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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 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 26th Oct 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Crusader Kings III then that is exactly what we will be doing in this review. Our challenge is in choosing the right priced PC items to get together an optimum build, which can meet the needs of Crusader Kings 3. With the mission objective being a high gaming standard at top end graphics settings, getting its visuals from a 1440p resolution monitor screen. As new gaming components are released for PC we will continue to review prices here each day and consider swapping in and out better components.

If we are building a PC for a specific game then various game characteristics can be considered to help us put together the right computer. When considering Crusader Kings III we can see that it is in the Sandbox, Management, Turn-based genre categories. This can influence some of the peripheral selections we make, as we will be wanting to make sure that the components we choose are complementary to the games needs. Something often overlooked is that we know the game itself would be developed during and shortly before 2020. Therefore we can speculate that it would have been built by the developers with hardware that has similar performance capability from that period as well. This title is currently not featuring on our list of most demanding games. With those thoughts helping us select specific hardware to match this title we will now select the best priced hardware today to meet these requirements from our curated gaming hardware lists.

Best 1440p Price to Performance Crusader Kings III PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$143.50
Graphics Card
$279.99
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
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.36
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
$47.23
Crusader Kings III PC Build Total Price $1,236.42
Rig
9.4
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $23.29, was previously $1,213.13.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Crusader Kings III PC Build

Our key objective when putting together our next gaming PC is always going to be finding a great price point for the most performance we can. Today’s build we start by looking for the right graphics card, at the right price, that can run Crusader Kings 3 at 1440p ultra graphics. Looking through todays available cards and comparing their hardware performance has lead us to cherry pick the Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB today for this game. It is capable of returning strong frame rates at our desired ultra 1440p. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 25th Oct 2020 where we saw it for $274.99. Todays price is $279.99 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. Over the last few weeks we have noticed it increase its price by $5, proving that additional savings can be found you will just need to shop around.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 4GB 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 Crusader Kings III 1440p Motherboard and CPU

The motherboard we are going for is the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151. 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 5600 XT 6GB. 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 $143.5. Looking through our data we can see the lowest price for this cpu was on 16th Mar 2020, which had it marked up at $119.99.

Having the competitive price tag of $49.46, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard’s strong price point today helps it stay in this Crusader Kings III PC build. 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 Crusader Kings III At The Right Price

System Memory is a significant part of any gaming computer. The build today finds the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz to be the best price to performance RAM solution for our Crusader Kings III PC. At last reckoning we priced it up at $32.99, which is a cheap price for this amount of RAM. There are of course other options and configurations of system memory you might like to consider in your build. A low price point for this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz was spotted on 29th Nov 2019, where we saw it at $30.35.

PC Performance Review at 1440p 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 1440p 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 5600 XT 6GB

Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1440p build was to run Crusader Kings 3 at 4k Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 53 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 38.

How this build performs for other popular games

When buying a gaming PC for a specific game we still expect it to run other popular games. So as a benchmark lets see how well todays best priced PC build can deal with these 3 games at 1440p. Watch Dogs Legion should get 54 FPS at Ultra settings and this goes up to 75 frames at High settings. Microsoft Flight Simulator can get an Ultra FPS of 48 FPS and increases to 67 FPS for High. Marvel's Avengers is expected to be around 55 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 76 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Crusader Kings III Graphics Card Option for 1440p

Not everyone is a fan of team AMD, so if you are after a GPU from the other side then perhaps take a look at our suggested Nvidia card, the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. It is placed at 8% worse performance difference and certainly capable of delivering up Crusader Kings III frames on a par with our primary GPU selection. We have also selected it based on its price today, which finds it at $239.99.