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Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale title from the creators of Titanfall, launched on February 4 and quickly became a huge hit, gaining 25 million players in its first week. Built off the Titanfall universe, the game unites players in squads of three to battle it out against 20 other teams, all vying to be the last squad standing.
The game’s success is thanks in large part to how well the game runs on a variety of PC specs. But for this article, our purpose is simple: We’ll recommend PC builds for two different budgets, both intended to run the game smoothly—one for playing at 1080p with max settings, and one for playing at 4K with max settings.
1080p [Max Settings] Apex Legends PC Build ($800)
Pair a budget-friendly AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with an RX 580, and you’ll be racking up kills in at least 80 FPS at 1080p.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
This excellent mid-range CPU has enough power to maintain high frames per second and stream all the action to your friends.
Graphics Card: XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB
This well-cooled card eats up pretty much everything at 1080p.
Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 AM4
This low-key board has all the bells and whistles you’ll need.
It might have muted RGB, but it screams performance.
Storage: SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5″ 500GB
One of the best SSDs on the market—at a great price too!
This highly efficient PSU will keep things running smoothly.
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C
Excellent airflow, sleek design, and a breeze to build in—what more could you ask for?
4K [Max Settings] Apex Legends PC Build ($2100)
If the sky’s the limit, your 4K dream machine can have you hot-dropping Kings Canyon in no time.
CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K
The excellent single-threaded performance on this chip makes it an excellent gaming performer.
EVGA’s cheapest 2080 Ti is still at a hefty price, but it’s a capable 4K monster
Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Pro4 Intel Z390
This motherboard is the perfect nesting place for your beastly babies.
These sticks feature stunning RGB, and stunning performance.
STORAGE: Crucial MX500 M.2 2280 1TB SATA III
Splurge for the M.2 form factor to keep the cable management simple and the speed maximized; splurge for the 1TB to keep the game library massive.
A solid PSU with enough headroom to overclock your 2080 Ti.
The pure beauty of this case might mean you’re looking at it more than your monitor.
PLEASE NOTE: In case you scrolled past our earlier warning: We now have a thorough, regularly updated big guide article on building a PC for Apex Legends over on our main site. Check it out!