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Control is a supernatural third-person action-adventure from the minds behind Alan Wake and Quantum Break. After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control. From developer Remedy Entertainment, this supernatural 3rd person action-adventure will challenge you to master the combination of supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts, and reactive environments while fighting through a deep and unpredictable world.
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Control 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 24th Nov 2020

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Control, 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 Control really well, and for the best possible price today? With the PC build brief being to maintain a stable and reliable FPS on ultra 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.

Control is currently not in our top demanding games list. It is also considered a Action genre style game and happened to be built by the devs on hardware from 2019 and in the period leading up to this. This may be worth considering when understanding the performance requirements a PC for this title might be expected to have. It is currently not really figuring in our more popular games lists. All this background info will help us better choose the components today for this game PC build, but our main factor will of course be price to performance for each component and peripheral we choose below.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Control PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$165.85
Graphics Card
$239.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$48.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$62.99
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
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$27.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$10.87
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Control PC Build Total Price $1,225.57
Rig
8.7
Score
Future 2 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $20.18, was previously $1,205.39.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Control 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 Control at 1080p ultra graphics. Looking through todays available cards and comparing their hardware performance has lead us to cherry pick the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB today for this game. It is capable of returning strong frame rates at our desired ultra 1080p. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB is $229.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019. Todays price is $239.99 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. 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.

Selecting The Right Control 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To fit with the above graphics card we have chosen a well priced motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4, that will allow us to slot in a compatible Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz processor based around the shared Socket AM4 socket. With the chosen cpu and gpu working together we will get a great Control 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 $165.85. Looking through our data we can see the lowest price for this cpu was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it marked up at $119.99.

At $62.99 the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard muscles its feature rich chipboard into today’s Control PC build. This motherboard was priced at $53.99, which we saw on 25th Jun 2020. While monitoring prices this is the lowest we have seen it at.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Control At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Control requirements, with a view to running reliable FPS at Ultra settings leads us to Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz. Today it is one of the best priced RAM options at $48.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. We looked through our records and saw that the RAM prices on 30th Oct 2020, represented a low price point $47.99. Which gives us an indication of how things sit today with the RAM price

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Control

With our key performance components in place we are expecting to see this setup running Control at around 54 average frames per second, on 1080p screen resolution. This should be achieved on ultra graphics settings. If you turn a few graphics options down we expect around 76 FPS at high graphics.

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PC Build Research Area

Control
GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB

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We expect Control would also run in higher screen resolutions but this would be 34 FPS average, at 1440p Ultra. We would see an improvement of frame rates if we tweaked the 1440p graphics options to be around the High preset graphics option, which would then return 48 FPS.

How this build performs for other popular games

To ensure we are making a good choice with this Control PC build we can check to see if it performs consistently across a variety of games. Some of the most popular games today include Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Grand Theft Auto VI so let’s see how this build handles them at 1080p. Starting with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War we can expect to be seeing an Ultra FPS of 71 and at High settings an FPS of 99 frames. In comparison Microsoft Flight Simulator is likely to see an Ultra FPS of around 19, improving to 26 FPS on High settings. Lastly Grand Theft Auto VI will see an Ultra FPS of around 44 which improves to a 62 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Control Graphics Card Option for 1080p

While we have suggested a Nvidia graphics card for this build you can also consider putting in a AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which is similar, with a 7% better performance difference, but provides another reasonable alternative graphics option. It is currently priced at $564.99.