Stray is one of those uniques that gives you a chance to play as a cat where you can “Meow”, “Rub”, and lick your paws. Being one of its own kind, this action-adventure game has taken over the internet and has got thousands of Overwhelmingly Positive reviews on Steam. This makes it worthy to be on your Steam library as you will be enjoying the adventure through the cat’s eyes for the first time.
That said, you don’t want your gameplay to be choppy or stuttery as the game has some PC requirements you must fulfill. The game, fortunately, doesn’t rely on expensive PC hardware and can run even on older PCs considering that the minimum specs are meant. In this post, we will guide you on building the best possible gaming PC for Stray without breaking your bank.
Stray System Requirements
OS– Windows 10 64-bit
Processor– Intel Core i5 2300 or AMD FX 6350
Memory– 8GB RAM
Graphics– Nvidia Geforce GTX 650 Ti 2GB or AMD Radeon R7 360 2GB
Storage– 10GB available space
OS– Windows 10 64-bit
Processor– Intel Core i5 8400 or AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Memory– 8GB RAM
Graphics– Nvidia Geforce GTX 780 3GB or AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB
Storage– 10GB available space
How to Choose PC Components for Stray?
To avoid any gameplay issues and have the best possible gaming experience, it is important and always safe to choose components a little better than the listed Minimum and Recommended Specs. While developers know exactly what PC will be the best, most of the time they list outdated or very old PC hardware to let you know that you can play the game even on older hardware.
As obvious from the PC specs recommendation, we are going to consider equivalent PC hardware of the current generation which will provide better compatibility and provide more performance. We will take a look at each PC component one by one and understand what PC hardware you will need to have buttery smooth gameplay.
For a PC that can play modern titles without causing major performance drops, we recommend going with at least a 4-core CPU that has excellent single-core performance and is better if it features hyperthreading. Currently, we have some good options from both AMD and Intel that are very well capable of playing Stray on the best graphics settings.
The motherboard connects your components to maintain a flow of data and is generally irrelevant when it comes to gaming. However, a good motherboard should provide you with all the necessary ports and slots and should allow upgrading to a better CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage.
We are looking for at least 8GB RAM as recommended by the developers. Not only Stray but almost every modern title requires at least 8GB of RAM to avoid fps drops frequently.
The GPU is the most important component as the majority of the load is on the GPU when you play video games. For modern titles, it is best to choose a GPU with at least 4GB of VRAM which should allow you to play them on high settings at 1080p resolution.
You won’t be installing just one game on your storage drive, therefore, we recommend going with at least 250GB of storage drive if you are on a tight budget and at least 500GB if you want to have a couple of big games. Also, it is always better to get the SSD instead of the HDD as SSDs are incredibly fast and require less space inside your case.
Cheaping out on the power supply means killing your PC to the point where you can lose every component permanently. We recommend going with at least 450W of reliable PSU to power the PC components. the PSU should be an 80 Plus unit and should have at least 2x 6+2 PCI-E connectors for the graphics cards.
The case will be chosen according to all other components. It mostly depends on the form factor of the motherboard and we recommend going with at least a Micro-ATX tower if the motherboard is a Mini or Micro-ATX. A mid-tower will be future-proof as it can support ATX motherboards and provides a lot of space for further upgrades.
Parts List for Stray Gaming PC
In order to make our build flexible for different budgets, we are recommending parts in both the Minimum and Recommended categories. With the Minimum PC hardware, you will be able to play Stray with medium to high settings at 1080p. With our Recommended PC hardware, you will be able to max out the graphical settings without going below 60 fps at 1080p resolution.
To ensure a smooth gaming experience, we recommend going with the Core i3 12100F as the minimum. While older i3s will also do a fine job, the i3 12100F is the fastest Core i3 CPU to date and beats the previous generation Core i5 CPUs. It features 4 cores and 8 threads with a clock speed of 3.3/4.3GHz and a max TDP of 89W.
It is capable of handling almost any budget graphics card as well as most mid-end GPUs from the latest AMD and Nvidia GPU families. With this CPU, you cannot only play Stray but any other AAA title as 4 cores are sufficient for almost any game. However, if you are looking for a no-compromise gaming and non-gaming performance, then consider going with the i5 12400F which is a member of the same Alder Lake family but features 6 cores and 12 threads.
It features clock speeds of 2.5 to 4.4GHz with the help of Turbo Boost Technology and has a decent L3 cache memory of 18MB. It is currently the fastest 6-core under $175 and also the best budget gaming CPU. It can easily handle any GPU you throw at it which makes upgrading your gaming build easier in the future.
The Stray devs recommend a GTX 650 Ti or a Radeon R7 360 as the minimum requirement. Both of these GPUs feature 2GB of VRAM and are several years old and discontinued. Hence, we are going to use their equivalents in the current generation. As features and architectures differ, getting an exactly equivalent GPU is impossible. So, we are going with the RX 6400 which is much more powerful than both the 650 Ti and R7 360.
It features 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM and can play the game on medium to high settings at 1080p. The card currently sits around $150-$170 and is based on the RDNA 2 architecture. It is power-efficient as well with a TDP of only 53W. So, you don’t even need an external power cable to power this GPU.
For maxing out Stray graphics settings, we are going with the Radeon RX 6600. It belongs to the RX 6000 family as well but is way more powerful than the RX 6400. It features 2.3X more Stream Processors, 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, and up to 2500MHz of boost frequency. It is way above even the recommended GPUs by the game developers.
It can max out all the settings at 1080p and provide you with over 60 fps consistently. This GPU is also capable of playing almost any modern title with the same performance and therefore, will be a better GPU for the time to come.
As devs recommend at least 8GB RAM in both Minimum and Recommended specs, there is no argument of whether you can go lower than 8GB. For our Minimum budget PC, we are going to use the Patriot Viper Steel 8GB DDR4 RAM which is a single 8GB stick clocked at 3200MHz. It features tight timings of 16-18-18-36 and will leave other DIMM slots on your motherboard for further upgrade.
For a no-compromise operation, the 16GB kit from TeamGroup is for those who are looking to max out the game as well as multitask without fearing any hangs or stutters. Two 8GB RAM sticks in the dual channel will yield better results and will be perfectly fine for the next few years.
For the motherboard, the H610 chipset will be the best cost-effective choice and will be common for both our Minimum and Recommended gaming build. As i3 12100F and i5 12400F are locked processors, going with a locked chipset makes sense. The H610 chipset is the cheapest among all the chipsets with the LGA 1700 socket and offers the necessary slots and connectors for our components.
As the quality of our motherboard won’t affect the gaming performance, we can cheap it out here in order to reduce the cost significantly. The MSI Pro H610M-G is definitely a great board despite being so entry-level as it features EZ Debug LEDs aside from other features. These LEDs help you out when your computer refuses to boot.
Stray is fairly a small game and requires only 10GB of free space on your drive. Therefore, even if your storage drive isn’t that big, you could still get Stray installed in any corner of your drive. Our minimum recommendation is to get a single 250GB of SSD from PNY that costs less than $30 and offers a decent sequential Read/Write speed of up to 535/500MBps.
If you can spend more, then get the NVME SSD from TeamGroup which offers almost double storage capacity. The MP33 offers 512GB of space that can store a good number of games before you run out of storage. Also, being an NVME SSD, the sequential Read/Write speeds are almost 3 times faster than the SATA SSD.
Most users try to save money by getting a cheap generic power supply but this puts your whole PC in danger. The PSU should provide all protection features against faulty currents and voltages, and should have a good voltage regulation. While the Thermaltake Smart 430W isn’t the best in such features, it will be ideal for our budget gaming build with the minimum PC hardware requirement. Unlike some generic power supplies, it won’t explode and features 80 Plus power efficiency and the connectors to feed the power to your GPU.
If you are looking to make your system endure some abuse and want something that can last longer, get the NZXT C550 PSU. It features an 80 Plus Bronze power rating that offers around 85% of efficiency on typical loads. It is also Semi-modular which makes it easier to manage cables as you only need a few cables to connect. Also, with 550W of wattage capacity, you will be safer for future upgrades. So, our recommendation is to invest a few more dollars to get this one.
To get all the components in one place, we recommend the budget mid-tower case from AeroCool. It offers sufficient space to install CPU coolers up to 155mm in height and GPUs up to 371mm in length. Moreover, there is a big PSU shroud to cover the cable mess and storage drives at the bottom. As the case is ATX, you can upgrade to an ATX motherboard in the future without worrying about compatibility.
In short, the case is pretty much adequate for your needs and even offers an RGB LED strip at the front and a side acrylic panel to see through. As most premium mid-tower cases are significantly expensive, it is better to settle with this one that offers an intermediate level of quality and has decent components support like most mid-tower cases.
ORDER GAMING PC FOR STRAY
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Stray isn’t a very demanding title and therefore, you can order our Minimum budget gaming PC if you don’t want to spend a lot. For those who are looking to play on the highest settings, the Stray Recommended build can also max out most games at 1080p resolution. If you need any advice or suggestions regarding our builds or if you want help in building your PC, then use the comments box below and we will get to you in a day or two.