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Newegg Gaming PC Finder claims to help pick the perfect pre-built, here’s a test drive

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A person reclining in a chair in front of a PC displaying Newegg's Gaming PC Finder.
Over time, Newegg has strived to help buyers navigate its selection of PC components to assemble a system with compatible parts. It’ll even build the system for you (for a reasonable fee of $99), based on parts you select from a curated list of components under a service it introduced last July. Almost a year later, Newegg has launched a “Gaming PC Finder” tool that aims to help buyers browse through a sea of ​​pre-made configurations.
Finding a pre-built PC on Newegg or any other vendor that sells pre-built systems isn’t difficult. However, one of the challenges for inexperienced buyers is whether a specific build is good enough to play the games they like to play, and at what resolution. This is what this new tool aims to solve.

“Buying a new gaming PC can be daunting with all the system options available and the decisions required. We educate customers and minimize challenges with a wealth of information to truly personalize the experience and give gamers exactly what they want,” Oscar Wong said. , Senior Director, Product Management for Newegg. “The tool is simple and easy. All the necessary information is provided to allow customers to understand the decision process and select the PC that suits them best.”

How Newegg’s Gaming PC Finder Tool Works and Takes It for a Test Drive

How it works, buyers choose up to four games they want to play from a limited list of titles, and whether they want to play in 1080p, 1440p or 4K. The Gaming PC Finder tool will then highlight three recommended PCs – Starter, Mainstream, and Enthusiast – with some vital stats for each, followed by a wider assortment of less detailed recommendations.

We gave it a quick test drive and came away with mixed impressions. For starters, there are only 18 games to choose from, although they include a bunch of popular titles. We selected Cyberpunk 2077, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Ring of Eldenand far cry 6 to the 4K option, and these are the PCs he recommended…

Results of Using Newegg's Gaming PC Finder Tool

One thing to note is that the number of frames per second displayed prominently at the top of each is best case. Looking at the Starter configuration, only Ring of Elden is listed as hitting 60 fps on this configuration, whereas Cyberpunk 2077 displays only 25 frames per second. So if you’re relying on this tool, you’ll want to be sure to look at the individual averages.

A good idea is to be able to switch between 4K, 2K and 1080p to quickly refresh recommendations without reloading the page. When we flipped the switch to 1080p, the tool claimed that the startup configuration would work up to 140 fps, which it was tied to. Shadow of the Tomb Raiderand hit Cyberpunk 2077 up to 55 fps.

Keep in mind that these are rough estimates without any information about game settings. However, they generally seem accurate, and maybe even conservative in some cases. For example, the Starter configuration lists a 3DMark Time Spy score of 9,517. In our own GeForce RTX 3060 Ti review, we scored 12,096 in Time Spy, but with a more robust processor and more RAM.

We like the layout of the tool, although we think the inclusion of an Enthusiast platform should be more obvious. The first time we ran the tool, we didn’t even know a third configuration existed. It wasn’t until we maximized our browser window (to a 1440p screen) for a screenshot that we saw it. There’s a little dot under the configurations to scroll to the third configuration if it doesn’t fit on your screen, but it’s easy to miss. Or maybe it’s just us. Anyway, head up.

The other thing to note is that you’ll want to thoroughly research all of the recommended configurations. User reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, but at the very least, it’s a good idea to analyze them for common complaints. If multiple users are all complaining about the same thing, like cooling, that could be a red flag.

That said, we can see where it could be useful. While it’s not perfect, it does at least give buyers more data to analyze than just pre-set purchases based on specs alone.