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The next Call of Duty title which is rumored to be a gritty Black Ops reboot set entirely in Vietnam.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Sep 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 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 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. We are going to choose these parts with the aim of keeping a high FPS rate with max graphics running, delivered via a 1080p screen resolution. 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.

Today we find Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is not in our top demanding games list and in our list at 3 of most popular games. It also falls in under the Action, Shooter game genre types, which itself can influence some of our choices of hardware today, to make sure we better meet the hardware needs of the game. This sort of information will help us build a fuller picture and better understand what to select when putting our best build PC together for the game. Interestingly, it might be worth thinking about the performance of the hardware that the game was originally built on, which would have been from 2020 and shortly before. So the devs themselves may have been aiming for hardware with performance capability from this particular period.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
Graphics Card
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
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
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
Cooler Master MM710
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC Build Total Price $1,144.41
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $27.79, was previously $1,172.20.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC Build

When selecting the right graphics card today we are specifically hunting for great price-to-performance gpus that can run Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in ultra 1080p. Right now the best graphics card purchase for this game is the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB, which will work really well at this screen resolution. It’s currently priced at $308.14, which puts it as one of the cheapest but best performers for this type of game. Exploring the price trends for this card shows us it has increased its price by $10.62 over the past two weeks, so perhaps there is still deals that can be found on this card. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 19th Dec 2019 and it was priced at $297.52.

Selecting The Right Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1080p Motherboard and CPU

GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard is today’s best buy mobo, that also provides us with the Socket AM4 cpu socket type. Which is ideal for the best performance to price processor we have seen for our build, the Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz. This processor is currently priced at a competitive $209.99 and really works well with the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB. You can get this processor for $56.98, which we saw it at that price on 7th Jul 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

At $73.65 the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard muscles its feature rich chipboard into today’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC build. A low price point for this motherboard would be $53.99, which we recorded it at on 25th Jun 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War At The Right Price

One of the more significant hardware components in this Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War build is the RAM. We are choosing some complementary and well priced Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz. It is currently priced at $51.99. 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 1080p ultra setting, that we have been focusing on with this PC. We looked through our records and saw that the RAM prices on 9th Jan 2020, represented a low price point $49.99. Which gives us an indication of how things sit today with the RAM price

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Running a PC build with these hardware components for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War we expect to see about a 97 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 70 at 1080p.

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PC Build Research Area

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Upping the screen size to 1440p for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War using this build would return 74 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 53 when turning up to Ultra graphics.

How this build performs for other popular games

Obviously we will want to run other games on our new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC so lets explore some anticipated frame rates of some other popular games today with this hardware at 1080p. Marvel's Avengers should get 79 when run on Ultra and this raises to 110 FPS on High. The popular Mafia: Definitive Edition gets a return of 50 FPS on Ultra and then up to 70 FPS when settings are dropped to High. Then there is Assassins Creed: Valhalla, which is popular at the moment, which is returning 38 FPS run at Ultra and 56 frames on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

We have opted for the Cooler Master MM710 because we feel it is a higher performance gaming mouse that will meet the needs of this title. When looking at a mouse for a game that sits in the Action, Shooter game grouping we often consider paying a little bit more to get a better suited peripheral for the task. We have still chosen the best priced mouse we could find today that meets this need.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War falls within the following game genre grouping, Action, Shooter, and as such places additional demands on the audio output you should be considering to enjoy this game. So the headset selection we have gone for is looking at a selection of better quality headsets. We are still choosing the best value headset available, it will not be the absolute cheapest you can find, because we have selected it from a better quality grouping, to help deliver the ideal build for this game. We have gone for the Tritton ARK Elite 7.1 for our initial build, which provides some great sounds at a reasonable price. You will see a button next to the headset name in the PC build list above, where you can see a few other headsets we have picked out, that are good value today.

An Alternative Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Why not switch out the graphics card in this build and replace it with a similarly powerful card from Nvidia. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Gigabyte Windforce OC 6GB graphics card has a 5% worse performance variation compared to the currently chosen video card. As the best price point for an alternative manufacturer in this range it currently costs $299.99.