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Horizon: Zero Dawn 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 7th Apr 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
$124.99
Graphics Card
$397.99
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
$62.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$54.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
EVGA 850W Bq 80+ Bronze
$109.99
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$60.96
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$119.99
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$90.00
Keyboard
Razer Ornata Chroma
$64.99
Mouse
Redragon M719 Invader
$17.99
Headset
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
$49.99
Horizon: Zero Dawn PC Build Total Price $1,204.86
Rig
9.8
Score
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $0.99, was previously $1,203.87.

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 Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB, which has a good price at the moment, as its currently priced at $397.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this graphics card was on 6th Dec 2019 and it was priced at $376.05. And with that in mind the Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB 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 increased its price by $9.91 over the past two weeks.

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

The motherboard we are going for is the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4. Its the best priced Socket AM4 socket type motherboard on the market today and will give us the spot to choose a great pairing CPU for the Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB. Looking over the prices today we can see that the Ryzen 5 2600 processor is a great choice for this game and is currently costing $124.99. A good point of reference is that the bottom recorded price we have for the Ryzen 5 2600 is $114.97 on 10th Feb 2020.

With a price tag today of $54.99, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 motherboard is certainly in good company, representing a feature rich, cost effective mobo for the Horizon: Zero Dawn PC. This motherboard was priced at $54.99, which we saw on 29th Nov 2019. While monitoring prices this is the lowest we have seen it at.

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

This is part of the gamers 3 core hardware components. Our Horizon: Zero Dawn built PC will need a correct amount of RAM while being found for the best price today. We have found the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz to be well priced at $62.99 and will complement the Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB and Ryzen 5 2600 selections of our build, helping us to achieve the desired FPS at 1080p ultra settings. A low price point for this Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz was spotted on 20th Jan 2020, where we saw it at $54.99.

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

A PC build like this can expect to get an average of 85 FPS on High settings in Horizon: Zero Dawn at 1080p. There may be some lower frame rates in some parts of the game, but we have chosen the components to get some solid frame rates. Increasing the quality in the game to Ultra, will see us still getting an FPS of 61.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn
Radeon RX 5700 XT MSI Evoke OC 8GB

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We expect Horizon: Zero Dawn would also run in higher screen resolutions but this would be 47 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 65 FPS.

How this build performs for other popular games

While we have put a great PC build together for Horizon: Zero Dawn it’s important to understand how it handles some of the more popular games of today at 1080p. With this PC build we can expect that the popular game Doom Eternal will get 85FPS on Ultra settings raising to 118FPS on High. On the other hand we see that Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord returns 86FPS on Ultra and 120FPS when lowered to High. Lastly Black Mesa may see 100 FPS running at Ultra, and 140 on High graphics settings.

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An Alternative Horizon: Zero Dawn 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 RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB, which has a 4% 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 $379.99.