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Planet Coaster is a roller-coaster park simulation game. Planet Coaster will give you total freedom to make your park unique, and a connected global village where you can share your creativity with the world.
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Planet Coaster 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 29th Nov 2020

If you are looking to buy a new PC that can play Planet Coaster then below you will find we explore exactly that. We are putting together a gaming PC build for Planet Coaster from a carefully selected set of our favourite hardware components that are priced best today. In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably with top tier graphics options selected, and a 1080p screen resolution. These hardware items found in our build will continue to have their prices checked and components will be swapped in and out as we feel better hardware for our build is released.

First off, to help us pull together the best hardware for this build, we have to understand a little bit about the type of game we are creating this computer for. Planet Coaster is a title which sits in the Sim, Management genre categories, which may influence our peripheral selection a bit, to help accommodate some of the particular requirements there. This game would have also been built on PC hardware during 2016 and before, which can suggest the sort of specced components a developer might have been using and hoping for their game to run on. Today we find it is not currently in our top most demanding games list and currently not figuring in our more popular games. While this extra info gives a good sense of what we want from our PC, nothing really replaces our value for money assessment based on live prices, when putting together this build.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Planet Coaster PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$167.77
Graphics Card
$164.99
Memory
Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
$49.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
$53.99
HDD
WD 10PURZ Purple Surveillance HDD 1TB
$56.99
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
Logitech K270 Wireless inc. Mouse
$34.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$13.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Planet Coaster PC Build Total Price $832.10
Rig
8.2
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $306.31, was previously $1,138.41.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Planet Coaster PC Build

When selecting the right graphics card today we are specifically hunting for great price-to-performance gpus that can run Planet Coaster in ultra 1080p. Right now the best graphics card purchase for this game is the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB, which will work really well at this screen resolution. It’s currently priced at $164.99, which puts it as one of the cheapest but best performers for this type of game. And we can see the card has dropped its price by $14.01 during the past two weeks. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 28th Dec 2019 and it was priced at $159.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 4GB of VRAM or more. This memory is used by the card to store image data when moving it from the video card to the CPU. Our chosen build’s card has 8GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

Selecting The Right Planet Coaster 1080p Motherboard and CPU

The backbone of a pc build is the motherboard. Todays best price mobo, that gives us the LGA 1151 socket type is the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151. From here we can then put in to this game’s bespoke PC build the Core i5-9400 6-Core 2.9GHz processor, which works very well in achieving the desired performance levels at a good price point. Todays price for this computer processor is $167.77. A good reference point is, a low price for this processor was spotted on 4th Aug 2020 where we saw it for $146.95.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $49.46 MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 certainly takes a well-deserved place in our build. Our motherboard price records put this mobo’s price on 28th Dec 2019 at $32.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Planet Coaster At The Right Price

As one of the 3 main system components, when considering a PC built for Planet Coaster, the correct RAM selection is obviously important. We are looking for something that is well priced but also capable of meeting the games requirements. The Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz is well priced at $49.99 and fits with the Core i5-9400 6-Core 2.9GHz and Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB selections to ensure solid FPS at 1080p ultra settings. A price point for this RAM was down to $49.99 on 30th Nov 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Planet Coaster

A PC build like this can expect to get an average of 118 FPS on High settings in Planet Coaster at 1080p. There may be some lower frame rates in some parts of the game, but we have chosen the components to get some solid frame rates. Increasing the quality in the game to Ultra, will see us still getting an FPS of 85.

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PC Build Research Area

Planet Coaster
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If we are looking for some larger screen resolutions with this computer, then Planet Coaster would return 64 FPS on 1440p at Ultra graphics setting. This FPS would improve to 90 FPS average at High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

To get a more general understanding of how our PC build for Planet Coaster performs we can look in to how it copes with some of the more popular games of today at 1080p. To begin we see that FIFA 21 is expected to achieve 164FPS on Ultra and 200+FPS on High graphics settings. Next up looking at Grand Theft Auto VI we would find 28FPS on Ultra raising to 39FPS at High. For our last comparison, Watch Dogs Legion, we would likely achieve 54 FPS on Ultra and 75 FPS on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Planet Coaster Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Or you could put the GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative Nvidia PC build. It has a 4% better performance variation to the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $219.99.