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Star Citizen is an incredibly ambitious space combat sim in which the plan is you can go anywhere, do anything, and be anyone. Pilot spaceships, farm for resources, race, even board a ship for first-person shooter action.
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Star Citizen 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 31st Mar 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Star Citizen then that is exactly what we will be doing in this review. Our challenge is in choosing the right priced PC items to get together an optimum build, which can meet the needs of Star Citizen. Its therefore our desire to consistently keep stable frame rates with top tier graphics options selected, and a 1080p screen 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.

When building a PC for a particular type of game we can get a better picture when we consider a few of the game’s specific characteristics. This PC title falls into the following Online, Shooter, Sim, Management genre grouping categories, which has been considered when selecting out the best priced components for this build, as we want to make sure the game’s specifics are catered for. . Another point of note, often overlooked, is that development would have been carried out on PC hardware from 2020 or during the period leading up to this. So the developers would have certainly been considering getting their game running for hardware that was of similar performance to some of the hardware available during that year. Some games are of course more demanding than others, and this one is not featuring on our list of most demanding games. These points help us paint a picture of the type of PC hardware we are going to put into this computer, we will now be choosing from our curated list of gamer hardware, looking for today’s best value for money parts available on the market today.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Star Citizen PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$269.64
Graphics Card
$164.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
$62.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$54.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$65.98
PSU
EVGA 500W Bq 80+ Bronze
$61.02
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.99
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$119.99
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Corsair K63
$79.99
Mouse
Logitech G502 SE Hero
$38.99
Headset
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
$69.99
Star Citizen PC Build Total Price $1,138.56
Rig
8.7
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $63.02, was previously $1,075.54.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Star Citizen 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 Star Citizen 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 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB. 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. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 28th Dec 2019 where we saw it for $159. Todays price is $164.99 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. Looking a little deeper at this cards pricing history shows this card has seen a drop in its price by $14.01 over the last two weeks.

Our ideal build will need to come with either 4GB 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 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB comes with 8GB of VRAM which should cover image transfer for Star Citizen at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Star Citizen 1080p Motherboard and CPU

The backbone of a pc build is the motherboard. Todays best price mobo, that gives us the Socket AM4 socket type is the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4. From here we can then put in to this game’s bespoke PC build the Ryzen 7 2700X processor, which works very well in achieving the desired performance levels at a good price point. Todays price for this computer processor is $269.64. You can get this processor for $158.99, which we saw it at that price on 19th Dec 2019. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $54.99 GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 certainly takes a well-deserved place in our build. Bottom motherboard prices recorded for this mobo was when we saw it at $54.99, on 29th Nov 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Star Citizen At The Right Price

The Star Citizen PC we are building will want some supporting RAM to help our CPU and GPU selections to deliver the right FPS. We are still focusing on achieving 1080p ultra and so the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz which we have found for $62.99 is among the best price system memory at the moment. This RAM was recorded at the lowest price of $54.99, and this was on 20th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Star Citizen

This computer setup should be looking at getting 60 FPS on Ultra graphics at the 1080p screen size in Star Citizen. We expect with a few tweaks to the settings this gaming PC will also get around 83 FPS at High settings, which will give you some frame rate performance to play around with.

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PC Build Research Area

Star Citizen
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Upping the screen size to 1440p for Star Citizen using this build would return 64 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 45 when turning up to Ultra graphics.

How this build performs for other popular games

Lets take a look to see how this Star Citizen PC build will run some other popular games today on 1080p. Ori and the Will of the Wisps will get 59 on Ultra and 83 FPS on High graphics settings with the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB. Whereas on Grand Theft Auto VI we see a return of 30 FPS on Ultra and 42 FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is 47 FPS run at Ultra and 66 on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Star Citizen

The Online, Shooter, Sim, Management genre means that we would be looking for our build’s mouse selection to be of higher quality than normal, so we have chosen the Logitech G502 SE Hero as the best mouse option based on today’s prices versus gamer quality.

Star Citizen Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

The Star Citizen is a Online, Shooter, Sim, Management genre game and so keeping that in mind we have chosen to improve the quality of headset that we are looking at adding to this build. In light of that the clear sounds quality and improved experience offered by the Tritton ARK Elite 7.1 got our attention and today it is the best priced in its category as well. There are other options, some cheaper, that you can see by clicking our Headset selection list button above, in the build table.

An Alternative Star Citizen Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Or you could put the GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative Nvidia PC build. It has a 4% better performance variation to the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $219.99.