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Black Mesa (previously known as Black Mesa: Source) is a planned third-party total conversion modification for Valve Corporation's Source Engine. The stated goal of the project was to recreate Valve's critically acclaimed 1998 video game Half-Life using the more advanced capabilities of the Source Engine. The 40-person development team said they hoped to create a more engrossing in-game world with more varied, complex environments and more challenging, realistic gameplay.
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Black Mesa 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 2nd Apr 2020

I want to buy a best priced gaming PC that can run Black Mesa 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 Black Mesa In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably with ultra settings selected, and a 1080p screen resolution. As new gaming components are released for PC we will continue to review prices here each day and consider swapping in and out better components.

When building a PC for a particular type of game we can get a better picture when we consider a few of the game’s specific characteristics. This PC title falls into the following Shooter, Action, Adventure genre grouping categories, which has been considered when selecting out the best priced components for this build, as we want to make sure the game’s specifics are catered for. . Another point of note, often overlooked, is that development would have been carried out on PC hardware from 2020 or during the period leading up to this. So the developers would have certainly been considering getting their game running for hardware that was of similar performance to some of the hardware available during that year. Some games are of course more demanding than others, and this one is not featuring on our list of most demanding games. These points help us paint a picture of the type of PC hardware we are going to put into this computer, we will now be choosing from our curated list of gamer hardware, looking for today’s best value for money parts available on the market today.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Black Mesa PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$99.00
Graphics Card
$164.99
Memory
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
$32.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$54.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$65.51
PSU
EVGA 500W Bq 80+ Bronze
$60.63
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.99
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$119.99
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.99
Keyboard
Corsair K63
$73.99
Mouse
Logitech G502 SE Hero
$38.99
Headset
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
$69.99
Black Mesa PC Build Total Price $926.05
Rig
6.6
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $1.10, was previously $927.15.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Black Mesa 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 Black Mesa 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, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 28th Dec 2019 and it was 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. Over the past couple of weeks this card has seen a price drop of $14.01, which lends us confidence in picking it as a good purchase for this game.

Our graphics card will need 4GB of VRAM built into it to act as a suitable buffer between our video card and chosen CPU. This graphics card has 8GB which will be plenty for this game at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Black Mesa 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We are choosing a well rounded and best priced motherboard (the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4), that can provide us with the cpu Socket AM4 socket type. This is so we can select the Ryzen 3 3200G that has the best price to performance position today, at $99. Bottom prices recorded for this CPU was when we saw it at $87, which we noticed it on 28th Nov 2019.This CPU and GPU provide the required Black Mesa experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1080p resolution.

The GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard has a cost today of $54.99 that helps find it a place in today’s Black Mesa build. This motherboard was priced at $54.99, which we saw on 29th Nov 2019. While monitoring prices this is the lowest we have seen it at.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Black Mesa At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Black Mesa requirements, with a view to running reliable FPS at Ultra settings leads us to Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz. Today it is one of the best priced RAM options at $32.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. To help provide a sense of cost for this RAM, the Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz was priced at $29.49 on 2nd Feb 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Black Mesa

Our PC build can run Black Mesa at High graphics settings comfortably, returning a 1080p FPS of 89 and we would expect an average of 64 FPS on Ultra with the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB, Ryzen 3 3200G combo we have put into this computer.

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PC Build Research Area

Black Mesa
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If we are looking for some larger screen resolutions with this computer, then Black Mesa would return 48 FPS on 1440p at Ultra graphics setting. This FPS would improve to 68 FPS average at High settings.

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. Halo: The Master Chief Collection should get 47 FPS at Ultra settings and this goes up to 66 frames at High settings. Doom Eternal can get an Ultra FPS of 54 FPS and increases to 75 FPS for High. Star Citizen is expected to be around 60 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 83 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Black Mesa

As Black Mesa falls into the Shooter, Action, Adventure genre group, we have chosen to increase the quality of the mouse we are adding to our PC to help better meet the needs of the game. We have opted for the Logitech G502 SE Hero, where this particular mouse is currently today’s best price but a more high performing gamer mouse than some of the other mice we normally choose in our builds.

Black Mesa 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 Black Mesa 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 6GB instead, which comes with a 4% 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 $219.99 at the moment.