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Rise of the Tomb Raider is a direct sequel to the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. Lara Croft is travelling the globe in search of the truth behind further myths, to prove she isn't insane. This third-person action-adventure game takes place amongst harsh deserts and deadly arctic mountains. Lara must improvise weaponry and overcome complex platforming tasks in order to survive.
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Rise of the Tomb Raider 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 11th Jan 2021

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Rise of the Tomb Raider, 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 Rise of the Tomb Raider really well, and for the best possible price today? Its therefore our desire to consistently keep stable frame rates on the best graphics possible, pushing out visuals on 1080p screen size. 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.

Getting our best PC build together today we consider some of the characteristics of this game, which will help us better select the right hardware components for Rise of the Tomb Raider. First and foremost we will be looking at value for money, hunting through our curated list of gaming hardware and then cherry picking the best priced items available today. As this game falls into the Adventure, Puzzler, Action, Strategy genre category, this can certainly influence some of the hardware selection below, especially some of the peripherals we select out, to make sure they might the games key specialities. Something else we can consider is that Rise of the Tomb Raider would have been built on PC hardware from around 2016 or leading up to that period, by the developers. So it is usually fairly safe to consider hardware from that period as suitable.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$147.74
Graphics Card
$219.99
Memory
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
$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
$53.99
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Razer BlackWidow
$69.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$39.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$39.99
Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Build Total Price $1,234.08
Rig
8.2
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $1.00, was previously $1,235.08.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Rise of the Tomb Raider 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 Rise of the Tomb Raider at 1080p 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 GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB. 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 1080p. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB is $219.99 on 31st Jan 2020. Todays price is $219.99 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 4GB 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 6GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

Selecting The Right Rise of the Tomb Raider 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To accompany the graphics option we have put a compatible motherboard into the build. The MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard in turn enables us to add the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz processor that has the LGA 1151 socket. This CPU is a great fit for Rise of the Tomb Raider and balances nicely with the GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB, 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 $147.74. A good point of reference is that the bottom recorded price we have for the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz is $119.99 on 16th Mar 2020.

Today the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 competitively costs $49.46, which provides it a place in our build today. 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 Rise of the Tomb Raider At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Rise of the Tomb Raider requirements, with a view to running reliable FPS at Ultra settings leads us to Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz. Today it is one of the best priced RAM options at $32.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. A price point for this RAM was down to $29.49 on 2nd Feb 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Now on to the frame rates for our Rise of the Tomb Raider running on GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 108 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 77 FPS.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

With the larger screen resolutions always being of interest and something to consider, let’s take a look at how this build could perform. Running a 1440p Rise of the Tomb Raider we would expect 102 FPS at High and a drop to 73 when run at 1440p Ultra.

How this build performs for other popular games

We should check some other games performance with our Rise of the Tomb Raider PC. Looking at some other popular games today, to see how the GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB and this setup will run on 1080p. FIFA 21 is expected to return 150 FPS when run on Ultra which increases to around 200+ frames per second on High. Genshin Impact would return 54 FPS on Ultra and then go up to 76 FPS at High settings. With Far Cry 6 we expect 27 FPS running at Ultra settings and 37 frames on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Rise of the Tomb Raider

In today’s build we have chosen a higher performing mouse to better match the needs of this type of game. The Cooler Master MM710 is the best priced gaming mouse that meets our requirements.

An Alternative Rise of the Tomb Raider Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Why not switch out the graphics card in this build and replace it with a similarly powerful card from AMD. The AMD Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB graphics card has a 4% 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 $164.99.