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Serious Sam 4 reignites the classic FPS series in a high-powered prequel loaded with an explosive arsenal, intergalactic carnage, and perfectly timed one-liners.
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Serious Sam 4 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Sep 2020

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Serious Sam 4, where it will meet the demands that a game like this will put on a custom PC. Our view is to answer the question, what PC should I buy that can play Serious Sam 4 really well, and for the best possible price today? Our mission is a top end gaming solution for this game at the highest graphics settings, running 1080p as the native screen size. Every day we run through our carefully chosen gaming hardware and cherry pick today’s lowest priced hardware components to help us achieve this optimum PC build list.

We will be looking across a range of things to help evaluate this best gamer build. We will be looking across the range of best value for money components based on today’s prices. Something that can influence our peripheral selection is that the game is found in the Shooter, Action genres, and this can sometimes sway some of the requirements of hardware we choose. Something else to consider is that Serious Sam 4 would have been built on PC hardware from 2020 and shortly before this period. All interesting points for sure, but what we are really after is that we want to select components that best fit this game type but will also be today’s best value for money hardware of good enough quality to meet the game’s needs.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Serious Sam 4 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$299.99
Graphics Card
$529.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$49.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE B450M mATX AM4
$72.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$68.77
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
AITC FZ300 M.2 SSD 512GB
$59.60
HDD
WD 10PURZ Purple Surveillance HDD 1TB
$52.80
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$49.99
Headset
Tritton ARK Elite 7.1
$69.99
Serious Sam 4 PC Build Total Price $1,474.05
Rig
9.9
Score
Future 3 YEARS Proof

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Serious Sam 4 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 Serious Sam 4 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 GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 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 18th Feb 2020, which had it priced at $529.99. Todays price is $529.99 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 $99.96 which is part of the reason it has been slotted in to this build.

Serious Sam 4 needs 8GB of VRAM to suitably store adequate amounts of image data during transfer between video card and processor. Our GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB graphics card has 8GB which will be suitable for this resolution of gaming.

Selecting The Right Serious Sam 4 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We have selected a GIGABYTE B450M mATX AM4 motherboard to allow us to then go on and add a great cpu for this Serious Sam 4 build. With a Socket AM4 socket type motherboard we choose the well priced Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz, which is at the best price to performance for processors in this range at the moment. Currently priced at a competitive $299.99 this cpu is a good performance addition for our build. Giving us a bit more of an insight we saw this processor being sold for a low price of $89, which was on 7th Jul 2020.

And with the motherboard costing $72.99 this really helps pull the PC we are building together. To offer motherboard pricing insight we spotted this being sold for a low price of $57.99, which was recorded at 29th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Serious Sam 4 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 $49.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. To help provide a sense of cost for this RAM, the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz was priced at $49.99 on 9th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Serious Sam 4

Our PC build can run Serious Sam 4 at High graphics settings comfortably, returning a 1080p FPS of 85 and we would expect an average of 61 FPS on Ultra with the GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB, Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz combo we have put into this computer.

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PC Build Research Area

Serious Sam 4
GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

With the larger screen resolutions always being of interest and something to consider, let’s take a look at how this build could perform. Running a 1440p Serious Sam 4 we would expect 65 FPS at High and a drop to 47 when run at 1440p Ultra.

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. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War should get 70 FPS at Ultra settings and this goes up to 98 frames at High settings. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout can get an Ultra FPS of 150 FPS and increases to 200+ FPS for High. Microsoft Flight Simulator is expected to be around 34 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 48 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Serious Sam 4

Finding a mouse for a game that falls into the Shooter, Action genre group has given us reason to improve the quality of mouse we are willing to put into this PC build. We have therefore found the Cooler Master MM710 mouse that is today’s best priced, higher performing gamer mouse, and one that can still deliver the gaming quality we are after for Serious Sam 4.

Serious Sam 4 Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

With a game like this, when considering audio options its best to pay a little more and enjoy the sort of sounds a game like this will deliver. The higher quality gaming headset we had in mind is the well priced Tritton ARK Elite 7.1, because it will cater to the Shooter, Action genre type that Serious Sam 4 sits in. While the best priced headset we can see in this category today, there are a few other differently priced options you can take a look at in our curated gaming headset list above. Just press the button above in the PC Build list, next to any of the components

An Alternative Serious Sam 4 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Or you could put the Radeon RX 5700 XT PowerColor Dual Fan 8GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative AMD PC build. It has a 8% worse performance variation to the GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $379.99.