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In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, gamers take on the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor, moments before his own life is taken. Resurrected by a Spirit of vengeance and empowered with Wraith abilities, Talion ventures into Mordor and vows to destroy those who have wronged him. Through the course of his personal vendetta, Talion uncovers the truth of the Spirit that compels him, learns the origins of the Rings of Power and ultimately confronts his true nemesis. “In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players will explore the dark and very personal theme of vengeance in a world where decisions have a consequence, and those consequences persist even after death,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The game introduces new gameplay mechanics to the action genre, creating opportunities for emergent and customized gameplay that will be rewarding for players.” Every enemy that players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Through the Nemesis System, enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by player actions and decisions to create personal archenemies that remember and adapt to the player and are distinct to every gameplay session. Gamers are able to craft their own battles, enemies and rewards within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their choices, delivering a unique experience to every player.
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 28th Nov 2020

If you are wanting to buy a gaming computer to run Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor then this PC build review is aimed at putting together the correct hardware components for the cheapest price today to do just that. We will therefore be aiming to run this game confidently each time at the highest graphics settings, while running on 1080p screen res. 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.

If we are building a PC for a specific game then various game characteristics can be considered to help us put together the right computer. When considering Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor we can see that it is in the Action, Adventure, Stealth genre categories. This can influence some of the peripheral selections we make, as we will be wanting to make sure that the components we choose are complementary to the games needs. Something often overlooked is that we know the game itself would be developed during and shortly before 2014. Therefore we can speculate that it would have been built by the developers with hardware that has similar performance capability from that period as well. This title is currently not featuring on our list of most demanding games. With those thoughts helping us select specific hardware to match this title we will now select the best priced hardware today to meet these requirements from our curated gaming hardware lists.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$158.50
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
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
$53.99
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Logitech K270 Wireless inc. Mouse
$34.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$13.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PC Build Total Price $1,063.73
Rig
2.2
Score
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This PC build has recently gone up in price by $10.43, was previously $1,053.30.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PC Build

We want a punchy GPU for this build and the Radeon RX 550X 4GB is currently priced at a competitive $99.88. . This PC graphics hardware selection is a nice price to performance option when looking to run Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at 1080p ultra graphics. We expect to see some good FPS from this card at these specs. Looking a little deeper at this cards pricing history shows this card has increased its price by $99.88 over the past two weeks.

Our PC build has 4GB of onboard card memory to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. At this resolution the game will need at least 2GB of VRAM from our PC build. So with the selected Radeon RX 550X 4GB we have met that graphical requirement.

Selecting The Right Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 1080p Motherboard and CPU

MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard is today’s best buy mobo, that also provides us with the LGA 1151 cpu socket type. Which is ideal for the best performance to price processor we have seen for our build, the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz. This processor is currently priced at a competitive $158.5 and really works well with the Radeon RX 550X 4GB. Giving us a bit more of an insight we saw this processor being sold for a low price of $119.99, which was on 16th Mar 2020.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 has a cost today of $49.46. Our motherboard price records put this mobo’s price on 28th Dec 2019 at $32.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 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 $32.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. 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 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

With our key performance components in place we are expecting to see this setup running Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at around 56 average frames per second, on 1080p screen resolution. This should be achieved on ultra graphics settings. If you turn a few graphics options down we expect around 78 FPS at high graphics.

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Increasing the screen resolution for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor would mean this setup would be getting FPS that are 43 FPS average, at 1440p Ultra. The FPS would go up to 60 FPS if the graphics settings at this resolution were lowered to High.

How this build performs for other popular games

Obviously we will want to run other games on our new Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PC so lets explore some anticipated frame rates of some other popular games today with this hardware at 1080p. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War should get 23 when run on Ultra and this raises to 32 FPS on High. The popular World of Warcraft: Shadowlands gets a return of 0 FPS on Ultra and then up to 0 FPS when settings are dropped to High. Then there is Horizon: Zero Dawn, which is popular at the moment, which is returning 24 FPS run at Ultra and 33 frames on High.

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An Alternative Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 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 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. It has a 118% better performance difference compared to our selected Radeon RX 550X 4GB. Obviously we have chosen it as the cheapest price to performance offering in this range. It is currently priced at $239.99.