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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Aug 2021

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, 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 Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition really well, and for the best possible price today? Its therefore our desire to consistently keep stable frame rates at top end graphics settings, running 1080p as the native screen size. These prices and components will be reviewed daily so we can keep the best PC hardware for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition listed on the page.

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 Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. 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, Real-time 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 Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition would have been built on PC hardware from around 2020 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 Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$157.50
Graphics Card
$239.99
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
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC Build Total Price $1,044.13
Rig
81
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Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $229.72, was previously $1,273.85.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC Build

We want a punchy GPU for this build and the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB is currently priced at a competitive $239.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $229.99.. This PC graphics hardware selection is a nice price to performance option when looking to run Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition at 1080p ultra graphics. We expect to see some good FPS from this card at these specs. 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.

4GB of VRAM is needed by Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. 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 Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Finding a well priced motherboard, like the one we are putting in our build today really helps tie things together in terms of performance and opens up other hardware options that become available to us later in the selection. The ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 motherboard is at a great price point and lets us select our desired LGA 1151 cpu. As the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB wants a suitable good pairing when looking to run Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition well at this resolution. The Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz is currently priced at a competitive $157.5. The cheapest price we spotted this cpu for is $59, which was on 27th May 2020.

At $72.99 the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 motherboard muscles its feature rich chipboard into today’s Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC build. To provide a motherboard pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 is $59.99 on 4th Apr 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition At The Right Price

As one of the 3 main system components, when considering a PC built for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, 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 Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz is well priced at $42.99 and fits with the Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz and GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB selections to ensure solid FPS at 1080p ultra settings. 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 Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 63 FPS at Ultra settings for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, while running on a 1080p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 88 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Upping the screen size to 1440p for Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition using this build would return 67 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 48 when turning up to Ultra graphics.

How this build performs for other popular games

We should check some other games performance with our Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC. Looking at some other popular games today, to see how the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB and this setup will run on 1080p. Dying Light 2 is expected to return 63 FPS when run on Ultra which increases to around 88 frames per second on High. FIFA 22 would return 63 FPS on Ultra and then go up to 88 FPS at High settings. With Forza Horizon 5 we expect 63 FPS running at Ultra settings and 88 frames on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

The , Strategy, Management, Real-time genre means that we would be looking for our build’s mouse selection to be of higher quality than normal, so we have chosen the Cooler Master MM710 as the best mouse option based on today’s prices versus gamer quality.

An Alternative Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition Graphics Card Option for 1080p

The AMD option for this build would be the 7% better performance difference Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB graphics card and certainly a viable choice for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. We considered this alternative graphics solution because it was also the best price point in this performance range. It is priced at $899.98 today.