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Horizon: Zero Dawn 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 29th Sep 2020

Our objective here is to enable us to explore what PC we could buy that can play Horizon: Zero Dawn, where we carefully find the right hardware components that can run Horizon: Zero Dawn and meet its gaming needs while also heavily factoring in today’s best hardware component prices. In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably with ultra graphics settings, running 1080p as the native screen size. Todays prices will be checked every few hours to make sure only the best hardware at the best prices will be displayed for this build.

Before getting this build together we need to consider a few background characteristics about the game we are building this PC for. Horizon: Zero Dawn falls into the Action, RPG genre category groupings and would have been finished being developed during 2020 on hardware released around that period of time which may be a factor when we choose the type of hardware as it would need to be comparable in performance to hardware available from around this time. The game is not in our top demanding games lists. While these facts help us put together the best PC for the game we will still be selecting components based on the latest prices for the chosen peripherals and hardware for our build. Choosing today’s best priced items to give us an ideal PC build today for the game.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Horizon: Zero Dawn PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$139.99
Graphics Card
$239.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
$51.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
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
$52.77
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless
$69.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$15.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$29.88
Horizon: Zero Dawn PC Build Total Price $902.69
Rig
8.9
Score
Future 1 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $0.05, was previously $902.74.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Horizon: Zero Dawn PC Build

Choosing the graphics card needs to be done correctly and as we are putting together a gamer PC build for Horizon: Zero Dawn at 1080p ultra graphics we want something with the best price today while returning the best performance for that price. This has led us to the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB, which has a good price at the moment, as its currently priced at $239.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB is $229.99 on 28th Nov 2019. And with that in mind the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB is a great match for Horizon: Zero Dawn at 1080p ultra. It will certainly help us get good FPS. we will highlight those FPS in more detail later in this article. Looking a little deeper at this cards pricing history shows this card has seen a drop in its price by $47.68 over the last two weeks.

Horizon: Zero Dawn needs 4GB of VRAM to suitably store adequate amounts of image data during transfer between video card and processor. Our GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB graphics card has 6GB which will be suitable for this resolution of gaming.

Selecting The Right Horizon: Zero Dawn 1080p Motherboard and CPU

MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard is today’s best buy mobo, that also provides us with the LGA 1151 cpu socket type. Which is ideal for the best performance to price processor we have seen for our build, the Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz. This processor is currently priced at a competitive $139.99 and really works well with the GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB. You can get this processor for $119.99, which we saw it at that price on 16th Mar 2020. This is the lowest we have seen it at while watching processor prices.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 has a cost today of $49.46. A low recorded price for this motherboard was spotted on 28th Dec 2019 where it was $32.99.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Horizon: Zero Dawn At The Right Price

The Horizon: Zero Dawn PC we are building will want some supporting RAM to help our CPU and GPU selections to deliver the right FPS. We are still focusing on achieving 1080p ultra and so the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz which we have found for $51.99 is among the best price system memory at the moment. To help provide a sense of cost for this RAM, the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz was priced at $50 on 7th Aug 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Now on to the frame rates for our Horizon: Zero Dawn running on GeForce GTX 1660 Super Asus Dual Evo OC 6GB at 1080p. We should see an average of 74 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 53 FPS.

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Bumping up the in game screen resolution to 1440p our expected FPS would be 45 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or around 64 FPS on High.

How this build performs for other popular games

It’s worth taking into consideration how our Horizon: Zero Dawn PC build handles other games. We’ll do this by looking at the current popular titles Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Marvel's Avengers. Starting with Cyberpunk 2077 we can see that at 1080p we are likely to see 63FPS on Ultra and 88FPS on High graphics settings. Alternatively we see Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War likely to achieve 50FPS on Ultra and 70FPS when reduced to High. Finally with Marvel's Avengers at Ultra setting we can expect 56 FPS, raising to 78 FPS on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Horizon: Zero Dawn Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Not everyone is a fan of team Nvidia, so if you are after a GPU from the other side then perhaps take a look at our suggested AMD card, the Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB. It is placed at 7% better performance difference and certainly capable of delivering up Horizon: Zero Dawn frames on a par with our primary GPU selection. We have also selected it based on its price today, which finds it at $579.99.