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In Total War: Three Kingdoms the Han Dynasty has fallen, and the empire has fallen into anarchy. A tyrant warlord, known as Dong Zhuo, currently reigns supreme, yet an alliance of China's great families are planning to form a coalition in order to challenge his rule.
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Total War: Three Kingdoms 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 2nd Dec 2020

What is the best PC to buy for Total War: China? This is where our curated PC build coverage today will find us listing out today’s best priced computer hardware and peripherals to meet the demands that a game like Total War: Three Kingdoms might put on the gaming PC. We are going to choose these parts with the aim of keeping a high FPS rate with max graphics running, delivered via a 1080p screen resolution. 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.

This title falls in the Strategy, Turn-based genre category, which itself can influence the type of hardware we might consider for this build. We know that it was built on the Total War Game Engine platform by the developers. Something we sometimes dont consider is that the game would be developed in 2019 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 Total War: Three Kingdoms PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$259.99
Graphics Card
$308.14
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
$53.16
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
Cooler Master MM710
$39.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Total War: Three Kingdoms PC Build Total Price $1,428.62
Rig
9.8
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $5.47, was previously $1,434.09.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Total War: Three Kingdoms PC Build

When selecting the right graphics card today we are specifically hunting for great price-to-performance gpus that can run Total War: Three Kingdoms in ultra 1080p. Right now the best graphics card purchase for this game is the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB, which will work really well at this screen resolution. It’s currently priced at $308.14, which puts it as one of the cheapest but best performers for this type of game. Over the last few weeks we have noticed it increase its price by $10.62, proving that additional savings can be found you will just need to shop around. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 19th Dec 2019 which had it priced at $297.52.

Selecting The Right Total War: Three Kingdoms 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We are choosing a well rounded and best priced motherboard (the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151), that can provide us with the cpu LGA 1151 socket type. This is so we can select the Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz that has the best price to performance position today, at $259.99. Bottom prices recorded for this CPU was when we saw it at $259.99, which we noticed it on 23rd Nov 2020.This CPU and GPU provide the required Total War: Three Kingdoms experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1080p resolution.

With the feature rich MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 priced competitively at $49.46 it is certainly in todays Total War: Three Kingdoms build for a good reason. To help give some depth to the price points for this motherboard, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 was priced at $32.99 on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Total War: Three Kingdoms At The Right Price

As one of the 3 main system components, when considering a PC built for Total War: Three Kingdoms, the correct RAM selection is obviously important. We are looking for something that is well priced but also capable of meeting the games requirements. The Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz is well priced at $32.99 and fits with the Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz and Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB selections to ensure solid FPS at 1080p ultra settings. 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 1080p Ultra Settings on Total War: Three Kingdoms

So now that our core components are all in place we would expect to see around 50 FPS in Total War: Three Kingdoms at 1080p resolution, on Ultra settings. Make some adjustments to the graphics options and you could boost this up to 70 FPS for High graphics settings.

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PC Build Research Area

Total War: Three Kingdoms
Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB

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 Total War: China we would expect 56 FPS at High and a drop to 40 when run at 1440p Ultra.

How this build performs for other popular games

While we have put a great PC build together for Total War: Three Kingdoms 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 World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will get 52FPS on Ultra settings raising to 72FPS on High. On the other hand we see that Grand Theft Auto VI returns 50FPS on Ultra and 70FPS when lowered to High. Lastly Horizon: Zero Dawn may see 79 FPS running at Ultra, and 110 on High graphics settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Total War: Three Kingdoms

With the increased demands this game’s genre, Strategy, Turn-based, puts on our mouse selection we have chosen a higher performing mouse for this setup, while still ensuring it is the best value mouse today for this Total War: Three Kingdoms PC build.

An Alternative Total War: Three Kingdoms Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Or you could put the GeForce RTX 2060 Gigabyte Windforce OC 6GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative Nvidia PC build. It has a 5% worse performance variation to the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $299.99.