Renowned online tech retailer Newegg has launched a new shopping tool designed to simplify gaming PC choices for customers. The New Gaming PC Seeker (opens in a new tab) asks you to choose up to four titles from a selection of 18; then you choose the monitor resolution you want to play at. Clicking “Show Results” presents a list of pre-built PCs with the top two choices highlighted, as shown below.
Both PCs above are based on our pick of a selection of fast-paced, competitive eSports titles and a 1080p target monitor. You can see that the ‘Starter’ choice offers up to 285fps in the chosen games and is based on the combined processing power of an Intel Core i5-12400F and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. This PC from ABS Master game is priced at $1,199 but could be oversized and expensive if your monitor is limited to 144Hz, for example.
Newegg’s so-called “mainstream” choice for eSports title picking feels a lot more like an upsell. This choice provides up to 384 fps in target games and resolution. Based on an Intel Core i7-12700F and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, this should be a capable machine for almost any title, not just eSports, using an FHD monitor. Unfortunately, this is not a small price increase either. At $2,100, this MSI gaming desk is approaching twice the cost of the “Starter” pick.
Upsell or sustainability?
Some eSports gamers will already have or intend to purchase a monitor with a fast refresh rate, which will make those desktop choices more sensible. However, it’s probably more accurate to characterize the Newegg Gaming PC Finder tool with its “Mainstream” selection as upselling rather than perpetuating. Running these eSports titles at 1080p will be satisfactory on an RTX 3060 for the foreseeable future. However, the beauty of PCs is that you can upgrade any “slow” component within a few years to reap some very attractive payoffs.
Newegg eSports’ recommendations were somewhat questionable, especially for those looking to spend minimal cash. So we figured we’d give the Gaming PC Finder tool another shot and select a single graphically demanding modern action RPG game at a target resolution of 1440p. We chose Cyberpunk 2077 in the Newegg tool, selected 1440p and clicked go.
With this type of game, gamers generally don’t aim for frame rates much higher than 60 or 70 frames per second. So Newegg’s “Starter” choice here seems smart, choosing an older generation hexacore processor and putting more budget into the GPU – an RTX 3060 Ti (vs. the eSports Starter choice). This $1,199 desktop PC is claimed to hit 50fps in Cyberpunk at 1440p.
Newegg’s mainstream choice doesn’t go overboard, targeting 65fps, but costs a lot more at $1,964. You can scroll down Newegg’s recommendations page and there are pre-built PC configurations that are supposed to play Cyberpunk at 25fps ($1,015) or 75fps ($2,299).
In our own testing of Cyberpunk 2077 at 1440p Ultra, we found that the above recommended “Starter” GPU of the RTX 3060 Ti could achieve 52 fps on average, which is basically in line with the gaming PC finder from Newegg. Also, if you want to enable ray tracing and apply DLSS with the balanced profile, you can achieve over 48 fps on average with the same GPU. With that in mind, the Newegg Starter and Mainstream choices for Cyberpunk 2077 seem reasonable. However, with a little thought and reading Tom’s Hardware reviews and guides, a PC enthusiast or DIYer could spend their money more wisely, especially at the higher end.
Tom’s gear maintains a very popular graphics card reference book called GPU Benchmarks and Hierarchy 2022 with all modern GPUs ranked and compared across many games and resolutions. If you think the Newegg tool sounds useful, we’re sure you’ll like our guide, especially if you already have a good working PC and are only thinking about a GPU upgrade.