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Dark Souls 3 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 27th Oct 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Dark Souls 3 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 Dark Souls 3. Of course our sights are set on returning a good level expereince with max graphics running, along with a 1080p monitor resolution. These prices are are checked multiple times each day and we update the build if other hardware is better value for money, while still meeting our gaming hardware standards.

This title falls in the Action, RPG 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 2016 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 Dark Souls 3 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$142.87
Graphics Card
$189.99
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
$59.96
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$13.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$30.99
Dark Souls 3 PC Build Total Price $1,165.15
Rig
8.4
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $2.02, was previously $1,163.13.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Dark Souls 3 PC Build

Getting the right graphics card is a good way to start any game PC build. So lets take a look for the best price to performance gpu hardware available right now, that isnt overpowered for this game but will still run Dark Souls 3 at 1080p ultra settings. Today’s prices for graphics cards lead us to the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB as the smartest GPU option for this computer and one that will deliver some good frame rates at this gaming resolution at ultra. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $170 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Jan 2020, which had it priced at $173.91. Todays price of $189.99 is certainly a good price for this hardware, considering the performance returns are a good match for this game.

Selecting The Right Dark Souls 3 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 $142.87. A good reference point is, a low price for this processor was spotted on 16th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $119.99.

And with the motherboard costing $49.46 this really helps pull the PC we are building together. Our motherboard price records put this mobo’s price on 28th Dec 2019 at $32.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Dark Souls 3 At The Right Price

The Dark Souls 3 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. Our RAM recorded prices put this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz price at $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Dark Souls 3

Now on to the frame rates for our Dark Souls 3 running on Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 85 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 61 FPS.

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PC Build Research Area

Dark Souls 3
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Upping the screen size to 1440p for Dark Souls 3 using this build would return 65 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 47 when turning up to Ultra graphics.

How this build performs for other popular games

While we have put a great PC build together for Dark Souls 3 it’s important to understand how it handles some of the more popular games of today at 1080p. With this PC build we can expect that the popular game Watch Dogs Legion will get 55FPS on Ultra settings raising to 77FPS on High. On the other hand we see that Assassins Creed: Valhalla returns 39FPS on Ultra and 58FPS when lowered to High. Lastly Grand Theft Auto VI may see 30 FPS running at Ultra, and 41 on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Dark Souls 3 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is interested in going with a AMD card, like the one we have opted for in this build. So you could try going for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix OC 6GB instead, which comes with a 2% better performance adjustment when compared to Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB, and is certainly a solid video card choice for our build. We selected it while also considering its current price point, it is costing $209.99 at the moment.