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NBA 2K21 Optimum PC Build 1440p

NBA 2K21 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 25th Oct 2020

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run NBA 2K21, where it will meet the demands that a game like this will put on a custom PC. Our view is to answer the question, what PC should I buy that can play NBA 2K21 really well, and for the best possible price today? And so our expectations are that this game will confidently run at the highest graphics settings, using 1440p monitor resolution. We visit this page every day to check on the prices and selected components we have added for this PC build. Naturally as new better hardware is found we will be adding and swapping to optimise this list with a view to giving us all a good jumping off point regarding expected build quality and pricing levels for our new NBA 2K21 build.

Before getting this build together we need to consider a few background characteristics about the game we are building this PC for. NBA 2K21 falls into the Sport genre category groupings and would have been finished being developed during 2020 on hardware released around that period of time which may be a factor when we choose the type of hardware as it would need to be comparable in performance to hardware available from around this time. The game is not in our top demanding games lists. While these facts help us put together the best PC for the game we will still be selecting components based on the latest prices for the chosen peripherals and hardware for our build. Choosing today’s best priced items to give us an ideal PC build today for the game.

Best 1440p Price to Performance NBA 2K21 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
Graphics Card
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
Redragon K552
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
HyperX Cloud Stinger
NBA 2K21 PC Build Total Price $1,072.27
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $5.49, was previously $1,066.78.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p NBA 2K21 PC Build

Our challenge is not overpaying for hardware we dont need, but making sure we get enough performance from our system that we can play NBA 2K21 at 1440p ultra settings. Reviewing all the prices today our choice for best graphics card for this title points us squarely at the Radeon RX 580 PowerColor Red Dragon 8GB. It is capable of delivering suitable frame rates at ultra 1440p. Over the past couple of weeks this card has seen a price drop of $7.32, which lends us confidence in picking it as a good purchase for this game. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 580 PowerColor Red Dragon 8GB is $159.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019. With a price of $184.99 today its certainly very competitive, considering the performance this gpu can return.

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 1440p Motherboard and CPU

Getting the motherboard selection right in this build helps us go on to choose a compatible cpu. With a good price today we find the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 with its LGA 1151 socket enables us to select the Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz, which is priced right now at $89.99. Bottom prices recorded for this CPU was when we saw it at $59, which we noticed it on 27th May 2020.Now we have a great pairing in this rig allowing the CPU and GPU to work well together to get a solid NBA 2K21 experience for the best price point at 1440p.

The awesome MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 is highly competitive, priced at $49.46, which provides it a position today in this gamer build. To offer motherboard pricing insight we spotted this being sold for a low price of $32.99, which was recorded at 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For NBA 2K21 At The Right Price

One of the more significant hardware components in this NBA 2K21 build is the RAM. We are choosing some complementary and well priced Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz. It is currently priced at $32.99. While among the best priced system memory for this build it will still provide us with the ability to reach our desired FPS for the 1440p ultra setting, that we have been focusing on with this PC. To provide a bit of system memory pricing insight, we spotted this Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz being sold for a low price of $29.49 on 2nd Feb 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on NBA 2K21

Now on to the frame rates for our NBA 2K21 running on Radeon RX 580 PowerColor Red Dragon 8GB at 1440p. We should see an average of 119 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 85 FPS.

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PC Build Research Area

NBA 2K21
Radeon RX 580 PowerColor Red Dragon 8GB

Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1440p build was to run NBA 2K21 at 4k Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 71 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 50.

How this build performs for other popular games

To get a more general understanding of how our PC build for NBA 2K21 performs we can look in to how it copes with some of the more popular games of today at 1440p. To begin we see that Baldurs Gate 3 is expected to achieve 38FPS on Ultra and 53FPS on High graphics settings. Next up looking at Phasmophobia we would find 48FPS on Ultra raising to 67FPS at High. For our last comparison, Microsoft Flight Simulator, we would likely achieve 36 FPS on Ultra and 50 FPS on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative NBA 2K21 Graphics Card Option for 1440p

If you are looking for a graphics card from Nvidia instead of the one we have selected in this build then you could try GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix OC 6GB, which has a 6% better performance difference, so still similar capabilities. We have chosen it based on its price-performance figure as well, as it is currently priced at $209.99.