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XCOM2 continues the story from XCOM: Enemy Unknown, assuming the player lost the fight against the alien menace. Assuming the role of a guerilla resistance task forced, XCOM 2 is a sci-fi turn-based strategy and base builder.
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XCOM 2 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 25th Sep 2020

If you are wanting to buy a gaming computer to run XCOM 2 then this PC build review is aimed at putting together the correct hardware components for the cheapest price today to do just that. With the mission objective being a high gaming standard with max graphics running, using 1080p monitor resolution. The hardware selection should give us all a good jumping off point when considering what might prove a good build and price for a PC to run XCOM 2. We will update prices here as they change and switch out components as new, better hardware is released.

Getting our best PC build together today we consider some of the characteristics of this game, which will help us better select the right hardware components for XCOM 2. First and foremost we will be looking at value for money, hunting through our curated list of gaming hardware and then cherry picking the best priced items available today. As this game falls into the Strategy, Management, Turn-based genre category, this can certainly influence some of the hardware selection below, especially some of the peripherals we select out, to make sure they might the games key specialities. Something else we can consider is that XCOM 2 would have been built on PC hardware from around 2016 or leading up to that period, by the developers. So it is usually fairly safe to consider hardware from that period as suitable.

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

Component Current Price
CPU
$99.99
Graphics Card
$159.99
Memory
Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz
$31.95
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$55.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG Side Window mATX
$66.08
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
AITC FZ300 M.2 SSD 512GB
$52.69
HDD
WD 10PURZ Purple Surveillance HDD 1TB
$52.82
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
Cooler Master MM710
$49.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$48.99
XCOM 2 PC Build Total Price $838.43
Rig
2.2
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $16.14, was previously $854.57.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p XCOM 2 PC Build

We want a punchy GPU for this build and the Radeon RX 570 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB is currently priced at a competitive $159.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 5th Aug 2020 and it was priced at $104.99.. This PC graphics hardware selection is a nice price to performance option when looking to run XCOM 2 at 1080p ultra graphics. We expect to see some good FPS from this card at these specs.

2GB of VRAM is needed by XCOM 2. This memory acts as a super fast image storage buffer between GPU and CPU and our selected Radeon RX 570 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB comes with 4GB of VRAM. This should be a suitable amount for our PC at this gaming resolution.

Selecting The Right XCOM 2 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 XCOM 2 build. With a Socket AM4 socket type motherboard we choose the well priced Ryzen 3 3200G, which is at the best price to performance for processors in this range at the moment. Currently priced at a competitive $99.99 this cpu is a good performance addition for our build. The cheapest price we spotted this cpu for is $83.59, which was on 17th Jun 2020.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $55.99 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 $53.99 on 25th Jun 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For XCOM 2 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 $31.95 and is well priced compared to the system memory market today. To provide a RAM pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the Patriot Viper Steel Series 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz is $30.35 on 29th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on XCOM 2

Now on to the frame rates for our XCOM 2 running on Radeon RX 570 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 101 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 72 FPS.

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XCOM 2
Radeon RX 570 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If you were to increase your screen size with this PC setup to 1440p then we expect to see around a figure of 55 FPS on Ultra or 77 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

Obviously we will want to run other games on our new XCOM 2 PC so lets explore some anticipated frame rates of some other popular games today with this hardware at 1080p. Valorant should get 200+ when run on Ultra and this raises to 200+ FPS on High. The popular Microsoft Flight Simulator gets a return of 39 FPS on Ultra and then up to 55 FPS when settings are dropped to High. Then there is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which is popular at the moment, which is returning 39 FPS run at Ultra and 55 frames on High.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For XCOM 2

We have found a great quality and still well priced gaming mouse today with the Cooler Master MM710. A game like XCOM 2 that has Strategy, Management, Turn-based 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 XCOM 2 Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Or you could put the GeForce GTX 1650 EVGA XC Ultra Gaming 4GB graphics card into this computer, if you are after an alternative Nvidia PC build. It has a 8% worse performance variation to the Radeon RX 570 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB, so similar in capability and we have picked it as the best priced alternative manufacturer card, with a price of $164.56.