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Red Dead Redemption 2 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 12th Aug 2021

If you are wanting to buy a gaming computer to run Red Dead 2 then this PC build review is aimed at putting together the correct hardware components for the cheapest price today to do just that. We are going to choose these parts with the aim of keeping a high FPS rate at the highest graphics settings, pushing out visuals on 1440p screen size. These hardware items found in our build will continue to have their prices checked and components will be swapped in and out as we feel better hardware for our build is released.

First off, to help us pull together the best hardware for this build, we have to understand a little bit about the type of game we are creating this computer for. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a title which sits in the , Shooter, Sandbox, Adventure genre categories, which may influence our peripheral selection a bit, to help accommodate some of the particular requirements there. This game would have also been built on PC hardware during 2019 and before, which can suggest the sort of specced components a developer might have been using and hoping for their game to run on. Today we find it is 1 on our most demanding games list and 1 in our list of popular games. While this extra info gives a good sense of what we want from our PC, nothing really replaces our value for money assessment based on live prices, when putting together this build.

Best 1440p Price to Performance Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$167.87
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
Logitech G635 7.1
$86.11
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Build Total Price $1,103.62
Rig
8.1
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $353.60, was previously $1,457.22.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Build

Not wanting to pay over the odds for hardware we dont actually need, is a gamers primary objective when building their next PC. But obviously in this specific PC build we want to ensure enough we choose something with enough performance capability to run Red Dead Redemption 2 at 1440p ultra graphics options. We have taken a look at a whole bunch of graphics card prices today and compared them to the hardware’s gaming performance and our choice for this game is the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. We will get into its expected FPS for this game a bit later in the article, but for now we know it will deliver reliable frame rates at ultra 1440p. 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. Over the past couple of weeks this card has seen a price drop of $47.68, which lends us confidence in picking it as a good purchase for this game.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 6GB of VRAM or more. This memory is used by the card to store image data when moving it from the video card to the CPU. Our chosen build’s card has 6GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

Selecting The Right Red Dead Redemption 2 1440p Motherboard and CPU

Getting the motherboard selection right in this build helps us go on to choose a compatible cpu. With a good price today we find the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 with its LGA 1151 socket enables us to select the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz, which is priced right now at $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.Now we have a great pairing in this rig allowing the CPU and GPU to work well together to get a solid Red Dead Redemption 2 experience for the best price point at 1440p.

Today the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 competitively costs $72.99, which provides it a place in our build today. Bottom motherboard prices recorded for this mobo was when we saw it at $59.99, on 4th Apr 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Red Dead Redemption 2 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 1440p 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. 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 1440p Ultra Settings on Red Dead Redemption 2

With this current build we expect to see a return of 48 frames per second at ultra 1440p resolution in Red Dead Redemption 2. Adjust some of the graphics options and you could boost this up to 67 FPS for High graphics settings.

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Increasing the screen resolution for Red Dead 2 would mean this setup would be getting FPS that are 28 FPS average, at 4k Ultra. The FPS would go up to 40 FPS if the graphics settings at this resolution were lowered to High.

How this build performs for other popular games

Lets take a look to see how this Red Dead 2 PC build will run some other popular games today on 1440p. Forza Horizon 5 will get 48 on Ultra and 67 FPS on High graphics settings with the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. Whereas on Star Citizen we see a return of 48 FPS on Ultra and 67 FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Dying Light 2, which is 48 FPS run at Ultra and 67 on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Red Dead Redemption 2

As Red Dead Redemption 2 falls into the , Shooter, Sandbox, Adventure genre group, we have chosen to increase the quality of the mouse we are adding to our PC to help better meet the needs of the game. We have opted for the Cooler Master MM710, where this particular mouse is currently today’s best price but a more high performing gamer mouse than some of the other mice we normally choose in our builds.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

Red Dead Redemption 2 falls within the following game genre grouping, , Shooter, Sandbox, Adventure, and as such places additional demands on the audio output you should be considering to enjoy this game. So the headset selection we have gone for is looking at a selection of better quality headsets. We are still choosing the best value headset available, it will not be the absolute cheapest you can find, because we have selected it from a better quality grouping, to help deliver the ideal build for this game. We have gone for the Logitech G635 7.1 for our initial build, which provides some great sounds at a reasonable price. You will see a button next to the headset name in the PC build list above, where you can see a few other headsets we have picked out, that are good value today.

An Alternative Red Dead Redemption 2 Graphics Card Option for 1440p

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 $899.98.