Best PC Build To Play Cyberpunk 2077 With Ray Tracing At $1250 USD - PC SEEKERS

Best PC Build To Play Cyberpunk 2077 With Ray Tracing At $1250 USD

In this article we are going to list the PC parts for a bang for the buck PC Build that can play Cyberpunk 2077 like a breeze at 1440p / 2K resolution High settings with Ray Tracing and Ultra Settings when Ray Tracing is turned off. This PC should also be able to play the game at 2160p / 4K but you might have to play at Mid to High Visual settings instead of Ultra depending on if you have Ray Tracing turned on. We will list the PC parts with the Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements in mind and will provide suggestions based on whether you want to play with or without Ray Tracing enabled and based on if you want your PC build to be all latest generation hardware or not.
For the CPU Cyberpunk 2077 recommends a 4 core 4 thread AMD Ryzen 3 3200G for 1440p High settings. But since we are going for a capable PC that can handle the game with and without ray tracing, then the universal choice would be to go with a AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (5600X - assuming you can find one in stock - if you want  a bang for the buck PC with latest gen hardware).
As you can see from the above chart, as bench marked Hardware Unboxed, in a 11 game average analysis the Ryzen 5 3600 is still the bang for the CPU coming to CPUs with 6 and more cores. But if you are going for a PC build with the latest gen hardware then the Ryzen 5 5600X is not that far behind in terms of cost per frame. But finding either of the CPU in stock seems to be a bit difficult and if I were somebody who wants to build a PC and play the game on launch day then I would look towards either the Ryzen 5 3600X or the Intel Core i5 10600K - though both of them do not have as good a cost per frame value they are still capable and good enough CPUs to handle most games at high FPS.

As always for cooling your CPU we recommend the trusted Cooler Master Hyper 212 black edition which helps in keeping your Ryzen CPU cool by at least about 10℃ cooler while also being quite when compared to the in-box wraith stealth cooler. I mean you can use the in-box cooler but for much cooler and quieter operation a cheap aftermarket cooler like the Hyper 212 goes a long way. There is also an RGB edition of this cooler if you are into that kind of stuff.
The B550-A Pro from MSI is one of the best bang for the buck motherboards coming to the motherboards that fall in the $140-$160 USD price bracket. As tested by hardware unboxed here, when a Ryzen 9 3950X was used on the board and overclocked to 4.3GHz all core at 1.375V consuming 200W power the B550-A Pro VRM (10+2+1 configuration) peaks to just 76℃ when in a room with controlled 21℃ ambient temperature. Which means this board is capable enough for a $700-$800 16 core CPU upgrade later down the line. It has 2x m.2 slots one of which supports NVMe Gen 4 SSD. It also has 7 USB Type-A ports, 1 USB Type-C port on the rear I/O and 1 more USB Type-C internal header for the front panel of the case. But if you are more into aesthetics, for $10 more you can get the B550 Gaming Plus which is the exact same board as the B550-A Pro but has a larger extended heat sink which results in about a 5 degree drop in VRM temperature compared to the A-pro.
This 3600MHz Ballistix RAM kit from Crucial is bang for the back among the 3600MHz CAS Latency 16 RAM kits that I could find on the market. If your CPU can do a 2000MHz FCLK as indicated by AMD, which should get easier with a BIOS update that will be released some time in the future (also said by AMD), you can overclock this RAM kit to 4000MHz to run the memory 1:1 with the infinity fabric. Or you can tighten the timings even more to gain a bit more performance out of your PC, either way with this RAM kit its a win-win.

As one can notice from the specification requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 game, this is an NVIDIA optimized title which means the game runs better on NVIDIA GPUs compared to AMD's counterparts in the same price budget, so we are recommending the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti which should cost about $399 USD at retail for the founders edition or add 20 more bucks for a good AIB model. Also Cyberpunk 2077 supports DLSS 2.0 which, hopefully, means you can play the game with Ray Tracing turned on any mid range graphics card at a playable frame rate using DLSS 2.0.

We understand you may want to play the game on launch day but taking this recommendation, do not buy from and pay scalpers anything more the MSRP on the card. Recommending any last gen GPU is a bit weird now, considering that the RTX 3060 Ti itself is about 40% faster than the RTX 2060 Super and 20% faster than the RX 5700 XT from last year, all 3 of them costing the same $400 USD for the base model.
The A2000 M.2 NVMe SSD from Kingston is one bang for the buck SSD in its price class that has 1GB of DRAM, has TLC NAND flash and still costs $0.108 per GB. This drive has sequential write speeds up to 2000 MB/s and read speeds upto 2200 MB/s. Though it is to be noted that this is a PCIe Gen 3 drive where as our motherboard can support even Gen 4 drives in its primary slot, so if you the money to spend on storage you can always go for something like a Corsair MP600 for those Gen4 speeds. Also storage is easy to upgrade so you can always add more NVMe drives, SATA drives or Hard disks depending on your requirements later down the line.

This 750W 80+ Gold rated power supply from Antec is one of the few Power supplies that are featured on the Tier-A Recommendation list on the PSU Tier List on LinusTechTips Forum. The recommended PSU for an RTX 3060 Ti graphics card is a 650W SKU, so we are going for a 750W PSU keeping in mind that you might in the future want to drop in an RTX 3080 or an RX 6800 XT Graphics card and with this PSU you can do so without having to buy a new one (PSU I mean).
For the case we are going with the Lian Li LANCOOL 215 that has a mesh front which is made use of by 2x 200mm front intake fans. The case also comes with 1x 120mm rear exhaust fan. It has USB Type-A 3.0 ports. This case was chosen as the Best Over-All in GamersNexus' Awards: Best & Worst PC Cases of 2020, taking the crown from the Phanteks P400A Digital which won it twice - last year and mid-year this year (2020). If you want to buy one now, you can get one for $90 here.


 PC Component



AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Ryzen 5 3600


Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black


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MSI B550-A Pro


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Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB 3600MHz


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 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti


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Kingston A2000 M.2 NVMe SSD


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Antec EA750G Pro 750W 80+ Gold


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 Lian Li LANCOOL 215


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                                                              Total Price:   $1251.75 USD
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