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Star Citizen 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 12th Aug 2021

I want to buy a best priced gaming PC that can run Star Citizen on Ultra. This is what we will be looking to explore and maintain in our review page here today. So we are finding the best priced peripherals and hardware for a new PC build that can run Star Citizen Our mission is a top end gaming solution for this game with ultra settings selected, and a 1440p screen resolution. We will keep checking the prices every day, so that our hardware selections on this page are at the best price point and we will swap in and out whenever something else appears better value today.

First off, to help us pull together the best hardware for this build, we have to understand a little bit about the type of game we are creating this computer for. Star Citizen is a title which sits in the , Shooter, Online, Sim, Management genre categories, which may influence our peripheral selection a bit, to help accommodate some of the particular requirements there. This game would have also been built on PC hardware during 2024 and before, which can suggest the sort of specced components a developer might have been using and hoping for their game to run on. Today we find it is 1 on our most demanding games list and 1 in our list of popular games. While this extra info gives a good sense of what we want from our PC, nothing really replaces our value for money assessment based on live prices, when putting together this build.

Best 1440p 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
97
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $611.98, was previously $1,809.87.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Star Citizen PC Build

Our challenge is not overpaying for hardware we dont need, but making sure we get enough performance from our system that we can play Star Citizen at 1440p ultra settings. Reviewing all the prices today our choice for best graphics card for this title points us squarely at the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB. It is capable of delivering suitable frame rates at ultra 1440p. As a point of interest this graphics card has increased its price by $10.62 over the past two weeks. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB is $297.52 recorded at 19th Dec 2019. With a price of $308.14 today its certainly very competitive, considering the performance this gpu can return.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 8GB of VRAM or more. This memory is used by the card to store image data when moving it from the video card to the CPU. Our chosen build’s card has 8GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

Selecting The Right Star Citizen 1440p Motherboard and CPU

We have selected a GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard to allow us to then go on and add a great cpu for this Star Citizen build. With a Socket AM4 socket type motherboard we choose the well priced Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz, which is at the best price to performance for processors in this range at the moment. Currently priced at a competitive $199.99 this cpu is a good performance addition for our build. Bottom prices recorded for this CPU was when we saw it at $56.98, which we noticed it on 7th Jul 2020.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 has a cost today of $59.99. Bottom motherboard prices recorded for this mobo was when we saw it at $51.88, on 18th Feb 2021.

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

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Star Citizen 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. We looked through our records and saw that the RAM prices on 29th Nov 2019, represented a low price point $30.35. Which gives us an indication of how things sit today with the RAM price

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on Star Citizen

So now that our core components are all in place we would expect to see around 65 FPS in Star Citizen at 1440p resolution, on Ultra settings. Make some adjustments to the graphics options and you could boost this up to 91 FPS for High graphics settings.

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Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1440p build was to run Star Citizen at 4k Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 54 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 39.

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 1440p. Back 4 Blood will get 65 on Ultra and 91 FPS on High graphics settings with the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB. Whereas on Far Cry 6 we see a return of 65 FPS on Ultra and 91 FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Days Gone, which is 65 FPS run at Ultra and 91 on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Star Citizen

As Star Citizen falls into the , Shooter, Online, Sim, Management 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.

Star Citizen Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

Finding a headset for a game that has been identified within the following genre groups, , Shooter, Online, Sim, Management, has given us reason to improve the quality of headset we are looking at adding into this build.. The best quality headset that also comes with the best price tag is the Logitech G635 7.1, which provides some great gaming audio. You can review some of the other headsets above, in our curated headset drop down list if you are wanting cheaper or perhaps even higher quality.

An Alternative Star Citizen Graphics Card Option for 1440p

If you are looking for a graphics card from Nvidia instead of the one we have selected in this build then you could try GeForce RTX 2060 Gigabyte Windforce OC 6GB, which has a 5% worse performance difference, so still similar capabilities. We have chosen it based on its price-performance figure as well, as it is currently priced at $299.99.