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Ark: Survival Evolved is a survival-type game coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Stranded on an island, naked and without the tools to survive, you must use your skill and cunning to carve out an existence on an island overflowing with dinosaurs and primeval beasts. In Ark: Survival Evolved you will have to hunt, craft items, build shelters, grow crops and even tame and ride dinosaurs.
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ARK: Survival Evolved 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 22nd Jan 2021

If you are looking to buy a new PC that can play ARK: Survival Evolved then below you will find we explore exactly that. We are putting together a gaming PC build for ARK: Survival Evolved from a carefully selected set of our favourite hardware components that are priced best today. Our mission is a top end gaming solution for this game with ultra settings selected, returning the visuals upon a 1080p monitor screen. These prices are are checked multiple times each day and we update the build if other hardware is better value for money, while still meeting our gaming hardware standards.

We will be looking across a range of things to help evaluate this best gamer build. We will be looking across the range of best value for money components based on today’s prices. Something that can influence our peripheral selection is that the game is found in the Sandbox, Action, Online genres, and this can sometimes sway some of the requirements of hardware we choose. Something else to consider is that ARK: Survival Evolved would have been built on PC hardware from 2017 and shortly before this period. All interesting points for sure, but what we are really after is that we want to select components that best fit this game type but will also be today’s best value for money hardware of good enough quality to meet the game’s needs.

Best 1080p Price to Performance ARK: Survival Evolved PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$144.99
Graphics Card
$175.45
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
Corsair K63
$65.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$39.99
Headset
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
$69.99
ARK: Survival Evolved PC Build Total Price $1,212.79
Rig
4.1
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $6.00, was previously $1,206.79.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p ARK: Survival Evolved PC Build

Obviously one of the most important components for this build is the graphics card. We can take a look at the best price to performance hardware right now to help deliver a system that can run ARK: Survival Evolved at 1080p ultra settings. Looking through today’s graphics card prices we can see that the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB is today’s best GPU option for this computer and it will work great at this screen resolution. Its price right now is $175.45, and running our hardware tests against that price shows this to be the cheapest but best performer for ARK: Survival Evolved. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB is $123.99 recorded at 5th Feb 2020.

Selecting The Right ARK: Survival Evolved 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 ARK: Survival Evolved and balances nicely with the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB, 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 $144.99. You can get this processor for $119.99, which we saw it at that price on 16th Mar 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

Having the competitive price tag of $49.46, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard’s strong price point today helps it stay in this ARK: Survival Evolved PC build. The cheapest motherboard price for the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 was recorded as $32.99, which was on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For ARK: Survival Evolved At The Right Price

This is part of the gamers 3 core hardware components. Our ARK: Survival Evolved built PC will need a correct amount of RAM while being found for the best price today. We have found the Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz to be well priced at $32.99 and will complement the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB and Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz selections of our build, helping us to achieve the desired FPS at 1080p ultra settings. This RAM was recorded at the lowest price of $32.99, and this was on 2nd Feb 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on ARK: Survival Evolved

Running a PC build with these hardware components for ARK: Survival Evolved we expect to see about a 80 FPS average, with a few low frame rates in some of the more intense scenes. You could up the quality of game graphics to Ultra, which will see the FPS drop to 57 at 1080p.

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PC Build Research Area

ARK: Survival Evolved
Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB

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Bumping up the in game screen resolution to 1440p our expected FPS would be 43 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or around 61 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

Ensuring our PC build for ARK: Survival Evolved runs some of the more popular games of today competently at 1080p is also something worth considering. Looking at Assassins Creed: Valhalla we see this pc build is likely to get 26FPS on Ultra and 36FPS on High graphics settings. In contrast we can expect Hitman 3 to return 26FPS on Ultra and 36FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which is 50 FPS running at Ultra, and 70 on High graphics settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For ARK: Survival Evolved

We have opted for the Cooler Master MM710 because we feel it is a higher performance gaming mouse that will meet the needs of this title. When looking at a mouse for a game that sits in the Sandbox, Action, Online game grouping we often consider paying a little bit more to get a better suited peripheral for the task. We have still chosen the best priced mouse we could find today that meets this need.

ARK: Survival Evolved Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

The ARK: Survival Evolved is a Sandbox, Action, Online genre game and so keeping that in mind we have chosen to improve the quality of headset that we are looking at adding to this build. In light of that the clear sounds quality and improved experience offered by the Tritton ARK Elite 7.1 got our attention and today it is the best priced in its category as well. There are other options, some cheaper, that you can see by clicking our Headset selection list button above, in the build table.

An Alternative ARK: Survival Evolved Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is a fan of team AMD, so if you are after a GPU from the other side then perhaps take a look at our suggested Nvidia card, the GeForce GTX 2050 Ti 4GB. It is placed at 8% worse performance difference and certainly capable of delivering up ARK: Survival Evolved frames on a par with our primary GPU selection. We have also selected it based on its price today, which finds it at $139.99.