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Civilization VI 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 Civilization VI, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Civilization VI and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. Our mission is a top end gaming solution for this game at the highest graphics settings, using 1080p monitor resolution. As new gaming components are released for PC we will continue to review prices here each day and consider swapping in and out better components.

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 Civilization VI. 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 , Strategy, Management, Turn-based 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 Civilization VI would have been built on PC hardware from around 2016 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 Civilization VI PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$157.50
Graphics Card
$175.45
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
Razer Ornata Chroma
$59.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$42.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$36.99
Civilization VI PC Build Total Price $979.59
Rig
3.7
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $209.72, was previously $1,189.31.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Civilization VI PC Build

Our key objective when putting together our next gaming PC is always going to be finding a great price point for the most performance we can. Today’s build we start by looking for the right graphics card, at the right price, that can run Civilization VI at 1080p ultra graphics. Looking through todays available cards and comparing their hardware performance has lead us to cherry pick the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse ITX 4GB today for this game. It is capable of returning strong frame rates at our desired ultra 1080p. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 5th Feb 2020 where we saw it for $123.99. Todays price is $175.45 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today.

Selecting The Right Civilization VI 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We are choosing a well rounded and best priced motherboard (the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151), that can provide us with the cpu LGA 1151 socket type. This is so we can select the Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz that has the best price to performance position today, at $157.5. Looking through our data we can see the lowest price for this cpu was on 27th May 2020, which had it marked up at $59.This CPU and GPU provide the required Civilization VI experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1080p resolution.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 has a cost today of $72.99. A low price point for this motherboard would be $59.99, which we recorded it at on 4th Apr 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Civilization VI 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. The cheapest system memory price for Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz was recorded as $30.35, and this was on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Civilization VI

Now on to the frame rates for our Civilization VI running on Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse ITX 4GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 101 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 72 FPS.

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Civilization VI
Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse ITX 4GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1080p build was to run Civilization VI at 1440p Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 77 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 55.

How this build performs for other popular games

To ensure we are making a good choice with this Civilization VI 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, Grand Theft Auto VI and Star Citizen 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 72 and at High settings an FPS of 101 frames. In comparison Grand Theft Auto VI is likely to see an Ultra FPS of around 72, improving to 101 FPS on High settings. Lastly Star Citizen will see an Ultra FPS of around 72 which improves to a 101 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Civilization VI

We have found a great quality and still well priced gaming mouse today with the Cooler Master MM710. A game like Civilization VI that has , Strategy, Management, Turn-based genre, we felt it necessary to increase the quality of the mouse we would consider because the game has some additional needs that can benefit from this type of higher specced mouse.

An Alternative Civilization VI Graphics Card Option for 1080p

As an alternative to the AMD manufactured video card we have gone for in this PC, you could also consider the similarly powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Asus Dual OC 4GB. It has a 9% worse performance difference compared to our selected Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse ITX 4GB. Obviously we have chosen it as the cheapest price to performance offering in this range. It is currently priced at $179.67.