Apex Legends, by now I’m sure you’ve heard of it, Respawns battle royale behemoth making waves in the multiplayer and streaming scene, but what does it take to run it? how budget friendly can you be when speccing up a PC to smoothly play this new gaming phenom? Let’s find out…
Apex Legends recommended specs are
- 3rd gen core i5 processor,
- A second to top tier Maxwell GTX 970 or a GCN 2.0 R9 290
- 8GB of RAM
Fairly respectable specs, these are the recommended settings to run at least 60FPS, Medium, 1080p, roughly where the console equivalents would be let’s see what can we get from current generation hardware to beat that target.
Our first build is for streamers on a £500/$550 budget, we aim to hit High settings with at least 60-70fps at 1080p while streaming. Our second build is catering for the ultra spec gamers on a tight budget we’re aiming to hit £700/$750 with the aim of 1440p High settings 60fps or mixed settings for 1080p with 100+fps. Finally, our third build is as budget-friendly as you can get.
Apex Legends PC Build 1 – All AMD
- CPU – First-gen AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (3GHz- 3.7GHz boost, 8C/16T) – £140/$175
- Motherboard – ASRock B450m-HDV – £55/$70
- Cooler – Stock – £0/$0
- GPU – ASUS ROG RX 570 4GB – £140/$175
- RAM – 2 x Corsair Vengence LP 4GB 2666MHz – £50/$65
- Storage – 120GB Kingston SSD + Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD – £18/$22 + £35/$45
- Case – Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L – £40/$50
- PSU – beQuiet! System Power 8 400w – £37/$48
Build Total: £517.50/$681
We’re £17.50/$23 over budget here, but that can be remedied by cutting out the SSD we’re using for a boot drive and sticking to a free OS as mentioned above, its not something we’d recommend but if you’re dead set on playing and streaming Apex Legends at high 60+fps on a strict £500 limit, it’s definitely attainable.
So, build one down, streamers happy, let’s tackle those of you just playing the game and wanting the sweet taste of ultra settings with our second build.
Apex Legends PC Build 2: Intel + NVIDIA
- CPU – 8th Gen Intel Core i5 8400 – £180/$200
- Motherboard – ASRock H310m HDV – £45/$60
- Cooler – Arctic Freezer 11 LP – £14/$18
- GPU – NVIDIA’s GTX 1660ti – £240/$270
- RAM – 2 x Corsair Vengence LP 4GB 2666MHz – £50/$65
- Storage – 120GB Kingston SSD + Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD – £27/$36 + £35/$40
- Case – Phanteks Eclipse P300 – £45/$60
- PSU – beQuiet! System Power 8 500W – £78/$95
Build Total: £694 pre-shipping
We’re coming in under budget here, maybe use the £6 you saved on some Apex packs? Or spill over budget but a little and grab a bigger HDD or some additional fans?
We figured maybe you want something at the most entry level of the range, can we manage it under £400? you’re damn right we can.
Apex Legends PC Build 3: Medium 60FPS 1080p
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 3 1200 – £65/$80
- Motherboard – ASRock B350m-HDV – £50/$65
- Cooler – Stock – £0/$0
- GPU – Gigabyte RX 570 4GB – £130/$150
- RAM – 2 x 4GB Ballistix Sport LT set at 2666 MHz – £45/$50
- Storage – 120GB Kingston SSD – £18/$22
- Case – BitFenix’s Nova – £27/$35
- PSU – beQuiet! System Power 8 400w – £37/$45
Build Total: £375
Getting into Apex can be done at almost any reasonable budget if you’re wanting to target the high settings for £500 or max everything at £700 you’ve got a whole host of options. You could even combine the GPU of our second build with the CPU/Motherboard of the first build and have a streaming monster, or slim your budget down and use a Ryzen 3 or i3 and wipe squads out while sliding around happily for under £450. Even under £400 we’ve proven that with the third build on this list. It’s never been easier to piece together a powerful gaming PC.
Over the years, laptops have kept getting lighter, more powerful, and sleeker. Among the leaders of the ultrabooks on the market is Razer, with their Razer Blade Stealth. Keep in mind that unlike some of the more heavy duty laptops that bear the Razer badge, this one isn’t really for serious gaming – at least not without additional hardware which I’ll tell you about later. On the other hand, this svelte computer weighs in at under 3 pounds, and is still powerful and fast enough to handle all your everyday tasks for work, school, hobbies, and casual gaming.
The latest Razer Blade Stealth features a sleek and minimal design, measuring just a hair over 0.5″ thick at the hinged edge. At least from the surfaces that I can see, build quality is excellent as well. It packs a 13.3″ touchscreen display, running at a native 3200 x 1800 resolution, resulting in incredibly crisp and vibrant images, and the ability to easily work with multiple windows or gigantic spreadsheets with lots of columns and rows.
The system is available with either a 7th-gen Core i7-7500 U dual-core CPU, or an 8th-gen Core i7-8550U quad-core CPU. My review unit came with the dual-core processor, which is reasonably fast for everyday tasks. It managed to turn in a respectable Geekbench multi-core score of 7098, and an OpenCL Compute score of 20928. However, its on-board Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU isn’t anything special, with a respectable 3DMark Cloud Gate score of 6820, but an anemic 3DMark score of just 393 on the intense Time Spy 1.0 benchmark.
There’s 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM built in, but sadly no ability to upgrade beyond that. Still, that’s plenty for all but the most memory intensive tasks. For super-fast drive and device connectivity up to 40 Gbps, there’s a built-in USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, which can also be used to connect the optional ($499.99) Razer Core V2, which provides the laptop with support for high-end desktop video cards from AMD and Nvidia, so you can play all those graphics-intensive games the on-board GPU can’t handle.
Unlike Apple’s recent MacBooks, which require an external dock for other connectors besides USB-C, the Razer Blade Stealth has USB 3.0 ports on both the left and right sides, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a full-size HDMI port. Its wireless connectivity supports 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. I was able to enjoy about 400 Mbps of my Gigabit internet connection via its Wi-Fi connection – that’s better than most other laptops, tablets, and smartphones I’ve tested here on my Wi-Fi router.
Razer offers the Blade Stealth in either a gunmetal grey body like the one shown here, or in black with an illuminated Razer logo on its lid. The gunmetal version comes with a bright white backlit keyboard, while the black version packs a programmable full-color Razer Chroma keyboard. However, the minimum config of the black model comes with the more expensive and faster quad-core CPU as well. I found the keyboard to be quite impressive – offering good feedback and fast typing without being cramped for my big fingers. Flanking the keyboard are two impressively loud vertical speakers which offer good stereo separation due to their smart placement.
One thing I really like about the Blade Stealth is its power pack, which is more like the size of an oversize lipstick case than a traditional, heavy power brick. This keeps it easy to travel with, and adds minimal weight to your bag when you hit the road. Given its size and weight, the Blade Stealth offers good battery life too – turning in just a little under 9 hours on a charge with typical usage.
The starting price for this year’s Razer Blade Stealth is $1199.99 for a dual-core i7-7500U with 256GB SSD, topping out at $1999.99 with the quad-core i7-8550U and a 1TB SSD. If you purchase by 5/27/18, there’s a $100 instant savings available off of those prices. Right now, Razer is also offering buyers $600 worth of great software including PaintShop Pro X9, VideoStudio Pro X10, FL Studio, Cuphead, Warhammer II, H1Z1, Goat Punks, and more.
In conclusion, the latest Razer Blade Stealth is a well-built, good looking ultrabook with great design, a razor-sharp display, above average connectivity, a good keyboard, and a zippy CPU. Plus, it’s got the ability to become a serious gaming machine if you connect the Razer Core V2 and a good graphics card.
Check out this newly released mini-tower gaming PC ‘LITTLEGEAR i330BA1-MD’ from Mouse Computer. As part of the LITTLEGEAR i330 series, this mid-range gaming PC is configured with a 2.80GHz Intel Core i5-8400 processor, an Intel B360 Chipset and a GeForce GTX 1050 2GB graphics card.
Not just that, the system also sports an 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive and a 500W 80PLUS BRONZE power supply.
For operating system, the LITTLEGEAR i330BA1-MD runs on Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS. The Mouse Computer LITTLEGEAR i330BA1-MD is available now for 89,800 Yen (about $826). [Product Page]
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Mouse Computer has once again expanded its line of slim desktop PCs by launching the LUV MACHINES Slim iGS410SD. Powered by a 2.80GHz Intel Core i5-8400 processor, this mid-range desktop PC is built with an Intel B360 Chipset, a GeForce GTX 1050 2GB graphics card, an 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive.
Apart from that, the system also has a DVD Super Multi Drive, a multi-card reader and a 300W 80PLUS BRONZE power supply. For operating system, the LUV MACHINES Slim iGS410SD runs on Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS.
The Mouse Computer LUV MACHINES Slim iGS410SD is available now for 94,800 Yen (about $872). [Product Page]
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