Best PC build for emulation 2024 (N64, PS1, PS2, Switch, Wii, Xbox 360)

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Best PC For Emulation

Building a gaming PC specifically for emulators has become much more popular than you may think. Well, not you specifically – you’re the one searching that exact term. But in general, it’s something that has slipped under the radar when it comes to custom PC building.

Despite that being the case, there are still a tonne of individuals who are looking to create the best gaming PC for emulators. Well, look no further, the following build has been tailored for the best gaming experience for emulators. Whether you’re looking to emulate N64, PS1/2/3, XBOX360, Wii, or Switch, you name it, this thing will be capable of handling whatever emulations you throw at it.

PC hardware deals

If you are planning on building out your next gaming PC, then finding deals on some components is the best way to get something better for cheaper. In that case, you can find deals on GPUsCPUscoolersmotherboardspower supplies, and cases. There are always some discounts to be found even if it’s not any special sales time so you can save a few bucks here and there.

What You Get For Your Money

Let’s be honest, we could have probably built a gaming PC for emulators at a slightly cheaper price point. However, it wouldn’t have showcased anywhere near as much ‘bang for your buck’ as this particular build. That being said, we still tried to keep it as cheap as possible for this particular usage.


From a performance standpoint, this PC will handle pretty much every emulator you can throw at it. Most emulations require good single-core performance, so most people opt for an Intel CPU. However, the CPU we’ve opted for still has more than enough power to handle the most demanding emulator scenarios.

Furthermore, as we’ll discuss shortly, we’ve opted for a standalone GPU for this build – even though it doesn’t really require one. That being said, having a standalone GPU allows you to play both emulations and PC games – something other PC builds for emulations can’t boast.

The WePC experts that worked on this build

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Team Seb

Seb is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate who has always been passionate and involved in gaming and computers. Ever since tinkering with the family computer and being the tech wizard in the family, he’s had an interest in PCs and all things tech. So while at University build his own computer, became tech support for others and finally found a career working with them daily.

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Team Shaun

Shaun is a gaming enthusiast and computer science graduate who has been working with computers for the last 15 years. He took a shine to competitive FPS back in the mid-2000s and hasn’t looked back since.

Our Best Prebuilt PC Recommendations

By now, you probably have a pretty good idea of whether or not this build suits your needs and requirements. You will also have decided whether or not you feel you can tackle a custom built PC as well.

For many, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue – especially if they follow one of our handy build guides. However, for some, the job of building their own PC is probably a little too daunting.

For those individuals, we’ll be recommending some prebuilt gaming PCs that take the stress of building your own PC away. Whilst they might not offer the same value for money as our custom build, they’ll certainly run emulations at a very good standard.

Our Recommended Custom Build Details

This performance-tailored gaming PC caters to gamers that want to get the best possible experience out of their emulations. That said, this PC also has all the performance power required to play lesser-intensive PC games and do some moderate multitasking too.

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Our Best Custom PC Build for Emulations

Our best custom built PC for emulation is a well-balanced mix of hardware tailored to handle the most demanding (said half ironically) emulated titles.

This PC is a well-balanced mix of gaming performance and affordability, all wrapped up in one of the best PC cases on the market.

Whilst this PC won’t be suitable for high-end PC gaming, it’ll definitely handle all the emulated titles you can throw at it – along with some lesser intensive AAA PC titles.

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