Last Updated: August 6, 2020
Planning a PC build for Overwatch to ensure great performance to play at your best? Here we break down what you need to know about choosing hardware components for this super popular First-Person Shooter, including the CPU, graphics card and RAM configurations you need to get 60FPS, 144FPS, or 240FPS depending on which gaming monitor you want to use (and avoid overspending if you're on a budget).
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Blizzard’s Overwatch is still a killer competitive game, with a huge fanbase and thriving competitive scene, often found high in the Twitch popularity charts in terms of stream viewers. It's a fast-paced game that you really want super-smooth performance for, so if you're using a 60Hz monitor you want to build a PC that will get you 60FPS (and ideally higher so that you always remain above that mark).
But Overwatch really shines on a 144Hz or 240Hz monitor, as fast-paced shooters like this are a genre that can really benefit from the super-high frame rates that 144Hz/240Hz monitors can allow. But to get such high frame rates, you'll need to pay attention to which specs you have (even for 60FPS too, but much less so as practically any modern PC can achieve that).
Should You Get a 144Hz Monitor for Overwatch?
60Hz monitors are fine if you're a casual gamer just wanting to have some fun, but if you're a pro or aspiring pro Overwatch player, or you're a more serious casual player (as in, you don't care about the pro scene but you still want to play at your absolute best with every edge possible), you ideally want a 144Hz monitor for Overwatch (1080p resolution, so specifically a 1080p 144Hz monitor).
Good news is, these days in 2020 they're not much more expensive than regular 1080p 60Hz screens.
Pro or aspiring pro gamers will want to get a 144Hz screen if at all possible to increase the “smoothness” of the game which could lead to better in-game results too, but if you’re on a tighter budget then a 60Hz screen will have to do (and still offers a smooth ride if you stay above 60FPS).
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How Demanding is Overwatch?
Like CSGO, Overwatch isn’t demanding on hardware in general, and most modern computers can run it decently. However, Overwatch is most definitely more demanding than CS:GO, and if you’re trying to get a consistent 60FPS on high/ultra settings you'll need to pay attention to your specs.
To get 144FPS, your spec selections become even more important, and make that doubly so if you want 144FPS on high/ultra settings. As for 240FPS (for 240Hz monitors), you'll really need a decent gaming PC. Let's talk about it.
NVidia vs AMD GPUs for Overwatch
First things first, unlike CS:GO that slightly favors AMD cards, NVidia GPUs have proven to give slightly better performance for your money when it comes to Overwatch. Therefore, all our graphics card recommendations in this guide will be for team green, but of course feel free to get an AMD equivalent if you’ll be playing other games too or if you’re just a big fan of AMD. However, we most definitely recommend NVidia if you’ll only be playing Overwatch as you could see up to 5-10% better frame-rates.
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Recommended Specs for Overwatch
Alright, let's get into our 2020 hardware component recommendations for Overwatch for great performance. Specifically, our recommended parts listed below are what you'll require to comfortably achieve that particular performance level (such as 60FPS or 144FPS) - and to do it consistently so that your system performs above that level. In other words, if you want 60FPS, you ideally want to get an average FPS of 70-80FPS or higher so that your FPS doesn't dip under 60FPS (or doesn't dip too far under) during hectic high-action scenes of the game.
Also, in our recommendations we won't mention the other parts required for a working PC (motherboard, power supply, case, storage, operating system) as we’ll only be talking about the components that affect gaming performance. For full PC builds for Overwatch, see our main gaming PC build recommendations and pick one that covers the specs below required for your desired frame rate.
We won’t be covering PC requirements for higher resolutions than 1080p (such as 1440p or 4K) as the vast majority of Overwatch players stick to 1080p to get the highest, most consistent frame rates. That said, 1440p 144Hz screens would be great for Overwatch too, so if you use one of those screens then keep in mind you'll need slightly stronger parts than the ones listed below. Happy fragging.
Cheapest Hardware for 60FPS in Overwatch (Low/Medium Settings)
Best Hardware for 60FPS in Overwatch (Ultra Settings)
Cheapest Hardware for 144FPS in Overwatch (Low/Medium Settings)
Best Hardware for 144FPS in Overwatch (Ultra Settings)
Cheapest Hardware for 240FPS in Overwatch (Low/Medium Settings)
Best Hardware for 240FPS in Overwatch (High Settings)
Need help planning the best Overwatch PC build? Found this guide helpful? Let us know. Happy scoring.
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