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Spelunky 2 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Aug 2021

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Spelunky 2 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 Spelunky 2. And so our expectations are that this game will confidently run on the best graphics possible, returning the visuals upon a 1080p monitor screen. These hardware items found in our build will continue to have their prices checked and components will be swapped in and out as we feel better hardware for our build is released.

Spelunky 2 is currently 1 ranked on the top demanding games list at the moment. It is also considered a , Platformer genre style game and happened to be built by the devs on hardware from 2020 and in the period leading up to this. This may be worth considering when understanding the performance requirements a PC for this title might be expected to have. It is currently one of the more popular titles on the site and sat at 1 of our most popular games list. All this background info will help us better choose the components today for this game PC build, but our main factor will of course be price to performance for each component and peripheral we choose below.

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

Component Current Price
CPU
$199.99
Graphics Card
$99.99
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
Redragon K552
$27.99
Mouse
IBats X8 gray 9 Btns
$12.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$36.99
Spelunky 2 PC Build Total Price $878.62
Rig
2.4
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $226.25, was previously $1,104.87.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Spelunky 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 Spelunky 2 at 1080p ultra graphics. Looking through todays available cards and comparing their hardware performance has lead us to cherry pick the Radeon RX 560 2GB today for this game. It is capable of returning strong frame rates at our desired ultra 1080p. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 560 2GB is $99.99 on 28th Nov 2019. Todays price is $99.99 which is why we have identified it as a competitive performance to price ratio compared to other hardware in the marketplace today. Exploring the price trends for this card shows us it has increased its price by $99.99 over the past two weeks, so perhaps there is still deals that can be found on this card.

Our graphics card will need 2GB of VRAM built into it to act as a suitable buffer between our video card and chosen CPU. This graphics card has 2GB which will be plenty for this game at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Spelunky 2 1080p Motherboard and CPU

To fit with the above graphics card we have chosen a well priced motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4, that will allow us to slot in a compatible Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz processor based around the shared Socket AM4 socket. With the chosen cpu and gpu working together we will get a great Spelunky 2 experience, that helps achieve steady frames at this resolution. The chosen cpu has itself been selected because it represents a good fit with the game and the price we found it at when comparing today’s cpu market prices, finding it currently priced at $199.99. A good reference point is, a low price for this processor was spotted on 7th Jul 2020 where we saw it for $56.98.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 has a cost today of $59.99. 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 Spelunky 2 At The Right Price

One of the more significant hardware components in this Spelunky 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. To provide a bit of system memory pricing insight, we spotted this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz being sold for a low price of $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Spelunky 2

So now that our core components are all in place we would expect to see around 66 FPS in Spelunky 2 at 1080p resolution, on Ultra settings. Make some adjustments to the graphics options and you could boost this up to 92 FPS for High graphics settings.

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Spelunky 2
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Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1080p build was to run Spelunky 2 at 1440p Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 70 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 50.

How this build performs for other popular games

Obviously we will want to run other games on our new Spelunky 2 PC so lets explore some anticipated frame rates of some other popular games today with this hardware at 1080p. Days Gone should get 66 when run on Ultra and this raises to 92 FPS on High. The popular Resident Evil 8 gets a return of 66 FPS on Ultra and then up to 92 FPS when settings are dropped to High. Then there is Back 4 Blood, which is popular at the moment, which is returning 66 FPS run at Ultra and 92 frames on High.

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An Alternative Spelunky 2 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are wanting a graphics choice from the other team then our suggestion would be the Nvidia GeForce GTX 2050 video card, currently priced at $149.99. This option has a performance of 1% worse when compared to the Radeon RX 560 2GB and completely capable of offering a good gpu alternative.