We are competitive gamers, so when we talk about ‘the best PC for Overwatch 2’ we focus on what is important: performance. You need a PC that is capable of running the game at competitive framerates, and by that we don’t mean 60 frames per second: the competitive standard framerate is currently at 240 FPS.
As such, building a PC for Overwatch 2 can seem like a daunting task, but in our guide we’ll help you get on your way with a bunch of builds to consider at different performance points.
Overwatch 2 System Requirements
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Specs|
|Operating System||Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)||Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650||Intel® Core™ i7 or AMD Ryzen™ 5|
|GPU||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600 series, AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 series||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060/ GeForce® GTX 1650 or AMD R9 380/AMD RX 6400|
|Memory||6 GB RAM||8 GB RAM|
|Storage||50 GB available hard drive space||50 GB available hard drive space|
Like all modern competitive shooters worth the name, Overwatch 2 is a game that’s easy to run on modern hardware, so this means that you don’t need a massively powerful setup in order to run the game at higher framerates. This doesn’t mean that you should cheap out on components, though, as you will definitely want to reach competitive framerates (the current competitive standard is 240 frames per second) if you’re even a little bit serious about the game. In a game that’s as fast-paced as Overwatch 2, you’ll be putting yourself at a severe disadvantage if you’re playing on a regular 60Hz setup, so if you’re budgeting for an Overwatch 2 build we would recommend you to keep this in mind.
For our Overwatch 2 PC guide, we’ve created three different systems at three different price points. One top tier system for players who don’t want to spare any expenses and go all out, one price/performance system for gamers who are mainly focusing on competitive games and don’t necessarily need a super overpowered system that can also run the latest games at the highest settings, and one budget system.
We’ll also provide you with three prebuilt PCs that more or less match our custom builds completely so that there’s also something there for competitive players who aren’t interested in building their own PC.
Top Tier System
With our top tier system, you’re guaranteed to be rubbing up against Overwatch 2’s framerate cap of 600 frames per second at 1080p, so if you feel like that’s overkill then this build is probably not for you, but if you’re a player who is gaming at higher resolutions and/or you want to future-proof your build and never worry about framedrops in battle then this could be the one to go for.
If you want to save some money you could always go for a smaller SSD, but given the fact that modern games are becoming bigger and bigger when it comes to their overall size we’re leaning towards 2TB instead of 1TB SSDs in recent times.
This is the build that we recommended to the competitive players who want to get a perfect Overwatch 2 build for gaming at high framerates without going into ‘overkill’ territory. This obviously won’t perform as well as our top tier build, but it will definitely not hold you back when playing Overwatch 2, so if you’re not interested in squeezing out those last percentage points of performance, this is the build we’d recommend.
Given the fact that Overwatch 2 is so easy to run, even this budget system will easily churn out more than enough frames to satisfy high refresh rate monitors if you’re playing at 1080p and aren’t opposed to lowering some ingame settings if it becomes necessary.
This is a great build for people who are a bit more casual about the game and/or for gamers who don’t want to spend large budgets on their gaming PC.
Prebuilt PCs for Overwatch 2
Everyone on the internet is always recommending you to build your own PC, and while that will allow you to save some money, it’s also true that some people simply don’t want to commit to building something that consists of such expensive pieces of equipment, so we’ve also listed some prebuilt PCs that you can consider if you’re not someone who is interested in building their own PC.
Skytech Prism II
This PC is a great match for our premium build, delivering heaps of frames even at higher resolutions, so if you’re looking for a top tier PC for Overwatch 2, this could certainly be it.
SkyTech Archangel 3.0
If you want a performance-focused PC that hits the sweet spot as far as Overwatch 2 performances go, this is a great bet. It will deliver reliable performances in Overwatch 2 at all framerate steps at 1080p, and even though it might suffer a bit at higher resolutions, this is still a great PC to consider if you’re a dedicated competitive OW2 player.
SkyTech Chronos Mini
Our budget pick will allow you to smoothly run the game at higher framerates if you’re playing at 1080p and are willing to lower some ingame settings, so it’s a great pick for competitive players who are on a budget. Naturally, this won’t be the PC we’d recommend if you’re looking to fully saturate a 360Hz monitor, but if you’re playing on a budget you need to make some compromises, and this is one of the better options out there if you’re asking us.
Best PC for Overwatch 2 – Conclusion
Overwatch 2 isn’t terribly demanding to run, so you can get away with some budget builds if you’re happy to play at 1080p. If you’re gaming on higher resolutions and/or you want to squeeze every bit of performance out of the game then things will naturally get more expensive, but you can definitely be competitive in Overwatch 2 at very reasonable budgets.