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Star Citizen 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 12th Aug 2021

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. And so our expectations are that this game will confidently run with ultra settings selected, running 1080p as the native screen size. These prices and components will be reviewed daily so we can keep the best PC hardware for Star Citizen listed on the page.

Getting our best PC build together today we consider some of the characteristics of this game, which will help us better select the right hardware components for Star Citizen. First and foremost we will be looking at value for money, hunting through our curated list of gaming hardware and then cherry picking the best priced items available today. As this game falls into the , Shooter, Online, Sim, Management genre category, this can certainly influence some of the hardware selection below, especially some of the peripherals we select out, to make sure they might the games key specialities. Something else we can consider is that Star Citizen would have been built on PC hardware from around 2024 or leading up to that period, by the developers. So it is usually fairly safe to consider hardware from that period as suitable.

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

Component Current Price
CPU
$199.99
Graphics Card
$308.14
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
Logitech G635 7.1
$86.11
Star Citizen PC Build Total Price $1,197.89
Rig
9.7
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $230.13, was previously $1,428.02.

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 5700 Sapphire 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. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB is $297.52 on 19th Dec 2019. Todays price is $308.14 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. Its price over the past couple of weeks has increased a bit by $10.62, which makes us think additional savings can be made here if you shop around.

Our graphics card will need 8GB of VRAM built into it to act as a suitable buffer between our video card and chosen CPU. This graphics card has 8GB which will be plenty for this game at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Star Citizen 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We are choosing a well rounded and best priced motherboard (the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4), that can provide us with the cpu Socket AM4 socket type. This is so we can select the Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz that has the best price to performance position today, at $199.99. A good point of reference is that the bottom recorded price we have for the Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz is $56.98 on 7th Jul 2020.This CPU and GPU provide the required Star Citizen experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1080p resolution.

With a price tag today of $59.99, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard is certainly in good company, representing a feature rich, cost effective mobo for the Star Citizen PC. To offer motherboard pricing insight we spotted this being sold for a low price of $51.88, which was recorded at 18th Feb 2021.

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

To make sure we meet the Star Citizen system requirements and to help us achieve the required FPS for Ultra at 1080p we have chosen the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz, which is todays best priced system memory. It is priced at $42.99 and compliments the CPU and GPU nicely. 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 Star Citizen

We reckon these hardware components in our PC build will get 119 FPS at high settings in game and you could improve the graphics up to Ultra and see a FPS of 85 at 1080p.

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Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1080p build was to run Star Citizen at 1440p Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 91 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 65.

How this build performs for other popular games

Obviously we will want to run other games on our new Star Citizen PC so lets explore some anticipated frame rates of some other popular games today with this hardware at 1080p. Back 4 Blood should get 85 when run on Ultra and this raises to 119 FPS on High. The popular Far Cry 6 gets a return of 85 FPS on Ultra and then up to 119 FPS when settings are dropped to High. Then there is Days Gone, which is popular at the moment, which is returning 85 FPS run at Ultra and 119 frames on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Star Citizen

Finding a mouse for a game that falls into the , Shooter, Online, Sim, Management genre group has given us reason to improve the quality of mouse we are willing to put into this PC build. We have therefore found the Cooler Master MM710 mouse that is today’s best priced, higher performing gamer mouse, and one that can still deliver the gaming quality we are after for Star Citizen.

Star Citizen Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

With a game like this, (which falls in the , Shooter, Online, Sim, Management genre group) we wanted to make sure the audio solution we go with was up to the task. A game like Star Citizen has encouraged us to increase the quality of the headset we choose as it will return a much better experience overall. Looking through the hardware lists available and reviewing today’s prices we felt that the Logitech G635 7.1 headset is the right way to go, delivering some great audio, clear, reliable, while still being the best priced mid range headset. We have a selection list for headsets above if you would like to consider some other options we have seen at a good price today.

An Alternative Star Citizen Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are wanting a graphics choice from the other team then our suggestion would be the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Gigabyte Windforce OC 6GB video card, currently priced at $299.99. This option has a performance of 5% worse when compared to the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB and completely capable of offering a good gpu alternative.