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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 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 26th Nov 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Borderlands 3 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 Borderlands 3. Making our build requirement, when speccing this computer, to find the sweetest price point for our hardware list that can deliver the best FPS with the highest ultra graphics, delivered via a 1440p screen resolution. Every day we run through our carefully chosen gaming hardware and cherry pick today’s lowest priced hardware components to help us achieve this optimum PC build list.

This title falls in the Shooter, Action, 1st Person genre category, which itself can influence the type of hardware we might consider for this build. Something we sometimes dont consider is that the game would be developed in 2019 and therefore on hardware from around that period of time. We can also assume that hardware from around that period would be part of the targeted hardware, in terms of performance, by the developers, as they provide graphical options for the hardware capabilities available. It is currently not on our list of most demanding games. Also it is falling outside of our most popular games list at the moment. With this info in hand to help guide our hardware build choices we will now select today’s best priced components that meet these game characteristics.

Best 1440p Price to Performance Borderlands 3 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$200.53
Graphics Card
$435.61
Memory
Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
$49.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$59.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
$53.68
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$29.99
Headset
Logitech G635 7.1
$69.99
Borderlands 3 PC Build Total Price $1,549.71
Rig
9.7
Score
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $11.26, was previously $1,538.45.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Borderlands 3 PC Build

Not wanting to pay over the odds for hardware we dont actually need, is a gamers primary objective when building their next PC. But obviously in this specific PC build we want to ensure enough we choose something with enough performance capability to run Borderlands 3 at 1440p ultra graphics options. We have taken a look at a whole bunch of graphics card prices today and compared them to the hardware’s gaming performance and our choice for this game is the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB. We will get into its expected FPS for this game a bit later in the article, but for now we know it will deliver reliable frame rates at ultra 1440p. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 22nd Dec 2019 where we saw it for $426.41. Todays price is $435.61 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. And we can see the card has dropped its price by $159.23 during the past two weeks.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 6GB of VRAM or more. This memory is used by the card to store image data when moving it from the video card to the CPU. Our chosen build’s card has 8GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

Selecting The Right Borderlands 3 1440p Motherboard and CPU

To accompany the graphics option we have put a compatible motherboard into the build. The GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard in turn enables us to add the Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz processor that has the Socket AM4 socket. This CPU is a great fit for Borderlands 3 and balances nicely with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB, 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 $200.53. Looking through our price records we noticed that this processor was seen on 28th Nov 2019 priced at $119.99.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $59.99 GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 certainly takes a well-deserved place in our 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 Borderlands 3 At The Right Price

Our Borderlands 3 built PC needs some solid performing RAM to enable us to meet the game’s system requirement expectations and achieve the desired FPS at ultra 1440p. The Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz is capable of meeting those needs, while complementing the Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz and GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB of our build and priced at a reasonable $49.99. Our RAM recorded prices put this Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz price at $49.99 on 30th Nov 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on Borderlands 3

A PC build like this can expect to get an average of 86 FPS on High settings in Borderlands 3 at 1440p. There may be some lower frame rates in some parts of the game, but we have chosen the components to get some solid frame rates. Increasing the quality in the game to Ultra, will see us still getting an FPS of 62.

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PC Build Research Area

Borderlands 3
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB

Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1440p build was to run Borderlands 3 at 4k Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 48 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 34.

How this build performs for other popular games

Obviously we will want to run other games on our new Borderlands 3 PC so lets explore some anticipated frame rates of some other popular games today with this hardware at 1440p. Microsoft Flight Simulator should get 27 when run on Ultra and this raises to 38 FPS on High. The popular FIFA 21 gets a return of 181 FPS on Ultra and then up to 200+ FPS when settings are dropped to High. Then there is Grand Theft Auto VI, which is popular at the moment, which is returning 47 FPS run at Ultra and 65 frames on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Borderlands 3

With the increased demands this game’s genre, Shooter, Action, 1st Person, puts on our mouse selection we have chosen a higher performing mouse for this setup, while still ensuring it is the best value mouse today for this Borderlands 3 PC build.

Borderlands 3 Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

With a game like this, (which falls in the Shooter, Action, 1st Person genre group) we wanted to make sure the audio solution we go with was up to the task. A game like Borderlands 3 has encouraged us to increase the quality of the headset we choose as it will return a much better experience overall. Looking through the hardware lists available and reviewing today’s prices we felt that the Logitech G635 7.1 headset is the right way to go, delivering some great audio, clear, reliable, while still being the best priced mid range headset. We have a selection list for headsets above if you would like to consider some other options we have seen at a good price today.

An Alternative Borderlands 3 Graphics Card Option for 1440p

Or you could put the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative AMD PC build. It has a 5% worse performance variation to the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Zotac Gaming AMP Extreme 8GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $389.99.