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Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition is a remaster of the classic real-time strategy game from Ensemble Studios. Expect enhanced audio and visuals, high resolution support, all released content and enhanced online multiplayer.
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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 28th Oct 2020

This is a hand selected custom PC component build that will answer your question of, what PC should I buy next to play Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition on. One that has the right gaming hardware to enjoy a great Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition experience. We will therefore be aiming to run this game confidently each time at top end graphics settings, returning the visuals upon a 1080p monitor screen. We will keep checking the prices every day, so that our hardware selections on this page are at the best price point and we will swap in and out whenever something else appears better value today.

If we are building a PC for a specific game then various game characteristics can be considered to help us put together the right computer. When considering Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition we can see that it is in the Strategy, Management, Real-time genre categories. This can influence some of the peripheral selections we make, as we will be wanting to make sure that the components we choose are complementary to the games needs. Something often overlooked is that we know the game itself would be developed during and shortly before 2020. Therefore we can speculate that it would have been built by the developers with hardware that has similar performance capability from that period as well. This title is currently not featuring on our list of most demanding games. With those thoughts helping us select specific hardware to match this title we will now select the best priced hardware today to meet these requirements from our curated gaming hardware lists.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$89.89
Graphics Card
$239.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$50.99
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
$59.36
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
$47.23
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC Build Total Price $1,226.81
Rig
6.9
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $1.54, was previously $1,225.27.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC Build

When putting this sort of PC together we want great value for money but a machine that can deliver solid FPS on Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition 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.For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB is $229.99 on 28th Nov 2019. 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 4GB 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 Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To accompany the graphics option we have put a compatible motherboard into the build. The MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard in turn enables us to add the Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz processor that has the LGA 1151 socket. This CPU is a great fit for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition and balances nicely with the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB, to help reach the right frame rates at this resolution. We have of course chosen this CPU today because of its price to performance credentials where it is currently priced at $89.89. Looking through our data we can see the lowest price for this cpu was on 27th May 2020, which had it marked up at $59.

Today the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 competitively costs $49.46, which provides it a place in our build today. Our motherboard price records put this mobo’s price on 28th Dec 2019 at $32.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition 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 Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz is currently priced at $50.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. The cheapest system memory price for Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz was recorded as $49.99, and this was on 9th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

We reckon these hardware components in our PC build will get 88 FPS at high settings in game and you could improve the graphics up to Ultra and see a FPS of 63 at 1080p.

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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1080p build was to run Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition at 1440p Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 67 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 48.

How this build performs for other popular games

We should check some other games performance with our Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition PC. Looking at some other popular games today, to see how the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB and this setup will run on 1080p. Genshin Impact is expected to return 63 FPS when run on Ultra which increases to around 88 frames per second on High. FIFA 21 would return 174 FPS on Ultra and then go up to 200+ FPS at High settings. With Watch Dogs Legion we expect 63 FPS running at Ultra settings and 88 frames on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

We opted for this higher quality gaming mouse, Cooler Master MM710, because it would cater to the Strategy, Management, Real-time genre type that Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition sits in. This is still the best priced mouse we had in our lists today, just a better quality peripheral than we might normally consider.

An Alternative Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition Graphics Card Option for 1080p

While we have suggested a Nvidia graphics card for this build you can also consider putting in a AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which is similar, with a 7% better performance difference, but provides another reasonable alternative graphics option. It is currently priced at $579.99.