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NBA 2K20 Announced for a september 2019 release. 2K's next offering in the basketball arena is aiming to feature improved "graphics & gameplay, ground breaking game modes, and unparalleled player control and customization."
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NBA 2K20 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 21st Oct 2020

If you are asking yourself, I want to buy the best priced PC that can definitely run and meet NBA 2K20 recommended requirements and more then today we will be looking to put together the ideal PC build for NBA 2K20. We will therefore be aiming to run this game confidently each time with top tier graphics options selected, pushing out visuals on 1080p screen size. Every day we run through our carefully chosen gaming hardware and cherry pick today’s lowest priced hardware components to help us achieve this optimum PC build list.

NBA 2K20 is currently not in our top demanding games list. It is also considered a Sim, Sport 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 NBA 2K20 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$96.29
Graphics Card
$99.99
Memory
HyperX Fury 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
$30.99
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
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.67
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
$15.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$30.99
NBA 2K20 PC Build Total Price $993.28
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This PC build has recently gone up in price by $5.94, was previously $987.34.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p NBA 2K20 PC Build

Choosing the graphics card needs to be done correctly and as we are putting together a gamer PC build for NBA 2K20 at 1080p ultra graphics we want something with the best price today while returning the best performance for that price. This has led us to the Radeon RX 560 2GB, which has a good price at the moment, as its currently priced at $99.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $99.99. And with that in mind the Radeon RX 560 2GB is a great match for NBA 2K20 at 1080p ultra. It will certainly help us get good FPS. we will highlight those FPS in more detail later in this article. Over the last few weeks we have noticed it increase its price by $99.99, proving that additional savings can be found you will just need to shop around.

Our PC build has 2GB of onboard card memory to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. At this resolution the game will need at least 2GB of VRAM from our PC build. So with the selected Radeon RX 560 2GB we have met that graphical requirement.

Selecting The Right NBA 2K20 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Finding a cpu is largely dependent on the right motherboard. The CPU we are going to choose has the LGA 1151 socket type. So we have found the best priced and well featured mobo in the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151. The Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz processor will then fit in and accompany our Radeon RX 560 2GB selection nicely, with the cpu being at a great price point, costing $96.29. Bottom prices recorded for this CPU was when we saw it at $59, which we noticed it on 27th May 2020.

With the feature rich MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 priced competitively at $49.46 it is certainly in todays NBA 2K20 build for a good reason. A low recorded price for this motherboard was spotted on 28th Dec 2019 where it was $32.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For NBA 2K20 At The Right Price

Our PC needs some well placed system memory to support our chosen CPU and GPU selections. As we are looking to achieve the 1080p ultra frame rates the HyperX Fury 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz is currently priced at $30.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. We looked through our records and saw that the RAM prices on 19th Oct 2020, represented a low price point $30.99. Which gives us an indication of how things sit today with the RAM price

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on NBA 2K20

So now that our core components are all in place we would expect to see around 80 FPS in NBA 2K20 at 1080p resolution, on Ultra settings. Make some adjustments to the graphics options and you could boost this up to 112 FPS for High graphics settings.

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PC Build Research Area

NBA 2K20
Radeon RX 560 2GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

At some point you might want to increase your screen size from 1080p to 1440p. NBA 2K20 running with this hardware on the larger screen resolution would return 61 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or possibly up to an average of 85 FPS on High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

When buying a gaming PC for a specific game we still expect it to run other popular games. So as a benchmark lets see how well todays best priced PC build can deal with these 3 games at 1080p. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War should get 24 FPS at Ultra settings and this goes up to 33 frames at High settings. Genshin Impact can get an Ultra FPS of 24 FPS and increases to 33 FPS for High. Watch Dogs Legion is expected to be around 28 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 39 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative NBA 2K20 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are looking for a graphics card from Nvidia instead of the one we have selected in this build then you could try GeForce GTX 2050, which has a 1% worse performance difference, so still similar capabilities. We have chosen it based on its price-performance figure as well, as it is currently priced at $149.99.