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Alien: Isolation 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 13th Aug 2021

This is a hand selected custom PC component build that will answer your question of, what PC should I buy next to play Alien: Isolation on. One that has the right gaming hardware to enjoy a great Alien: Isolation experience. And so our expectations are that this game will confidently run at top end graphics settings, delivered via a 1080p screen resolution. These prices are are checked multiple times each day and we update the build if other hardware is better value for money, while still meeting our gaming hardware standards.

Today we find Alien: Isolation is currently 1 on our list of most demanding games and in our list at 1 of most popular games. It also falls in under the , Adventure, Stealth game genre types, which itself can influence some of our choices of hardware today, to make sure we better meet the hardware needs of the game. This sort of information will help us build a fuller picture and better understand what to select when putting our best build PC together for the game. Interestingly, it might be worth thinking about the performance of the hardware that the game was originally built on, which would have been from 2014 and shortly before. So the devs themselves may have been aiming for hardware with performance capability from this particular period.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Alien: Isolation PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$160.49
Graphics Card
$99.88
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$42.99
Motherboard
ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151
$72.99
Case
Fractal Design Focus G Mid Tower White Side Window ATX
$42.99
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
Alien: Isolation PC Build Total Price $845.01
Rig
14
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $209.72, was previously $1,054.73.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Alien: Isolation PC Build

Lets not pay over the odds when we put this game’s graphics card in. We want something that can play Alien: Isolation at 1080p ultra graphics options and we want something that has a reasonable price compared to the other graphics options. The Radeon RX 550X 4GB has been looking like a good stand in for this games curated PC build, based on the price of $99.88 that we found it marked at today. It will certainly help return suitable FPS, which we will go into a bit later in the article, at ultra 1080p. Over the last few weeks we have noticed it increase its price by $99.88, proving that additional savings can be found you will just need to shop around.

When choosing the right video card for this build, you need to make sure you have a graphics card with 2GB of VRAM or more. This memory is used by the card to store image data when moving it from the video card to the CPU. Our chosen build’s card has 4GB, which will be a suitable amount for this resolution.

Selecting The Right Alien: Isolation 1080p Motherboard and CPU

We are choosing a well rounded and best priced motherboard (the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151), that can provide us with the cpu LGA 1151 socket type. This is so we can select the Core i3-9100T 4-Core 3.1GHz that has the best price to performance position today, at $160.49. This CPU and GPU provide the required Alien: Isolation experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1080p resolution.

Today the ASRock Intel B365 ATX LGA1151 competitively costs $72.99, which provides it a place in our build today. A low price point for this motherboard would be $59.99, which we recorded it at on 4th Apr 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Alien: Isolation At The Right Price

One of the most important hardware parts of this computer is the system memory or RAM. To make sure our resolution target and frame rates are met we have chosen to put in Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. This is currently priced at $42.99 and is well priced compared to the system memory market today. This RAM was recorded at the lowest price of $59.99, and this was on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Alien: Isolation

This PC build has been optimized to deliver around 63 FPS at Ultra settings for Alien: Isolation, while running on a 1080p screen size. While you might want to increase this to 88 FPS if you lower some of the graphics options inline with High graphics settings.

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Alien: Isolation
Radeon RX 550X 4GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1080p build was to run Alien: Isolation at 1440p Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 67 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 48.

How this build performs for other popular games

To buy this Alien: Isolation PC we will still want it to do ok when running other popular games. So to give us an idea about our builds performance lets see how it deals these 3 popular games at 1080p. Back 4 Blood will be expecting a Ultra FPS of 63 and a High setting FPS of 88 frames. Days Gone expects Ultra FPS around 63 which will improve to 88 FPS for High settings. FIFA 22 is expected to be around 63 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 88 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Alien: Isolation Graphics Card Option for 1080p

As an alternative to the AMD manufactured video card we have gone for in this PC, you could also consider the similarly powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. It has a 118% better performance difference compared to our selected Radeon RX 550X 4GB. Obviously we have chosen it as the cheapest price to performance offering in this range. It is currently priced at $239.99.