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Half-Life 3 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 15th Aug 2021

Here we will create the best priced PC build to run Half-Life 3, where it will meet the demands that a game like this will put on a custom PC. Our view is to answer the question, what PC should I buy that can play Half-Life 3 really well, and for the best possible price today? With the PC build brief being to maintain a stable and reliable FPS with max graphics running, using 1080p monitor 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 3 build.

If we are building a PC for a specific game then various game characteristics can be considered to help us put together the right computer. When considering Half-Life 3 we can see that it is in the , Shooter genre categories. This can influence some of the peripheral selections we make, as we will be wanting to make sure that the components we choose are complementary to the games needs. Something often overlooked is that we know the game itself would be developed during and shortly before . Therefore we can speculate that it would have been built by the developers with hardware that has similar performance capability from that period as well. This title is currently one of the more demanding titles on the site right now, sitting at 1 on our most demanding list of games. With those thoughts helping us select specific hardware to match this title we will now select the best priced hardware today to meet these requirements from our curated gaming hardware lists.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Half-Life 3 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$185.99
Graphics Card
$397.99
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
Razer Ornata Chroma
$59.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$42.99
Headset
Logitech G635 7.1
$86.11
Half-Life 3 PC Build Total Price $1,273.74
Rig
9.8
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $254.48, was previously $1,528.22.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Half-Life 3 PC Build

Our challenge is not overpaying for hardware we dont need, but making sure we get enough performance from our system that we can play Half-Life 3 at 1080p ultra settings. Reviewing all the prices today our choice for best graphics card for this title points us squarely at the Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB. It is capable of delivering suitable frame rates at ultra 1080p. Looking a little deeper at this cards pricing history shows this card has increased its price by $9.91 over the past two weeks. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 6th Dec 2019 where we saw it for $376.05. With a price of $397.99 today its certainly very competitive, considering the performance this gpu can return.

Selecting The Right Half-Life 3 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We have selected a GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard to allow us to then go on and add a great cpu for this Half-Life 3 build. With a Socket AM4 socket type motherboard we choose the well priced Ryzen 5 2600, which is at the best price to performance for processors in this range at the moment. Currently priced at a competitive $185.99 this cpu is a good performance addition for our build. You can get this processor for $59.9, which we saw it at that price on 7th Jul 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $59.99 GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 certainly takes a well-deserved place in our build. To provide a motherboard pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 is $51.88 on 18th Feb 2021.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Half-Life 3 At The Right Price

Our PC needs some well placed system memory to support our chosen CPU and GPU selections. As we are looking to achieve the 1080p ultra frame rates the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz is currently priced at $42.99, which is among the better priced RAM today. A low price point for this Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz was spotted on 29th Nov 2019, where we saw it at $30.35.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Half-Life 3

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 61 FPS at Ultra settings for Half-Life 3, while running on a 1080p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 85 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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Half-Life 3
Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

At some point you might want to increase your screen size from 1080p to 1440p. Half-Life 3 running with this hardware on the larger screen resolution would return 47 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or possibly up to an average of 65 FPS on High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

We should check some other games performance with our Half-Life 3 PC. Looking at some other popular games today, to see how the Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB and this setup will run on 1080p. Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to return 61 FPS when run on Ultra which increases to around 85 frames per second on High. Dying Light 2 would return 61 FPS on Ultra and then go up to 85 FPS at High settings. With Back 4 Blood we expect 61 FPS running at Ultra settings and 85 frames on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Half-Life 3

We have opted for the Cooler Master MM710 because we feel it is a higher performance gaming mouse that will meet the needs of this title. When looking at a mouse for a game that sits in the , Shooter game grouping we often consider paying a little bit more to get a better suited peripheral for the task. We have still chosen the best priced mouse we could find today that meets this need.

Half-Life 3 Benefits From a High Quality Audio Headset

With a game like this, (which falls in the , Shooter genre group) we wanted to make sure the audio solution we go with was up to the task. A game like Half-Life 3 has encouraged us to increase the quality of the headset we choose as it will return a much better experience overall. Looking through the hardware lists available and reviewing today’s prices we felt that the Logitech G635 7.1 headset is the right way to go, delivering some great audio, clear, reliable, while still being the best priced mid range headset. We have a selection list for headsets above if you would like to consider some other options we have seen at a good price today.

An Alternative Half-Life 3 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is interested in going with a AMD card, like the one we have opted for in this build. So you could try going for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB instead, which comes with a 4% worse performance adjustment when compared to Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB, and is certainly a solid video card choice for our build. We selected it while also considering its current price point, it is costing $379.99 at the moment.