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Squadron 42 is a story-driven campaign set in the Star Citizen universe. Embark on a cinematic single-player adventure as a rookie Navy combat pilot in the Star Citizen universe. Get to know your crewmates aboard a living capital ship while deciding on how to overcome challenging missions and deadly enemies.
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Squadron 42 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 27th Oct 2020

If you are asking yourself, I want to buy the best priced PC that can definitely run and meet Squadron 42 recommended requirements and more then today we will be looking to put together the ideal PC build for Squadron 42. In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably with ultra graphics settings, delivered via a 1080p screen resolution. We will keep checking the prices every day, so that our hardware selections on this page are at the best price point and we will swap in and out whenever something else appears better value today.

Squadron 42 is currently not in our top demanding games list. It is also considered a Shooter, RPG, Sim, Management genre style game and happened to be built by the devs on hardware from 2020 and in the period leading up to this. This may be worth considering when understanding the performance requirements a PC for this title might be expected to have. It is currently not really figuring in our more popular games lists. All this background info will help us better choose the components today for this game PC build, but our main factor will of course be price to performance for each component and peripheral we choose below.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Squadron 42 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$209.99
Graphics Card
$164.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$50.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$53.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.96
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
$44.99
Headset
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
$69.99
Squadron 42 PC Build Total Price $1,299.80
Rig
8.2
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $5.00, was previously $1,304.80.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Squadron 42 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 Squadron 42 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 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB. 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. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 28th Dec 2019 which had it priced at $159. 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.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 4GB 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 8GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

Selecting The Right Squadron 42 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To fit with the above graphics card we have chosen a well priced motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4, that will allow us to slot in a compatible Ryzen 7 2700X processor based around the shared Socket AM4 socket. With the chosen cpu and gpu working together we will get a great Squadron 42 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 $209.99. A good reference point is, a low price for this processor was spotted on 7th Jul 2020 where we saw it for $99.

The awesome GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 is highly competitive, priced at $53.99, which provides it a position today in this gamer build. We have checked the mobo prices and found that on 25th Jun 2020, this motherboard was priced at a low of $53.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Squadron 42 At The Right Price

Our PC needs some well placed system memory to support our chosen CPU and GPU selections. As we are looking to achieve the 1080p ultra frame rates the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz is currently priced at $50.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. Lowest RAM prices were recorded for this Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz when we saw it priced at $49.99, on 9th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Squadron 42

So now that our core components are all in place we would expect to see around 60 FPS in Squadron 42 at 1080p resolution, on Ultra settings. Make some adjustments to the graphics options and you could boost this up to 83 FPS for High graphics settings.

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PC Build Research Area

Squadron 42
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB

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We expect Squadron 42 would also run in higher screen resolutions but this would be 45 FPS average, at 1440p Ultra. We would see an improvement of frame rates if we tweaked the 1440p graphics options to be around the High preset graphics option, which would then return 64 FPS.

How this build performs for other popular games

When buying a gaming PC for a specific game we still expect it to run other popular games. So as a benchmark lets see how well todays best priced PC build can deal with these 3 games at 1080p. Microsoft Flight Simulator should get 48 FPS at Ultra settings and this goes up to 67 frames at High settings. Assassins Creed: Valhalla can get an Ultra FPS of 38 FPS and increases to 57 FPS for High. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is expected to be around 51 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 71 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Squadron 42

We have chosen a great valued but higher performing mouse today with the Cooler Master MM710 gaming mouse. We felt a better performance mouse would better suit Squadron 42 because it falls into the Shooter, RPG, Sim, Management genre groupings and would benefit from the extra mouse quality the Cooler Master MM710 delivers.

Squadron 42 Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

A game like this almost demands that you enjoy its accompanying audio. So we increased the range of quality headsets that we looked at for our PC Builds sound delivery solution. We have still chosen the best valued headset in this range, but it will deliver some clear gaming audio and is a comfortable headset to boot. We have paired this build with the Tritton ARK Elite 7.1. We felt it fit the build nicely without breaking the bank. But there are other options above in our curated headsets list, just press the associated button in our PC build component table above for some of our other best priced components.

An Alternative Squadron 42 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is interested in going with a AMD card, like the one we have opted for in this build. So you could try going for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix OC 6GB instead, which comes with a 5% better performance adjustment when compared to Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB, and is certainly a solid video card choice for our build. We selected it while also considering its current price point, it is costing $209.99 at the moment.