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Return to one of the most thrilling and unforgettable video game series of all time in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Set in the early ‘80s at the height of the Cold War, this is the direct sequel to Call of Duty®: Black Ops, the original phenomenon that started it all.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 19th Apr 2021

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War then that is exactly what we will be doing in this review. Our challenge is in choosing the right priced PC items to get together an optimum build, which can meet the needs of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. We are going to choose these parts with the aim of keeping a high FPS rate with max graphics running, delivered via a 1080p screen 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.

Today we find Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 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 Action, Shooter 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 2020 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 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$155.73
Graphics Card
$219.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
$52.99
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
$56.99
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Razer Ornata Chroma
$68.25
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$49.23
Headset
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
$69.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC Build Total Price $1,302.57
Rig
7.9
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $5.74, was previously $1,296.83.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC Build

When selecting the right graphics card today we are specifically hunting for great price-to-performance gpus that can run Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in ultra 1080p. Right now the best graphics card purchase for this game is the GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB, which will work really well at this screen resolution. It’s currently priced at $219.99, which puts it as one of the cheapest but best performers for this type of game. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB is $219.99 recorded at 31st Jan 2020.

Our ideal build will need to come with either 4GB of VRAM or more than. This is used by the computer to store image data quickly as it passes image information from GPU to CPU. Our selected GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB comes with 6GB of VRAM which should cover image transfer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1080p Motherboard and CPU

The backbone of a pc build is the motherboard. Todays best price mobo, that gives us the LGA 1151 socket type is the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151. From here we can then put in to this game’s bespoke PC build the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz processor, which works very well in achieving the desired performance levels at a good price point. Todays price for this computer processor is $155.73. Giving us a bit more of an insight we saw this processor being sold for a low price of $119.99, which was on 16th Mar 2020.

At $49.46 the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard muscles its feature rich chipboard into today’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC build. We have checked the mobo prices and found that on 28th Dec 2019, this motherboard was priced at a low of $32.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War At The Right Price

Our Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War built PC needs some solid performing RAM to enable us to meet the game’s system requirement expectations and achieve the desired FPS at ultra 1080p. The Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz is capable of meeting those needs, while complementing the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz and GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB of our build and priced at a reasonable $52.99. We looked through our records and saw that the RAM prices on 7th Aug 2020, represented a low price point $50. Which gives us an indication of how things sit today with the RAM price

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

With this current build we expect to see a return of 61 frames per second at ultra 1080p resolution in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Adjust some of the graphics options and you could boost this up to 85 FPS for High graphics settings.

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Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Having the option of larger screen resolutions in the future is a handy thing to consider. This gaming PC setup, running Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War at 1440p would be pulling in about 65 FPS at High. We would expect that to drop again to 47 if you were playing it at 1440p Ultra.

How this build performs for other popular games

Ensuring our PC build for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War runs some of the more popular games of today competently at 1080p is also something worth considering. Looking at Outriders we see this pc build is likely to get 40FPS on Ultra and 55FPS on High graphics settings. In contrast we can expect Total War: Rome Remastered to return 200+FPS on Ultra and 200+FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Far Cry 6, which is 27 FPS running at Ultra, and 37 on High graphics settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

With the increased demands this game’s genre, Action, Shooter, puts on our mouse selection we have chosen a higher performing mouse for this setup, while still ensuring it is the best value mouse today for this Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC build.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

With a game like this, when considering audio options its best to pay a little more and enjoy the sort of sounds a game like this will deliver. The higher quality gaming headset we had in mind is the well priced Tritton ARK Elite 7.1, because it will cater to the Action, Shooter genre type that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War sits in. While the best priced headset we can see in this category today, there are a few other differently priced options you can take a look at in our curated gaming headset list above. Just press the button above in the PC Build list, next to any of the components

An Alternative Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are looking for a graphics card from AMD instead of the one we have selected in this build then you could try Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB, which has a 4% 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 $164.99.