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Age of Empires IV 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 15th Sep 2021

If you are asking yourself, I want to buy the best priced PC that can definitely run and meet Age of Empires IV recommended requirements and more then today we will be looking to put together the ideal PC build for Age of Empires 4. We are going to choose these parts with the aim of keeping a high FPS rate with ultra graphics settings, viewed through a 1080p monitor resolution. We will keep checking the prices every day, so that our hardware selections on this page are at the best price point and we will swap in and out whenever something else appears better value today.

If we are building a PC for a specific game then various game characteristics can be considered to help us put together the right computer. When considering Age of Empires IV we can see that it is in the , Strategy genre categories. This can influence some of the peripheral selections we make, as we will be wanting to make sure that the components we choose are complementary to the games needs. Something often overlooked is that we know the game itself would be developed during and shortly before 2021. Therefore we can speculate that it would have been built by the developers with hardware that has similar performance capability from that period as well. This title is currently one of the more demanding titles on the site right now, sitting at 1 on our most demanding list of games. With those thoughts helping us select specific hardware to match this title we will now select the best priced hardware today to meet these requirements from our curated gaming hardware lists.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Age of Empires IV PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$185.99
Graphics Card
$189.99
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$42.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$59.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
EVGA 850W Bq 80+ Bronze
$59.99
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$58.99
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$104.99
Display
Acer 21.5 inch LED 5ms
$123.73
Keyboard
Razer Ornata Chroma
$59.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$42.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$36.99
Age of Empires IV PC Build Total Price $1,016.62
Rig
7.6
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $70.01, was previously $1,086.63.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Age of Empires IV PC Build

Lets not pay over the odds when we put this game’s graphics card in. We want something that can play Age of Empires 4 at 1080p ultra graphics options and we want something that has a reasonable price compared to the other graphics options. The Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB has been looking like a good stand in for this games curated PC build, based on the price of $189.99 that we found it marked at today. It will certainly help return suitable FPS, which we will go into a bit later in the article, at ultra 1080p. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 28th Jan 2020 and it was priced at $173.91. And we can see the card has dropped its price by $170 during the past two weeks.

This build will need to have at least 4GB of VRAM onboard the graphics card, to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. Our selected builds graphics card has 8GB, which is plenty for getting suitable gaming at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Age of Empires IV 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 2600 processor will then fit in and accompany our Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB selection nicely, with the cpu being at a great price point, costing $185.99. You can get this processor for $59.9, which we saw it at that price on 7th Jul 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $59.99 GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 certainly takes a well-deserved place in our build. The cheapest motherboard price for the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 was recorded as $51.88, which was on 18th Feb 2021.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Age of Empires IV At The Right Price

One of the more significant hardware components in this Age of Empires IV build is the RAM. We are choosing some complementary and well priced Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. It is currently priced at $42.99. While among the best priced system memory for this build it will still provide us with the ability to reach our desired FPS for the 1080p ultra setting, that we have been focusing on with this PC. A low price point for this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz was spotted on 29th Nov 2019, where we saw it at $30.35.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Age of Empires IV

Now on to the frame rates for our Age of Empires IV running on Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 85 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 61 FPS.

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Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Upping the screen size to 1440p for Age of Empires 4 using this build would return 65 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 46 when turning up to Ultra graphics.

How this build performs for other popular games

When buying a gaming PC for a specific game we still expect it to run other popular games. So as a benchmark lets see how well todays best priced PC build can deal with these 3 games at 1080p. Resident Evil 8 should get 61 FPS at Ultra settings and this goes up to 85 frames at High settings. Forza Horizon 5 can get an Ultra FPS of 61 FPS and increases to 85 FPS for High. Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be around 61 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 85 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Age of Empires IV

In today’s build we have chosen a higher performing mouse to better match the needs of this type of game. The Cooler Master MM710 is the best priced gaming mouse that meets our requirements.

An Alternative Age of Empires IV Graphics Card Option for 1080p

The Nvidia option for this build would be the 2% better performance difference GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB graphics card and certainly a viable choice for Age of Empires IV. We considered this alternative graphics solution because it was also the best price point in this performance range. It is priced at $219.99 today.