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Need For Speed Heat is the 2019 edition of the NFS franchise. Set in Palm City, Need For Speed Heat offers both night and day racing, police chases, and a gritty story in which players vie for control of the streets.
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Need For Speed Heat 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 23rd Sep 2020

What is the best PC to buy for Need For Speed 2019? 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 Need For Speed Heat might put on the gaming PC. 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 ultra graphics settings, while running on 1080p screen res. 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.

Today we find Need For Speed Heat is not in our top demanding games list and currently not figuring in our more popular games lists of today. It also falls in under the Racing, Action game genre types, which itself can influence some of our choices of hardware today, to make sure we better meet the hardware needs of the game. This sort of information will help us build a fuller picture and better understand what to select when putting our best build PC together for the game. Interestingly, it might be worth thinking about the performance of the hardware that the game was originally built on, which would have been from 2019 and shortly before. So the devs themselves may have been aiming for hardware with performance capability from this particular period. Another consideration is that this game was built on the Frostbite.

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

Component Current Price
CPU
$139.99
Graphics Card
$239.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
$51.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG Side Window mATX
$65.75
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
AITC FZ300 M.2 SSD 512GB
$52.69
HDD
WD 10PURZ Purple Surveillance HDD 1TB
$50.75
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$32.29
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$15.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$49.99
Need For Speed Heat PC Build Total Price $898.84
Rig
8.9
Score
Future 1 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $8.81, was previously $890.03.

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

When putting this sort of PC together we want great value for money but a machine that can deliver solid FPS on Need For Speed Heat at 1080p ultra graphics. We have selected the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB today as a well placed option. The price for this card today is $239.99 which really helped mark it as a good fit.Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $229.99. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $47.68 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.

This build will need to have at least 4.092GB of VRAM onboard the graphics card, to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. Our selected builds graphics card has 6GB, which is plenty for getting suitable gaming at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Need For Speed Heat 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Finding a cpu is largely dependent on the right motherboard. The CPU we are going to choose has the LGA 1151 socket type. So we have found the best priced and well featured mobo in the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151. The Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz processor will then fit in and accompany our GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB selection nicely, with the cpu being at a great price point, costing $139.99. Looking through our data we can see the lowest price for this cpu was on 16th Mar 2020, which had it marked up at $119.99.

Having the competitive price tag of $49.46, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard’s strong price point today helps it stay in this Need For Speed Heat PC build. The cheapest motherboard price for the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 was recorded as $32.99, which was on 28th Dec 2019.

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

As one of the 3 main system components, when considering a PC built for Need For Speed Heat, 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 Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz is well priced at $51.99 and fits with the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz and GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB selections to ensure solid FPS at 1080p ultra settings. Our RAM recorded prices put this Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz price at $50 on 7th Aug 2020.

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

Now on to the frame rates for our Need For Speed Heat running on GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 88 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 63 FPS.

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PC Build Research Area

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

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Having the option of larger screen resolutions in the future is a handy thing to consider. This gaming PC setup, running Need For Speed 2019 at 1440p would be pulling in about 67 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

To buy this Need For Speed 2019 PC we will still want it to do ok when running other popular games. So to give us an idea about our builds performance lets see how it deals these 3 popular games at 1080p. Grand Theft Auto VI will be expecting a Ultra FPS of 44 and a High setting FPS of 62 frames. Horizon: Zero Dawn expects Ultra FPS around 53 which will improve to 74 FPS for High settings. Microsoft Flight Simulator is expected to be around 19 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 26 FPS on High settings.

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

As an alternative to the Nvidia manufactured video card we have gone for in this PC, you could also consider the similarly powerful AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB. It has a 7% better performance difference compared to our selected GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. Obviously we have chosen it as the cheapest price to performance offering in this range. It is currently priced at $579.99.