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Originally known as Homeworld: Shipbreakers, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a ground-based real-time strategy spin-off of the usually space-based Homeworld series. Set on the shifting sands of Kharak, it promises a full single-player campaign telling an origin story of Rachel S'jet, as well as competitive online game modes.
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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 29th Nov 2020

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, where it will meet the demands that a game like this will put on a custom PC. Our view is to answer the question, what PC should I buy that can play Homeworld: Shipbreakers really well, and for the best possible price today? In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably with the highest ultra graphics, pushing out visuals on 1080p screen size. We visit this page every day to check on the prices and selected components we have added for this PC build. Naturally as new better hardware is found we will be adding and swapping to optimise this list with a view to giving us all a good jumping off point regarding expected build quality and pricing levels for our new Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak build.

Today we find Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is not in our top demanding games list and currently not figuring in our more popular games lists of today. It also falls in under the Strategy, Management game genre types, which itself can influence some of our choices of hardware today, to make sure we better meet the hardware needs of the game. This sort of information will help us build a fuller picture and better understand what to select when putting our best build PC together for the game. Interestingly, it might be worth thinking about the performance of the hardware that the game was originally built on, which would have been from 2016 and shortly before. So the devs themselves may have been aiming for hardware with performance capability from this particular period.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$136.17
Graphics Card
$99.88
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$32.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$53.16
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$39.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak PC Build Total Price $1,096.54
Rig
2.2
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $44.45, was previously $1,052.09.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak 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 Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak at 1080p ultra settings. Reviewing all the prices today our choice for best graphics card for this title points us squarely at the Radeon RX 550X 4GB. It is capable of delivering suitable frame rates at ultra 1080p. Looking a little deeper at this cards pricing history shows this card has increased its price by $99.88 over the past two weeks. With a price of $99.88 today its certainly very competitive, considering the performance this gpu can return.

We were looking to get a video card with at least 1GB of VRAM available onboard it, which acts an image data buffer between our video card and CPU. The Radeon RX 550X 4GB has 4GB, which is suitable at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Finding a cpu is largely dependent on the right motherboard. The CPU we are going to choose has the LGA 1151 socket type. So we have found the best priced and well featured mobo in the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151. The Core i3-8100 4-Core 3.6GHz processor will then fit in and accompany our Radeon RX 550X 4GB selection nicely, with the cpu being at a great price point, costing $136.17. Looking through our data we can see the lowest price for this cpu was on 13th Dec 2019, which had it marked up at $109.99.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 has a cost today of $49.46. To provide a motherboard pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 is $32.99 on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak At The Right Price

One of the most important hardware parts of this computer is the system memory or RAM. To make sure our resolution target and frame rates are met we have chosen to put in Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. This is currently priced at $32.99 and is well priced compared to the system memory market today. A low price point for this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz was spotted on 29th Nov 2019, where we saw it at $30.35.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

Running a PC build with these hardware components for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak we expect to see about a 169 FPS average, with a few low frame rates in some of the more intense scenes. You could up the quality of game graphics to Ultra, which will see the FPS drop to 121 at 1080p.

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PC Build Research Area

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Radeon RX 550X 4GB

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Bumping up the in game screen resolution to 1440p our expected FPS would be 92 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or around 129 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

Ensuring our PC build for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak runs some of the more popular games of today competently at 1080p is also something worth considering. Looking at Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War we see this pc build is likely to get 23FPS on Ultra and 32FPS on High graphics settings. In contrast we can expect Genshin Impact to return 12FPS on Ultra and 16FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, which is 0 FPS running at Ultra, and 0 on High graphics settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

We have opted for the Cooler Master MM710 because we feel it is a higher performance gaming mouse that will meet the needs of this title. When looking at a mouse for a game that sits in the Strategy, Management game grouping we often consider paying a little bit more to get a better suited peripheral for the task. We have still chosen the best priced mouse we could find today that meets this need.

An Alternative Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is a fan of team AMD, so if you are after a GPU from the other side then perhaps take a look at our suggested Nvidia card, the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. It is placed at 118% better performance difference and certainly capable of delivering up Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak frames on a par with our primary GPU selection. We have also selected it based on its price today, which finds it at $239.99.