UK Gaming Computers Ratings System

Making the right decision when choosing a custom PC can often be a mine field of information. That's why we have devised a simple ratings system that allows you to see what our PCs are good at and what they are not.

The Ratings

Each PC is given a rating from 1 to 11 based upon how good it is at certain tasks. The higher the rating the better! These tasks include processing, gaming, value, upgradeability and cooling. When choosing any PC, these important factors should always be considered.

A rating of 1 looks like:
Whilst a rating of 10 looks like:
A PC that has a "off the scale" rating of 11 looks like this:

It is important to remember that because we deal with the higher end of the market our ratings are based on how systems compare to the very top, and not the bottom, of the market. We often see other rating systems exaggerated which simply do not give a true representation. Our rating system is designed to help you choose the right system for you rather than misleading you in to thinking a system is something it is not.

Processing

This is a rating based on how fast a PC can do day to day stuff such as surfing the web, watching movies, listening to music, word processing, photo and video editing and perhaps just moving files. Several components make up this rating but the most important is the processor (CPU). Other parts that make up this rating are the RAM, sound card, hard drive speed and the motherboard. Typically a family PC should have a rating of 2 upwards. Casual gamers should look at PCs with a rating of 5 upwards whilst heavy gamers will want a 7 or more rating. For multimedia editing, the higher the rating the better.

Gaming

The rating here kind of speaks for itself here. How good is the computer at gaming? The main part of the PC that determines this rating is the graphics card. The processor and RAM also play a small part in this decision and an even smaller involvement comes from the sound card, hard drive and the motherboard. Casual gamers should be looking for ratings of 5 upwards, moderate gamers, 7/8 upwards and heavy gamers, 9 upwards.

Here is a list of popular games and Genres that we show the recommended processor and gaming rating for essentially running these games on top settings at full 1080p at a smoothly playable FPS (Approximately 50FPS or better) - I.E. how the developer intended!

Game/Genre @ 1080P Processor Rating Gaming Rating
Minecraft 6 5
Battlefield 1 8 8
Doom 2016 7 7
The Witcher 3 9 8
Fallout 4 9 8
World of Warcraft 7 6
Total War Series 8 7
Overwatch 6 6
DOTA 2 6 5
Football Manager series 7 4
Team Fortress 2 5 6
Call of Duty Series 8 8
Flight Sim 10 (FS:X) 5 5
Modified Flight Sim 10 (FS:X) 10 9
First Person Shooter (FPS)Genre 7 8
Massively Multiplayer online (MMO) Genre 6 6
Real time Strategy (RTS) 5 7
Role Playing Games (RPG) 6 6
Modern Flight Simulators 10 10
Browser Genre like FarmVille and Candy Crush 1 3
Simulators 7 6

With Ever advancing PC technology, these are the recommended requirements of running PC titles on top settings at a smoothly playable FPS (Approximately 50FPS or better) at a "2K" resolution of 2560 x 1440.

Game/Genre @ 1440P (2K) Processor Rating Gaming Rating
Minecraft 6 7
Battlefield 1 8 9
Doom 2016 8 8
The Witcher 3 9 10
Fallout 4 9 9
World of Warcraft 7 8
Total War Series 8 8
Overwatch 6 8
DOTA 2 6 7
Football Manager series 7 5
Team Fortress 2 5 7
Call of Duty Series 8 9
Flight Sim 10 (FS:X) 5 6
Modified Flight Sim 10 (FS:X) 10 10
First Person Shooter (FPS)Genre 7 9
Massively Multiplayer online (MMO) Genre 6 7
Real time Strategy (RTS) 5 8
Role Playing Games (RPG) 6 7
Modern Flight Simulators 10 10
Browser Genre like FarmVille and Candy Crush 1 3
Simulators 7 8

Value

Nice easy one this! This rating shows your value for money. Every computer we design is built with value for money in mind, however some models represent better value than others.

Upgradeability

One of the many advantages of owning a custom pc is you can upgrade it rather than binning it and starting again. This is dependant mainly on the motherboard, power supply and case. You will notice that many of our systems are very upgradable and the reason for this is because they are. Many manufacturers put systems in cases and use motherboards and power supply's that are just about enough for the current system. This goes against everything we stand for, A custom built PC is a given right to be upgradable.

Cooling

A strange rating you may think. However better cooling means the system will run cooler and quieter. Cooler systems overclock better, are less likely to run into problems and components will last longer. This rating is mainly derived from the case but also the CPU cooler and power supply.

Finally, remember these ratings are of a standard PC. If you find a PC that is lacking then one of the upgrades will put that right! Please feel free to get in contact if there is anything you are unsure about.