar performance).

The below specs are the minimum you’ll be needing to keep your average frame-rate above 144FPS in LOL in 1080p on max settings, to take full advantage of your 144Hz monitor:

  • CPU: Intel i5-8400 (with stock cooler) or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • GPU: NVidia GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 (any speed)

About the Author

A hobbyist game programmer turned hardware enthusiast, Julien "cyberjulz" is the founder of BGC and has kept a keen eye on the latest in DIY gaming ever since starting BGC back in '06 as an almost laughably-basic and brief 20 page site with the aim to make building PCs more accessible to the average gamer since most resources weren't too noob friendly. Over countless reinventions and reiterations to the quality, depth and usefulness of the content over many years the site has steadily grown into the expansive, comprehensive and ever-updated first-time PC builder resource that it is today that now reaches and helps thousands of gamers and power users each month to more easily plan optimal setups for their exact needs. You can learn more about the BGC mission and ways to support it here.

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