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Planet Zoo is the next outing in the 'Planet' series, following 2016's 'Planet Coaster'. Planet Zoo allows players to get charge of their very own zoo, featuring a wide array of animals, total control over building habitats and environments, and full Steam workshop support.
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Planet Zoo 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 24th 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 Planet Zoo on. One that has the right gaming hardware to enjoy a great Planet Zoo experience. We will therefore be aiming to run this game confidently each time with ultra graphics settings, along with a 1080p monitor resolution. Every day we run through our carefully chosen gaming hardware and cherry pick today’s lowest priced hardware components to help us achieve this optimum PC build list.

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 Planet Zoo. 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 Sim, Management 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 Planet Zoo would have been built on PC hardware from around 2019 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 Planet Zoo PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$140.09
Graphics Card
$308.14
Memory
Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$50.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4
$53.99
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$49.99
PSU
Corsair VS Series 650W 80+ White
$64.98
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.97
HDD
Toshiba X300 HDD 5TB
$374.97
Display
Sceptre E225W 22 inch 75Hz 5ms
$84.97
Keyboard
Redragon K552
$34.99
Mouse
PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons
$13.99
Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger
$29.88
Planet Zoo PC Build Total Price $1,266.95
Rig
9.5
Score
Future 3 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone down in price by $1.11, was previously $1,268.06.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Planet Zoo PC Build

Obviously one of the most important components for this build is the graphics card. We can take a look at the best price to performance hardware right now to help deliver a system that can run Planet Zoo at 1080p ultra settings. Looking through today’s graphics card prices we can see that the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB is today’s best GPU option for this computer and it will work great at this screen resolution. Its price right now is $308.14, and running our hardware tests against that price shows this to be the cheapest but best performer for Planet Zoo. Exploring the price trends for this card shows us it has increased its price by $10.62 over the past two weeks, so perhaps there is still deals that can be found on this card. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB is $297.52 on 19th Dec 2019.

Our ideal build will need to come with either 8GB of VRAM or more than. This is used by the computer to store image data quickly as it passes image information from GPU to CPU. Our selected Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB comes with 8GB of VRAM which should cover image transfer for Planet Zoo at this resolution.

Selecting The Right Planet Zoo 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Getting the motherboard selection right in this build helps us go on to choose a compatible cpu. With a good price today we find the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 with its Socket AM4 socket enables us to select the Ryzen 5 2600, which is priced right now at $140.09. A good reference point is, a low price for this processor was spotted on 7th Jul 2020 where we saw it for $59.9.Now we have a great pairing in this rig allowing the CPU and GPU to work well together to get a solid Planet Zoo experience for the best price point at 1080p.

With the feature rich GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 priced competitively at $53.99 it is certainly in todays Planet Zoo build for a good reason. To help give some depth to the price points for this motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-A320M mATX AM4 was priced at $53.99 on 25th Jun 2020.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Planet Zoo At The Right Price

System Memory is a significant part of any gaming computer. The build today finds the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz to be the best price to performance RAM solution for our Planet Zoo PC. At last reckoning we priced it up at $50.99, which is a cheap price for this amount of RAM. There are of course other options and configurations of system memory you might like to consider in your build. To help provide a sense of cost for this RAM, the Silicon Power 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz was priced at $49.99 on 9th Jan 2020.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Planet Zoo

This computer setup should be looking at getting 74 FPS on Ultra graphics at the 1080p screen size in Planet Zoo. We expect with a few tweaks to the settings this gaming PC will also get around 103 FPS at High settings, which will give you some frame rate performance to play around with.

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PC Build Research Area

Planet Zoo
Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

At some point you might want to increase your screen size from 1080p to 1440p. Planet Zoo running with this hardware on the larger screen resolution would return 56 FPS at Ultra graphics setting or possibly up to an average of 78 FPS on High settings.

How this build performs for other popular games

Lets take a look to see how this Planet Zoo PC build will run some other popular games today on 1080p. Phasmophobia will get 92 on Ultra and 129 FPS on High graphics settings with the Radeon RX 5700 Sapphire 8GB. Whereas on Baldurs Gate 3 we see a return of 74 FPS on Ultra and 103 FPS when lowered to High. Another popular game at the moment is Assassins Creed: Valhalla, which is 56 FPS run at Ultra and 82 on High.

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An Alternative Planet Zoo Graphics Card Option for 1080p

Why not switch out the graphics card in this build and replace it with a similarly powerful card from Nvidia. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Gigabyte Windforce OC 6GB graphics card has a 5% worse performance variation compared to the currently chosen video card. As the best price point for an alternative manufacturer in this range it currently costs $299.99.