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NBA 2K21 is the latest title in the world-renowned, best-selling NBA 2K series, delivering an industry-leading sports video game experience.
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NBA 2K21 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 26th Oct 2020

If you are looking to buy a new PC that can play NBA 2K21 then below you will find we explore exactly that. We are putting together a gaming PC build for NBA 2K21 from a carefully selected set of our favourite hardware components that are priced best today. With the mission objective being a high gaming standard on ultra graphics settings, while running on 1080p screen res. 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.

NBA 2K21 is currently not in our top demanding games list. It is also considered a Sport genre style game and happened to be built by the devs on hardware from 2020 and in the period leading up to this. This may be worth considering when understanding the performance requirements a PC for this title might be expected to have. It is currently not really figuring in our more popular games lists. All this background info will help us better choose the components today for this game PC build, but our main factor will of course be price to performance for each component and peripheral we choose below.

Best 1080p Price to Performance NBA 2K21 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
0.00
Graphics Card
$308.14
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$50.99
Motherboard
0.00
Case
0.00
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
Redragon K552
$34.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$13.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$30.99
NBA 2K21 PC Build Total Price $1,023.98
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This PC build has recently gone up in price by $2.03, was previously $993.24.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p NBA 2K21 PC Build

Our key objective when putting together our next gaming PC is always going to be finding a great price point for the most performance we can. Today’s build we start by looking for the right graphics card, at the right price, that can run NBA 2K21 at 1080p ultra graphics. Looking through todays available cards and comparing their hardware performance has lead us to cherry pick the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB today for this game. It is capable of returning strong frame rates at our desired ultra 1080p. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 19th Dec 2019 which had it priced at $297.52. Todays price is $308.14 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 $10.62 over the past two weeks.

The game also needs this graphics solution to deliver at least 2 GB VRAM to act as a buffer between the PC build’s video card and the processor.

Selecting The Right NBA 2K21 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To fit with the above graphics card we have chosen a well priced motherboard, the , that will allow us to slot in a compatible processor based around the shared socket. With the chosen cpu and gpu working together we will get a great NBA 2K21 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 $.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $ certainly takes a well-deserved place in our build.

How To Choose The Best RAM For NBA 2K21 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 Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz. This is currently priced at $50.99 and is well priced compared to the system memory market today. 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 1080p Ultra Settings on NBA 2K21

Running a PC build with these hardware components for NBA 2K21 we expect to see about a 200+ FPS average, with a few low frame rates in some of the more intense scenes. You could up the quality of game graphics to Ultra, which will see the FPS drop to 163 at 1080p.

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PC Build Research Area

NBA 2K21
Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If we are looking for some larger screen resolutions with this computer, then NBA 2K21 would return 124 FPS on 1440p at Ultra graphics setting. This FPS would improve to 174 FPS average at High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

While we have put a great PC build together for NBA 2K21 it’s important to understand how it handles some of the more popular games of today at 1080p. With this PC build we can expect that the popular game Baldurs Gate 3 will get 74FPS on Ultra settings raising to 103FPS on High. On the other hand we see that Phasmophobia returns 92FPS on Ultra and 129FPS when lowered to High. Lastly Microsoft Flight Simulator may see 70 FPS running at Ultra, and 97 on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative NBA 2K21 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is interested in going with a AMD card, like the one we have opted for in this build. So you could try going for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB instead, which comes with a 19% worse performance adjustment when compared to Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB, and is certainly a solid video card choice for our build. We selected it while also considering its current price point, it is costing $239.99 at the moment.