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While Max Payne 4 has yet to officially be announced, original developer Remedy Entertainment has said it would be interested.
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Max Payne 4 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 28th Nov 2020

Our objective here is to enable us to explore what PC we could buy that can play Max Payne 4, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Max Payne 4 and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably at top end graphics settings, returning the visuals upon a 1080p monitor screen. 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.

Before getting this build together we need to consider a few background characteristics about the game we are building this PC for. Max Payne 4 falls into the Shooter, Action genre category groupings and would have been finished being developed during 0000 on hardware released around that period of time which may be a factor when we choose the type of hardware as it would need to be comparable in performance to hardware available from around this time. The game is not in our top demanding games lists. While these facts help us put together the best PC for the game we will still be selecting components based on the latest prices for the chosen peripherals and hardware for our build. Choosing today’s best priced items to give us an ideal PC build today for the game.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Max Payne 4 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$158.50
Graphics Card
$164.99
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
$53.68
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Corsair K63
$64.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$29.99
Headset
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
$69.99
Max Payne 4 PC Build Total Price $1,204.53
Rig
8.2
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $19.90, was previously $1,224.43.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Max Payne 4 PC Build

Our key objective when putting together our next gaming PC is always going to be finding a great price point for the most performance we can. Today’s build we start by looking for the right graphics card, at the right price, that can run Max Payne 4 at 1080p ultra graphics. Looking through todays available cards and comparing their hardware performance has lead us to cherry pick the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB today for this game. It is capable of returning strong frame rates at our desired ultra 1080p. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB is $159 on 28th Dec 2019. Todays price is $164.99 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $14.01 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.

Selecting The Right Max Payne 4 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We are choosing a well rounded and best priced motherboard (the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151), that can provide us with the cpu LGA 1151 socket type. This is so we can select the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz that has the best price to performance position today, at $158.5. Our cheapest price recorded for the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz was $119.99, which we spotted on 16th Mar 2020.This CPU and GPU provide the required Max Payne 4 experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1080p resolution.

With a price tag today of $49.46, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard is certainly in good company, representing a feature rich, cost effective mobo for the Max Payne 4 PC. This motherboard was priced at $32.99, which we saw on 28th Dec 2019. While monitoring prices this is the lowest we have seen it at.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Max Payne 4 At The Right Price

As one of the 3 main system components, when considering a PC built for Max Payne 4, the correct RAM selection is obviously important. We are looking for something that is well priced but also capable of meeting the games requirements. The Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz is well priced at $32.99 and fits with the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz and Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB selections to ensure solid FPS at 1080p ultra settings. 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 1080p Ultra Settings on Max Payne 4

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 64 FPS at Ultra settings for Max Payne 4, while running on a 1080p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 89 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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Max Payne 4
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Having the option of larger screen resolutions in the future is a handy thing to consider. This gaming PC setup, running Max Payne 4 at 1440p would be pulling in about 68 FPS at High. We would expect that to drop again to 48 if you were playing it at 1440p Ultra.

How this build performs for other popular games

Obviously we will want to run other games on our new Max Payne 4 PC so lets explore some anticipated frame rates of some other popular games today with this hardware at 1080p. Cyberpunk 2077 should get 48 when run on Ultra and this raises to 67 FPS on High. The popular Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War gets a return of 58 FPS on Ultra and then up to 81 FPS when settings are dropped to High. Then there is Watch Dogs Legion, which is popular at the moment, which is returning 54 FPS run at Ultra and 75 frames on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Max Payne 4

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 Shooter, Action 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.

Max Payne 4 Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

The Max Payne 4 is a Shooter, Action genre game and so keeping that in mind we have chosen to improve the quality of headset that we are looking at adding to this build. In light of that the clear sounds quality and improved experience offered by the Tritton ARK Elite 7.1 got our attention and today it is the best priced in its category as well. There are other options, some cheaper, that you can see by clicking our Headset selection list button above, in the build table.

An Alternative Max Payne 4 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

While we have suggested a AMD graphics card for this build you can also consider putting in a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix 6GB, which is similar, with a 4% better performance difference, but provides another reasonable alternative graphics option. It is currently priced at $219.99.