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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.