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FIFA 21 is the 2020 edition of the most popular football game franchise in the world. FIFA 21 adds the latest player rosters and features the biggest clubs in world football with comprehensive singleplayer and online features.
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FIFA 21 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 26th Oct 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run FIFA 21 then that is exactly what we will be doing in this review. Our challenge is in choosing the right priced PC items to get together an optimum build, which can meet the needs of FIFA 2021. Our mission is a top end gaming solution for this game on the best graphics possible, along with a 1080p monitor resolution. Todays prices will be checked every few hours to make sure only the best hardware at the best prices will be displayed for this build.

When building a PC for a particular type of game we can get a better picture when we consider a few of the game’s specific characteristics. This PC title falls into the following Strategy, Sport, Casual genre grouping categories, which has been considered when selecting out the best priced components for this build, as we want to make sure the game’s specifics are catered for. Interestingly, this game was developed on the Frostbite platform. Another point of note, often overlooked, is that development would have been carried out on PC hardware from 2020 or during the period leading up to this. So the developers would have certainly been considering getting their game running for hardware that was of similar performance to some of the hardware available during that year. Some games are of course more demanding than others, and this one is not featuring on our list of most demanding games. These points help us paint a picture of the type of PC hardware we are going to put into this computer, we will now be choosing from our curated list of gamer hardware, looking for today’s best value for money parts available on the market today.

Best 1080p Price to Performance FIFA 21 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$90.25
Graphics Card
$99.99
Memory
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
$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
$59.96
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
$44.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$30.99
FIFA 21 PC Build Total Price $1,053.53
Rig
3
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $0.26, was previously $1,053.27.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p FIFA 21 PC Build

Not wanting to pay over the odds for hardware we dont actually need, is a gamers primary objective when building their next PC. But obviously in this specific PC build we want to ensure enough we choose something with enough performance capability to run FIFA 21 at 1080p ultra graphics options. We have taken a look at a whole bunch of graphics card prices today and compared them to the hardware’s gaming performance and our choice for this game is the Radeon RX 560 2GB. We will get into its expected FPS for this game a bit later in the article, but for now we know it will deliver reliable frame rates at ultra 1080p. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $99.99. Todays price is $99.99 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. Looking a little deeper at this cards pricing history shows this card has increased its price by $99.99 over the past two weeks.

Our PC build has 2GB of onboard card memory to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. At this resolution the game will need at least 2GB of VRAM from our PC build. So with the selected Radeon RX 560 2GB we have met that graphical requirement.

Selecting The Right FIFA 21 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 i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz processor based around the shared LGA 1151 socket. With the chosen cpu and gpu working together we will get a great FIFA 21 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 $90.25. A good point of reference is that the bottom recorded price we have for the Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz is $59 on 27th May 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 price point for this motherboard would be $32.99, which we recorded it at on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For FIFA 21 At The Right Price

Our PC needs some well placed system memory to support our chosen CPU and GPU selections. As we are looking to achieve the 1080p ultra frame rates the Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz is currently priced at $32.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. A low price point for this Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz was spotted on 2nd Feb 2020, where we saw it at $29.49.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on FIFA 21

This computer setup should be looking at getting 106 FPS on Ultra graphics at the 1080p screen size in FIFA 21. We expect with a few tweaks to the settings this gaming PC will also get around 145 FPS at High settings, which will give you some frame rate performance to play around with.

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PC Build Research Area

FIFA 21
Radeon RX 560 2GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If we are looking for some larger screen resolutions with this computer, then FIFA 2021 would return 81 FPS on 1440p at Ultra graphics setting. This FPS would improve to 111 FPS average at High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

To buy this FIFA 2021 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. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be expecting a Ultra FPS of 24 and a High setting FPS of 33 frames. Phasmophobia expects Ultra FPS around 39 which will improve to 54 FPS for High settings. Assassins Creed: Valhalla is expected to be around 21 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 31 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For FIFA 21

Selecting the right mouse for a game like FIFA 21 has encouraged us to increase the quality of the mouse we would add to our build. As the game sits in the Strategy, Sport, Casual genre list we felt that the Cooler Master MM710 mouse is today’s best priced but higher performing gaming mouse for this particular computer setup.

An Alternative FIFA 21 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are wanting a graphics choice from the other team then our suggestion would be the Nvidia GeForce GTX 2050 video card, currently priced at $149.99. This option has a performance of 1% worse when compared to the Radeon RX 560 2GB and completely capable of offering a good gpu alternative.