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The Medium 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 26th Feb 2021

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run The Medium then that is exactly what we will be doing in this review. Our challenge is in choosing the right priced PC items to get together an optimum build, which can meet the needs of The Medium. Its therefore our desire to consistently keep stable frame rates with max graphics running, viewed through a 1080p monitor resolution. The hardware selection should give us all a good jumping off point when considering what might prove a good build and price for a PC to run The Medium. We will update prices here as they change and switch out components as new, better hardware is released.

The Medium is currently 21 ranked on the top demanding games list at the moment. It is also considered a Adventure genre style game and happened to be built by the devs on hardware from 2021 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 one of the more popular titles on the site and sat at 19 of our most popular games list. 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 The Medium PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$329.99
Graphics Card
$379.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
$52.99
Motherboard
Asus Prime B450M mATX AM4
$77.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$51.24
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$34.99
Mouse
IBats X8 gray 9 Btns
$15.00
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$39.99
The Medium PC Build Total Price $1,562.12
Rig
9.8
Score
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $0.86, was previously $1,562.98.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p The Medium 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 The Medium at 1080p ultra graphics. Looking through todays available cards and comparing their hardware performance has lead us to cherry pick the GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB today for this game. It is capable of returning strong frame rates at our desired ultra 1080p. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 19th Dec 2019 and it was priced at $379.99. Todays price is $379.99 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. And we can see the card has dropped its price by $20 during the past two weeks.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 6GB 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 The Medium 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Getting the motherboard selection right in this build helps us go on to choose a compatible cpu. With a good price today we find the Asus Prime B450M mATX AM4 with its Socket AM4 socket enables us to select the Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz, which is priced right now at $329.99. A good point of reference is that the bottom recorded price we have for the Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz is $89 on 7th Jul 2020.Now we have a great pairing in this rig allowing the CPU and GPU to work well together to get a solid The Medium experience for the best price point at 1080p.

With the feature rich Asus Prime B450M mATX AM4 priced competitively at $77.99 it is certainly in todays The Medium build for a good reason. To provide a motherboard pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the Asus Prime B450M mATX AM4 is $49.99 on 28th Nov 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For The Medium At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet The Medium requirements, with a view to running reliable FPS at Ultra settings leads us to Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz. Today it is one of the best priced RAM options at $52.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. This RAM was recorded at the lowest price of $49.99, and this was on 7th Aug 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on The Medium

With our key performance components in place we are expecting to see this setup running The Medium at around 63 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 88 FPS at high graphics.

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PC Build Research Area

The Medium
GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

At some point you might want to increase your screen size from 1080p to 1440p. The Medium running with this hardware on the larger screen resolution would return 48 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or possibly up to an average of 67 FPS on High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

It’s worth taking into consideration how our The Medium PC build handles other games. We’ll do this by looking at the current popular titles Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion and Hitman 3. Starting with Assassins Creed: Valhalla we can see that at 1080p we are likely to see 58FPS on Ultra and 82FPS on High graphics settings. Alternatively we see Watch Dogs Legion likely to achieve 59FPS on Ultra and 82FPS when reduced to High. Finally with Hitman 3 at Ultra setting we can expect 61 FPS, raising to 85 FPS on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative The Medium Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Or you could put the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative AMD PC build. It has a 5% worse performance variation to the GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $308.14.