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Cities: Skylines 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Aug 2021

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Cities: Skylines, where it will meet the demands that a game like this will put on a custom PC. Our view is to answer the question, what PC should I buy that can play Cities: Skylines really well, and for the best possible price today? With the mission objective being a high gaming standard with the highest ultra graphics, running 1080p as the native screen size. These prices are are checked multiple times each day and we update the build if other hardware is better value for money, while still meeting our gaming hardware standards.

Before getting this build together we need to consider a few background characteristics about the game we are building this PC for. Cities: Skylines falls into the , Sandbox, Strategy, Management genre category groupings and would have been finished being developed during 2015 on hardware released around that period of time which may be a factor when we choose the type of hardware as it would need to be comparable in performance to hardware available from around this time. The game is currently one of the more demanding titles we have on the site, and is found on our most demanding list at the 1 spot. While these facts help us put together the best PC for the game we will still be selecting components based on the latest prices for the chosen peripherals and hardware for our build. Choosing today’s best priced items to give us an ideal PC build today for the game.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Cities: Skylines PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$193.74
Graphics Card
$99.88
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$42.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$59.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
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
Razer Ornata Chroma
$59.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$42.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$36.99
Cities: Skylines PC Build Total Price $934.26
Rig
12
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $226.25, was previously $1,160.51.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Cities: Skylines PC Build

When putting this sort of PC together we want great value for money but a machine that can deliver solid FPS on Cities: Skylines at 1080p ultra graphics. We have selected the Radeon RX 550X 4GB today as a well placed option. The price for this card today is $99.88 which really helped mark it as a good fit. 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.

We were looking to get a video card with at least 2GB of VRAM available onboard it, which acts an image data buffer between our video card and CPU. The Radeon RX 550X 4GB has 4GB, which is suitable at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Cities: Skylines 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To accompany the graphics option we have put a compatible motherboard into the build. The GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard in turn enables us to add the Ryzen 3 3200G processor that has the Socket AM4 socket. This CPU is a great fit for Cities: Skylines and balances nicely with the Radeon RX 550X 4GB, to help reach the right frame rates at this resolution. We have of course chosen this CPU today because of its price to performance credentials where it is currently priced at $193.74. Our cheapest price recorded for the Ryzen 3 3200G was $83.59, which we spotted on 17th Jun 2020.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 has a cost today of $59.99. A low recorded price for this motherboard was spotted on 18th Feb 2021 where it was $51.88.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Cities: Skylines At The Right Price

This is part of the gamers 3 core hardware components. Our Cities: Skylines built PC will need a correct amount of RAM while being found for the best price today. We have found the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz to be well priced at $42.99 and will complement the Radeon RX 550X 4GB and Ryzen 3 3200G selections of our build, helping us to achieve the desired FPS at 1080p ultra settings. To help provide a sense of cost for this RAM, the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz was priced at $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Cities: Skylines

Our PC build can run Cities: Skylines at High graphics settings comfortably, returning a 1080p FPS of 88 and we would expect an average of 63 FPS on Ultra with the Radeon RX 550X 4GB, Ryzen 3 3200G combo we have put into this computer.

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If this 1080p build was to run Cities: Skylines at 1440p Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 67 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 48.

How this build performs for other popular games

To ensure we are making a good choice with this Cities: Skylines PC build we can check to see if it performs consistently across a variety of games. Some of the most popular games today include Forza Horizon 5, Days Gone and FIFA 22 so let’s see how this build handles them at 1080p. Starting with Forza Horizon 5 we can expect to be seeing an Ultra FPS of 63 and at High settings an FPS of 88 frames. In comparison Days Gone is likely to see an Ultra FPS of around 63, improving to 88 FPS on High settings. Lastly FIFA 22 will see an Ultra FPS of around 63 which improves to a 88 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Cities: Skylines

Finding a mouse for a game that falls into the , Sandbox, Strategy, Management genre group has given us reason to improve the quality of mouse we are willing to put into this PC build. We have therefore found the Cooler Master MM710 mouse that is today’s best priced, higher performing gamer mouse, and one that can still deliver the gaming quality we are after for Cities: Skylines.

An Alternative Cities: Skylines Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is interested in going with a AMD card, like the one we have opted for in this build. So you could try going for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB instead, which comes with a 118% better performance adjustment when compared to Radeon RX 550X 4GB, and is certainly a solid video card choice for our build. We selected it while also considering its current price point, it is costing $239.99 at the moment.