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Watch Dogs 2 is an open-world action game set in San Francisco. In it you play as a hacker activist Markus Holloway looking to cause anarchy in a city governed by autocratic forces. Markus's favourite pass times are listening to hip-hop, hacking (funnily enough) and hitting people with an 8-ball on a bit of string, he's quite the charater.
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Watch Dogs 2 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 22nd Nov 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Watch Dogs 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 Watch Dogs 2. Of course our sights are set on returning a good level expereince on the best graphics possible, using 1080p monitor resolution. Prices found here today are checked daily to make sure that the components we aare putting into our Watch Dogs 2 represent good value for money.

We will be looking across a range of things to help evaluate this best gamer build. We will be looking across the range of best value for money components based on today’s prices. Something that can influence our peripheral selection is that the game is found in the Action, Adventure, Strategy genres, and this can sometimes sway some of the requirements of hardware we choose. Something else to consider is that Watch Dogs 2 would have been built on PC hardware from 2016 and shortly before this period. All interesting points for sure, but what we are really after is that we want to select components that best fit this game type but will also be today’s best value for money hardware of good enough quality to meet the game’s needs.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Watch Dogs 2 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
Graphics Card
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
Crucial MX500 SSD 500GB
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
AOC 22 inch 5ms
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
Logitech G502 SE Hero
HyperX Cloud Stinger
Watch Dogs 2 PC Build Total Price $1,189.82
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This PC build has recently gone down in price by $1.54, was previously $1,191.36.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Watch Dogs 2 PC Build

When selecting the right graphics card today we are specifically hunting for great price-to-performance gpus that can run Watch Dogs 2 in ultra 1080p. Right now the best graphics card purchase for this game is the Radeon RX 580 MSI Gaming X 4GB, which will work really well at this screen resolution. It’s currently priced at $149.99, which puts it as one of the cheapest but best performers for this type of game. Looking a little deeper at this cards pricing history shows this card has seen a drop in its price by $149.78 over the last two weeks. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $139.95.

Our PC build has 4GB 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 3GB of VRAM from our PC build. So with the selected Radeon RX 580 MSI Gaming X 4GB we have met that graphical requirement.

Selecting The Right Watch Dogs 2 1080p Motherboard and CPU

GIGABYTE B450M mATX AM4 motherboard is today’s best buy mobo, that also provides us with the Socket AM4 cpu socket type. Which is ideal for the best performance to price processor we have seen for our build, the Ryzen 5 2400G. This processor is currently priced at a competitive $149.99 and really works well with the Radeon RX 580 MSI Gaming X 4GB. The cheapest price we spotted this cpu for is $118.98, which was on 3rd Dec 2019.

And with the motherboard costing $62.99 this really helps pull the PC we are building together. To offer motherboard pricing insight we spotted this being sold for a low price of $57.99, which was recorded at 29th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Watch Dogs 2 At The Right Price

Researching the correct system memory for our build means we need it to meet Watch Dogs 2 requirements, with a view to running reliable FPS at Ultra settings leads us to Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz. Today it is one of the best priced RAM options at $32.99 and will certainly support the CPU and GPU well. We looked through our records and saw that the RAM prices on 29th Nov 2019, represented a low price point $30.35. Which gives us an indication of how things sit today with the RAM price

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Watch Dogs 2

Our PC build can run Watch Dogs 2 at High graphics settings comfortably, returning a 1080p FPS of 84 and we would expect an average of 60 FPS on Ultra with the Radeon RX 580 MSI Gaming X 4GB, Ryzen 5 2400G combo we have put into this computer.

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Watch Dogs 2
Radeon RX 580 MSI Gaming X 4GB

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We expect Watch Dogs 2 would also run in higher screen resolutions but this would be 46 FPS average, at 1440p Ultra. We would see an improvement of frame rates if we tweaked the 1440p graphics options to be around the High preset graphics option, which would then return 64 FPS.

How this build performs for other popular games

When buying a gaming PC for a specific game we still expect it to run other popular games. So as a benchmark lets see how well todays best priced PC build can deal with these 3 games at 1080p. Microsoft Flight Simulator should get 45 FPS at Ultra settings and this goes up to 62 frames at High settings. FIFA 21 can get an Ultra FPS of 154 FPS and increases to 200+ FPS for High. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is expected to be around 26 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 36 FPS on High settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For Watch Dogs 2

We have found a great quality and still well priced gaming mouse today with the Logitech G502 SE Hero. A game like Watch Dogs 2 that has Action, Adventure, Strategy genre, we felt it necessary to increase the quality of the mouse we would consider because the game has some additional needs that can benefit from this type of higher specced mouse.

An Alternative Watch Dogs 2 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

If you are looking for a graphics card from Nvidia instead of the one we have selected in this build then you could try GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB, which has a 5% worse performance difference, so still similar capabilities. We have chosen it based on its price-performance figure as well, as it is currently priced at $149.99.