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Rockstar North are bringing Grand Theft Auto V to the PC and next gen consoles, XBONE and PS4. GTA 5 is set in a fictional Southern Californian region. It is present-day GTA and the largest and most thriving game-world Rockstar have ever developed. The movie like story, incredible voice acting and beautiful world of Los Santos its surrounding landscape are all coming to PC later this year, 2014.
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Grand Theft Auto V 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 5th Dec 2020

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Grand Theft Auto V, 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 GTA 5 really well, and for the best possible price today? Our mission is a top end gaming solution for this game with ultra graphics settings, viewed through a 1080p monitor resolution. The hardware selection should give us all a good jumping off point when considering what might prove a good build and price for a PC to run Grand Theft Auto V. We will update prices here as they change and switch out components as new, better hardware is released.

Before getting this build together we need to consider a few background characteristics about the game we are building this PC for. Grand Theft Auto V falls into the Sim, Sandbox genre category groupings and would have been finished being developed during 2015 on hardware released around that period of time which may be a factor when we choose the type of hardware as it would need to be comparable in performance to hardware available from around this time. The game is not in our top demanding games lists. While these facts help us put together the best PC for the game we will still be selecting components based on the latest prices for the chosen peripherals and hardware for our build. Choosing today’s best priced items to give us an ideal PC build today for the game.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Grand Theft Auto V PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$139.99
Graphics Card
$99.88
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$32.99
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
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
$53.60
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
$13.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Grand Theft Auto V PC Build Total Price $1,039.80
Rig
2.1
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Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $21.37, was previously $1,061.17.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Grand Theft Auto V PC Build

When putting this sort of PC together we want great value for money but a machine that can deliver solid FPS on Grand Theft Auto V at 1080p ultra graphics. We have selected the Radeon RX 550X 4GB today as a well placed option. The price for this card today is $99.88 which really helped mark it as a good fit. Over the last few weeks we have noticed it increase its price by $99.88, proving that additional savings can be found you will just need to shop around.

We also want the graphics card to have at least 2GB VRAM onboard. The video card in this build has 4 which will act as a good data buffer between the processor and the graphics hardware.

Selecting The Right Grand Theft Auto V 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 i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz processor, which works very well in achieving the desired performance levels at a good price point. Todays price for this computer processor is $139.99. A low end price for this CPU would be $59, which we saw it priced at on 27th May 2020.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 has a cost today of $49.46. 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 Grand Theft Auto V At The Right Price

The Grand Theft Auto V PC we are building will want some supporting RAM to help our CPU and GPU selections to deliver the right FPS. We are still focusing on achieving 1080p ultra and so the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz which we have found for $32.99 is among the best price system memory at the moment. A price point for this RAM was down to $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Grand Theft Auto V

Now on to the frame rates for our Grand Theft Auto V running on Radeon RX 550X 4GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 88 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 63 FPS.

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Bumping up the in game screen resolution to 1440p our expected FPS would be 48 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or around 67 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

To get a more general understanding of how our PC build for Grand Theft Auto V performs we can look in to how it copes with some of the more popular games of today at 1080p. To begin we see that FIFA 21 is expected to achieve 91FPS on Ultra and 125FPS on High graphics settings. Next up looking at Microsoft Flight Simulator we would find 3FPS on Ultra raising to 4FPS at High. For our last comparison, Grand Theft Auto VI, we would likely achieve 0 FPS on Ultra and 0 FPS on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Grand Theft Auto V Graphics Card Option for 1080p

As an alternative to the AMD manufactured video card we have gone for in this PC, you could also consider the similarly powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. It has a 118% better performance difference compared to our selected Radeon RX 550X 4GB. Obviously we have chosen it as the cheapest price to performance offering in this range. It is currently priced at $239.99.