$1000 1440p 144Hz Rocket League PC Build (2018)

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Date Published: June 11, 2018

Build Requested By: Paul J

So you wanna build a 1440p 144Hz Custom Rocket League PC for Medium/High/Ultra 144FPS in 2018? The following hardware setup is what I'd personally pick to do exactly that. Rocket League isn't much of a demanding game compared to other titles, but when you want to play in sweet 1440p resolution AND you want to aim for the super-smooth 144FPS mark and above for use with a fancy 144Hz screen (which is what I'd recommend to make the most of Rocket League as it really does make a difference and all official RL pros use high refresh-rate screens), then your hardware requirements are going to be a fair bit higher than the average player who doesn't really care about performance so much.

144Hz 1440p Rocket League Rig
Graphics Card Zotac 1070 Mini 8GB
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Motherboard MSI X470GPLUS (ATX, DDR4, SLI)
RAM Patriot DDR4 8GB (2x4GB) 2666MHz
Hard Drive WD Blue 1TB (7200 RPM)
Power Supply EVGA 650 GQ 650W (80+ Gold, Semi Modular)
Case Corsair Carbide SPEC-02 Mid Tower
TOTAL COST: $1032 *

* Total cost is only an estimate at the time of writing. Hardware prices can change often.

Optional: (if you want to spend a little extra on an SSD)

Crucial BX300 120GB

Recommended 1440p 144Hz Monitor for Rocket League: (value for money pick)

Acer XG270HU 27" 1440p (2560 x 1440)

The above hardware setup of a GTX 1070 video card combined with a mid-tier gaming processor (AMD's latest Ryzen 5 2600) is what you'll be needing to achieve a solid 144FPS+ in Rocket League in 1440p resolution (and on decent, high, or maxed out graphical settings).

If you downgrade the graphics card to a 1060 instead of the 1070 included in the suggested parts-list above, you would still get great performance in 1440p. However, with a 1060 you'll likely get between 100-144FPS etc, and to get a consistently buttery-smooth 144FPS and above in 1440p Rocket League you'll need the added firepower of the 1070.

8GB of RAM is the sweet spot for gaming right now and what I've included in this build because 16GB won't make any noticeable difference for Rocket League or modern gaming in general, but you can always upgrade the 8GB to 16GB later on by buying an extra 8GB as the motherboard has a flexible total of 4 RAM slots (and the 8GB only uses up 2 slots). For higher resolutions than 1080p like 1440p resolution that this build is targeted for, what matters more to performance is your VRAM and not your system RAM, and the GTX 1070 graphics card has a nice 8GB of dedicated VRAM which is a very healthy amount to nicely handle all those extra pixels of 1440p.

To round off this Rocket League PC build for 1440p @ 144Hz/144FPS we have a reliable, good-quality power supply, a standard 1TB hard drive (feel free to throw in an SSD if you have the cash to splash), a very solid MSI motherboard with overclocking potential and great red aesthetics that matches the case, and to speak of the devil we have the Corsair Spec 02 mid-tower case which is a great value for money option for gaming builds.

As for peripherals, the monitor linked above is one of the better value 1440p 144Hz displays out there at the moment, and if you want to play like the pros then you'll want to get a wired PS4 or XBox controller for your PC (the far majority of the top Rocket League pros use wired controllers instead of a keyboard + mouse). Otherwise, if you're just playing for fun, any average mouse and keyboard combo will work fine for Rocket League - it's not like CSGO or Overwatch where your peripheral choices are more serious business. Anyway, good luck on the field.