Last Updated: Mar 8, 2018
Smite is another popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) eSports game that has tournaments around the world. Like LOL and DOTA 2, it’s free-to-play, however unlike those titles it’s played in a third-person perspective which sets it apart. Created by Hi-Rez Studios, Smite is based on the Unreal game engine, and like LOL (and DOTA 2 to a lesser degree) it doesn’t require too much processing and graphics grunt to run well – unless you plan on getting high frame rates in which it’ll require a fairly powerful rig (even more so than LOL).
Read on if you want to know which modern parts you’ll need to get that all-important flawless performance to play at your best with nothing slowing you down. Note that 60FPS is perfectly fine for the majority of gamers, especially for a game like Smite, and 144FPS or higher (to take advantage of a high-end, high-refresh rate 144Hz display etc) is a luxury that you don't need. Higher refresh rates of 144Hz or higher are more important with faster-paced games like CS:GO and Overwatch.
Minimum Smite Hardware for 60 FPS+
To get a constant 60FPS and over in 1080p when running Smite (and on maximum settings) the minimum modern CPU and graphics card you’ll need is an Intel Pentium G4560 and a NVidia GT 1030 (or AMD’s equivalent card in the RX 550).
As you can see, getting to the buttery-smooth 60 frames-per-second mark consistently is easy and Smite doesn't require a high-end gaming rig to achieve this.
Minimum Smite Hardware for 144 FPS+
As for getting a smooth 144Hz experience (with a 144Hz monitor) which means getting over 144FPS, you’ll need a much more capable gaming PC. Whilst our previous recommended specs for Smite at 60FPS+ are basically the same as our recommended League of Legend specs for 60FPS, when it comes to enthusiast performance (ie 144FPS and over) Smite will need quite a bit more GPU and CPU power than League of Legends does for 144FPS+. So, to get to over 144FPS constantly in 1080p on max settings in Smite, the following are the cheapest modern parts that will reliably achieve that:
As you can see, getting high frame rates in Smite on max settings will require a beasty GPU, namely the GTX 1070 8GB, and a decent CPU. If you don’t mind dropping the game settings and/or not always staying above 144FPS, you could get away with a GTX 1060 (3GB or 6GB version), but for flawless performance to take full advantage of a 144Hz monitor for the smoothest game experience there’s no real way around dropping some serious cash on a great GPU like the 1070.
Like mentioned already though, Smite is NOT one of those games where 144Hz displays make a huge difference (unlike CS:GO, Overwatch, etc where higher refresh rates really do make a difference if you wanna play at your max capacity). That's all you need to know about choosing the best hardware parts for a custom Smite PC build (or upgrade). Good luck out there.