Newegg has just announced a new tool on the PC hardware store to recommend a pre-built gaming PC to its customers based on a selection of today’s top games. Sounds like a good idea, but is your recommendation engine up to standard? In some ways, he does a decent enough job of giving potential buyers a rough idea of what to buy, although I wouldn’t run to the checkout with his recommendations alone.
The gaming pc finder lives on the Newegg homepage (opens in new tab)and it works like this: you enter your target resolution (1080p, 2K, 4K), select up to four games from a collection of popular picks, and click ‘see results’.
You’ll see three PC recommendations: beginner, mainstream, and enthusiast.
The starter PC is, you guessed it, a more basic machine. So you’re looking at a low-end modern CPU and probably a RTX 3060 (opens in new tab)but Can it be something lower. Then there is the conventional PC, which has a more powerful CPU and a RTX 3060 Ti (opens in new tab) or RTX 3070 (opens in new tab). And finally, the enthusiast PC, which usually comes with a high-end CPU and a RTX 3080 Ti (opens in new tab)or something around that mark.
That’s the rough idea, anyway. The PCs he recommends depend on the games you choose and appear to be based on Newegg’s sales at the time, so results will vary. This is where he slips the most, actually. It’s great that the Finder shows you the PCs that are on offer right now, but it’s not smart enough to sniff out the best deal for every scenario.
Here is an example of a search I did earlier. I chose four low-cost games as my favorite titles: Apex Legends, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and Valorant. Mainly titles that run very well on entry-level hardware. So I selected that I would like to run them at 1080p.
Now, the basic recommended PC that Newegg offers really looks like a decent machine for the money. For $1,200 you get an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, Intel Core i5 12400F, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB SSD. In fact, this represents a 17% drop in sales, which seems to have ended now.
It’s a little pricey for an RTX 3060 compared to some we’ve found in recent sales, but it’s not a terrible price by today’s standards for this type of kit. Customer reviews for this PC seem decent enough, although I haven’t tested a machine from ABS, so I can’t say if they hold up.
Now where I disagree with Newegg’s PC sentient dog is choosing this PC over the one they recommended to me a little earlier, which also costs $1,200 but features one of my favorite graphics cards of this generation, the RTX 3060 Ti. .
This RTX 3060 Ti PC from MSI comes with an 11th Gen 11400F, a 500GB SSD, and requires a $50 discount to hit the same price. So it’s not quite a game in some ways. But the RTX 3060 Ti is a much more powerful graphics card than the RTX 3060. The GPU is not the only part of your PC that will have an impact on your fps, but it has the biggest, and the RTX 3060 Ti is about 20−40% faster than the RTX 3060 in our tests.
For the same money, then, I’d get the fastest graphics card.
If I put more demanding games in Finder, it recommends the RTX 3060 Ti machine. Okay, that makes sense. But if I ask the system to find a PC to allow me to play these demanding games, but instead of 1080p I want to play at 2K (1440p), it recommends a completely different PC: one with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and RTX 3060 for US$ 1,259.
This is definitely not a better deal, nor is it better for my selection.
As such, this is not a system you should fully rely on to make your PC purchase decisions for you. It’s varied, which is fine, but there’s too much variation from result to result to define the best PC for your money. Even if you don’t get out of Newegg, you can often find a better deal, or at least some other options. Of course, there are other websites and PC builders.
There’s a lot to consider when buying a PC, which is why it’s a good idea to research to make sure you’re getting the best deal of the bunch.
I can see the Gaming PC Finger being a useful tool for, say, a parent who wants to buy a gaming PC for their child but doesn’t know RTX from RX or Ryzen 5 from i5 – wait, is this supposed to be dense as the heck? The recommendations made are a decent enough baseline of what to look for and what performance to expect. That’s valuable information for anyone not well versed in today’s PC gaming hardware, but it’s not all you need to really hit the cashier knowing you’ve saved more money.