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Half-Life: Alyx 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 12th Aug 2021

If you are looking to buy a new PC that can play Half-Life: Alyx then below you will find we explore exactly that. We are putting together a gaming PC build for Half-Life: Alyx from a carefully selected set of our favourite hardware components that are priced best today. Its therefore our desire to consistently keep stable frame rates with ultra settings selected, and a 1080p screen resolution. 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 Half-Life: Alyx build.

Half-Life: Alyx is currently 1 ranked on the top demanding games list at the moment. It is also considered a , Action, Adventure 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. The developers opted to build the game on the Source platform. 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 Half-Life: Alyx PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$199.99
Graphics Card
$529.99
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
Half-Life: Alyx PC Build Total Price $1,308.62
Rig
9.9
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $246.25, was previously $1,554.87.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Half-Life: Alyx 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 Half-Life: Alyx 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. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 18th Feb 2020 and it was 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. Over the past couple of weeks this card has seen a price drop of $99.96, which lends us confidence in picking it as a good purchase for this game.

Our PC build has 8GB of onboard card memory to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. At this resolution the game will need at least 8GB of VRAM from our PC build. So with the selected GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB we have met that graphical requirement.

Selecting The Right Half-Life: Alyx 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 2600X 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 Half-Life: Alyx 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. Looking through our data we can see the lowest price for this cpu was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it marked up at $119.99.

Today the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 competitively costs $59.99, which provides it a place in our build today. A low recorded price for this motherboard was spotted on 18th Feb 2021 where it was $51.88.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Half-Life: Alyx At The Right Price

To make sure we meet the Half-Life: Alyx system requirements and to help us achieve the required FPS for Ultra at 1080p we have chosen the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz, which is todays best priced system memory. It is priced at $42.99 and compliments the CPU and GPU nicely. This RAM was recorded at the lowest price of $51.88, and this was on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Half-Life: Alyx

A PC build like this can expect to get an average of 85 FPS on High settings in Half-Life: Alyx 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 61.

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Half-Life: Alyx
GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB

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If we are looking for some larger screen resolutions with this computer, then Half-Life: Alyx would return 47 FPS on 1440p at Ultra graphics setting. This FPS would improve to 65 FPS average at High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

Lets take a look to see how this Half-Life: Alyx PC build will run some other popular games today on 1080p. Back 4 Blood will get 61 on Ultra and 85 FPS on High graphics settings with the GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB. Whereas on Forza Horizon 5 we see a return of 61 FPS on Ultra and 85 FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Days Gone, which is 61 FPS run at Ultra and 85 on High.

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An Alternative Half-Life: Alyx Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are wanting a graphics choice from the other team then our suggestion would be the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB video card, currently priced at $397.99. This option has a performance of 8% worse when compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 Asus Dual OC 8GB and completely capable of offering a good gpu alternative.