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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.
Need For Speed Heat Optimum PC Build 1440p

Need For Speed Heat 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 18th Oct 2020

If you are wanting to buy a gaming computer to run Need For Speed 2019 then this PC build review is aimed at putting together the correct hardware components for the cheapest price today to do just that. 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 settings selected, returning the visuals upon a 1440p monitor screen. 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 Racing, Action genre category, which itself can influence the type of hardware we might consider for this build. We know that it was built on the Frostbite 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 1440p Price to Performance Need For Speed Heat PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
Graphics Card
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
WD 10PURZ Purple Surveillance HDD 1TB
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
Redragon K552
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
HyperX Cloud Stinger
Need For Speed Heat PC Build Total Price $1,019.32
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This PC build has recently gone up in price by $5.00, was previously $1,014.32.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Need For Speed Heat PC Build

When selecting the right graphics card today we are specifically hunting for great price-to-performance gpus that can run Need For Speed Heat in ultra 1440p. Right now the best graphics card purchase for this game is the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB, which will work really well at this screen resolution. It’s currently priced at $379.99, which puts it as one of the cheapest but best performers for this type of game. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 20th Aug 2020 which had it priced at $379.

We were looking to get a video card with at least 4.092GB of VRAM available onboard it, which acts an image data buffer between our video card and CPU. The Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB has 8GB, which is suitable at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Need For Speed Heat 1440p 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 i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz processor, which works very well in achieving the desired performance levels at a good price point. Todays price for this computer processor is $139.99. You can get this processor for $119.99, which we saw it at that price on 16th Mar 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

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

Our Need For Speed Heat 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 1440p. The Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz is capable of meeting those needs, while complementing the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz and Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB of our build and priced at a reasonable $49.99. To help provide a sense of cost for this RAM, the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz was priced at $49.99 on 9th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on Need For Speed Heat

We reckon these hardware components in our PC build will get 91 FPS at high settings in game and you could improve the graphics up to Ultra and see a FPS of 65 at 1440p.

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PC Build Research Area

Need For Speed Heat
Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB

Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

At some point you might want to increase your screen size from 1440p to 4k. Need For Speed 2019 running with this hardware on the larger screen resolution would return 39 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or possibly up to an average of 54 FPS on High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

It’s worth taking into consideration how our Need For Speed Heat PC build handles other games. We’ll do this by looking at the current popular titles Grand Theft Auto VI, Phasmophobia and Genshin Impact. Starting with Grand Theft Auto VI we can see that at 1440p we are likely to see 42FPS on Ultra and 58FPS on High graphics settings. Alternatively we see Phasmophobia likely to achieve 76FPS on Ultra and 106FPS when reduced to High. Finally with Genshin Impact at Ultra setting we can expect 61 FPS, raising to 85 FPS on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Need For Speed Heat Graphics Card Option for 1440p

If you are wanting a graphics choice from the other team then our suggestion would be the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB video card, currently priced at $379.99. This option has a performance of 3% worse when compared to the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB and completely capable of offering a good gpu alternative.