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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is the latest game in the long-running Ace Combat aerial dogfighting franchise from Namco Bandai. Photorealistic visuals combine with an array of modern fighter jets to deliver the next generation of aerial combat.
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 3rd Dec 2020

Our objective here is to enable us to explore what PC we could buy that can play Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. We are going to choose these parts with the aim of keeping a high FPS rate on ultra graphics settings, pushing out visuals on 1080p screen size. 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.

Today we find Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is not in our top demanding games list and currently not figuring in our more popular games lists of today. It also falls in under the Arcade, Action game genre types, which itself can influence some of our choices of hardware today, to make sure we better meet the hardware needs of the game. This sort of information will help us build a fuller picture and better understand what to select when putting our best build PC together for the game. Interestingly, it might be worth thinking about the performance of the hardware that the game was originally built on, which would have been from 2019 and shortly before. So the devs themselves may have been aiming for hardware with performance capability from this particular period.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$161.36
Graphics Card
$239.99
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$32.99
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
$53.60
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$34.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$13.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown PC Build Total Price $1,201.28
Rig
8.5
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $4.26, was previously $1,205.54.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown PC Build

When putting this sort of PC together we want great value for money but a machine that can deliver solid FPS on Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown at 1080p ultra graphics. We have selected the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB today as a well placed option. The price for this card today is $239.99 which really helped mark it as a good fit.Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $229.99. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $47.68 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.

3GB of VRAM is needed by Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. This memory acts as a super fast image storage buffer between GPU and CPU and our selected GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB comes with 6GB of VRAM. This should be a suitable amount for our PC at this gaming resolution.

Selecting The Right Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To fit with the above graphics card we have chosen a well priced motherboard, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151, that will allow us to slot in a compatible Core i3-9350K 4-Core 4.0GHz processor based around the shared LGA 1151 socket. With the chosen cpu and gpu working together we will get a great Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown experience, that helps achieve steady frames at this resolution. The chosen cpu has itself been selected because it represents a good fit with the game and the price we found it at when comparing today’s cpu market prices, finding it currently priced at $161.36. Giving us a bit more of an insight we saw this processor being sold for a low price of $161.03, which was on 1st Dec 2020.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 has a cost today of $49.46. The cheapest motherboard price for the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 was recorded as $32.99, which was on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown At The Right Price

One of the more significant hardware components in this Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown build is the RAM. We are choosing some complementary and well priced Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. It is currently priced at $32.99. While among the best priced system memory for this build it will still provide us with the ability to reach our desired FPS for the 1080p ultra setting, that we have been focusing on with this PC. Lowest RAM prices were recorded for this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz when we saw it priced at $30.35, on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

We reckon these hardware components in our PC build will get 96 FPS at high settings in game and you could improve the graphics up to Ultra and see a FPS of 69 at 1080p.

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PC Build Research Area

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB

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Increasing the screen resolution for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown would mean this setup would be getting FPS that are 52 FPS average, at 1440p Ultra. The FPS would go up to 73 FPS if the graphics settings at this resolution were lowered to High.

How this build performs for other popular games

Obviously we will want to run other games on our new Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown PC so lets explore some anticipated frame rates of some other popular games today with this hardware at 1080p. Cyberpunk 2077 should get 63 when run on Ultra and this raises to 88 FPS on High. The popular World of Warcraft: Shadowlands gets a return of 43 FPS on Ultra and then up to 60 FPS when settings are dropped to High. Then there is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which is popular at the moment, which is returning 71 FPS run at Ultra and 99 frames on High.

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An Alternative Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Perhaps you are after a AMD graphics card rather than the one we have added to this build. If so we would suggest the similar performing Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which has a 7% better performance variation, but is still a suitable video card choice for this game. We have also considered the best value for performance based on today’s prices, with it costing $699.99 at the moment.