Logical Increments has a continuously updated tier list, showing how much it will cost to build a system with a specific performance goal in mind. Ranging from the basic ‘Destitute’ system to the crazy ‘Monstrous’ system, it gives readers an idea of what they can achieve, what their upgrade paths are, and provides easy build lists to ensure a balanced system with high-quality parts.
Using that list, we can cross-reference with the most popular games currently being played on Steam (in terms of consistently high player counts), and fit each game with a Logical Increments tier. In fact, I’ve matched each of the 15 games in this article with 2 LI tiers each: one for 60+ FPS at 1080p, and one for 60+ FPS at 4K.
As I compiled this information, I had two basic criteria that a system had to fulfill to fit into a specific category:
- Over 90% of the time, it had to run at 60 frames per second or above at each desired resolution.
- It had to achieve at least very high graphical settings (not necessarily maximum for every setting).
Now, let’s see what kind of PC it takes to run Steam’s top games!