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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Aug 2021

This is a hand selected custom PC component build that will answer your question of, what PC should I buy next to play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on. One that has the right gaming hardware to enjoy a great Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor experience. With the mission objective being a high gaming standard at top end graphics settings, running 1080p as the native screen size. 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.

This title falls in the , Action, Adventure, Stealth genre category, which itself can influence the type of hardware we might consider for this build. Something we sometimes dont consider is that the game would be developed in 2014 and therefore on hardware from around that period of time. We can also assume that hardware from around that period would be part of the targeted hardware, in terms of performance, by the developers, as they provide graphical options for the hardware capabilities available. It is currently sat on our most demanding games list at 1, making it one of our more demanding titles on the site right now. Also it is one of the more popular titles, placed at 1 on our most popular games of today list. With this info in hand to help guide our hardware build choices we will now select today’s best priced components that meet these game characteristics.

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

Component Current Price
CPU
$167.87
Graphics Card
$99.88
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$42.99
Motherboard
ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151
$72.99
Case
Fractal Design Focus G Mid Tower White Side Window ATX
$42.99
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
Redragon K552
$27.99
Mouse
IBats X8 gray 9 Btns
$12.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$36.99
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PC Build Total Price $852.39
Rig
1.4
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $217.83, was previously $1,070.22.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 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 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 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 550X 4GB. 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. Todays price is $99.88 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 increased its price by $99.88 over the past two weeks.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 2GB 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 4GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

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

To fit with the above graphics card we have chosen a well priced motherboard, the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151, that will allow us to slot in a compatible Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz processor based around the shared LGA 1151 socket. With the chosen cpu and gpu working together we will get a great Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor experience, that helps achieve steady frames at this resolution. The chosen cpu has itself been selected because it represents a good fit with the game and the price we found it at when comparing today’s cpu market prices, finding it currently priced at $167.87. Our cheapest price recorded for the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz was $119.99, which we spotted on 16th Mar 2020.

Today the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 competitively costs $72.99, which provides it a place in our build today. To help give some depth to the price points for this motherboard, the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 was priced at $59.99 on 4th Apr 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 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 $42.99 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 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Now on to the frame rates for our Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor running on Radeon RX 550X 4GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 78 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 56 FPS.

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At some point you might want to increase your screen size from 1080p to 1440p. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor running with this hardware on the larger screen resolution would return 43 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or possibly up to an average of 60 FPS on High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

To ensure we are making a good choice with this Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PC build we can check to see if it performs consistently across a variety of games. Some of the most popular games today include Days Gone, Battlefield 2042 and Grand Theft Auto VI so let’s see how this build handles them at 1080p. Starting with Days Gone we can expect to be seeing an Ultra FPS of 56 and at High settings an FPS of 78 frames. In comparison Battlefield 2042 is likely to see an Ultra FPS of around 56, improving to 78 FPS on High settings. Lastly Grand Theft Auto VI will see an Ultra FPS of around 56 which improves to a 78 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Graphics Card Option for 1080p

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 GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB, which has a 118% better performance difference, so still similar capabilities. We have chosen it based on its price-performance figure as well, as it is currently priced at $239.99.