Best device configurations to play Valorant

Strategy Jun 22, 2022

Valorant as an arcade game was built in a way that it can be played in almost any common PC specs available. However, investing in decent gaming gears and improving your basic PC specs can help you reach a long way in this competitive world. Getting as many frames as possible while playing Valorant is the key to squeezing out the best from this game and sustaining your place in the speedy and high-reactionary world of gaming.

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This blog will help you find out what sorts of gaming PC specs you need from minimum to high-end range and everything else that you should be aware of in the system settings to play this game. Let’s explore!

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System settings to play Valorant

It's incredibly simple to run VALORANT with the least requirements. According to Riot, the 8400 will perform at 30 frames per second when combined with Intel HD 4000 graphics. That framerate may be adequate for games where you're just resting and enjoying the game from your sofa, but it's insufficient for competitive shooter games.

Consider this: all of the VALORANT experts ever studied utilise a high-refresh-rate (144Hz+) monitor and a system capable of dependably pushing enough frames to that monitor. Of course, if you're running a low-budget build, this isn't possible, but thankfully, Riot delivered on its promise of making the game simple to play. According to Riot's website, the 'high-end specs' require an i5-4460 3.2GHz CPU and a GTX 1050 Ti GPU. All things considered, that's not bad, so you won't need a monster PC to play at 144 frames per second.

Source: Thomas Malik ( Unsplash )
Source: Thomas Malik ( Unsplash )

However, with a game that is so simple to play, the 'competitive standard framerate' swings upwards. Rather than 144Hz being the competitive minimum, we see that 95 per cent of VALORANT pros use a 240Hz monitor, implying that you'll need a more powerful PC than Riot's high-end machine.

240 Hz System

It would be easy to list all of the latest and greatest components of a 240Hz system (after all, those should give you the best frames), but there comes a point where you're going overkill, so we went with a 2080 Super instead of the RTX 2080 Ti (which is currently the most powerful GPU on the market) for the recommendation.

However, we still have tried recommending you to have cheaper options even in the most high-end systems. So you may choose a less expensive case or 16GB of RAM instead of 32GB.

Source: Collet (Unsplash)
Source: Collet (Unsplash)

In terms of framerates, having RTX 2080 with an i7-9700k can certainly slay this game, but since most gamers who choose a dedicated 240Hz system, want some form of sustainability attached to their systems, we’ve gone for the below-mentioned combination:

  • Motherboard - MSI MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON
  • CPU- INTEL CORE I7-10700K
  • GPU- NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080 SUPER
  • Memory- CORSAIR RGB PRO 32GB 3600 MHZ
  • PSU- EVGA SUPERNOVA 750 G3
  • Cooler- NOCTUA NH-D15
  • SSD- SAMSUNG 970 PRO 1TB
  • Case- CORSAIR ICUE 465X

With this setup, you'll never drop below 240 frames per second, making it ideal for simply focusing on the game without being distracted.

144 Hz System

Going all out with your system is cool and all, but it's also really expensive. If you're just getting into (competitive) PC gaming, you probably don't want to spend a lot of money on something you're not sure you'll use in a few years, which is why we have this 144Hz build.

This is an excellent ‘middle-of-the-road' system that gives you enough power to play VALORANT at higher framerates while still giving you enough juice to play some more demanding games when you want to switch things up.

This isn't the most future-proof build available, but it should suffice for the next few years (if you don't mind bringing down the settings in some of the more demanding games) and will run VALORANT flawlessly at all settings.

Going for a less expensive case will save you a few dollars (although keep in mind that cases aren't only for looks: airflow and design are also important). or 16GB of RAM, but generally, this is a well-balanced design that includes one of our favourite GPUs as well as the Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, which is a great bang for the buck processor.

Following is the recommended combination for the 144 Hz system:

  • Motherboard - MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE
  • CPU- AMD RYZEN 5 3600
  • GPU- NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2060 SUPER
  • Memory- CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM 3200 32GB
  • PSU- EVGA SUPERNOVA 650 G3
  • Cooler- AMD WRAITH STEALTH (STOCK)
  • SSD- SAMSUNG 970 PRO 1TB
  • Case- CORSAIR ICUE 220T RGB

Budget System

For a game as simple to run as VALORANT, we usually advocate going for a build capable of pushing at least 144 frames per second with ease, although we recognize that budgetary constraints may prevent people from purchasing these systems. Fortunately, VALORANT is a relatively simple game to run, so even with this low-budget setup, you should be able to hit 144 frames per second almost all of the time.

Source: Miley Shlong (Unsplash)
Source: Miley Shlong (Unsplash)

Following is the best budget-based combination for improving your PC specs:

  • Motherboard - MSI MAG B460 TOMAHAWK
  • CPU- INTEL CORE I5-10500
  • GPU- NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1650 SUPER
  • Memory- CRUCIAL BALLISTIX ELITE 16GB
  • PSU- EVGA SUPERNOVA 650 G3
  • Cooler- STOCK COOLER
  • Storage- SAMSUNG 970 EVO 500GB
  • Case- NZXT H510 ELITE BLACK

This is a fine gaming PC, it's just not as powerful as our other options. All of these components offer fantastic value for money, so you won't be buying mediocre equipment from shady brands.

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