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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is allegedly the next Tomb Raider game in development. For the first time in over a decade it looks as if Crystal Dynamics won't be developing Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Instead Deus Ex: Mankind Divided developer Eidos Montreal could be heading up development.
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 1st Dec 2020

This is a hand selected custom PC component build that will answer your question of, what PC should I buy next to play Shadow of the Tomb Raider on. One that has the right gaming hardware to enjoy a great Shadow of the Tomb Raider experience. Making our build requirement, when speccing this computer, to find the sweetest price point for our hardware list that can deliver the best FPS with top tier graphics options selected, while running on 1080p screen res. We will keep checking the prices every day, so that our hardware selections on this page are at the best price point and we will swap in and out whenever something else appears better value today.

This title falls in the Action, Adventure, Puzzler genre category, which itself can influence the type of hardware we might consider for this build. We know that it was built on the Dawn Engine platform by the developers. Something we sometimes dont consider is that the game would be developed in 2018 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 Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$190.31
Graphics Card
$239.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$52.99
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
$53.60
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
$13.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Build Total Price $1,255.26
Rig
8.7
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Future 2 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $5.03, was previously $1,250.23.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC Build

We want a punchy GPU for this build and the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB is currently priced at a competitive $239.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB is $229.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.. This PC graphics hardware selection is a nice price to performance option when looking to run Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p ultra graphics. We expect to see some good FPS from this card at these specs. Looking a little deeper at this cards pricing history shows this card has seen a drop in its price by $47.68 over the last two weeks.

We also want the graphics card to have at least 6GB VRAM onboard. The video card in this build has 6 which will act as a good data buffer between the processor and the graphics hardware.

Selecting The Right Shadow of the Tomb Raider 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 i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz processor, which works very well in achieving the desired performance levels at a good price point. Todays price for this computer processor is $190.31. Our cheapest price recorded for the Core i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz was $179.99, which we spotted on 28th Aug 2020.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 has a cost today of $49.46. 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 Shadow of the Tomb Raider At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Shadow of the Tomb Raider requirements, with a view to running reliable FPS at Ultra settings leads us to Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz. Today it is one of the best priced RAM options at $52.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. To provide a bit of system memory pricing insight, we spotted this Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz being sold for a low price of $47.99 on 30th Oct 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Running a PC build with these hardware components for Shadow of the Tomb Raider we expect to see about a 116 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 83 at 1080p.

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PC Build Research Area

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

With the larger screen resolutions always being of interest and something to consider, let’s take a look at how this build could perform. Running a 1440p Shadow of the Tomb Raider we would expect 82 FPS at High and a drop to 58 when run at 1440p Ultra.

How this build performs for other popular games

Ensuring our PC build for Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs some of the more popular games of today competently at 1080p is also something worth considering. Looking at World of Warcraft: Shadowlands we see this pc build is likely to get 43FPS on Ultra and 60FPS on High graphics settings. In contrast we can expect Assassins Creed: Valhalla to return 48FPS on Ultra and 68FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which is 71 FPS running at Ultra, and 99 on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Shadow of the Tomb Raider Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are looking for a graphics card from AMD instead of the one we have selected in this build then you could try Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which has a 7% better performance difference, so still similar capabilities. We have chosen it based on its price-performance figure as well, as it is currently priced at $699.99.