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Elite: Dangerous 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Aug 2021

Our objective here is to enable us to explore what PC we could buy that can play Elite 4, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Elite: Dangerous and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. We are going to choose these parts with the aim of keeping a high FPS rate with the highest ultra graphics, using 1080p monitor resolution. These prices and components will be reviewed daily so we can keep the best PC hardware for Elite: Dangerous listed on the page.

Before getting this build together we need to consider a few background characteristics about the game we are building this PC for. Elite: Dangerous falls into the , Action, Sim, Arcade, Management genre category groupings and would have been finished being developed during 2014 on hardware released around that period of time which may be a factor when we choose the type of hardware as it would need to be comparable in performance to hardware available from around this time. The game is currently one of the more demanding titles we have on the site, and is found on our most demanding list at the 1 spot. While these facts help us put together the best PC for the game we will still be selecting components based on the latest prices for the chosen peripherals and hardware for our build. Choosing today’s best priced items to give us an ideal PC build today for the game.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Elite: Dangerous PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$149.99
Graphics Card
$175.45
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
Redragon K552
$27.99
Mouse
IBats X8 gray 9 Btns
$12.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$36.99
Elite: Dangerous PC Build Total Price $904.08
Rig
39
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $226.25, was previously $1,130.33.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Elite: Dangerous PC Build

Not wanting to pay over the odds for hardware we dont actually need, is a gamers primary objective when building their next PC. But obviously in this specific PC build we want to ensure enough we choose something with enough performance capability to run Elite: Dangerous at 1080p ultra graphics options. We have taken a look at a whole bunch of graphics card prices today and compared them to the hardware’s gaming performance and our choice for this game is the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB. We will get into its expected FPS for this game a bit later in the article, but for now we know it will deliver reliable frame rates at ultra 1080p. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 5th Feb 2020, which had it priced at $123.99. Todays price is $175.45 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today.

Our ideal build will need to come with either 1GB of VRAM or more than. This is used by the computer to store image data quickly as it passes image information from GPU to CPU. Our selected Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB comes with 4GB of VRAM which should cover image transfer for Elite: Dangerous at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Elite: Dangerous 1080p Motherboard and CPU

GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard is today’s best buy mobo, that also provides us with the Socket AM4 cpu socket type. Which is ideal for the best performance to price processor we have seen for our build, the Ryzen 5 2400G. This processor is currently priced at a competitive $149.99 and really works well with the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB. A low end price for this CPU would be $118.98, which we saw it priced at on 3rd Dec 2019.

The GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard has a cost today of $59.99 that helps find it a place in today’s Elite: Dangerous build. To provide a motherboard pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 is $51.88 on 18th Feb 2021.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Elite: Dangerous At The Right Price

System Memory is a significant part of any gaming computer. The build today finds the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz to be the best price to performance RAM solution for our Elite: Dangerous PC. At last reckoning we priced it up at $42.99, which is a cheap price for this amount of RAM. There are of course other options and configurations of system memory you might like to consider in your build. Lowest RAM prices were recorded for this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz when we saw it priced at $30.35, on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Elite: Dangerous

So now that our core components are all in place we would expect to see around 70 FPS in Elite: Dangerous at 1080p resolution, on Ultra settings. Make some adjustments to the graphics options and you could boost this up to 97 FPS for High graphics settings.

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Elite: Dangerous
Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

At some point you might want to increase your screen size from 1080p to 1440p. Elite 4 running with this hardware on the larger screen resolution would return 53 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or possibly up to an average of 74 FPS on High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

To buy this Elite 4 PC we will still want it to do ok when running other popular games. So to give us an idea about our builds performance lets see how it deals these 3 popular games at 1080p. Dying Light 2 will be expecting a Ultra FPS of 70 and a High setting FPS of 97 frames. Grand Theft Auto VI expects Ultra FPS around 70 which will improve to 97 FPS for High settings. Battlefield 2042 is expected to be around 70 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 97 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Elite: Dangerous Graphics Card Option for 1080p

As an alternative to the AMD manufactured video card we have gone for in this PC, you could also consider the similarly powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 2050 Ti 4GB. It has a 8% worse performance difference compared to our selected Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB. Obviously we have chosen it as the cheapest price to performance offering in this range. It is currently priced at $139.99.