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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 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 16th Jan 2021

What is the best PC to buy for GTA 5? This is where our curated PC build coverage today will find us listing out today’s best priced computer hardware and peripherals to meet the demands that a game like Grand Theft Auto V might put on the gaming PC. Our mission is a top end gaming solution for this game at the highest graphics settings, pushing out visuals on 1440p screen size. 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.

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 Sim, Sandbox 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 2015 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 not featuring on our list of most demanding games of today 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 1440p Price to Performance Grand Theft Auto V PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$129.40
Graphics Card
$169.99
Memory
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
$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
$53.99
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$34.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$15.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$39.99
Grand Theft Auto V PC Build Total Price $1,106.74
Rig
3.3
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $0.59, was previously $1,107.33.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Grand Theft Auto V PC Build

Choosing the graphics card needs to be done correctly and as we are putting together a gamer PC build for Grand Theft Auto V at 1440p ultra graphics we want something with the best price today while returning the best performance for that price. This has led us to the GeForce GTX 1650 EVGA XC Ultra Black Gaming 4GB, which has a good price at the moment, as its currently priced at $169.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the GeForce GTX 1650 EVGA XC Ultra Black Gaming 4GB is $169.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019. And with that in mind the GeForce GTX 1650 EVGA XC Ultra Black Gaming 4GB is a great match for Grand Theft Auto V at 1440p ultra. It will certainly help us get good FPS. we will highlight those FPS in more detail later in this article. Its price over the past couple of weeks has increased a bit by $169.99, which makes us think additional savings can be made here if you shop around.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 2GB 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 4GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

Selecting The Right Grand Theft Auto V 1440p 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 $129.4. Bottom prices recorded for this CPU was when we saw it at $59, which we noticed it on 27th May 2020.

The MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard has a cost today of $49.46 that helps find it a place in today’s Grand Theft Auto V 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 Grand Theft Auto V At The Right Price

Our Grand Theft Auto V 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 1440p. The Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz is capable of meeting those needs, while complementing the Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz and GeForce GTX 1650 EVGA XC Ultra Black Gaming 4GB of our build and priced at a reasonable $32.99. This RAM was recorded at the lowest price of $32.99, and this was on 2nd Feb 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on Grand Theft Auto V

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 32 FPS at Ultra settings for Grand Theft Auto V, while running on a 1440p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 44 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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PC Build Research Area

Grand Theft Auto V
GeForce GTX 1650 EVGA XC Ultra Black Gaming 4GB

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Bumping up the in game screen resolution to 4k our expected FPS would be 19 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or around 26 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

We should check some other games performance with our Grand Theft Auto V PC. Looking at some other popular games today, to see how the GeForce GTX 1650 EVGA XC Ultra Black Gaming 4GB and this setup will run on 1440p. FIFA 21 is expected to return 84 FPS when run on Ultra which increases to around 116 frames per second on High. Grand Theft Auto VI would return 9 FPS on Ultra and then go up to 12 FPS at High settings. With eFootball PES 2021 we expect 57 FPS running at Ultra settings and 80 frames on High settings.

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An Alternative Grand Theft Auto V Graphics Card Option for 1440p

The AMD option for this build would be the 30% better performance difference Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB graphics card and certainly a viable choice for Grand Theft Auto V. We considered this alternative graphics solution because it was also the best price point in this performance range. It is priced at $164.99 today.