Best pre-built PCs for playing Battlefield 2042 Windows Central 2021

Battlefield 2042 is going all out, bringing larger battles than ever before with multiple ways to play. DICE's Frostbite engine looks as good as ever, and as usual with Battlefield games we're expecting a visual treat at every turn. PC players might have already noticed that minimum recommended specs are fairly high, with recommended specs including the latest GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD. If you're worried about performance issues with your aging system and can't find any stock to upgrade or build new, this list of pre-built gaming PCs should do the trick.


Great for most people: HP OMEN 30L

Editor's choice

HP's OMEN 30L pre-built desktop has a ton of different models and customization options, making it easier to spend within your budget. Choose from Intel or AMD CPUs, and select hardware as your budget allows. Prices start quite low, but be sure you hit the recommended specs for the best gaming experience possible.

Abs Master

Affordable and powerful: ABS Master ALI564

Staff pick

Newegg's own ABS brand of pre-built PCs are well built and generally use non-proprietary parts for easier upgrades down the road. This particular model includes a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10400F CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. That's enough to hit the recommended specs, all for a great price.

$1,300 at Newegg

Best customization: CLX Ra

Want a big, bad, pre-built PC that feels like you had a hand in building? CLX's Ra desktop is a high-end option that accommodates anyone with very specific hardware needs. Choose hardware from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and more top brands as you design every last aspect of this PC. It's not cheap, but it's certainly worth the money for anyone who wants a killer PC.

From $2,249 at CLX Gaming
MSI Meg Trident X

Compact tower: MSI MEG Trident X

Don't have much room on your desk but still want the advantages of a desktop gaming PC? MSI's compact MEG Trident X packs in a 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10900KF CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU, 64GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD coupled with a 2TB HDD for mass storage. This PC will have no issues running Battlefield 2042, and it looks awesome to boot.

$3,300 at Amazon
Maingear Vybe

Solid custom build: Maingear Vybe

The Maingear Vybe is another custom PC that lets you design everything from the feet up to let you feel like you had control over the build. There are plenty of hardware options available, and there are some pre-built configs if the choices are too overwhelming.

From $1,699 at Maingear
Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14

AMD performance: Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14

The new Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 features an updated case design and the latest hardware from AMD and NVIDIA. Baseline models will be enough to handle a great Battlefield experience, and you can scale up hardware as your budget allows. Top-end models include a Ryzen 9 5950X CPU and NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU for insane performance.

From $1,225 at Dell

Battlefield 2042 on PC

Battlefield 2042 recommended PC specs are fairly high. You might be able to hit the minimum specs, but you're not going to get an optimal experience without one of the best desktop gaming PCs. Here's what EA and DICE list as the minimum required specs for Battlefield 2042:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel i5-6600K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti or AMD RX 560
  • RAM: 8GB
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • DirectX: 12
  • Storage: 100GB

Here's what the developers list as recommended specs for Battlefield 2042:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
  • RAM: 16GB
  • VRAM: 8GB
  • DirectX: 12
  • Storage: 100GB SSD

With this in mind, we recommend most people check out the HP OMEN 30L. There are plenty of configurations available, and you can even customize some parts as your budget allows. Prices do start quite low, and even the baseline models will deliver a pleasant Battlefield experience.

If you'd like something that feels more like a custom build without the boutique prices, the ABS Master ALI564 should make a great choice. It's fairly affordable, yet it hits the recommended specs for Battlefield 2042.

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