Have you been thinking about your next gaming rig, but aren’t sure where to start? Today we’re going to walk you through the A-Z of which juice gaming tier list is right for your budget, whether that includes a console or not.
1. The Mainstream Tier:
If you’re looking for a gaming rig with all the bells and whistles, this is probably your best bet. You’ll be able to play most games on their highest setting and take full advantage of any graphical enhancements such as improved shadows, lighting and reflections. This tier may require an upgrade or two before it’s able to max out the latest games optimally.
2. The Dedicated Graphics Card Tier:
If you’re looking for the ultimate gaming performance, this is what you want to aim for. This will give you an extra edge over the competition, with full support for DirectX 11 features and features like tessellation and dynamic lighting. This might mean upgrading from your current graphics card or getting a separate card altogether. You’ll need to be sure it’s compatible with your motherboard, though, otherwise it won’t do you much good.
3. The Enthusiast Tier:
This tier will maximize every aspect of your gaming experience, touting all the latest GPU technologies as well as full support for DirectX 12 and AMD’s Mantle API. You’ll have the absolute best gaming performance possible and all of the extras will be fully functional.
4. The Budget/Console Tier:
This is where you start to trim down your hardware requirements and tone down the resolution, frame rates and graphical details to a more manageable level. This tier still has everything you need for gaming . . . just not at the high-resolution settings preferred by those in the enthusiast tier. It’s great for families who want to play games on their console, or those who prefer playing on a monitor over a TV due to resolution limitations with certain consoles.
5. The Console Gamer Tier:
This is the final tier. This one is dedicated solely to the console, meaning you’ll run into resolution limitations and hardware incompatibility issues with your GPU. Your game will still be able to run at a decent level, but it will end up being on the low end of what you can achieve with most games.
6. The 360 / One Tier:
This tier isn’t meant for gaming at all. It’s limited to 720p maximum and you’ll miss out on all the graphical enhancements that are possible with other tiers of hardware such as tessellation, dynamic lighting and vertical sync (unless your monitor supports them).
7. The Mobile Tier:
This is more dedicated to streaming and video editing than serious gaming. The GPU will be powerful enough for basic video/photo editing and streaming with a decent frame rate, still requiring an average CPU.
8. The Laptop Gamer Tier:
This one is geared more towards gamers who don’t have the money or space for the desktop rig or who want to take advantage of their laptop’s mobility during those times they need to play a game on-the-go, but still want to get the most performance out of their system as possible.
9. The Cord Cutter Tier:
This tier is dedicated to those who don’t have the funds or space for a console or desktop gaming rig and feel they can get by on their gaming handheld devices and streaming services. You’ll be able to play games, but they will be generally simpler games with lower-resolution graphics, reduced audio experience and small game titles that aren’t quite made for the big-screen treatment or powerful systems. If you have simple desires, this is the tier for you.
10. The Next Gen Tier:
This isn’t really a tier as much as it’s an indication of what you’ll need when the next generation of consoles comes out (whenever that may be). The next generation of consoles will have many things that the current systems can’t, such as the ability to stream games from your console to your mobile device and enjoy the same graphical enhancements. You’ll also need a console with a powerful CPU and GPU component to be able to ensure you’ll get full support for the new graphical features.
11. The Tablet Gamer Tier:
This tier is meant for tablet computers, though it’s more of an indication of what you might be able to run on your tablet (with some tweaking) than a tier that needs its own name. There are several decent tablets on the market that can run most games at 30fps or higher, which is enough for many gamers but not all. You’ll need a capable GPU and CPU to keep your system running smoothly.
12. The Low-End Tier:
This tier is meant for those who don’t want to spend much money on their hardware. Budget models will be able to run some games at 30fps, but don’t expect the same performance as the dedicated graphics card tier or even the budget version of that tier. You’ll need a really powerful processor, moderate amounts of RAM and storage, while also having an adequate graphics card to ensure you won’t be stuck playing at the lowest possible settings or resolution.
The main goal is to get the best performance possible out of your system. If you find that you can’t max out that graphics card in all of your games, then it may be time to upgrade your graphics card.