If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Star Citizen 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 Star Citizen. Its therefore our desire to consistently keep stable frame rates with top tier graphics options selected, and a 1080p screen resolution. 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.
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 Online, Shooter, Sim, Management 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.
OLOy 16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 2400MHz
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
Corsair VS Series 450W 80+ White
Pioneer SSD 512GB
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
Razer DeathAdder Elite
Razer Kraken Pro V2
|Star Citizen PC Build Total Price||$863.21|
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 Star Citizen 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 570 PowerColor Red Devil 4GB. 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. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 17th Dec 2019 and it was priced at $129.98. Todays price is $129.99 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 $5 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.
Our ideal build will need to come with either 4GB of VRAM or more than. This is used by the computer to store image data quickly as it passes image information from GPU to CPU. Our selected Radeon RX 570 PowerColor Red Devil 4GB comes with 4GB of VRAM which should cover image transfer for Star Citizen at this resolution.
The backbone of a pc build is the motherboard. Todays best price mobo, that gives us the Socket AM4 socket type is the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4. From here we can then put in to this game’s bespoke PC build the Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz processor, which works very well in achieving the desired performance levels at a good price point. Todays price for this computer processor is $136.89. A good point of reference is that the bottom recorded price we have for the Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz is $119.99 on 28th Nov 2019.
Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $54.99 GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 certainly takes a well-deserved place in our 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.
The Star Citizen PC we are building will want some supporting RAM to help our CPU and GPU selections to deliver the right FPS. We are still focusing on achieving 1080p ultra and so the OLOy 16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 2400MHz which we have found for $49.99 is among the best price system memory at the moment. Lowest RAM prices were recorded for this OLOy 16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 2400MHz when we saw it priced at $47.89, on 7th Jan 2020.
This computer setup should be looking at getting 53 FPS on Ultra graphics at the 1080p screen size in Star Citizen. We expect with a few tweaks to the settings this gaming PC will also get around 74 FPS at High settings, which will give you some frame rate performance to play around with.
Upping the screen size to 1440p for Star Citizen using this build would return 57 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 40 when turning up to Ultra graphics.
Lets take a look to see how this Star Citizen PC build will run some other popular games today on 1080p. Fortnite: Chapter 2 will get 100 on Ultra and 140 FPS on High graphics settings with the Radeon RX 570 PowerColor Red Devil 4GB. Whereas on Grand Theft Auto VI we see a return of 22 FPS on Ultra and 30 FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Need For Speed Heat, which is 49 FPS run at Ultra and 68 on High.
Or you could put the GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative Nvidia PC build. It has a 1% better performance variation to the Radeon RX 570 PowerColor Red Devil 4GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $149.99.