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ARK: Scorched Earth contains a new desert landmass to explore with six distinct biomes, new creatures, more than 50 new items to craft and enhanced weather effects like electric storms or sand storms.
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ARK: Scorched Earth 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 3rd Jul 2020

If you are looking to buy a new PC that can play ARK: Scorched Earth then below you will find we explore exactly that. We are putting together a gaming PC build for ARK: Scorched Earth from a carefully selected set of our favourite hardware components that are priced best today. And so our expectations are that this game will confidently run with ultra graphics settings, running 1080p as the native 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.

This title falls in the Sandbox, Online, Action genre category, which itself can influence the type of hardware we might consider for this build. Something we sometimes dont consider is that the game would be developed in 2016 and therefore on hardware from around that period of time. We can also assume that hardware from around that period would be part of the targeted hardware, in terms of performance, by the developers, as they provide graphical options for the hardware capabilities available. It is currently not on our list of most demanding games. Also it is falling outside of our most popular games list at the moment. With this info in hand to help guide our hardware build choices we will now select today’s best priced components that meet these game characteristics.

Best 1080p Price to Performance ARK: Scorched Earth PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$74.29
Graphics Card
$99.88
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
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.99
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$115.14
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Elite
$41.99
Headset
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
$69.99
ARK: Scorched Earth PC Build Total Price $813.66
Rig
2.7
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $4.43, was previously $818.09.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p ARK: Scorched Earth PC Build

We want a punchy GPU for this build and the Radeon RX 550X 4GB is currently priced at a competitive $99.88. . This PC graphics hardware selection is a nice price to performance option when looking to run ARK: Scorched Earth at 1080p ultra graphics. We expect to see some good FPS from this card at these specs. Its price over the past couple of weeks has increased a bit by $99.88, which makes us think additional savings can be made here if you shop around.

Selecting The Right ARK: Scorched Earth 1080p Motherboard and CPU

The motherboard we are going for is the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151. Its the best priced LGA 1151 socket type motherboard on the market today and will give us the spot to choose a great pairing CPU for the Radeon RX 550X 4GB. Looking over the prices today we can see that the Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz processor is a great choice for this game and is currently costing $74.29. Looking through our price records we noticed that this processor was seen on 27th May 2020 priced at $59.

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: Scorched Earth PC build. To offer motherboard pricing insight we spotted this being sold for a low price of $32.99, which was recorded at 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For ARK: Scorched Earth At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet ARK: Scorched Earth 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. To help provide a sense of cost for this RAM, the Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz was priced at $29.49 on 2nd Feb 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on ARK: Scorched Earth

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 63 FPS at Ultra settings for ARK: Scorched Earth, while running on a 1080p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 88 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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PC Build Research Area

ARK: Scorched Earth
Radeon RX 550X 4GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Upping the screen size to 1440p for ARK: Scorched Earth using this build would return 67 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 48 when turning up to Ultra graphics.

How this build performs for other popular games

Lets take a look to see how this ARK: Scorched Earth PC build will run some other popular games today on 1080p. Grand Theft Auto VI will get 0 on Ultra and 0 FPS on High graphics settings with the Radeon RX 550X 4GB. Whereas on Valorant we see a return of 200+ FPS on Ultra and 200+ FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Doom Eternal, which is 16 FPS run at Ultra and 22 on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For ARK: Scorched Earth

With the increased demands this game’s genre, Sandbox, Online, Action, puts on our mouse selection we have chosen a higher performing mouse for this setup, while still ensuring it is the best value mouse today for this ARK: Scorched Earth PC build.

ARK: Scorched Earth Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

The ARK: Scorched Earth is a Sandbox, Online, Action 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: Scorched Earth Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Why not switch out the graphics card in this build and replace it with a similarly powerful card from Nvidia. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Asus Phoenix OC 4GB graphics card has a 40% better performance variation compared to the currently chosen video card. As the best price point for an alternative manufacturer in this range it currently costs $144.99.