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XCOM 2 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 17th Aug 2021

If you are looking to buy a new PC that can play XCOM 2 then below you will find we explore exactly that. We are putting together a gaming PC build for XCOM 2 from a carefully selected set of our favourite hardware components that are priced best today. We will therefore be aiming to run this game confidently each time at top end graphics settings, getting its visuals from a 1080p resolution monitor screen. 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.

Let’s consider some of the interesting characteristics about this game, to help us build something that matches the sort of game we are considering to build a PC for. As we know it comes under the , Strategy, Management, Turn-based genre style categories, which may well influence some of our peripheral selections, ensuring we consider the specifics for the games requirements. Looking at its development the game was built during 2016 and around that period and the devs themselves probably had hardware comparable to some of the latest hardware of that period. In terms of its relative hardware demanding position, it is considered by us as 1 placed game on our most demanding games of today list at least at the moment, although that list shifts regularly. Obviously these points help give us a better picture of what we may want in the build, but they are only supporting us because when we choose, it is the best priced components that will find their way into this build today.

Best 1080p Price to Performance XCOM 2 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$193.74
Graphics Card
$175.45
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$42.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$59.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
EVGA 850W Bq 80+ Bronze
$59.99
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$58.99
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$104.99
Display
Acer 21.5 inch LED 5ms
$123.73
Keyboard
Razer Ornata Chroma
$59.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$42.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$36.99
XCOM 2 PC Build Total Price $1,009.83
Rig
3.7
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $236.24, was previously $1,246.07.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p XCOM 2 PC Build

Obviously one of the most important components for this build is the graphics card. We can take a look at the best price to performance hardware right now to help deliver a system that can run XCOM 2 at 1080p ultra settings. Looking through today’s graphics card prices we can see that the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse ITX 4GB is today’s best GPU option for this computer and it will work great at this screen resolution. Its price right now is $175.45, and running our hardware tests against that price shows this to be the cheapest but best performer for XCOM 2. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this card was on 5th Feb 2020, which had it priced at $123.99.

The game also needs this graphics solution to deliver at least 2 GB VRAM to act as a buffer between the PC build’s video card and the processor.

Selecting The Right XCOM 2 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 $193.74. A low end price for this CPU would be $83.59, which we saw it priced at on 17th Jun 2020.This CPU and GPU provide the required XCOM 2 experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1080p resolution.

Today the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 competitively costs $59.99, which provides it a place in our build today. To help give some depth to the price points for this motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 was priced at $51.88 on 18th Feb 2021.

How To Choose The Best RAM For XCOM 2 At The Right Price

One of the more significant hardware components in this XCOM 2 build is the RAM. We are choosing some complementary and well priced Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. It is currently priced at $42.99. While among the best priced system memory for this build it will still provide us with the ability to reach our desired FPS for the 1080p ultra setting, that we have been focusing on with this PC. We looked through our records and saw that the RAM prices on 29th Nov 2019, represented a low price point $30.35. Which gives us an indication of how things sit today with the RAM price

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on XCOM 2

Our PC build can run XCOM 2 at High graphics settings comfortably, returning a 1080p FPS of 101 and we would expect an average of 72 FPS on Ultra with the Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse ITX 4GB, Ryzen 3 3200G combo we have put into this computer.

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If you were to increase your screen size with this PC setup to 1440p then we expect to see around a figure of 55 FPS on Ultra or 77 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

To ensure we are making a good choice with this XCOM 2 PC build we can check to see if it performs consistently across a variety of games. Some of the most popular games today include Days Gone, Battlefield 2042 and Grand Theft Auto VI so let’s see how this build handles them at 1080p. Starting with Days Gone we can expect to be seeing an Ultra FPS of 72 and at High settings an FPS of 101 frames. In comparison Battlefield 2042 is likely to see an Ultra FPS of around 72, improving to 101 FPS on High settings. Lastly Grand Theft Auto VI will see an Ultra FPS of around 72 which improves to a 101 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For XCOM 2

The , Strategy, Management, Turn-based genre means that we would be looking for our build’s mouse selection to be of higher quality than normal, so we have chosen the Cooler Master MM710 as the best mouse option based on today’s prices versus gamer quality.

An Alternative XCOM 2 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Perhaps you are after a Nvidia graphics card rather than the one we have added to this build. If so we would suggest the similar performing GeForce GTX 1650 Asus Dual OC 4GB, which has a 9% worse performance variation, but is still a suitable video card choice for this game. We have also considered the best value for performance based on today’s prices, with it costing $179.67 at the moment.