Newegg Gaming PC Finder claims to help choose the perfect pre-built product, here’s a test run

A person seated in a chair in front of a PC showing Newegg's Gaming PC Finder tool.
Over time, Newegg has strived to help buyers sift through its selection of PC components to assemble a system with compatible parts. It’ll even build the system for you (for a reasonable fee of $99) based on the parts you choose from a curated list of components as part of a service it launched last July. Now, nearly a year later, Newegg has launched a “Gaming PC Finder” tool designed to help buyers wade through a sea of ​​pre-built configurations.
It’s not difficult to find a pre-built PC from Newegg or any other vendor that sells pre-built systems. However, one of the challenges for novice buyers is knowing if a given build is good enough to play the games they enjoy playing and at what resolution. This new tool aims to solve that.

“Buying a new gaming PC can be daunting with all the system options available and the decisions required. We educate customers and minimize challenges through a wealth of information to truly personalize the experience and give players exactly what they want,” said Oscar Wong , Senior Director, Product Management at Newegg. “The tool is simple and straightforward. All the information needed is provided so customers can understand the decision-making process and choose the PC that’s best for them.”

How Newegg’s gaming pc finder tool works and test drive

How it works, buyers select up to four games they want to play from a limited list of titles and whether they’re interested in playing at 1080p, 1440p or 4K. The Gaming PC Finder tool then highlights three recommended PCs – Starter, Mainstream and Enthusiast – with some key stats for each, followed by a wider range of less detailed recommendations.

We went for a short test drive and came back with mixed impressions. There are only 18 games to choose from to start, although they do feature a number of popular titles. We have chosen Cyberpunk 2077, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, elden ringand Far cry 6 at the 4K option, and these are the recommended PCs…

Results from using Newegg's Gaming PC Finder tool

One thing to note is that the frames per second figures prominently displayed at the top of each frame are a best case scenario. Just look at the starter configuration elden ring is listed at 60 fps on this setup, whereas Cyberpunk 2077 shows only 25 fps. So if you rely on this tool, you should look at the individual averages.

A nice touch is the ability to switch between 4K, 2K, and 1080p to quickly update recommendations without reloading the page. When we flipped the switch to 1080p, the tool claimed that the starter configuration it was attached to would operate at up to 140fps Shadow of the Tomb Raiderand bumped Cyberpunk 2077 up to 55 fps.

Keep in mind that these are rough estimates with no in-game settings information. However, they appear to be generally accurate and perhaps even conservative in some cases. For example, the starter configuration lists a 3DMark Time Spy score of 9,517. In our own GeForce RTX 3060 Ti review, we scored 12,096 in Time Spy, albeit with a beefier processor and more RAM.

We like the layout of the tool, although we feel the inclusion of an enthusiast rig should be more obvious. When we first ran the tool, we weren’t even aware that a third configuration existed. It wasn’t until we maximized our browser window (on a 1440p display) for a screenshot that we saw it. There’s a tiny dot under the setups to scroll down to the third configuration if it doesn’t fit your screen, but it’s easy to miss. Or maybe it’s just us. Anyway, cheer up.

The other thing worth noting is that you should research all recommended configurations thoroughly. User reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt, but at the very least, it’s a good idea to browse them for common complaints. If multiple users are all complaining about the same thing, e.g. B. about the cooling, this could be a warning signal.

All in all, we can see where this could be helpful. While it’s not perfect, it at least gives buyers more data to analyze than just buying pre-made products based solely on specs.

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