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Black Mesa 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 17th Aug 2021

If you are looking to build and buy your next PC to run Black Mesa then this list of custom curated components will give you a great jumping off point for your next gaming PC selection. We will therefore be aiming to run this game confidently each time with max graphics running, returning the visuals upon a 1080p monitor screen. These hardware items found in our build will continue to have their prices checked and components will be swapped in and out as we feel better hardware for our build is released.

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 Black Mesa we can see that it is in the , Shooter, Action, Adventure 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 2020. 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 Black Mesa PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$157.50
Graphics Card
$164.99
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$42.99
Motherboard
ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151
$72.99
Case
Fractal Design Focus G Mid Tower White Side Window ATX
$42.99
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
Logitech G635 7.1
$86.11
Black Mesa PC Build Total Price $1,018.25
Rig
7.4
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $197.96, was previously $1,216.21.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Black Mesa PC Build

When putting this sort of PC together we want great value for money but a machine that can deliver solid FPS on Black Mesa at 1080p ultra graphics. We have selected the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB today as a well placed option. The price for this card today is $164.99 which really helped mark it as a good fit.Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Dec 2019, which had it priced at $159. And we can see the card has dropped its price by $14.01 during the past two weeks.

The game also needs this graphics solution to deliver at least 4 GB VRAM to act as a buffer between the PC build’s video card and the processor.

Selecting The Right Black Mesa 1080p Motherboard and CPU

The motherboard we are going for is the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151. 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 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB. 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 $157.5. Giving us a bit more of an insight we saw this processor being sold for a low price of $59, which was on 27th May 2020.

Having the competitive price tag of $72.99, the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 motherboard’s strong price point today helps it stay in this Black Mesa PC build. The cheapest motherboard price for the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 was recorded as $59.99, which was on 4th Apr 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Black Mesa At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Black Mesa 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. To help provide a sense of cost for this RAM, the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz was priced at $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Black Mesa

A PC build like this can expect to get an average of 89 FPS on High settings in Black Mesa at 1080p. There may be some lower frame rates in some parts of the game, but we have chosen the components to get some solid frame rates. Increasing the quality in the game to Ultra, will see us still getting an FPS of 64.

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If you were to increase your screen size with this PC setup to 1440p then we expect to see around a figure of 48 FPS on Ultra or 68 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

It’s worth taking into consideration how our Black Mesa PC build handles other games. We’ll do this by looking at the current popular titles Back 4 Blood, Forza Horizon 5 and Dying Light 2. Starting with Back 4 Blood we can see that at 1080p we are likely to see 64FPS on Ultra and 89FPS on High graphics settings. Alternatively we see Forza Horizon 5 likely to achieve 64FPS on Ultra and 89FPS when reduced to High. Finally with Dying Light 2 at Ultra setting we can expect 64 FPS, raising to 89 FPS on High graphics settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Black Mesa

As Black Mesa falls into the , Shooter, Action, Adventure genre group, we have chosen to increase the quality of the mouse we are adding to our PC to help better meet the needs of the game. We have opted for the Cooler Master MM710, where this particular mouse is currently today’s best price but a more high performing gamer mouse than some of the other mice we normally choose in our builds.

Black Mesa Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

Now we take a look at the headsets available for our build, and with a game that comes in under this genre we want to increase the quality of the headset we pick to help us better enjoy the games audible immersion. Sifting through the prices and headsets available today brings us on to the Logitech G635 7.1 gaming headset. A comfortable and well balanced set of cones that are still available for a reasonable price. There are other headset options that we have seen and would recommend, across a variety of price points, so take a look at our list above in the PC build.

An Alternative Black Mesa Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are wanting a graphics choice from the other team then our suggestion would be the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB video card, currently priced at $219.99. This option has a performance of 4% better when compared to the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB and completely capable of offering a good gpu alternative.