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Wasteland 3 takes players on a frozen campaign playable in both single-player and co-operatively. The sequel features revamped RPG combat and vehicles to drive.
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Wasteland 3 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 10th Aug 2020

Our objective here is to enable us to explore what PC we could buy that can play Wasteland 3, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Wasteland 3 and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. And so our expectations are that this game will confidently run at the highest graphics settings, viewed through a 1080p monitor resolution. Prices found here today are checked daily to make sure that the components we aare putting into our Wasteland 3 represent good value for money.

This title falls in the Sandbox, Strategy, 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 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 Wasteland 3 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$164.99
Graphics Card
$164.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$49.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$70.28
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.99
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$119.69
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$44.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$59.90
Wasteland 3 PC Build Total Price $1,009.25
Rig
8.5
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $9.69, was previously $999.56.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Wasteland 3 PC Build

We want a punchy GPU for this build and the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB is currently priced at a competitive $164.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB is $159 recorded at 28th Dec 2019.. This PC graphics hardware selection is a nice price to performance option when looking to run Wasteland 3 at 1080p ultra graphics. We expect to see some good FPS from this card at these specs. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $14.01 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.

Selecting The Right Wasteland 3 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Finding a well priced motherboard, like the one we are putting in our build today really helps tie things together in terms of performance and opens up other hardware options that become available to us later in the selection. The MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard is at a great price point and lets us select our desired LGA 1151 cpu. As the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB wants a suitable good pairing when looking to run Wasteland 3 well at this resolution. The Core i3-9350KF 4-Core 4.0GHz is currently priced at a competitive $164.99. You can get this processor for $164.99, which we saw it at that price on 2nd Jul 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

With the feature rich MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 priced competitively at $49.46 it is certainly in todays Wasteland 3 build for a good reason. To provide a motherboard pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 is $32.99 on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Wasteland 3 At The Right Price

Our Wasteland 3 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 1080p. The Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz is capable of meeting those needs, while complementing the Core i3-9350KF 4-Core 4.0GHz and Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB of our build and priced at a reasonable $49.99. A price point for this RAM was down to $49.99 on 9th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Wasteland 3

Running a PC build with these hardware components for Wasteland 3 we expect to see about a 89 FPS average, with a few low frame rates in some of the more intense scenes. You could up the quality of game graphics to Ultra, which will see the FPS drop to 64 at 1080p.

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Wasteland 3
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Having the option of larger screen resolutions in the future is a handy thing to consider. This gaming PC setup, running Wasteland 3 at 1440p would be pulling in about 68 FPS at High. We would expect that to drop again to 48 if you were playing it at 1440p Ultra.

How this build performs for other popular games

It’s worth taking into consideration how our Wasteland 3 PC build handles other games. We’ll do this by looking at the current popular titles Cyberpunk 2077, Grounded and Valorant. Starting with Cyberpunk 2077 we can see that at 1080p we are likely to see 34FPS on Ultra and 48FPS on High graphics settings. Alternatively we see Grounded likely to achieve 66FPS on Ultra and 92FPS when reduced to High. Finally with Valorant at Ultra setting we can expect 200+ FPS, raising to 200+ FPS on High graphics settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Wasteland 3

The Sandbox, Strategy, RPG genre means that we would be looking for our build’s mouse selection to be of higher quality than normal, so we have chosen the Cooler Master MM710 as the best mouse option based on today’s prices versus gamer quality.

An Alternative Wasteland 3 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Or you could put the GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix OC 6GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative Nvidia PC build. It has a 5% better performance variation to the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $209.99.