Watch Dogs PC Builds

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Now that the official watch dogs PC requirements have been released, we can start planning a Watch Dogs PC build. The requirements are hefty for the Ultra side of things, however the game is definitely playable by many. The builds below are going to be laid out for individuals wanting to pre-build for the release of Watch Dogs. These builds are based on the official release of hardware requirements for the game release and each are specified to each requirement setting as laid out in the PC requirements below.

Keep in mind that there have been no official benchmarking for this game yet, so the requirements may vary a little, and perhaps may not be so demanding upon the final release of the game on May 27th.

If you would like to order yourself a copy you can do so from Amazon, where the game is also available for pre-order in both the Deluxe and Limited Edition versions.

Watch Dogs PC Build

Watch Dogs PC Requirements

 Minimum Requirements

  • Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB Video RAM (e.g. NVidia GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 5770)
  • CPU: Quad core Intel or AMD (e.g. Intel Core2 Quad Q6600, AMD Phenom X4 9750)
  • RAM: 4GB

Recommended Requirements

  • Graphics:  DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM (e.g. NVidia GTX 560 ti, AMD Radeon HD 7850)
  • CPU: Four core Intel or Eight core AMD (e.g. Intel Core i7-3770, AMD FX-8350)
  • RAM: 8GB

Ultra Requirements

  • Graphics: Latest DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM or more (e.g. Nvidia GTX 780, AMD Radeon R9 290)
  • CPU: Latest Six core Intel or Eight core AMD (e.g. Intel Core i7-3930K, AMD FX-9370
  • RAM: 8GB or more

Other

  • Operating System: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8 – Note* Only support for 64 bit OS’s, DVD-ROM, Hard Drive Space: 20GB, Sound, DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers, Internet: Broadband connection and service required for multiplayer mode.

Watch Dogs PC Build – Ultra Requirements ( $1580 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Game with Extreme settings playing Watch Dogs

The ultimate requirements build will be able to play Watch Dogs maxed out, although since the requirements for this game are pretty high, this does come at a cost. This build comes with unlocked multiplier Intel i7 4770K processor paired with an MSI Z87 G45 motherboard.

Included is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 so that you can easily overclock the 4770K. The graphics card is a super fast & quiet GeForce GTX 780. There is 16GB of DDR3 RAM, this is more then the required amount for Watch Dogs, so you can save a tad bit of cash going with only 8GB. I have also included a 128Gb Samsung PRO SSD – which again is not 100% needed, however it can greatly enhance the experience of a gaming pc – increasing boot and load times significantly.

The power supply unit is a 750 Watt Corsair RM series – which can add to keeping the overall noise level down in you build with its low noise capacitors and zero rpm mode when the fan isn’t needed, plus it’s fully modular. Finally the case used is the Thermaltake Urban S41, a solid mid tower case that has a nice simplistic design, that does have sound dampening foam to keep this build even further quiet.

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $1580
ProcessorIntel i7 4770k Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor (3.5 GHz, 8 MB Cache, Intel HD graphics, BX80646I74770K)Price: $354.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)Price: $33.24
MotherboardMSI G45 MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87-G45 GAMINGPrice: $134.99
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked 3GB GDDR5 384bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (03G-P4-2783-KR) Graphics Cards 03G-P4-2783-KRPrice: $509.99
RAMCrucial Ballistix Sport Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00Price: $129.84
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $59.24
SSD Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State DrivePrice: $107.99
Power Supply Corsair RM Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply – CP-9020055-NA RM750 

Price: $122.99

Computer Case Thermaltake Urban S41 No Power Supply Mid Tower Case VP600M1N2N
Price: $109.63
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0BPrice: $15.99

 Watch Dogs PC Build – Recommended Requirements ( $850 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Capability: Play Watch Dogs with High or Better Settings

The Recommended Requirements Watch Dogs PC Build is powered by the AMD FX-8350 processor, which is recommended for the game and chosen over its Intel alternative to create a much more affordable recommended requirements build. Included in this build as well is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 to get the most out of this unlocked eight core processor. Paired with the FX-8350 ASUS M5A99FX PRO, which is more then well enough to carry this build. The graphics card is the R7 265, which is a newer better card then the two in the official Watch Dogs PC requirements; I have also included a cost effective upgrade alternative in the build below.

The RAM is the exact amount recommended, 8GB of DDR3 HyperX Red. There is an included Western Digital Blue 1TB drive, with an option Samsung 840 PRO 128GB solid state drive – this can help speed boot and load times, however I have not officially included it in the build to keep costs down. The power supply unit is an XFX PRO 650W – an affordable quality psu. Finally, the case is an NZXT Phantom 410 Gunmetal Mid tower pc case – with a load of quality features.

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $850
Processor AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black EditionPrice: $199.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)Price: $33.05
Motherboard ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD MotherboardPrice: $135.98
Graphics Card MSI AMD Radeon R7 265, 2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card R7 265 2GD5 OCPrice: $160.49


 

(Alternative card – Cost Effective Upgrade)

MSI Computer Corp. Video Graphics Card R9 270 GAMING 2G

Price: $179.99

RAM Kingston KHX16C9B1RK2/8X HyperX Red 8GB (4GB 512M x 64-Bit x 2 pcs.) DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin DIMM KitPrice: $73.69
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $59.99
SSD (Optional – Not included in cost) Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State DrivePrice: $107.99
Power Supply XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power SupplyPrice: $79.74
Computer Case NZXT ca-ph410-g1 Phantom 410 Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Case Gunmetal with Black TrimPrice: $89.99
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0BPrice: $15.99

Watch Dogs PC Build – Minimum Requirements ( $550 )

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Capability: Play Watch Dogs with Low-Medium Settings

Below is an above the minimum requirements build for Watch Dogs. It will definitely play the game, however it will play in the low to medium settings range. The included processor is the AMD FX-6300, the infamous processor in the Newb Computer Builds $600 gaming pc builds – although this build is more affordable at $550 at the moment. The MSI 970A-G46 motherboard is an affordable motherboard that will easily support overclocking the FX 6300, with USB 3.0 and SATA 6gb/s support.

The graphics card Radeon R7 250X a newer version of the minimum requirements card – I have also included an upgrade alternative card below just in case your comfortable spending a little more for more performance. 8Gb of RAM is more then the required 6GB of RAM, so we are good there. We have 1TB of disk space using a Western Digital Blue, and plenty of power using a CX 600 Watt PSU. The included case is a Thermaltake V3 Black Edition, a basic affordable nice looking pc case – you could go cheaper, however I thought it wouldn’t hurt to include a more aesthetic case.

Hardware Link
Estimated Price: $550
Processor AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black EditionPrice: $118.49
Cooler (none)
Motherboard MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)Price: $75.85
Graphics Card MSI AMD Radeon R7 250X, 1GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card R7 250X 1GD5Price: $99.99


 

(Alternative card – Cost Effective Upgrade)

MSI R7 260X 2GD5 OCV1 Graphics Cards

Price: $129.99

RAM Kingston KHX16C9B1RK2/8X HyperX Red 8GB (4GB 512M x 64-Bit x 2 pcs.) DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin DIMM KitPrice: $73.69
Hard Drive WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEXPrice: $59.24
SSD *none – check the additions / alternatives section below for options!
Power Supply  Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS  80 PLUS (CX600)Price: $66.24
Computer Case Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z No PS Mid Tower Gaming Case (Black)Price: $39.68
Optical Drive LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive GH24NSB0BPrice: $15.99

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