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Watch Dogs 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 16th Aug 2021

If you are wanting to buy a gaming computer to run Watch Dogs then this PC build review is aimed at putting together the correct hardware components for the cheapest price today to do just that. In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably with the highest ultra graphics, returning the visuals upon a 1080p monitor screen. We visit this page every day to check on the prices and selected components we have added for this PC build. Naturally as new better hardware is found we will be adding and swapping to optimise this list with a view to giving us all a good jumping off point regarding expected build quality and pricing levels for our new Watch Dogs build.

Let’s consider some of the interesting characteristics about this game, to help us build something that matches the sort of game we are considering to build a PC for. As we know it comes under the , Action, Adventure, Stealth genre style categories, which may well influence some of our peripheral selections, ensuring we consider the specifics for the games requirements. Looking at its development the game was built during 2014 and around that period and the devs themselves probably had hardware comparable to some of the latest hardware of that period. In terms of its relative hardware demanding position, it is considered by us as 1 placed game on our most demanding games of today list at least at the moment, although that list shifts regularly. Obviously these points help give us a better picture of what we may want in the build, but they are only supporting us because when we choose, it is the best priced components that will find their way into this build today.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Watch Dogs PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$167.87
Graphics Card
$175.45
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
Redragon K552
$27.99
Mouse
IBats X8 gray 9 Btns
$12.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$36.99
Watch Dogs PC Build Total Price $927.96
Rig
3.9
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $216.83, was previously $1,144.79.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Watch Dogs PC Build

We want a punchy GPU for this build and the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB is currently priced at a competitive $175.45. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 5th Feb 2020 where we saw it for $123.99.. This PC graphics hardware selection is a nice price to performance option when looking to run Watch Dogs at 1080p ultra graphics. We expect to see some good FPS from this card at these specs.

2GB of VRAM is needed by Watch Dogs. This memory acts as a super fast image storage buffer between GPU and CPU and our selected Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB comes with 4GB of VRAM. This should be a suitable amount for our PC at this gaming resolution.

Selecting The Right Watch Dogs 1080p Motherboard and CPU

The motherboard we are going for is the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151. Its the best priced LGA 1151 socket type motherboard on the market today and will give us the spot to choose a great pairing CPU for the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB. Looking over the prices today we can see that the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz processor is a great choice for this game and is currently costing $167.87. A good point of reference is that the bottom recorded price we have for the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz is $119.99 on 16th Mar 2020.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $72.99 ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 certainly takes a well-deserved place in our build. To help give some depth to the price points for this motherboard, the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 was priced at $59.99 on 4th Apr 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Watch Dogs 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 Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz is currently priced at $42.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. 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 Watch Dogs

This computer setup should be looking at getting 123 FPS on Ultra graphics at the 1080p screen size in Watch Dogs. We expect with a few tweaks to the settings this gaming PC will also get around 172 FPS at High settings, which will give you some frame rate performance to play around with.

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Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

We expect Watch Dogs would also run in higher screen resolutions but this would be 93 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 131 FPS.

How this build performs for other popular games

While we have put a great PC build together for Watch Dogs it’s important to understand how it handles some of the more popular games of today at 1080p. With this PC build we can expect that the popular game Star Citizen will get 123FPS on Ultra settings raising to 172FPS on High. On the other hand we see that Forza Horizon 5 returns 123FPS on Ultra and 172FPS when lowered to High. Lastly Grand Theft Auto VI may see 123 FPS running at Ultra, and 172 on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Watch Dogs Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Why not switch out the graphics card in this build and replace it with a similarly powerful card from Nvidia. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 2050 Ti 4GB graphics card has a 8% worse performance variation compared to the currently chosen video card. As the best price point for an alternative manufacturer in this range it currently costs $139.99.