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Borderlands 3 System Requirements: Build a PC worthy of the looter shooter

Borderlands 3 is now available to buy on PC, but before you go shoving it in your shopping basket you’ll want to know whether your rig has the specs to run it – enter our Borderlands 3 system requirements guide. 

2K Games has revealed both the minimum and recommended specs for Borderlands 3, with the former running the looter shooter at a decent performance in 1080p and the latter optimised for 1440p.  

And if you do need to upgrade your components or you’re thinking of assembling a rig from scratch, we’ve listed all the best-priced components we think you should plump for:

Related: Hands on: Borderlands 3 Review

Borderlands 3 Minimum Specs

  • OS: Windows 7
  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 / Intel Core i5-3570
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7970 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
  • Hard drive: Minimum 75GB of free space

Judging from the official minimum specs, you don’t need a powerful gaming computer all to run Borderlands 3. The minimum AMD graphics card required was launched as far back as 2011, so virtually every single GPU launched since then should easily be capable of running this title. 

In terms of everything else, you’re system likely already has a powerful enough CPU and RAM, although that 75GB storage demand is pretty hefty, so make sure you’ve got enough space on your system. 

It’s worth noting Borderlands 3 is optimised for AMD Ryzen and Radeon hardware. You can obviously still get a great performance from Nvidia and Intel hardware of course, but going for AMD alternatives may well see you get a slight performance gain. 

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  • OS: Windows 7
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 / Intel Core i7-4770
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 590 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
  • Hard drive: Minimum 75GB of free space

If you’re looking to play in Quad HD, then 2K Games recommends a slightly more powerful setup. That said, there’s once again nothing here too demanding. The RX 590 and GTX 1060 graphics cards are perhaps the biggest jump, which is no surprise, but they’re both still baseline GPUs which shouldn’t cost too much money.

Playing in Quad HD also requires a lot more RAM, 16GB to be precise, but this is nothing unusual for modern video games. It’s recommended that you have at least 16GB RAM in your rig if you fancy playing AAA games on the regular. 

And finally, as said before, Borderlands 3 is optimised for AMD hardware but you won’t be missing out on a huge performance difference if you do decide to go for Nvidia or Intel components instead.

Related: Best Gaming CPU 2019

Borderlands 3 – Trusted Reviews Recommended Rig 

If you want to build your own best-value gaming PC to run Apex Legends at an optimal performance, then we’ve listed below our top recommended components below: 

Recommended Borderlands 3 rig
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (£119)
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M (£65)
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 (£79)
SSD Kingston UV500 120GB (£25)
GPU MSI AMD RX 580 ARMOR 8G (£180)
Power Supply Corsair TX650M 80 Plus Gold (£75)
Case BitFenix Nova (£37)
Software Windows 10 (£105)
Total Price £685

Take note that this rig isn’t optimised for a 4K performance though. Sadly 2K Games didn’t provide the recommended specs for Ultra HD gaming. Stay tuned for our review though, which should be published in the coming days. 

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