After 100's of hours of practice in Star Citizen we have realized that, particularly in dogfighting, having a system that can run Star Citizen at 60fps or above, keeps you competitive in the game. Having said that, Ive put together a computer setup that I know would give you the best experience per dollar amount, while trying to keep pricing reasonable.
The Under $1800 Rig
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($318.89 @ OutletPC) CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Jet) Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.89 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($129.89 @ OutletPC) Memory: G.Skill Aegis 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($93.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.77 @ OutletPC) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GAMING X 8G Video Card ($559.99 @ B&H) Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.98 @ NCIX US) Power Supply: Corsair 750W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon) Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 OEM 64-bit ($139.88 @ OutletPC) Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fans ($20.99 @ Amazon) Total: $1761.13 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-09 17:10 EDT-0400
Prices are always subject to change and the prices in this post may go up or down after the initial post date.
I hope this helps. :)