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Horizon: Zero Dawn Optimum PC Build 1440p

Horizon: Zero Dawn 1440p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 20th Jan 2021

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Horizon: Zero Dawn 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 Horizon: Zero Dawn. Its therefore our desire to consistently keep stable frame rates with the highest ultra graphics, using 1440p monitor resolution. We will keep checking the prices every day, so that our hardware selections on this page are at the best price point and we will swap in and out whenever something else appears better value today.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is currently not in our top demanding games list. It is also considered a Action, RPG genre style game and happened to be built by the devs on hardware from 2020 and in the period leading up to this. This may be worth considering when understanding the performance requirements a PC for this title might be expected to have. It is currently not really figuring in our more popular games lists. All this background info will help us better choose the components today for this game PC build, but our main factor will of course be price to performance for each component and peripheral we choose below.

Best 1440p Price to Performance Horizon: Zero Dawn PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
Graphics Card
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
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
Corsair K63
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround
Horizon: Zero Dawn PC Build Total Price $1,396.08
Future 2 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $6.27, was previously $1,389.81.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1440p Horizon: Zero Dawn PC Build

Lets not pay over the odds when we put this game’s graphics card in. We want something that can play Horizon: Zero Dawn at 1440p ultra graphics options and we want something that has a reasonable price compared to the other graphics options. The GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB has been looking like a good stand in for this games curated PC build, based on the price of $379.99 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. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB is $379.99 recorded at 19th Dec 2019. And we can see the card has dropped its price by $20 during the past two weeks.

This build will need to have at least 4GB of VRAM onboard the graphics card, to act as an image data store between the GPU and CPU. Our selected builds graphics card has 8GB, which is plenty for getting suitable gaming at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Horizon: Zero Dawn 1440p 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 $147.74 and really works well with the GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB. The cheapest price we spotted this cpu for is $119.99, which was on 16th Mar 2020.

Chosen for price point, socket type and feature list, the MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 has a cost today of $49.46. To offer motherboard pricing insight we spotted this being sold for a low price of $32.99, which was recorded at 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Horizon: Zero Dawn 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 Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 RAM 2666MHz. This is currently priced at $52.99 and is well priced compared to the system memory market today. 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 1440p Ultra Settings on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Now on to the frame rates for our Horizon: Zero Dawn running on GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB at 1440p. We should see an average of 68 FPS on High settings or you could push up the quality to Ultra, which would get us 49 FPS.

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PC Build Research Area

Horizon: Zero Dawn
GeForce RTX 2070 Asus Dual Advanced 8GB

Other Popular Game 1440p Ultra Custom PC Builds

Upping the screen size to 4k for Horizon: Zero Dawn using this build would return 47 frames per second on High settings. This would drop further to 33 when turning up to Ultra graphics.

How this build performs for other popular games

To buy this Horizon: Zero Dawn PC we will still want it to do ok when running other popular games. So to give us an idea about our builds performance lets see how it deals these 3 popular games at 1440p. Cyberpunk 2077 will be expecting a Ultra FPS of 37 and a High setting FPS of 52 frames. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War expects Ultra FPS around 68 which will improve to 95 FPS for High settings. Far Cry 6 is expected to be around 38 FPS for Ultra settings and improves to a 53 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Horizon: Zero Dawn Graphics Card Option for 1440p

While we have suggested a Nvidia graphics card for this build you can also consider putting in a AMD Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB, which is similar, with a 5% worse performance difference, but provides another reasonable alternative graphics option. It is currently priced at $308.14.