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Crusader Kings III is a grand medieval simulator where you are free to live out any plausible ruler fantasy that we could think of - but not without challenge. Crusader Kings 3 is a big step up from CKII in terms of presentation and polish. It uses a vastly more detailed map, 3D character models, and all the depth of CK2 and its nigh-on eight years of expansions. It’s a notoriously complex franchise at this point, although Paradox is also attempting to make it easier for series newcomers while not detracting from the depth for veterans.
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Crusader Kings III 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Sep 2020

If you are asking yourself, I want to buy the best priced PC that can definitely run and meet Crusader Kings III recommended requirements and more then today we will be looking to put together the ideal PC build for Crusader Kings 3. And so our expectations are that this game will confidently run with max graphics running, running 1080p as the native screen size. Every day we run through our carefully chosen gaming hardware and cherry pick today’s lowest priced hardware components to help us achieve this optimum PC build list.

This title falls in the Sandbox, Management, Turn-based genre category, which itself can influence the type of hardware we might consider for this build. Something we sometimes dont consider is that the game would be developed in 2020 and therefore on hardware from around that period of time. We can also assume that hardware from around that period would be part of the targeted hardware, in terms of performance, by the developers, as they provide graphical options for the hardware capabilities available. It is currently not on our list of most demanding games. Also it is falling outside of our most popular games list at the moment. With this info in hand to help guide our hardware build choices we will now select today’s best priced components that meet these game characteristics.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Crusader Kings III PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$146.59
Graphics Card
$164.99
Memory
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$30.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.93
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
$57.99
HDD
WD 10PURZ Purple Surveillance HDD 1TB
$52.78
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
Logitech K270 Wireless inc. Mouse
$34.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$15.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$49.99
Crusader Kings III PC Build Total Price $803.65
Rig
8.4
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $21.66, was previously $825.31.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Crusader Kings III PC Build

When putting this sort of PC together we want great value for money but a machine that can deliver solid FPS on Crusader Kings III at 1080p ultra graphics. We have selected the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB today as a well placed option. The price for this card today is $164.99 which really helped mark it as a good fit.Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Dec 2019 which had it priced at $159. Watching this card over the past 2 weeks we have seen its price drop by $14.01, further supporting our selection in this hardware.

We also want the graphics card to have at least 4GB VRAM onboard. The video card in this build has 8 which will act as a good data buffer between the processor and the graphics hardware.

Selecting The Right Crusader Kings III 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 $146.59. Bottom prices recorded for this CPU was when we saw it at $119.99, which we noticed it on 16th Mar 2020.

The awesome MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 is highly competitive, priced at $49.46, which provides it a position today in this gamer build. The cheapest motherboard price for the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 was recorded as $32.99, which was on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Crusader Kings III 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 Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz is currently priced at $30.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. The cheapest system memory price for Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz was recorded as $30.99, and this was on 27th Aug 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Crusader Kings III

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 64 FPS at Ultra settings for Crusader Kings III, while running on a 1080p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 89 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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PC Build Research Area

Crusader Kings III
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Bumping up the in game screen resolution to 1440p our expected FPS would be 48 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or around 68 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

Ensuring our PC build for Crusader Kings III runs some of the more popular games of today competently at 1080p is also something worth considering. Looking at Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War we see this pc build is likely to get 48FPS on Ultra and 67FPS on High graphics settings. In contrast we can expect Mafia: Definitive Edition to return 28FPS on Ultra and 39FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Horizon: Zero Dawn, which is 55 FPS running at Ultra, and 76 on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Crusader Kings III Graphics Card Option for 1080p

The Nvidia option for this build would be the 5% better performance difference GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix OC 6GB graphics card and certainly a viable choice for Crusader Kings III. We considered this alternative graphics solution because it was also the best price point in this performance range. It is priced at $209.99 today.