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Starfield is an open-world sci-fi RPG rumoured to be in development at Bethesda. Starfield will feature an open world with 5-10 alien races, with it possibly tying into the Fallout universe in some manner. There will be space travel, hub worlds, and randomly generated worlds, with Bethesda shooting for a greater sandbox element.
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Starfield 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 16th Nov 2020

Our objective here is to enable us to explore what PC we could buy that can play Starfield, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Starfield and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. Our mission is a top end gaming solution for this game with max graphics running, viewed through a 1080p monitor resolution. 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 RPG, Sandbox genres, and this can sometimes sway some of the requirements of hardware we choose. Something else to consider is that Starfield would have been built on PC hardware from 2020 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 Starfield PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
Graphics Card
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
HyperX Cloud Stinger
Starfield PC Build Total Price $1,404.73
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $0.20, was previously $1,404.53.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Starfield PC Build

When putting this sort of PC together we want great value for money but a machine that can deliver solid FPS on Starfield at 1080p ultra graphics. We have selected the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB today as a well placed option. The price for this card today is $385.11 which really helped mark it as a good fit.The lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB is $377.49 recorded at 4th Nov 2020. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $114.88 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.

Selecting The Right Starfield 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Finding a cpu is largely dependent on the right motherboard. The CPU we are going to choose has the Socket AM4 socket type. So we have found the best priced and well featured mobo in the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4. The Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz processor will then fit in and accompany our Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB selection nicely, with the cpu being at a great price point, costing $165.89. The cheapest price we spotted this cpu for is $119.99, which was on 28th Nov 2019.

Having the competitive price tag of $54.99, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard’s strong price point today helps it stay in this Starfield PC build. The cheapest motherboard price for the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 was recorded as $53.99, which was on 25th Jun 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Starfield At The Right Price

Our PC needs some well placed system memory to support our chosen CPU and GPU selections. As we are looking to achieve the 1080p ultra frame rates the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz is currently priced at $48.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. This RAM was recorded at the lowest price of $53.99, and this was on 30th Oct 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Starfield

Our PC build can run Starfield at High graphics settings comfortably, returning a 1080p FPS of 85 and we would expect an average of 61 FPS on Ultra with the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB, Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz combo we have put into this computer.

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Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB

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If this 1080p build was to run Starfield at 1440p Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 65 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 47.

How this build performs for other popular games

To ensure we are making a good choice with this Starfield PC build we can check to see if it performs consistently across a variety of games. Some of the most popular games today include Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Genshin Impact and Godfall so let’s see how this build handles them at 1080p. Starting with Assassins Creed: Valhalla we can expect to be seeing an Ultra FPS of 34 and at High settings an FPS of 48 frames. In comparison Genshin Impact is likely to see an Ultra FPS of around 80, improving to 112 FPS on High settings. Lastly Godfall will see an Ultra FPS of around 50 which improves to a 70 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Starfield Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Or you could put the GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative Nvidia PC build. It has a 3% worse performance variation to the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $379.99.