Fallout 76 : Building A Custom Gaming PC For The Wasteland!

The release of the long anticipated latest Fallout game is finally upon us and to celebrate we’re diving in to exactly what PC hardware you’ll need in your next custom gaming PC to dive in.

If you’ve found this article you probably already know what Fallout 76 so lets get straight down to business.

The Hardware Requirements

Gaming PCs are fueled by three main components. The CPU, the RAM and the GPU (aka video card). In general, if the CPU and RAM isn’t a bottleneck, its the GPU which is the most important for delivering a smooth frame rate with all the fancy graphics setting cranked up.

The games publisher Bethesda have published their official minimum and recommended hardware specifications online. While these are usually geared very low to capture the widest possible audience, it’s a good indication of the CPU/GPU balance and RAM requirement.

Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 4GB/AMD R9 290X 4GB
Memory: 8GB RAM

Recommended hardware requirements – Bethesda 

You will probably notice pretty quickly that the listed hardware is older generation models. This might be a little confusing but with a bit of common sense it’s pretty easy to translate in to the current-gen equivalents.


Processor: Intel Core i5 8600 4.3GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB
Memory: 8GB RAM (DDR4)

The same hardware requirements translated to modern equivalents.

Making sense of the Requirements

While some games rely heavier on the GPU than the CPU, others are weighed in the opposite direction. Fallout 76 being a large scale open world RPG, is evidently more CPU depended than most games.

Bare in mind also that the ‘recommended’ hardware requirements are just a guide issued by the publisher stating that if you meet these requirements you should get a ‘good’ experience playing the game. It doesn’t guarantee a frame rate over 60 at any particular graphics settings although a reasonable gamer may assume it’s at least 60fps @ medium pre-sets.

If you want higher frame rates, to turn up all the graphics to ultra or to run at 4K, you’ll have to make the necessary adjustments (mostly to GPU) to keep up.

“Recommended” Requirements

If you want to take Bethesda’s word for it and don’t mind not playing at the highest settings we’ve put together the following configuration for you to take a look at.

Note : All our gaming PCs are 100% customisable so feel free to jump in and select a different chassis , add additional hard drive capacity or a WiFi adapter if needed! Our built in error detection will catch any potential conflicts. As long as the CPU, RAM and GPU stay the same, you can expect the same level of performance.

  • Case: Corsair Carbide Spec-04 Tempered Glass Red Mid Tower
  • Motherboard: Intel B360 Gaming Edition mATX Motherboard
  • CPU: Intel i5 8600 6-Core 4.3GHz
  • CPU Cooler: Stock CPU Cooler
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 Core
  • Primary Storage Device: 250G SATA3 SSD – 420MB/s
  • Second Storage Device: 1TB Hard Drive – 150MB/s
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB OC
  • Power Supply: 550w 80 Plus Gold [$10 OFF]
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64bit Home Edition USB

Click here to checkout this configuration on our store page where you can further customize it or order it online!

“Ultra @1080P” Requirements

As previously mentioned, all our gaming PCs are customisable and we have a ton of options to choose from. Perhaps you prefer a different case? Want to add a WiFi adapter? Maybe need some extra storage space? Just hit that ‘customise’ button on the page linked below.

Case: Corsair Carbide Spec-04 Tempered Glass Red Mid Tower
Motherboard: Intel B360 Gaming Edition mATX Motherboard
CPU: Intel i5 8600K 6-Core 4.3GHz
CPU Cooler: 120mm Tower Air Cooler
RAM:16GB DDR4 Black
Primary Storage Device: 500G NVMe M.2 SSD – 1500MB/s
Second Storage Device: 2TB Hard Drive – 150MB/s
Graphics Card: Nvidia RTX 2070 8GB OC
Power Supply: 550w 80 Plus Gold [$10 OFF]
Operating System: Windows 10 64bit Home Edition USB

Click here to checkout this configuration on our store page where you can further customize it or order it online!

“ULTRA @4K/UHD” Requirements

Note for this one we’ve deviated from the more ‘cost-effective’ basic chassis listed for the configurations used above, this time opting to go for the limited edition Nuka Cola NZXT H700. Lets face it, if your building a gaming PC just to play Fallout 76 on ultra settings at 4K, why wouldn’t you splurge a little and get the awesome looking limited edition chassis to match? 

Case: NZXT H700 Nuka Cola Limited Edition
Motherboard: Intel B360 Gaming Edition mATX Motherboard
CPU: Intel i7 8700 6-Core 4.6GHz
CPU Cooler: 120mm Tower Air Cooler
RAM: 16GB DDR4 Black
Primary Storage Device: 500G NVMe M.2 SSD – 1500MB/s
Second Storage Device: 2TB Hard Drive – 150MB/s
Graphics Card: Nvidia RTX 2080 8GB OC
Power Supply: 750w 80 Plus Gold
Operating System: Windows 10 64bit Home Edition USB

Click here to checkout this configuration on our storage page where you can further customize it or order it online!

The take away,

Hopefully now you’ve got a good idea of what modern day latest gen hardware you need to play the game at the performance level your aiming for. Remember it all comes down to GPU, CPU and RAM (in that order!).

If you still have questions or just need some help deciding on which of the other components you need please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can find our contact page here or if your local (Oakleigh South, VIC), drop in to our store Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm for a chat!

Signature V2 Gaming PCs

A fresh take on our popular Signature gaming computers – Signature V2.

In the well built, clean, sophisticated-yet-showy Deepcool Matrexx Tempered Glass with RGB case, we’ve packed in quality hardware you’d expect from us. Check out the full specifications and option packages + upgrades: Signature V2. Prices start at $999 and all PCs are capable of playing the latest and greatest games. Enjoy Fortnite, PUBG, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Seige, Battlefield, Call of Duty, and more.

Checkout the pictures of just some examples we have ready to go out right now!

Black Ops 4 Gets a New Release Trailer!

Ahead of it’s upcoming October 12th release date, the latest Call of Duty game has dropped a new trailer. At this stage most of the game is a known quantity, especially after the multiplayer and blackout mode beta. All the Black Ops staples are present and accounted for, including plenty of gadgets, a big multiplayer emphasis and a zombie mode.

The Good and the Bad

Hype around the Blackout PUBG clone battle royal mode is very high, especially from the PC gamer crowd with many online stating it’s the only reason they’ll be getting the game. It’s not all roses though, there is some controversy around the server performance, especially in the early game when there is potentially up to 88 players on the map. The server tick rate (the rate at which the server sends and receives updates) starts at just 10Hz before jumping to 20Hz once a few players have died and there is less action to track.

To compare this against a faster paced competitive shooter, CS:GO has a variable tick rate with the pro’s playing between 64 and 128hz. (that means 64-128 server updates per second)

So lets cross our fingers and toes that the launch goes smoothly and there is plenty of servers on day one to keep up with what will undoubtedly be a tremendous amount of players trying to get in to a blackout match.

Thinking of customizing a new gaming PC to play Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and Blackout? Click here to check out our awesome online custom PC builder. It’s easy, quick, has tons of great hardware options and has built in error checking and performance indicators!

Upcoming Game Releases

Call of Duty isn’t your cup of tea? There is plenty of other big releases right around the corner. We’re sure any gamer can find something in the list below to get excited for.

  • Assassins Creed Odyssey (October 4th)
  • World War 3 (October 20th)
  • Call of Cthulhu (October 30th)
  • ARK: Extinction (November 6th)
  • Hitman 2 (November 13th)
  • Fallout 76 (November 14th)
  • Warhammer 40,000 Mechanicus (November 15th)
  • Battlefield V (November 20th)
  • Darksiders 3 (November 27th)
  • Just Cause 4 (December 4th)

Buy Eligible MSI Gaming Monitor, Get ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ Free

The latest and greatest Tomb Raider title launched last week and has been getting glowing reviews from game critics and gamers.

Maybe you’re in the market for a new gaming PC, or maybe you already have a capable gaming PC of ours. Either way, why not treat yourself to a new gaming monitor, and snag a free copy of Shadow of the Tomb Raider in the process?

That’s right, all you have to do is buy one of the following MSI monitors:

Or spice things up with some RGB:

There are a few other MSI monitors available on our website (link).

Make sure you purchase any one of the above listed eligible monitors during the promotional period to claim the game. Promotion 7th September – 30th November (or while stocks last). For more details and redemption process, see MSI’s Tomb Raider promotional page.

Valkyrie Gaming PC in Corsair Crystal 280X RGB White

Here’s another absolutely beautiful RGB build we had the pleasure of working with early this week.

  • Intel i7 8700K with a 240mm liquid cooler
  • Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB OC
  • 500GB SSD + 2TB HDD
  • 16GB of RGB DDR4 RAM
  • 2x additional RGB fans, RGB LED strip, RGB case

So with that out of the way, onto the pictures.

The above all shows off how RGB can have many different feels to it.

Customise your own gaming PC now: Do it.

Valkyrie Gaming PC in NZXT H700 Black & Red

Why does customisable computers matter? Because customers want to create their very own theme, with the hardware, performance, and budget they want… Check out this build!

Red DDR4 RAM, Diablo Red PSU extension cables
In NZXT’s H700 Black & Red mid tower case
Perfectly matching black-and-red theme throughout the build
No fancy RGBs, but still a stunning build

Does this make you want to put together your own custom gaming PC? We know it does, therefore: Get customising.

Game database: new additions for your Gaming PC

When you’re in the market for a gaming PC, you need to know two main things: what games you want to play at what level of graphics, and your budget. Our game database helps with the first one – your bank account will decide on the other.

We’re getting to that really interesting part of the year, and no, I’m not talking about Christmas. Although, it could be referred to as gamers’ Christmas perhaps… September all the way through to early December is typically when we see a load of highly anticipated AAA games released – and this year isn’t expected to be much different. Until that kicks into high-gear though, we’ve got some fresh additions for you right now.

Don’t forget, we also recently added Dying Light: Bad Blood (article) and SCUM (article).

Additions

Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter: World is brand new to PC after releasing early this year on consoles, Monster Hunter: World is proving to be a hit all over again.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one highly anticipated AAA title due out just 8 days from now. I know I will personally be putting many hours into this once it’s released. This year’s Tomb Raider is a little more demanding than the previous title. Furthermore, it is one of the first games that’s going to take advantage of Nvidia’s yet-to-be-released RTX graphics cards.

League of Legends (LoL)

League of Legends

We know we were a bit late to add this one – we’re really sorry. LoL is hugely popular, with the requirements nice and low so you could make an “Ultra” capable gaming PC for just over $1,500.

Hunt Showdown

Hunt Showdown

Hunt Showdown is in early access. Coming from the well-known developer Crytek (Far Cry, Crysis, CryEngine) , we can expect a visually stunning experience and solid gameplay.

Get ready for gaming

So, maybe your current PC or console isn’t capable of the stunning visuals the above games will have. This can only mean one thing, it’s time to get your hands on a new gaming PC. Get started.

Game database: popular titles updated!

You may or may not know that games can become more or less demanding over time, thanks to the likes of feature additions, updated textures, driver updates, etc. Since we’re all about offering gaming systems tailored to your needs, we’ve reviewed a number games and their requirements. Some games have had major updates or expansions, while others have changed slightly.

Have you checked out our game database to see how your next gaming PC can expect to run the latest and greatest games? Don’t forget, once you customise a PC you can also see how it will perform in every game we have in our database right from the summary page (just scroll down a little)!

Most games get released, have a big surge of people playing it, and then it will die off eventually. A lot of online focused games have stronger staying power, however. As hardware generations come out, we need to ensure our suggestions match the hardware we sell. So, it’s more important that we keep these up to date.

Updates

Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual reality has been around for a while – there are those that are right into it, and those who still haven’t experienced much of it. The requirements have stayed much the same, decent i5 teamed with a middle-to-high end graphics card will do the trick.

Grand Theft Auto V

It’s no real surprise that this game is still in the top 10 games played on Steam. GTA games have always had so much depth to them, even in just single player. GTA V’s online multiplayer which is continually getting updates keeps players coming back, and new players coming in.

Thanks to developers paying the PC version special attention, the game looks better and better over time, while demanding just about all PC hardware has to offer.

Rust

When we first added Rust to our game database, it was still in early access. It’s come a long way since then, and was officially released in February this year. The amount of players has remained fairly stable growing from 2013 to now, which indicates happy gamers!

Path of Exile

A bit of a quiet achiever, PoE has maintained a steady amount of play time since 2013. In the last 12 months it appears to have risen in popularity, now higher than ever before.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

WoW first released late 2004, meaning it’s approaching it’s 14th year. Love it or hate it, WoW is one of the most successful games of all time. The latest expansion “Battle for Azeroth” launched just last month. We figured, what better time to review the requirements!

PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG)

Starting off once again in early access, PUBG has now officially released. While it’s still quite resource demanding, we should expect a better quality of gaming to be possible.

Star Citizen

In early access when we added it back in 2014, with an estimated late 2015 release date… is still in early access. It may be one of the most ambitious games ever attempted on a large scale, with a lot to like about it. But, its future doesn’t look as bright as it once was. Right now, there’s a lot of bad press relating to some ticket sales being charged for even though people were subscribed – and there’s even an active lawsuit against them from their game engine developer.