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Age of Empires IV 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 16th 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. Making our build requirement, when speccing this computer, to find the sweetest price point for our hardware list that can deliver the best FPS at the highest graphics settings, using 1440p monitor resolution. We visit this page every day to check on the prices and selected components we have added for this PC build. Naturally as new better hardware is found we will be adding and swapping to optimise this list with a view to giving us all a good jumping off point regarding expected build quality and pricing levels for our new Age of Empires IV build.

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 1440p 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 1440p Age of Empires IV 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 Age of Empires IV at 1440p ultra settings. Looking through today’s graphics card prices we can see that the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB is today’s best GPU option for this computer and it will work great at this screen resolution. Its price right now is $189.99, and running our hardware tests against that price shows this to be the cheapest but best performer for Age of Empires 4. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $170 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB is $173.91 on 28th Jan 2020.

We were looking to get a video card with at least 4GB of VRAM available onboard it, which acts an image data buffer between our video card and CPU. The Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB has 8GB, which is suitable at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Age of Empires IV 1440p Motherboard and CPU

The motherboard we are going for is the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4. Its the best priced Socket AM4 socket type motherboard on the market today and will give us the spot to choose a great pairing CPU for the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB. Looking over the prices today we can see that the Ryzen 5 2600 processor is a great choice for this game and is currently costing $185.99. Giving us a bit more of an insight we saw this processor being sold for a low price of $59.9, which was on 7th Jul 2020.

The GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard has a cost today of $59.99 that helps find it a place in today’s Age of Empires IV build. A low price point for this motherboard would be $51.88, which we recorded it at on 18th Feb 2021.

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

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Age of Empires IV requirements, with a view to running reliable FPS at Ultra settings leads us to Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. Today it is one of the best priced RAM options at $42.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. Our RAM recorded prices put this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz price at $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on Age of Empires IV

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 46 FPS at Ultra settings for Age of Empires IV, while running on a 1440p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 65 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

At some point you might want to increase your screen size from 1440p to 4k. Age of Empires 4 running with this hardware on the larger screen resolution would return 28 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or possibly up to an average of 39 FPS on High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

We should check some other games performance with our Age of Empires IV PC. Looking at some other popular games today, to see how the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB and this setup will run on 1440p. Resident Evil 8 is expected to return 46 FPS when run on Ultra which increases to around 65 frames per second on High. Forza Horizon 5 would return 46 FPS on Ultra and then go up to 65 FPS at High settings. With Grand Theft Auto VI we expect 46 FPS running at Ultra settings and 65 frames 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 1440p

Not everyone is interested in going with a AMD card, like the one we have opted for in this build. So you could try going for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB instead, which comes with a 2% better performance adjustment when compared to Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS Black 8GB, and is certainly a solid video card choice for our build. We selected it while also considering its current price point, it is costing $219.99 at the moment.