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It's time to battle through history once more in the latest entry of the landmark Age of Empires franchise. Age of Empires 4 brings the mainline series back for the first time in more than a decade, spanning several eras of warfare.
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Age of Empires IV 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 8th Nov 2020

I want to buy a best priced gaming PC that can run Age of Empires 4 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 Age of Empires IV Our mission is a top end gaming solution for this game at top end graphics settings, pushing out visuals on 1440p screen size. Todays prices will be checked every few hours to make sure only the best hardware at the best prices will be displayed for this build.

Today we find Age of Empires IV 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 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 2020 and shortly before. So the devs themselves may have been aiming for hardware with performance capability from this particular period.

Best 1440p Price to Performance Age of Empires IV PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$164.99
Graphics Card
$385.09
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
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$30.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$39.99
Age of Empires IV PC Build Total Price $1,402.40
Rig
8.5
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $73.41, was previously $1,475.81.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Age of Empires IV PC Build

We want a punchy GPU for this build and the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB is currently priced at a competitive $385.09. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB is $377.49 recorded at 4th Nov 2020.. This PC graphics hardware selection is a nice price to performance option when looking to run Age of Empires IV at 1440p ultra graphics. We expect to see some good FPS from this card at these specs. We have seen this card drop its price recently by $114.9 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.

Selecting The Right Age of Empires IV 1440p 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 i3-9350K 4-Core 4.0GHz that has the best price to performance position today, at $164.99. You can get this processor for $164.05, which we saw it at that price on 19th Oct 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.This CPU and GPU provide the required Age of Empires IV experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1440p resolution.

At $49.46 the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard muscles its feature rich chipboard into today’s Age of Empires IV PC build. 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 Age of Empires IV 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. To provide a RAM pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz is $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on Age of Empires IV

A PC build like this can expect to get an average of 85 FPS on High settings in Age of Empires IV at 1440p. There may be some lower frame rates in some parts of the game, but we have chosen the components to get some solid frame rates. Increasing the quality in the game to Ultra, will see us still getting an FPS of 61.

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PC Build Research Area

Age of Empires IV
Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB

Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If you were to increase your screen size with this PC setup to 4k then we expect to see around a figure of 36 FPS on Ultra or 51 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

While we have put a great PC build together for Age of Empires IV it’s important to understand how it handles some of the more popular games of today at 1440p. With this PC build we can expect that the popular game Grand Theft Auto VI will get 42FPS on Ultra settings raising to 58FPS on High. On the other hand we see that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War returns 69FPS on Ultra and 97FPS when lowered to High. Lastly Godfall may see 38 FPS running at Ultra, and 53 on High graphics settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Age of Empires IV

We opted for this higher quality gaming mouse, Cooler Master MM710, because it would cater to the Strategy genre type that Age of Empires IV sits in. This is still the best priced mouse we had in our lists today, just a better quality peripheral than we might normally consider.

An Alternative Age of Empires IV Graphics Card Option for 1440p

Or you could put the GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative Nvidia PC build. It has a 3% worse performance variation to the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $379.99.