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Grand Theft Auto V 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Aug 2021

Our objective here is to enable us to explore what PC we could buy that can play GTA 5, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Grand Theft Auto V and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. With the PC build brief being to maintain a stable and reliable FPS with top tier graphics options selected, running 1080p as the native screen size. We visit this page every day to check on the prices and selected components we have added for this PC build. Naturally as new better hardware is found we will be adding and swapping to optimise this list with a view to giving us all a good jumping off point regarding expected build quality and pricing levels for our new Grand Theft Auto V build.

Getting our best PC build together today we consider some of the characteristics of this game, which will help us better select the right hardware components for Grand Theft Auto V. First and foremost we will be looking at value for money, hunting through our curated list of gaming hardware and then cherry picking the best priced items available today. As this game falls into the , Sandbox, Sim genre category, this can certainly influence some of the hardware selection below, especially some of the peripherals we select out, to make sure they might the games key specialities. Something else we can consider is that Grand Theft Auto V would have been built on PC hardware from around 2015 or leading up to that period, by the developers. So it is usually fairly safe to consider hardware from that period as suitable.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Grand Theft Auto V PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$157.50
Graphics Card
$99.88
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$42.99
Motherboard
ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151
$72.99
Case
Fractal Design Focus G Mid Tower White Side Window ATX
$42.99
PSU
EVGA 850W Bq 80+ Bronze
$59.99
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$58.99
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$104.99
Display
Acer 21.5 inch LED 5ms
$123.73
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$27.99
Mouse
IBats X8 gray 9 Btns
$12.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$36.99
Grand Theft Auto V PC Build Total Price $842.02
Rig
1.4
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $209.72, was previously $1,051.74.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Grand Theft Auto V PC Build

Obviously one of the most important components for this build is the graphics card. We can take a look at the best price to performance hardware right now to help deliver a system that can run Grand Theft Auto V at 1080p ultra settings. Looking through today’s graphics card prices we can see that the Radeon RX 550X 4GB is today’s best GPU option for this computer and it will work great at this screen resolution. Its price right now is $99.88, and running our hardware tests against that price shows this to be the cheapest but best performer for GTA 5. Over the last few weeks we have noticed it increase its price by $99.88, proving that additional savings can be found you will just need to shop around.

The game also needs this graphics solution to deliver at least 2 GB VRAM to act as a buffer between the PC build’s video card and the processor.

Selecting The Right Grand Theft Auto V 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We have selected a ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 motherboard to allow us to then go on and add a great cpu for this Grand Theft Auto V build. With a LGA 1151 socket type motherboard we choose the well priced Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz, which is at the best price to performance for processors in this range at the moment. Currently priced at a competitive $157.5 this cpu is a good performance addition for our build. You can get this processor for $59, which we saw it at that price on 27th May 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

With the feature rich ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 priced competitively at $72.99 it is certainly in todays Grand Theft Auto V build for a good reason. To offer motherboard pricing insight we spotted this being sold for a low price of $59.99, which was recorded at 4th Apr 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Grand Theft Auto V At The Right Price

One of the most important hardware parts of this computer is the system memory or RAM. To make sure our resolution target and frame rates are met we have chosen to put in Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. This is currently priced at $42.99 and is well priced compared to the system memory market today. This RAM was recorded at the lowest price of $59.99, and this was on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Grand Theft Auto V

With this current build we expect to see a return of 63 frames per second at ultra 1080p resolution in Grand Theft Auto V. Adjust some of the graphics options and you could boost this up to 88 FPS for High graphics settings.

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Grand Theft Auto V
Radeon RX 550X 4GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Having the option of larger screen resolutions in the future is a handy thing to consider. This gaming PC setup, running GTA 5 at 1440p would be pulling in about 67 FPS at High. We would expect that to drop again to 48 if you were playing it at 1440p Ultra.

How this build performs for other popular games

To buy this GTA 5 PC we will still want it to do ok when running other popular games. So to give us an idea about our builds performance lets see how it deals these 3 popular games at 1080p. Resident Evil 8 will be expecting a Ultra FPS of 63 and a High setting FPS of 88 frames. Back 4 Blood expects Ultra FPS around 63 which will improve to 88 FPS for High settings. Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be around 63 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 88 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Grand Theft Auto V Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Or you could put the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative Nvidia PC build. It has a 118% better performance variation to the Radeon RX 550X 4GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $239.99.