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Assetto Corsa is an upcoming computer racing simulation being developed by Italian game developer Kunos Simulazioni. It is designed with an emphasis on realistic racing experience with support for extensive customization and modability. It is expected to be released in spring 2013.Assetto Corsa is designed to provide a very realistic driving experience, with single player and multiplayer options, officially licensed cars and tracks developed using Laser scanning technology. The game will allow considerable customization and modification, in order to satisfy the expectations of professional simracers, gamers who prefer to approach the driving experience more progressively, and hobbyists who just like to collect lots of cars and tracks.
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Assetto Corsa 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 5th Dec 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Assetto Corsa 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 Assetto Corsa. We will therefore be aiming to run this game confidently each time with the highest ultra graphics, pushing out visuals on 1080p screen size. Todays prices will be checked every few hours to make sure only the best hardware at the best prices will be displayed for this build.

First off, to help us pull together the best hardware for this build, we have to understand a little bit about the type of game we are creating this computer for. Assetto Corsa is a title which sits in the Sim, Racing genre categories, which may influence our peripheral selection a bit, to help accommodate some of the particular requirements there. This game would have also been built on PC hardware during 2013 and before, which can suggest the sort of specced components a developer might have been using and hoping for their game to run on. Today we find it is not currently in our top most demanding games list and currently not figuring in our more popular games. While this extra info gives a good sense of what we want from our PC, nothing really replaces our value for money assessment based on live prices, when putting together this build.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Assetto Corsa PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$136.17
Graphics Card
$189.99
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$32.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
$53.60
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
$39.99
Assetto Corsa PC Build Total Price $1,126.09
Rig
2.4
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $26.74, was previously $1,152.83.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Assetto Corsa 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 Assetto Corsa at 1080p ultra settings. Reviewing all the prices today our choice for best graphics card for this title points us squarely at the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB. It is capable of delivering suitable frame rates at ultra 1080p. Over the past couple of weeks this card has seen a price drop of $170, which lends us confidence in picking it as a good purchase for this game. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Jan 2020 which had it priced at $173.91. With a price of $189.99 today its certainly very competitive, considering the performance this gpu can return.

Selecting The Right Assetto Corsa 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To fit with the above graphics card we have chosen a well priced motherboard, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151, that will allow us to slot in a compatible Core i3-8100 4-Core 3.6GHz processor based around the shared LGA 1151 socket. With the chosen cpu and gpu working together we will get a great Assetto Corsa 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 $136.17. Looking through our data we can see the lowest price for this cpu was on 13th Dec 2019, which had it marked up at $109.99.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 has a cost today of $49.46. To provide a motherboard pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 is $32.99 on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Assetto Corsa At The Right Price

As one of the 3 main system components, when considering a PC built for Assetto Corsa, the correct RAM selection is obviously important. We are looking for something that is well priced but also capable of meeting the games requirements. The Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz is well priced at $32.99 and fits with the Core i3-8100 4-Core 3.6GHz and Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB selections to ensure solid FPS at 1080p ultra settings. To help provide a sense of cost for this RAM, the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz was priced at $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Assetto Corsa

We reckon these hardware components in our PC build will get 85 FPS at high settings in game and you could improve the graphics up to Ultra and see a FPS of 61 at 1080p.

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PC Build Research Area

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Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB

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We expect Assetto Corsa would also run in higher screen resolutions but this would be 47 FPS average, at 1440p Ultra. We would see an improvement of frame rates if we tweaked the 1440p graphics options to be around the High preset graphics option, which would then return 65 FPS.

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. Assassins Creed: Valhalla should get 18 FPS at Ultra settings and this goes up to 26 frames at High settings. Genshin Impact can get an Ultra FPS of 52 FPS and increases to 73 FPS for High. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is expected to be around 60 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 83 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Assetto Corsa 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 GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB graphics card has a 2% better performance variation compared to the currently chosen video card. As the best price point for an alternative manufacturer in this range it currently costs $219.99.