On October 22, 2021, Battlefield 2042 is released – another part of the popular first-person shooter, which makes it possible to fight with other players, the number of which can reach up to 128 people. Huge maps with amazing designs have been developed. Let’s put together the optimal Intel and AMD gaming PCs for Battlefield 2042 minimum and recommended system requirements.
What’s new in Battlefield 2042?
Battlefield 2042 promises to be a worthy continuation of the series, because the developer, studio DICE, has focused on the main thing for which we love the Battlefield series – multiplayer. The game will feature the classic multiplayer Battlefield “All-Out Warfare” with redesigned Conquest and Breakout modes, which added dynamic weather and natural disasters.
New to Battlefield 2042 are the Hazard Zone and Battlefield Portal modes. The latter should appeal to longtime fans of the series: it will mix elements of the previous parts of Battlefield: Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3.
Battlefield 2042 can be the game you don’t mind buying a new computer for. We will compile the optimal PC builds for it.
Battlefield 2042 system requirements
The official system requirements for Battlefield 2042 have yet to emerge, but leaks appear on gaming sites that show that the system requirements have not changed from the previous game in the series, Battlefield V, which was released in 2018. This is not surprising, because the Battlefield series has always been distinguished by good optimization, and cross-platform online projects try to reach as wide as possible PC gamers who often play on budget PCs.
We will focus on the system requirements published, in particular, on the sites gamerevolution.com and systemrequirementslab.com . For normal graphics mode, without ray tracing, Battlefield 2042 has fairly modest system requirements, and you can play it on inexpensive PCs.
Minimum system requirements:
recommended system requirements.
The situation with the prices of video cards and their shortage
The mining boom and chip shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic have triggered higher prices and a shortage of components in 2020 and 2021. This especially affected gaming video cards, which practically disappeared from sale in the winter and spring of 2021, and the prices for the remaining models increased two to three times. But over the past month, the situation has begun to stabilize: video cards have appeared in stores, and their prices have begun to decline.
However, it is still far from the normalization of prices for video cards and the return to the sale of the entire lineup of AMD and NVIDIA. This will be reflected in our builds. For example, there is no recommended AMD Radeon RX 560 on sale, and the available Radeon RX 550 is noticeably weaker. This also applies to the GeForce GTX 1050, which has long disappeared from sale, so in the assembly under the minimum system requirements we will put the KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 1-Click OC video card.
Video card KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 1-Click OC [50IQH8DSQ31K]
For assemblies under the recommended system requirements, the GeForce GTX 1660 is perfect, the price of which is dropping before our eyes. But from AMD video cards with similar performance, only the Radeon RX 5500 XT is available . The price for it is too high due to the popularity among miners, so we will use one video card in the assembly, Palit GeForce GTX 1660 DUAL OC.
Palit GeForce GTX 1660 DUAL OC [NE51660S18J9-1161C] 41 999 *
Now that we have decided on the video cards, we can start creating assemblies, each of which we will do on both an AMD and Intel processor.
Assembly for minimum system requirements on an AMD processor
AMD’s most inexpensive quad-core processor without integrated graphics, the Ryzen 3 1200, is available in a BOX version with a cooler. This will allow us to save several hundred rubles, which is important in a budget assembly. The Ryzen 3 1200 processor today cannot be called the best choice: its price has grown significantly over the past year and it is worth purchasing it only if you need a budget assembly on an AMD processor.
You can put a Ryzen 5 1600 or Ryzen 3 3100 processor in this assembly , but if you go towards increasing the budget, then adding a little more, you can take the Ryzen 5 3500X , which we will put in the assembly under the recommended system requirements. You can choose any of these processors and get more performance for a small amount by the standards of the assembly.
Even a budget motherboard in 2021 should definitely be bought with support for NVMe drives. The GIGABYTE GA-A320M-H meets this requirement. It also allows you to use fast RAM modules and overclock them, which is not bad at all for such an inexpensive build.
The minimum system requirements indicate 8 GB of RAM, but in 2021 this amount will only be enough for an office or multimedia PC. For a gaming PC, it is worth paying a little less than 3000 rubles for 16 GB of RAM, which looks like a very small amount against the background of the total price of a PC. With this amount of RAM, you can already run all existing games without any problems. A pair of AMD Radeon R7 Performance Series modules with a frequency of 2666 MHz and CL 16 timing will cost a little more than 6000 rubles.
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is back in production and has become the most affordable graphics card to play new games, albeit at low to medium settings. This series of video cards has a low power consumption of 75 watts, so you should not chase fancy cooling. The most budgetary two-fan CO, as on the KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 1-Click OC, is enough.
The price difference between inexpensive 120 GB and 240 GB M.2 drives is only 500-600 rubles. It is better to overpay right away for a more spacious model, because the size of many new games has already crossed the 100 GB bar. When choosing an M.2 drive, take the PCI-E version, otherwise you will not get a speed gain with 2.5 “models and SATA interfaces. The Apacer AS2280P4 SSD is built on the SM2263XT controller and Micron 64L (B17A) memory chips, it has good speed characteristics for a budget device.
Power supplies CoolerMaster MWE series of strikingly different from similar costs in the public sector and have the technical solutions used in the products of medium and high price range. They are built using DC-DC and LLC resonant converters, use separate voltage regulation and have a set of OPP, OVP, OTP, UVP and SCP protections . Power of 450 watts is quite enough for our PC, there will be a margin for a future upgrade.
It remains to choose a case, we will focus on the compact and stylish DEEPCOOL MATREXX 30 costing just over 2,000 rubles. It has a tempered glass sidewall, good capacity and a pre-installed 120mm fan. Our assembly, which has a very low power consumption, even one fan in the case is enough for comfortable operation.
The assembly will cost 44,492 rubles.
Assembly for minimum system requirements on an Intel processor
In the assembly on the Intel processor, we will take the Core i3-10100F, which costs a little more than the competitor from AMD, but has higher performance per core and support for Hyper-Threading technology. For its price, this processor has become the best budget model. Its performance is comparable to the Core i7-7700K, which was the highest performing model for gaming four years ago. The BOX version with the included cooler costs only 100 rubles more than the OEM, and should be taken. This cooler is enough for a Core i3-10100F with a TDP of 65 watts.
The MSI B460M-A PRO motherboard costs only 700 rubles more than the most inexpensive motherboards on the H410 chipset, but it has six SATA ports and a heatsink for an M.2 drive, which is definitely worth paying extra for.
The assembly on the Intel processor is completed by a good set of RAM from Goodram with a frequency of 2666 MHz, CL timing of 16, and heatsinks with a good design. The rest of the components are similar to the assembly from AMD.
The assembly turned out to be a little more expensive, but its performance will be higher due to the faster processor. It will cost 46,844 rubles.
Assembling for the recommended system requirements on an AMD processor
AMD has always been good at dumping the processor market and Ryzen 5 series processors competed well with Intel processors, but in 2021 we are seeing a complete mess with AMD’s prices. In the range of 9,000-12,000 rubles, there are Ryzen 5 1600, Ryzen 5 3100, Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 5 3500X processors, which have to compete with each other and with the excellent six-core Core i5-10400F, the price of which Intel has been reducing for several months.
The popular Ryzen 5 3600 is priced above Rs 14,500, which makes it a waste of time to buy, so we’ll take the cheaper Ryzen 5 3500X with six cores in this build and decent gaming performance due to the relatively new Zen 2 architecture.
The Ryzen 5 3500X is a pretty hot processor, and the ID-Cooling SE-903-SD cooler capable of dissipating 130 watts of heat would be appropriate in our build. This is one of the most inexpensive coolers with three heat pipes.
AM4 motherboards based on the B450 chipset are significantly cheaper than motherboards with the same functionality from Intel. The popular GIGABYTE B450M DS3H board has a good power system with a heatsink, four RAM slots and the ability to overclock it for a price of just over 5,000 rubles.
Ryzen processors respond well to the increase in RAM frequencies, but the main bar to overcome is 3200 MHz with moderate timings. Further, the performance does not grow so noticeably. Our PC will have enough inexpensive AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series RAM with a frequency of 3200 MHz and CL 16 timing.
GeForce GTX 1660 graphics cards have a fairly modest power consumption of 120 watts, so there is no need to chase after models with cool cooling. Palit GeForce GTX 1660 DUAL OC cools not only the GPU, but also the memory chips and the power system, and the GPU temperature, judging by the reviews, does not rise above 70 degrees.
Samsung has created some of the best SSDs that do not have DRAM buffers and rival those with DRAM buffers in speed. The secret is in the Host Memory Buffer technology, with the help of which the SSD controller has the ability to directly access the computer’s RAM. Due to the lack of a DRAM buffer, the Samsung 980 series is inexpensive and is great for a mid-range gaming system. It is worth noting the five-year warranty for drives of this series.
The CoolerMaster MWE 550 WHITE – V2 power supply has all the advantages of the junior model mentioned above, but it has a lot of power, the supply of which will come in handy when upgrading a PC. The power supply unit works quietly, and one of the pluses is to mention the soft flat wires, which are convenient to lay in the case.
The DEEPCOOL MATREXX 40 3FS case is very compact in appearance, but at the same time it can accommodate video cards up to 320 mm long. It has a tempered glass window and three pre-installed FRGB backlit fans. The included fans are a serious plus for inexpensive cases, because their price, if you buy the fans separately, can reach half the cost of the case.
The assembly will cost you 73,092 rubles.
Assembly for the recommended system requirements on an Intel processorIntel Cor
A motherboard based on the B560 chipset will enable the Core i5-10400F to work with high-frequency memory, which, judging by the reviews, gives an increase in games of up to 10%.
Goodram IRDM X RAM is one of the most inexpensive RAM models with a frequency of 3200 MHz and CL 16 timing. For a minimal overpayment, it will give a good increase in speed in games and work.
The rest of the components are similar to the assembly from AMD, and the assembly itself turned out to be a little more expensive, but also faster due to a more powerful processor. It will cost you 74,992 rubles.
Our four builds will bring you not only Battlefield 2042, but most of the new AAA games as well. The assemblies have good potential for upgrading: in the younger ones, you can install a video card of the level of GeForce GTX 1660, which will almost double the FPS in games.
Processors from the older assembly will work perfectly with the GeForce RTX 3060 video card, the prices for it have begun to decline and have overcome the psychological mark of 60,000 rubles. Due to its excellent performance and large amount of video memory, the GeForce RTX 3060 may well become the most popular video card among gamers after the price has been reduced to the recommended one.
Palit GeForce RTX 3060 StormX OC (LHR) video card [NE63060S19K9-190AF] 66 999 *
And, finally, the main question: which processor assemblies should you choose – AMD or Intel? AMD processors have led the way in terms of price / performance for the past three years, but smart price positioning has made the Intel Core i3-10100F and Core i5-10400F processors preferable.
Don’t discount the excellent gaming performance of the Intel Comet Lake architecture. However, the choice is always yours. If you intend not only to play, but also to overclock, then AMD processors will give a good boost in games and work tasks.