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Need for Speed Payback is the blockbuster new action driving game from Ghost Games and EA. Taking a narrative-focused approach, Need For Speed Payback tells the story of a crew of racers looking to exact revenge on Fortune Valley's Casinos, run by a corrupt cartel. Need for Speed looks Fast and Furious inspired, with set-pieces, car chases and casino heists.
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Need For Speed Payback 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 26th Nov 2020

I want to buy a best priced gaming PC that can run Need For Speed 2017 on Ultra. This is what we will be looking to explore and maintain in our review page here today. So we are finding the best priced peripherals and hardware for a new PC build that can run Need For Speed Payback In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably at top end graphics settings, pushing out visuals on 1080p screen size. The hardware selection should give us all a good jumping off point when considering what might prove a good build and price for a PC to run Need For Speed Payback. We will update prices here as they change and switch out components as new, better hardware is released.

We will be looking across a range of things to help evaluate this best gamer build. We will be looking across the range of best value for money components based on today’s prices. Something that can influence our peripheral selection is that the game is found in the Racing genres, and this can sometimes sway some of the requirements of hardware we choose. Something else to consider is that Need For Speed Payback would have been built on PC hardware from 2017 and shortly before this period. All interesting points for sure, but what we are really after is that we want to select components that best fit this game type but will also be today’s best value for money hardware of good enough quality to meet the game’s needs.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Need For Speed Payback PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$164.99
Graphics Card
$239.99
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
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
$53.99
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$27.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$10.87
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Need For Speed Payback PC Build Total Price $1,200.21
Rig
8.5
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $9.62, was previously $1,209.83.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Need For Speed Payback PC Build

Our challenge is not overpaying for hardware we dont need, but making sure we get enough performance from our system that we can play Need For Speed Payback at 1080p ultra settings. Reviewing all the prices today our choice for best graphics card for this title points us squarely at the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. It is capable of delivering suitable frame rates at ultra 1080p. And we can see the card has dropped its price by $47.68 during the past two weeks. 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. With a price of $239.99 today its certainly very competitive, considering the performance this gpu can return.

We also want the graphics card to have at least 4.092GB 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 Need For Speed Payback 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To fit with the above graphics card we have chosen a well priced motherboard, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151, that will allow us to slot in a compatible Core i3-9350K 4-Core 4.0GHz processor based around the shared LGA 1151 socket. With the chosen cpu and gpu working together we will get a great Need For Speed Payback experience, that helps achieve steady frames at this resolution. The chosen cpu has itself been selected because it represents a good fit with the game and the price we found it at when comparing today’s cpu market prices, finding it currently priced at $164.99. A good point of reference is that the bottom recorded price we have for the Core i3-9350K 4-Core 4.0GHz is $161.36 on 25th Nov 2020.

The MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard has a cost today of $49.46 that helps find it a place in today’s Need For Speed Payback build. To offer motherboard pricing insight we spotted this being sold for a low price of $32.99, which was recorded at 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Need For Speed Payback At The Right Price

One of the most important hardware parts of this computer is the system memory or RAM. To make sure our resolution target and frame rates are met we have chosen to put in Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. This is currently priced at $32.99 and is well priced compared to the system memory market today. Lowest RAM prices were recorded for this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz when we saw it priced at $30.35, on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Need For Speed Payback

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 63 FPS at Ultra settings for Need For Speed Payback, while running on a 1080p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 88 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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PC Build Research Area

Need For Speed Payback
GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB

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We expect Need For Speed 2017 would also run in higher screen resolutions but this would be 48 FPS average, at 1440p Ultra. We would see an improvement of frame rates if we tweaked the 1440p graphics options to be around the High preset graphics option, which would then return 67 FPS.

How this build performs for other popular games

Lets take a look to see how this Need For Speed 2017 PC build will run some other popular games today on 1080p. Genshin Impact will get 63 on Ultra and 88 FPS on High graphics settings with the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. Whereas on Cyberpunk 2077 we see a return of 63 FPS on Ultra and 88 FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Horizon: Zero Dawn, which is 53 FPS run at Ultra and 74 on High.

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An Alternative Need For Speed Payback Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is interested in going with a Nvidia card, like the one we have opted for in this build. So you could try going for the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB instead, which comes with a 7% better performance adjustment when compared to GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB, and is certainly a solid video card choice for our build. We selected it while also considering its current price point, it is costing $564.99 at the moment.