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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.
XCOM 2 Optimum PC Build 1440p

XCOM 2 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 12th Oct 2020

This is a hand selected custom PC component build that will answer your question of, what PC should I buy next to play XCOM 2 on. One that has the right gaming hardware to enjoy a great XCOM 2 experience. Of course our sights are set on returning a good level expereince with ultra settings selected, while running on 1440p screen res. Prices found here today are checked daily to make sure that the components we aare putting into our XCOM 2 represent good value for money.

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 1440p Price to Performance XCOM 2 PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
Graphics Card
HyperX Fury 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
Cooler Master MM710
HyperX Cloud Stinger
XCOM 2 PC Build Total Price $1,150.26
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $326.78, was previously $823.48.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p XCOM 2 PC Build

Lets not pay over the odds when we put this game’s graphics card in. We want something that can play XCOM 2 at 1440p ultra graphics options and we want something that has a reasonable price compared to the other graphics options. The Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB has been looking like a good stand in for this games curated PC build, based on the price of $164.99 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 1440p. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 28th Dec 2019 and it was priced at $159. Over the past couple of weeks this card has seen a price drop of $14.01, which lends us confidence in picking it as a good purchase for this game.

Our graphics card will need 2GB of VRAM built into it to act as a suitable buffer between our video card and chosen CPU. This graphics card has 8GB which will be plenty for this game at this resolution.

Selecting The Right XCOM 2 1440p Motherboard and CPU

We are choosing a well rounded and best priced motherboard (the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151), that can provide us with the cpu LGA 1151 socket type. This is so we can select the Core i3-8100 4-Core 3.6GHz that has the best price to performance position today, at $123.97. You can get this processor for $109.99, which we saw it at that price on 13th Dec 2019. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.This CPU and GPU provide the required XCOM 2 experience while maintaining the best price point at this 1440p resolution.

Having the competitive price tag of $49.46, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard’s strong price point today helps it stay in this XCOM 2 PC build. A low price point for this motherboard would be $32.99, which we recorded it at on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For XCOM 2 At The Right Price

One of the more significant hardware components in this XCOM 2 build is the RAM. We are choosing some complementary and well priced HyperX Fury 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz. It is currently priced at $30.99. While among the best priced system memory for this build it will still provide us with the ability to reach our desired FPS for the 1440p ultra setting, that we have been focusing on with this PC. To provide a RAM pricing benchmark the lowest recorded price we have for the HyperX Fury 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz is $30.99 on 19th Oct 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1440p Ultra Settings on XCOM 2

Running a PC build with these hardware components for XCOM 2 we expect to see about a 90 FPS average, with a few low frame rates in some of the more intense scenes. You could up the quality of game graphics to Ultra, which will see the FPS drop to 64 at 1440p.

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PC Build Research Area

Radeon RX 580 XFX GTR XXX 8GB

Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

If this 1440p build was to run XCOM 2 at 4k Ultra, by increasing its screen size, then the FPS it would return on High would be around an average of 54 FPS. At Ultra we expect the average to be 38.

How this build performs for other popular games

It’s worth taking into consideration how our XCOM 2 PC build handles other games. We’ll do this by looking at the current popular titles Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Genshin Impact and FIFA 21. Starting with Assassins Creed: Valhalla we can see that at 1440p we are likely to see 29FPS on Ultra and 43FPS on High graphics settings. Alternatively we see Genshin Impact likely to achieve 39FPS on Ultra and 54FPS when reduced to High. Finally with FIFA 21 at Ultra setting we can expect 125 FPS, raising to 172 FPS on High graphics settings.

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Selecting A High Performance Mouse For XCOM 2

We have chosen a great valued but higher performing mouse today with the Cooler Master MM710 gaming mouse. We felt a better performance mouse would better suit XCOM 2 because it falls into the Strategy, Management, Turn-based genre groupings and would benefit from the extra mouse quality the Cooler Master MM710 delivers.

An Alternative XCOM 2 Graphics Card Option for 1440p

Perhaps you are after a Nvidia graphics card rather than the one we have added to this build. If so we would suggest the similar performing GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix OC 6GB, which has a 5% better performance variation, but is still a suitable video card choice for this game. We have also considered the best value for performance based on today’s prices, with it costing $209.99 at the moment.