Can my PC run Overwatch?

sam_farhan94

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PC specs:-

CPU: i3 2100
RAM: 4GB
GPU: GTX 1050

I just installed the gpu from my old computer and the game seems to be stuttering a lot. Also the models and the game itself loads way too slowly and I always got kicked when playing for being afk. Is the CPU bottlenecking or is the drive's RPM too slow? I don't know the speed of the drive but it is an HDD. I know it's not the GPU's problem since I've been using it before and it works perfectly. CPU usage in game was never 100% and there are times the GPU usage dips to 0%. I uninstalled Geforce Experience in case it was Shadowplay's fault. RAM Usage was high but it was never the full 4GB. What is the problem? Is it the HDD, RAM or the CPU or is it something else?
 

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It should run, but you're on the low end. Minimum is an Intel Core i3 CPU (which you have), 4GB of RAM (which you have), & a GTX 460 (your GPU is much, much better than that). Recommended is an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, & a GTX 660 (again, your GPU is much better than that one).

The 2 main areas of concern are your RAM & CPU. Basically, Overwatch is "OK" on a 2C/4T CPU like you have, but it runs better on 4+C/4+T CPUs. Same with the RAM: 4GB is OK, but it will run better if it has more memory. RAM is probably the biggest bottleneck -- Overwatch only runs on 64-bit Windows, & running 64-bit Windows on only 4GB of RAM (let alone gaming on it) isn't a pleasant experience. $60 USD will get you a 2x4GB DDR3-1600 kit, $110-120 USD will get you a 2x8GB kit (https://pcpartpicker.com/products/memory/#Z=8192002,16384002&s=301600&sort=price&page=1), which should help quite a bit with your stuttering.

If you're still having stuttering after increasing your RAM, you could consider upgrading to a Core i5 or even Core i7 CPU. Depending on your motherboard model, you might be able to upgrade to a 3rd-generation Ivy Bridge CPU (currently you have a 2nd-gen Sandy Bridge model). They're going to be harder to find, as Intel is currently on their 8th-gen Coffee Lake CPUs, but you might be able to find one for under $200 USD (https://pcpartpicker.com/products/cpu/#s=12,13&f=29,20&sort=price&page=1). However...at this point, you're looking at spending between $300 & 400 USD to replace a couple of parts on your system, when you could spend roughly that much to get a system that uses the latest hardware from Intel or AMD.

If you have the budget, you might consider something like one of these options, both of which give you a 4C/4T CPU & 16GB of DDR4 RAM (putting you well into the Recommended range for CPU & RAM):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus - TUF Z370 Plus Gaming ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($114.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($169.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $394.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($71.60 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($169.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $346.38
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-28 08:14 EST-0500
 

sam_farhan94

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The monitor is connected to the GPU. The problem that I need to pinpoint is whether the problem is the CPU or the RAM. I'm on a budget so I don't want to spend that much. Is the loading speed problem caused by the CPU or the RAM
 

sam_farhan94

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From my knowledge (limited knowledge that is), the CPU is not really bottlenecking since it never reached 100%. So I need to pinpoint the problem. Is it the lack of RAM or is it the hard drive that's causing the slow loading and the stuttering
 

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I'm going to hazard a guess and say the RAM is the issue. If you've got Windows loaded and then Overwatch, it may well be exceeding your RAM capacity and using the swapfile. It would explain the slower performance.
 

sam_farhan94

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I will try to upgrade the RAM and see if it fixes the issue
 

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Loading speed should be the HDD.
 

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