Ever since its launch in 2011 Dota 2 has become one of the most played games in the world. Part of the reason of its huge success is that its developer Valve Software keeps updating the game regularly. One of the biggest updates came last year called Dota 2 Reborn when the game switched from Source 1 to the Source 2 engine. While it meant a lot of graphical and technical improvements it also meant the game now required better hardware to run.
Build your own DOTA 2 Gaming PC in 2018
If you are in the market for a new computer in 2018 that will run Dota 2 than you came to the right place. We have tested the game running on the Source 2 engine thoroughly on various hardware available in 2016 and have picked the best gaming hardware that will run Dota 2 like a dream at the lowest prices. Below are the best computer specs divided by various budgets for people looking to build a PC to play Dota 2 Reborn in 2016.
Best Computer for Dota 2- The Dream Machine (Price $1500)
If you are looking for the ultimate Dota 2 experience than this dream machine will bring you that. With a computer like this you will see Dota 2 in a completely new light with graphics and performance you just did not think was possible from a free game. This setup will run Dota 2 on 3840 x 2160 resolution with everything else (Specular, Anti-aliasing, Ambient creatures) turned up to the max without a single hiccup. We never dropped below 80 FPS throughout our long sessions with no frame rate drop whatsoever even in 10 v 10 custom games which are notorious for performance issues. Loading time on average was less than 5 seconds and we were always the first ones to load!
The setup does cost a fair bit, around $1500 but it will run Dota 2 like a charm for many many years to come. You can also easily play any game that comes out in 2016 or the next couple of years. Furthermore if you are looking to increase your MMR or become a professional player than you absolutely need to make such an investment. 4K resolution and good gaming gear (mouse, keyboard, headset) give you a massive edge over other Dota 2 players and are a surefire way to becoming a better player. This is the best computer for Dota 2 in 2016, spending more money than this would be an overkill.
3 used from $ 300.00
There are definitely better cards available but they are much more expensive and are an overkill. For its price GTX 970 is one of the best cards you can get in 2016 and can run Dota 2 in 4K resolution at very high frame rates.
Not much to say here, get a good Intel i-5 processor and you are pretty much set for Dota 2.
A solid top of the line motherboard at a very good price.
5 used from $ 33.25
4GB RAM is more than enough for Dota 2 even at 4K resolution.
5 used from $ 100.00
The Logitech G910 is an amazing mechanical keyboard for MOBA games with 11 programmable keys for macros, two wrist rests, full RGB illumination for keys and quick response time.
4 used from $ 112.13
A good mouse is one of the most important gaming gear for Dota 2. The Razer Naga comes with 12 well placed buttons for macros and hotkeys, is extremely comfortable and will last you for years.
13 used from $ 115.69
Communication is key in winning games when it comes to Dota 2. The i60 is a great headset as its wireless (no wire clutter getting in your way) and has battery life of more than 10 hours (Dota 2 sessions can get long!).
7 used from $ 355.56
You need a monitor that’s ultra-high definition to enjoy Dota 2 at 4K resolution and this 28 Inch is one of the best UHD at a reasonable price.
Best Computer for Dota 2- Mid Tier ($950)
If you are not ready to go all out for Dota 2, you can spend $600 less and get a computer that will still run Dota 2 with all the bells and whistles. The biggest difference between this computer compared to Dream Machine is that you won’t be playing Dota 2 at 4K resolution but instead at 2560 x 1440. Other than that everything else will be turned up to the max and run smoothly at 60+ FPS.
You will steal get professional level gaming gear (mouse, keyboard, headset) which will make playing Dota 2 easier, more fun and sure to give a boost to your MMR. And just as importantly gaming gear lasts for 3+ years compared to other mice and keyboards which are not designed for heavy duty gaming and bug out in a few months. The mid-tier computer is a very solid choice and can run Dota 2 in all its glory though it may not be able to run some other AAA games coming out in 2016 all that well.
The 960 is a seriously solid card and one of the strongest ‘budget’ cards released in recent months. It runs Dota 2 at 2560 x 1440 resolution with max settings at 65-70 FPS with no stutters whatsoever.
Intel Core i3 i3-4170 Dual-core (2 Core) 3.70 GHz Processor - Socket H3 LGA-1150Retail Pack BX80646I34170120 new from $ 109.99
1 used from $ 94.00
A standard i3 is solid enough for Dota 2.
2 used from $ 80.00
As we said earlier the 970 is a great motherboard at a very low price, stick with this one.
2 used from $ 17.00
RAM is pretty cheap and anything less than 4GB is just not a good option.
1 used from $ 190.84
K70 is a very sturdy mechanical keyboard, it doesn’t have any macro keys (the G600 mouse has more than enough!) but has all other features you could want in a keyboard and is something that will last you for years.
Pretty much a cheaper version of the Razer Naga with nearly the same design and features with 12 buttons for hotkeys and a comfortable holding design.
Ausdom M05 Over Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones With Microphone for Music Streaming & Hands-free Calling High Definition Stereo Headset (Black)1 new from $ 88.99
The best all-around wireless gaming headset, super comfortable, no lag, crisp headphone and mic quality in a very reasonable price.
2 used from $ 219.00
You can’t get a better 2560 X 1440 resolution in the same price range. It delivers very sharp colors and remarkable contrast.
Best Computer for Dota 2- Budget Gamer ($500)
If you simple want a computer that will run Dota 2 at a reasonable level than the Budget Gamer is perfect for you at a mere $500 (including LCD, gaming mouse, keyboard and wireless headset!). What we mean by reasonable is that it will run Dota 2 at 1920 X 1080 resolution without comprising spell details and other graphics settings. With everything set high we were getting 60+ FPS without any drops or stutter. At 2560 x 1440 the performance dropped to 35-40 FPS.
This is the perfect computer is all you want is to play Dota 2 the way it was meant to be played. You will not be able to run many other high budget games that come out in 2016 but hey most of us barely play anything else than Dota 2. In a cheap price you can’t get a better computer for Dota 2 than this.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 DVI HDMI DisplayPort Video Graphics Card (ZT-70605-10M)41 new from $ 104.99
The graphics card is a year old now but it also means it’s cheap as anything. As far as Dota 2 is concerned you won’t need another card ever.
Intel Pentium G3250 Dual-core (2 Core) 3.20 GHz Processor - Socket H3 LGA-1150Retail Pack BX80646G325018 new from $ 66.19
1 used from $ 55.00
Nothing much to say, a low priced dual core processor that can run Dota 2 surprisingly well.
Gigabyte LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Micro ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards GA-B85M-DS3H-A61 new from $ 58.48
Can’t skimp on the motherboard too much or you’ll have problems later on, the LGA 1150 is priced fairly low but equipped with the standards that you need.
2 used from $ 40.00
You need 4GB RAM, you can save $10 and get 2GB (it’ll run Dota 2 OK) but it’s not recommended.
3 used from $ 18.17
A barebones gaming keyboard and mouse combo but with a lot of value for your money. You get a cool looking keyboard and mouse, with LED lighting, decent comfort level, quick response time and strong build at just $29
Photive BTH3 Over-The-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Built-in Mic and 12 Hour Battery. Includes Hard Travel Case.2 new from $ 39.95
Most headsets barely last 6 months, getting a wireless gaming headset upfront is the better investment in the long run. The Photive BTH 3 is one of the lowest price gaming headsets that has a sturdy build with all the latest features.
A solid low priced monitor that can run Dota 2 (and anything else) in 1080p.