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Guide to Build a Budget and a recommended Gaming PC for FIFA 17

You don’t need me to tell you why you want to play FIFA 17. When you build the right computer, you’ll have superior performance for graphics, online play and the general gaming experience. This guide will walk you through the parts you need to build a budget gaming PC that can handle FIFA 17. There are two builds: “save some money” and “go for gold.” The money saving build will achieve the minimum specs necessary to run FIFA and save you a little cash in the process. The “go for gold” build is based on parts that will enhance the experience, run FIFA at higher quality and give you access to PC tools that can even extend beyond playing a single game.

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Minimum and Recommended Specs


The bare minimum to fun FIFA 17 are as follows:

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit)
  • Intel i3-2100 (3.1GHz) or AMD Phenom 965 Quad-core or AMD Athlon II Quad-core
  • Radeon R7 260 or NVIDIA GTX 460
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 50GB of free hard drive space


The recommended specs will ensure a smoother performance:

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit)
  • Intel i5-3550k (3.4GHz) or AMD FX-8150
  • Radeon R9 270 or NVIDIA GTX 660
  • 8GB RAM
  • 50GB of free hard drive space

Picking the Parts

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This is always the starting point because it will determine which motherboard you need and, consequently, the compatibility of the rest of the parts. Choosing a processor means joining the age-old debate between AMD and Intel. The general consensus is that Intel processors can outperform AMD, but when it comes to sheer power for your dollar, AMD is usually the cost-effective choice.

Save some money: AMD FX-6300 – $99.99

Go for gold: Intel i5-3550 3.3GHz – $219.99

There are two important notes for these processor choices. The budget-oriented AMD processor chosen here is a cut above the minimum settings, but it’s difficult to find a CPU for less than a hundred dollars that isn’t used. This option gives you more capability and future-proofing outside of playing FIFA, making it a safe choice. There are a ton of different i5’s on the market. This is the least costly you can get that still meets your needs. If you get anything with higher performance, it will cost more and likely won’t impact any performance, but it may hold up better after a few years of use.


The selection here is a bit more obvious. You want a motherboard that is compatible with your processor. True enthusiasts might look into options for overclocking, extra USB 3.0 ports or other small factors, but the truth is that a motherboard that works with either of these processors will be modern and effective. My following recommendations are compatible with the corresponding processors above. For clarity, the AM3+ works with the AMD processor and the LGA1155 works with the i5.

Save some money: Gigabyte AM3+ – $78.99

Go for gold: Gigabyte LGA1155 – $69.99


Getting RAM is important for your computer, but usually getting enough is more important than which type you get. While a newer RAM type, DDR4, does exist, it isn’t fully utilized in the PC market yet, so stick with the standard DDR3. Since the two requirement sets both list 8GB, there isn’t much difference in your RAM choices on this one. Brand really doesn’t matter for this part, but you want to make sure whatever RAM you do get is paired (buy your sticks in twos) and PC sized, rather than laptop sized.

Save some money: Kingston HyperX Fury 2x4GB – $37.90

Go for gold: Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB – $74.99

Graphics Card

This is the component that actually has the biggest impact on performance. Once again you’ll find yourself in a brand debate, but this time it is between AMD and NVIDIA. The consensus is much less clear on this one, as the two companies frequently surpass each other in performance. I will make recommendations based on affordability at the time of this writing, but graphics cards are the part of computers that are changing the most rapidly, so you may find more cost-effective options with a little searching. The good news is that either brand will be compatible with the rest of your system, so it’s really a matter of getting the best bang for your buck.

Save some money: GeForce GTX 1060 – $199.99

Go for gold: MSI R9 390 – $328.99


Picking a hard drive is more important than it seems. Outside of gaming, the hard drive will impact the speed of your computer more than any of these other parts, as it is usually the limiting factor in performance. For the most part, you have two major routes to take: platter drive or solid state. Solid state drives are much, much faster than platter drives, but you’ll pay a lot more per GB of storage.

Save some money: WD 1TB – $49.99

Go for gold: Samsung SSD 500GB – $164.99

There’s a third option that can get you the most bang for your buck. You can actually get two hard drives, one solid state and one platter. For the solid state, get a minimum of 80GB and you can use it to install and run your operating system. For the platter drive, get at least 1TB and use it to store your downloads, pictures and other data. The two combined will cost a little less than the Samsung drive I listed, and you’ll enjoy the performance of solid state with much more space for videos, games and everything else.

Power Supply

The only real rule for power supplies is to make sure you have enough juice to run your equipment. In almost every case, the graphics card will determine what size power supply you need. Regardless of what you choose from my recommendations, a 500-watt power supply will take care of you and leave you a little extra juice for other goodies. If, however, you want to look into using multiple graphics cards in the future, you’ll need a supply of 1000 watts.

Save some money: EVGA 500 – $37.48

Go for gold: Sentey 725 – $44.99


You need something to hold all of these parts together, and the case is just that something. Your options range from a simple, small case to extravagant customized options that can easily tear a hole in your wallet. These days, it would be difficult to find a case that isn’t compatible with all of your parts, so there is no worry there. The biggest part of choice here is size. Bigger cases are cumbersome, but they have more options for expansion and customization. As someone who enjoys water coolers and frequent upgrades, I always get a full-sized case. If you’re not looking to tear your build apart every few months, a mid-size should do fine. This is more about what you want than what you need.

Save some money: Corsair Mid Tower – $49.99

Go for gold: Thermaltake Full Tower – $103.00


If you want to game on a laptop, you need some special considerations. The average workstation cannot handle heavy graphics processing, so these laptops are recommended specifically because they do well with FIFA and other games. A low-end price of $1,289 makes it clear that you have to pay a little extra for the convenience of a laptop.

laptop to run fifa 17

Save Some Money

The HP Omen is a gaming laptop with plenty of capability. It runs on a solid-state drive, so you’ll get zippy performance. You may want to consider an external hard drive to supplement the limited storage.

Go for Gold

As far as laptops go, the MSI Titan is a monster. Designed for VR, you’ll be hard pressed to find a laptop on the market that can game better than this beast. The thing to remember about laptop performance is that it is limited by size and cooling. This laptop, at the pinnacle of performance, will handle FIFA and other games somewhere in between the low-cost and go-for-gold PC builds I recommended. The price of $2,199 feels high, but you have everything you need in one purchase.

FIFA 17 Pre-order Comparisons

Fifa 17 is a new upcoming association football video game in the FIFA series scheduled to be released on September 27, 2016 with several new features. Just like in previous games there are always advantages in pre ordering your next game before its release date. In the previous games if you play weekly and keep the best players in your league and have points left. They will simply be added once you upgrade to your next FIFA game which will save you money in the long run. And some previous games have the option in the games menu if you want to excess a code for the new game.

In regards to FIFA 17 there are three pre-order editions. You can purchase your pre-order with participating retailers most will come with added bonuses. The three editions are standard, deluxe, and a super deluxe edition. These are all available until the official release date. These editions are made specifically towards the type of player and fan you are. How much money a person is willing to spend is always up to the player that wants to buy the game.

Editions Explained

The standard edition is suitable for your standard fans and those that are unfamiliar with FIFA looking for a starting game. The standard edition is basic and simple for PC, mobile, and participating consoles. If you don’t have previous games in the FIFA series standard is the edition you will want to use. The deluxe edition is perfect for more advanced players and for players that play on a regular basis. These editions tend to cost a little more but can be offered with more bonuses. Most importantly when purchased it best to take advantage of the weekly offers as you play. Super deluxe edition is for hardcore players that play for hours a day. And players who want to start their campaign with a few of the world’s best players on their own squad.

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Retailer Comparison

The basic analysis of bonuses between each edition will vary. The reason being is it depends on the retailer. It will also depend on whether it is for your computer, phone, or game consoles. Some of the bonuses are the same across the board as far as price and similar pre-order bonuses. Some of the pre-order bonuses will allow the lowest priced to be offered as to how much you will pay altogether. It’s best when purchasing online to always make sure you read the terms and conditions to discounts and shipping prices.


fifa 17 ps4 coverOn the website if you pre-order through them they list the editions and bonuses you will receive. For the standard editions for Xbox One and PS4 includes the game, up to five FUT tokens worth up to fifteen dollars. You will also receive eight match FUT loan players, and five special edition kits. The deluxe edition is the game and up to sixty dollars worth of jumbo gold packs. Three match FUT team of the week loan player, and the eight match loan players, and the special edition loan kits. The super deluxe edition is the most expensive and strictly digital. But if you pre-order now you’ll receive up to one hundred and twenty dollars worth of jumbo packs.


Now if you get onto and compare prices with pre-order bonuses they will be slightly different for each edition. For Xbox One and PS4 the standard edition it will cost around sixty dollars. And the bonuses such as five draft tokens, one loan player for eight matches. The deluxe for both consoles is set for twenty jumbo gold packs, twenty FUT reams of the week loan players for three matches. You also have one loan player for eight weeks, and five special edition kits. The super deluxe edition is digital only and they have terms and conditions, that the price will decrease by the end of the release dates you’ll receive lowest price.

Xbox Store

Now if you are strictly for Microsoft Xbox whether 360 or Xbox One. If you pre-order through the Xbox store with all three editions you will have a month trial offer for EA access. This goes along with the special edition packs, loan players, and other offers. Having that special access into EA is special for the sports games. You get weekly deals for loan players and points when win your games. This will help you when your ultimate team. And if you are a fan of the FIFA series EA access will help you get the upcoming game and save some money.

If you are looking to purchase FIFA 17 the most cost effective is to pre-order before the official release date. And if you work it just right you will have great promotion bonuses for your next edition. Every game in the series always improves with every new game. What’s great is it is totally up to the player how much you want to spend. And more specifically what edition you feel most comfortable with. This upcoming game in the series is expected to be the most improved and best one yet.

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Fifa 17 Bring Changes to Set Pieces

EA has released more information on a new Fifa 17 feature that is all about Set Pieces. Fifa 17 completely revamps how they are going to work. Hopefully, it will benefit the game without many glitches. It’s known that every time the developer brings new features and mechanics to the game, there are going to be bugs and technical problems. And sometimes, it might not even work.

This is another gameplay change in Fifa 17 after the physical play overhaul. Before we take a look at what the new Set Pieces system is, let’s take a look at the official description. It is a complete rewrite from set piece, to direct free kicks, corner kicks, penalty, and even throw-in

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Fifa 17 Set Pieces Rewrite

“From free kicks to penalties to corner kicks, inject personality and experience control from every dead ball situation. “

In Fifa 16, it is extremely to score a goal with free kicks if you have a decent free kick taker. It should be harder in Fifa 17. Once sometime becomes too easy, it will be less fun when we score. If you know that 9/10 time you get a free kick, it will finally turn into a goal in the end. This is not something to excite about at all.

With the new free kicks system, we can now kick the ball in a different style, angle, and even different spot. It’s up to a player decision what way they would like to turn the ball in. We might even be able to execute the famous banana shot from Roberto Carlos by extremely spinning the ball.

Direct Free Kicks

“Customize your run up on free kicks to create more variety in the spin and movement on the ball. You can now delivery worldies like outside of the foot direct free kicks that bend around the opposition. “

It will be definitely incredible if the new free kick system works. In addition, we will be more excited when getting the free kick since we can do many ways with it. And, hopefully, it’s not going to be very easy to score a goal or have any glitch or bugs.

New Corner Kicks

“A new targeting system from corners lets you pick out teammates with greater precision and changes the way your teammates move as you delivery the pass. Switch to a player in the box and have your teammate pick you out for the perfect header. “

This mechanic, however, isn’t something new at all. It is quite similar to Fifa 16 that you can select a player and move him around to get the ball cross in during throw-in. EA might want to make it better since only a few player uses it in Fifa 16.

Fifa 17 Corner Kicks

New Penalty Kicks

” Move freely in your run up on the ball, approach from different angles and at different speeds, and put some personality on your penalties to take control from the spot. “

This sounds really amazing. It means we get control on the penalty taker not just only to choose a direction. And it’s going to be more awesome if we can deceive the goalkeeper with it.

User Controller Throw-Ins

“Walk the line to gain a better position on your throw. Fake your throw to keep your defender guessing. And throw it with pace to a teammate.”

It is very simple addition yet makes the game more realistic. You can now move along the line to get a better throw-in position. This also means that we might be able to move the wall up during free kicks. A fake thrown-in can give an advanced advantage to a person who takes the throw.

This completes the set piece overhaul in Fifa 17. They sound really good and we all hope that it will be good or even better when the game releases. Don’t miss Fifa 17 news with our news summaries!

User Controller Throw-Ins