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Borderlands 3 welcomes back the classic co-op looter shooter series. Featuring bazillions of weapons, Borderlands 3 takes solo players or groups on a scum-hunting trip across the galaxy, exploring four planets for the first time in series history.
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Borderlands 3 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 26th Feb 2020

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Borderlands 3, 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 Borderlands 3 really well, and for the best possible price today? With the mission objective being a high gaming standard on ultra graphics settings, using 1080p monitor resolution. These prices and components will be reviewed daily so we can keep the best PC hardware for Borderlands 3 listed on the page.

We will be looking across a range of things to help evaluate this best gamer build. We will be looking across the range of best value for money components based on today’s prices. Something that can influence our peripheral selection is that the game is found in the Shooter, Action, 1st Person genres, and this can sometimes sway some of the requirements of hardware we choose. Something else to consider is that Borderlands 3 would have been built on PC hardware from 2019 and shortly before this period. All interesting points for sure, but what we are really after is that we want to select components that best fit this game type but will also be today’s best value for money hardware of good enough quality to meet the game’s needs.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Borderlands 3 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$144.95
Graphics Card
$229.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$61.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$54.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 450W 80+ White
$48.99
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.99
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$119.98
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$74.68
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Elite
$32.99
Headset
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
$69.99
Borderlands 3 PC Build Total Price $1,018.52
Rig
9.1
Score
Future 2 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $0.01, was previously $1,018.53.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Borderlands 3 PC Build

Choosing the graphics card needs to be done correctly and as we are putting together a gamer PC build for Borderlands 3 at 1080p ultra graphics we want something with the best price today while returning the best performance for that price. This has led us to the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Phoenix 6GB, which has a good price at the moment, as its currently priced at $229.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $229.99. And with that in mind the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Phoenix 6GB is a great match for Borderlands 3 at 1080p ultra. It will certainly help us get good FPS. we will highlight those FPS in more detail later in this article.

Our PC build has 6GB 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 6GB of VRAM from our PC build. So with the selected GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Phoenix 6GB we have met that graphical requirement.

Selecting The Right Borderlands 3 1080p Motherboard and CPU

The motherboard we are going for is the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4. Its the best priced Socket AM4 socket type motherboard on the market today and will give us the spot to choose a great pairing CPU for the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Phoenix 6GB. Looking over the prices today we can see that the Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz processor is a great choice for this game and is currently costing $144.95. A good reference point is, a low price for this processor was spotted on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $119.99.

And with the motherboard costing $54.99 this really helps pull the PC we are building together. Our motherboard price records put this mobo’s price on 29th Nov 2019 at $54.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Borderlands 3 At The Right Price

The Borderlands 3 PC we are building will want some supporting RAM to help our CPU and GPU selections to deliver the right FPS. We are still focusing on achieving 1080p ultra and so the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz which we have found for $61.99 is among the best price system memory at the moment. To provide a bit of system memory pricing insight, we spotted this Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz being sold for a low price of $49.99 on 9th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Borderlands 3

With our key performance components in place we are expecting to see this setup running Borderlands 3 at around 57 average frames per second, on 1080p screen resolution. This should be achieved on ultra graphics settings. If you turn a few graphics options down we expect around 80 FPS at high graphics.

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PC Build Research Area

Borderlands 3
GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Phoenix 6GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Upping the screen size to 1440p for Borderlands 3 using this build would return 54 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 39 when turning up to Ultra graphics.

How this build performs for other popular games

When buying a gaming PC for a specific game we still expect it to run other popular games. So as a benchmark lets see how well todays best priced PC build can deal with these 3 games at 1080p. Microsoft Flight Simulator should get 48 FPS at Ultra settings and this goes up to 67 frames at High settings. Doom Eternal can get an Ultra FPS of 71 FPS and increases to 99 FPS for High. Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order is expected to be around 89 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 124 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Borderlands 3

We have chosen a great valued but higher performing mouse today with the Razer DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse. We felt a better performance mouse would better suit Borderlands 3 because it falls into the Shooter, Action, 1st Person genre groupings and would benefit from the extra mouse quality the Razer DeathAdder Elite delivers.

Borderlands 3 Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

Now we take a look at the headsets available for our build, and with a game that comes in under this genre we want to increase the quality of the headset we pick to help us better enjoy the games audible immersion. Sifting through the prices and headsets available today brings us on to the Tritton ARK Elite 7.1 gaming headset. A comfortable and well balanced set of cones that are still available for a reasonable price. There are other headset options that we have seen and would recommend, across a variety of price points, so take a look at our list above in the PC build.

An Alternative Borderlands 3 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

The AMD option for this build would be the 7% better performance difference Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB graphics card and certainly a viable choice for Borderlands 3. We considered this alternative graphics solution because it was also the best price point in this performance range. It is priced at $397.81 today.

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