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Halo Wars 2 is a sequel to original real-time strategy spin-off Halo Wars. Set within the Halo universe, Halo Wars 2 pitches the Humans vs the Covenant in all out war. It's got some pedigree behind it this time as well - Total War developers Creative Assembly are working on Halo Wars 2.
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Halo Wars 2 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 20th Jan 2021

If you are looking to buy a new PC that can play Halo Wars 2 then below you will find we explore exactly that. We are putting together a gaming PC build for Halo Wars 2 from a carefully selected set of our favourite hardware components that are priced best today. Making our build requirement, when speccing this computer, to find the sweetest price point for our hardware list that can deliver the best FPS with the highest ultra graphics, returning the visuals upon a 1080p monitor screen. We visit this page every day to check on the prices and selected components we have added for this PC build. Naturally as new better hardware is found we will be adding and swapping to optimise this list with a view to giving us all a good jumping off point regarding expected build quality and pricing levels for our new Halo Wars 2 build.

First off, to help us pull together the best hardware for this build, we have to understand a little bit about the type of game we are creating this computer for. Halo Wars 2 is a title which sits in the Strategy, Action genre categories, which may influence our peripheral selection a bit, to help accommodate some of the particular requirements there. This game would have also been built on PC hardware during 2017 and before, which can suggest the sort of specced components a developer might have been using and hoping for their game to run on. Today we find it is not currently in our top most demanding games list and currently not figuring in our more popular games. While this extra info gives a good sense of what we want from our PC, nothing really replaces our value for money assessment based on live prices, when putting together this build.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Halo Wars 2 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$164.99
Graphics Card
$239.99
Memory
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
$32.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$53.35
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
Corsair K63
$59.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$39.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$39.99
Halo Wars 2 PC Build Total Price $1,255.66
Rig
8.4
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $21.62, was previously $1,277.28.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Halo Wars 2 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 Halo Wars 2 at 1080p ultra graphics. Looking through todays available cards and comparing their hardware performance has lead us to cherry pick the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB today for this game. It is capable of returning strong frame rates at our desired ultra 1080p. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $229.99. Todays price is $239.99 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. Watching this card over the past 2 weeks we have seen its price drop by $47.68, further supporting our selection in this hardware.

The game also needs this graphics solution to deliver at least 4 GB VRAM to act as a buffer between the PC build’s video card and the processor.

Selecting The Right Halo Wars 2 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Getting the motherboard selection right in this build helps us go on to choose a compatible cpu. With a good price today we find the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 with its LGA 1151 socket enables us to select the Core i3-9350K 4-Core 4.0GHz, which is priced right now at $164.99. The cheapest price we spotted this cpu for is $161.03, which was on 1st Dec 2020.Now we have a great pairing in this rig allowing the CPU and GPU to work well together to get a solid Halo Wars 2 experience for the best price point at 1080p.

And with the motherboard costing $49.46 this really helps pull the PC we are building together. A low price point for this motherboard would be $32.99, which we recorded it at on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Halo Wars 2 At The Right Price

The Halo Wars 2 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 Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz which we have found for $32.99 is among the best price system memory at the moment. 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 Halo Wars 2

A PC build like this can expect to get an average of 88 FPS on High settings in Halo Wars 2 at 1080p. There may be some lower frame rates in some parts of the game, but we have chosen the components to get some solid frame rates. Increasing the quality in the game to Ultra, will see us still getting an FPS of 63.

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PC Build Research Area

Halo Wars 2
GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If we are looking for some larger screen resolutions with this computer, then Halo Wars 2 would return 48 FPS on 1440p at Ultra graphics setting. This FPS would improve to 67 FPS average at High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

Obviously we will want to run other games on our new Halo Wars 2 PC so lets explore some anticipated frame rates of some other popular games today with this hardware at 1080p. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War should get 71 when run on Ultra and this raises to 99 FPS on High. The popular Battlefield 6 gets a return of 58 FPS on Ultra and then up to 72 FPS when settings are dropped to High. Then there is Genshin Impact, which is popular at the moment, which is returning 63 FPS run at Ultra and 88 frames on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Halo Wars 2

In today’s build we have chosen a higher performing mouse to better match the needs of this type of game. The Cooler Master MM710 is the best priced gaming mouse that meets our requirements.

An Alternative Halo Wars 2 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Why not switch out the graphics card in this build and replace it with a similarly powerful card from AMD. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB graphics card has a 7% better performance variation compared to the currently chosen video card. As the best price point for an alternative manufacturer in this range it currently costs $962.99.